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Weekend Cheat Sheet: For the Love of Autumn


With the fall comes a celebration of the arts, music and cooler weather! Take advantage of the dropping temperatures to step outside, explore the city and dine al fresco.


Lunch at: With a huge outdoor patio facing Magazine Street, Haiku Sushi & Bar is a sweet spot for a leisurely lunch any day of the week. Take advantage of the special bento box with a choice of dishes like beef teriyaki or chicken katsu that comes with soup or salad, steamed rice and a three-piece California roll. Or, if you prefer, spend the afternoon feasting on a wide array of sushi rolls and sashimi, from tuna avocado and shrimp tempura to a Geisha Kiss (a cucumber-wrapped roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, asparagus, avocado, snow crab and masago). 4430 Magazine St., (504) 301-0850, haikunola.com

Immerse Yourself in Music at: On Oct. 20, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents a Beethoven Violin Concerto with Mendelssohn’s Reformation at the Orpheum Theater. On this most auspicious occasion, esteemed violinist Paul Huang will perform Mark Adamo’s Overture to Lysistrata. Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, Huang is quickly gaining attention for his eloquent music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. The concert will come to a magnificent close with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5. 129 Roosevelt Way, (504) 274-4871, orpheumnola.com

Take in the view at: Feel the cool breezes from the Mighty Mississippi and enjoy 270-degree views of the city at Hot Tin, an intimate rooftop bar at the Pontchartrain Hotel. Named after the famous Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, this unique and eclectic lounge was designed to resemble a 1940s artist’s loft. Explore the various bric-a-brac and photos from a bygone era or step outside for a birds-eye view of St. Charles Avenue with a cocktail in hand like the Skyliner crafted with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka and campari or A Spritzer Named Desire made with Pampelmouse, Genepy des Alpes and bitters. 2031 St. Charles Ave., (504) 323-1500, hottinbar.com

Revive at: Wake up and get your java fix at DeVille Coffee House & Creperie on Magazine Street. Located in the Lower Garden District, this quaint cafe is serving specialty coffee drinks brewed from Orleans Coffee roasters in hot, iced and frozen form to fit all your caffeine consumption needs. Pair a cappuccino or an espresso milkshake with one of the sweet or savory crepes, and your morning will be off to a good start. Choose from an ABC crepe with apple, bacon and cheddar; a Monte Cristo crepe with egg, ham and cheese topped with a flurry of powdered sugar; or a Ninja crepe made with spinach, mushrooms, roasted red pepper and mozzarella. 2045 Magazine St., (504) 324-5633, facebook.com/devillenola

Dine at: What has easily become one of our city’s finest bistros, Patois offers a French-inspired menu with a local accent created by talented, New Orleans-born Chef/owner Aaron Burgau and Executive Chef Jonathan Lomonaco. Feel welcomed by the comfortable, Uptown neighborhood vibe and enjoy an evening dining on items like house-made gnocchi with pancetta and English peas; grilled lamb ribs with green tomato relish; crispy five-spice duck confit salad; Gulf fish almondine with roasted potato gallette and citrus meuniere; and a German chocolate bombe glacee with toasted pecans, 23k gold, coconut brittle and salted caramel. 6078 Laurel St., (504) 895-9441, patoisnola.com

Stroll, shop and appreciate at: Easily one of the largest seasonal events for the galleries and shops on Magazine Street, Art for Art’s Sake will be held this year on October 7 for more than 30,000 art lovers to enjoy. Opening New Orleans’ thrilling art season each year, Art for Art’s Sake offers a chance for enthusiasts to spend an evening wandering through the many boutiques and galleries with a glass of wine in hand to view exquisite art, jewelry, fashion and antiques. Plus, the Contemporary Arts Center is open until midnight with a variety of new exhibits and live musical performances, free for CAC members and only $10 for non-members. cacno.org

Brunch at: Recently opened on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood, DTB (or Down the Bayou) offers modern coastal Cajun cuisine in a casual, yet chic atmosphere. Co-owners Jacob Naquin and Chef Carl Schaubhut are the team behind the new neighborhood joint that was meticulously and miraculously remodeled from what used to be a Super 10 discount store. Along with dinner and a happy hour from 3-6 p.m., DTB offers brunch Friday through Sunday with dishes like fried cornbread with ham hock marmalade and goat cheese; LA gumbo with blue crab and crab-fat potato salad; and fried chicken tartine with chicken sausage gravy and Texas toast. 8201 Oak St., (504) 518-6889, dtbnola.com

Sing along at: “Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt” … you know the words! Enjoy Jimmy Buffett classics and an island paradise at the new musical Escape to Margaritaville showing at The Saenger Theatre Oct. 20-28. Drink in the comedic love story of a part-time bartender and part-time singer named Tully whose playboy days come to an end when he meets and falls for a gorgeous, career-minded tourist who steals his heart and makes him question his whole way of life. Brought to us by Broadway in New Orleans, Escape to Margaritaville is choreographed by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine and directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley. 1111 Canal St., (504) 525-1052, saengernola.com

Relax at: Created through a collaboration between local chef and restaurateur John Besh and celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez features Mexican-inspired cuisine created with a jovial, yet modern approach and high quality ingredients. Located on Poydras Street, this CBD restaurant offers dishes like chile con queso with chorizo and jalapeño; chicken flautas with fresh guacamole and crema; pig ear chilaquiles; cauliflower tacos; black bean soup; and New York strip steak fajitas with ancho-bone marrow butter and papas bravas. 930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6615, johnnysanchezrestaurant.com