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Weekend Cheat Sheet: Raise the Curtain


Celebrate fall with a weekend filled with cooler weather, fabulous food and the performing arts!


Lunch at: Because one is never enough, chef/owner Adam Biederman now has two Company Burger locations — Uptown on Freret Street and Downtown on O’Keefe Avenue. Located in the new South Market District, “CoBu2” is one of the latest, bottom-floor residents of The Paramount. The menu is pretty much the same as the Uptown version, with the addition of a location-appropriate happy hour menu for those folks dropping in after work. Although there are other options, nothing quite tops the Company Burger, two all-beef patties with American cheese, bread and butter pickles, and red onions on a buttery bun. Don’t forget to add a side of tater tots! 611 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 309-9422, thecompanyburger.com

Sip at: Go all the way to the top at the Ace Hotel to Alto. This rooftop garden offers glowing lights, a full-sized swimming pool and stunning, panoramic views of the city … the perfect environment in which to chill out and enjoy the company of others — all while sipping a wicked frozen beverage. Try a Frozen Purple Rain with gin and blackberry juice or put up your umbrella for The Deluge with gin, pomegranate liqueur and kombucha. You might also enjoy a few snacks like watermelon with peanuts and prosciutto or a BNC Hotdog on a pretzel bun with maldon salt and tangy mustard. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 941-9191, acehotel.com/neworleans

Applause at: Soak up the essence of grandeur and pure music with a concert at the newly reopened Orpheum Theater. Enrich your soul with a stirring Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman, Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, enjoy the music of James Blake, Grammy Award-nominated electronic music composer and singer-songwriter from London. From classical music to modern and beyond, an evening at the elegant and luxurious Orpheum Theater is sure to be an unforgettable experience! 129 Roosevelt Way, (504) 274-4871, orpheumnola.com


Revive at: A well-brewed cup of coffee is of the utmost importance at Mammoth Espresso, a comfortably modern cafe brought to the Crescent City by Jonathan and Darlene Riethmaier all the way from Washington, D.C. Waking up will be easy with brews pulled from Madcap Coffee, a sustainable roaster from Michigan. Or, if you prefer, Mammoth also offers a rotating selection of teas from white and green to oolong, plus an array of expertly baked treats from Scout Bakery — like croissants, cookies and biscotti. 821 Baronne St., (504) 475-4344, mammothespresso.com

Dine at: Executive Chef Eric Cook is killing it at The American Sector, the restaurant inside the National World War II museum formerly managed by the Besh Restaurant Group. Most of Cook’s menu features twists on American cuisine like the open-faced pot roast sandwich or chicken fried steak with baked macaroni and cheese, but you’ll also discover plenty of New Orleans classics as well. Feast on a fried shrimp po-boy on Leidenheimer bread, crawfish fritters served with remoulade, or chicken and andouille gumbo. 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940, nationalww2museum.org/american-sector

Cheer at: Take a step back into the past at BB’s Stage Door Canteen, lovingly re-created inside the National World War II Museum. Every week, the Stage Door Canteen offers unique entertainment that spotlights the music and styles of the early 1940s. During September, catch Thanks for the Memories: Bob Hope and His All-Star Pacific Tour, a tribute to the shows and stars that Hope took to war zones during World War II. Relive the music and dance performances of Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, Lena Horne, Frances Langford and more. 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1943, nationalww2museum.org/stage-door-canteen


Brunch at: Long considered one of the best bakeries in New Orleans, La Boulangerie has outdone its former splendor after the Link Restaurant Group purchased the shop late last year. Break your morning fast with a thick slice of Quiche Lorraine or go the sweet route with a chocolate almond croissant or buttery kouign amann with local blueberries. La Boulangerie features delicious java brewed from local roasters Congregation Coffee, pulling everything from espresso and cappuccino to mochas and Americanos. Resisting the decadent dessert case with double chocolate cake or salted caramel eclairs is not recommended and nearly impossible anyway. 4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777, laboulangerienola.com

Sing along at: For almost a century, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré has been entertaining the locals and visitors of New Orleans. Located catty-corner to Jackson Square in the historic French Quarter, this iconic local theater is kicking off the season with the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin by Stephen Schwartz, Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse. Follow the young prince Pippin who is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment, but eventually discovers that it can only be found in the little things. 616 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2081, lepetittheatre.com

Relax at: There’s no need to dress up for Sunday dinner at Blue Oak BBQ on N. Carrollton Avenue. Relax in your favorite t-shirt and shorts for smoked satisfaction like juicy pulled pork, St. Louis spare ribs, beef brisket and heavenly smoked chicken. Aside from a carnivore’s paradise, Blue Oak is also serving up some stellar sides like roasted garlic mac ’n’ cheese, creamy potato salad and crispy fried Brussels sprouts. 900 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 822-2583, blueoakbbq.com