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Vietnamese New Year was officially Thursday, but the festivities in New Orleans East have just started. The largest of these events is a three-day Tet festival hosted by Mary Queen of Vietnam Church (14001 Dwyer Blvd.) beginning Friday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Drawing in thousands of locals and visitors from across the region, the neighborhood festival features live music, dancing, fireworks and, of course, exceptional Vietnamese cuisine. Food writer Ian McNulty gives Poppy the scoop on what dishes to sample this weekend and why you should arrive with an empty stomach.

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Mardi Gras may be over, but festivities for the Lunar New Year have just begun! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we celebrate the Year of the Goat the way they do in China, with a baijiu toast, courtesy of baijiu enthusiast Derek Sandhaus. Derek explains to us the story behind the ancient Chinese liquor and its recent emergence in the West.

Then we'll check in with our roving reporter Ian McNulty about this weekend's Tet Festival at Mary Queen of Vietnam in New Orleans East. Gabriella Gershonson of Every Day With Rachel Ray shows us how to host a dim sum brunch. Finally, John Georges, Master Distiller of Angostura Rum, gives us a look at how they ferment, distil and age their famous liquor.

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It sounds so fundamentally good, so easy, so natural — it’s dinner out on the town with someone special, with your sweetheart. Well, pull your head out of the clouds, lover boy, because this is no time to be getting all mushy. This is Valentine’s Day. And this is serious business.

You know you’ve been there—churning stomach and pounding head the morning after a party. So what do you do to alleviate the self-inflicted misery of a hangover?


It’s a bit of a blue Christmas in New Iberia.

Some people are complaining that the city’s Christmas lights are too subdued this year.

But the blue lights lining trees, store windows and other decorations on Main Street are a memorial to a home-town artist — George Rodrigue. His blue dog paintings became internationally famous.

Rodrigue died a year ago.

Phyllis Mata of the Magic on Main committee tells The Daily Iberian that the change from white lights is temporary.

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  Scholar Michael Twitty says that during the holidays, "everybody's stuff is all mixed up." He speaks from experience: Michael's connected to Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa celebrations that keep him busy this time of year. He's one of the many guests who'll sit at our table to discuss how their holiday traditions are kept alive and why food is often at the center of those traditions. 

WWNO's 2014 Holiday Schedule

Dec 18, 2014
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Stay tuned to 89.9 WWNO all this season for a holiday soundscape you won't find anywhere else.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Paul Winter Solstice — 10:00pm - Midnight

Monday, Dec. 22

Joy to the World — 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Jazz Piano Christmas — 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Chanticleer Christmas — 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Advent Voices — 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 24

Ian McNulty


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This week on Inside the Arts, a Shakespearean comedy,Twelfth Night, is transforming the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This classic adventure takes on a new life as the NOLA Project adds some unique elements and surprises. 

Then, historic homes in the Garden District are gussied up as the Preservation Resource Center gears up for its 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour. And, we round out with holiday cheer as the American Italian Cultural Center presents a Christmas Concert in the Piazza

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new book about Frank Bascombe is Let Me Be Frank With You. We’ll also hear from performance poet Jose Torres-Tama, author of Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares. And Emilie Lamy of May Books, a new shop on Royal St., offers art book recommendations for holiday giving.

Holiday gift suggestions from Emilie Lamy of May Books:

Title: Holy Bible
Authors: Oliver Chanarin & Adam Broomberg.
Published by MACK BOOKS.

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