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We got your weekend: bulls, bastilles, bratwursts – let’s get international

Saturday / Rouge Rover, Rouge Rover :  As you may have heard, this weekend, for Bastille Day, the French Quarter will become, well… French. Amidst the packed lineup of events for the Bastille Day Fête, a personal favorite is the French dog contest on Saturday from 9 – 10 AM at Dutch Alley (between Dumaine and St. Phillip). All breeds are welcome to participate, but don’t embarrass your dog — make sure he or she is dressed in French attire. Following the dog contest, pooches and persons will walk from Dutch Alley to Washington Artillery Park in the Sidewalk Parade. Both events are free. To register your dog call 504-568-0770.

If you don’t own a dog or don’t feel like stalking other people’s dogs, check out the the full fête lineup.

Saturday / Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful? This Saturday, dudes will get their beauty on in the 13th annual Mr Legs contest, a mock pageant benefit at Generations Hall. The guys will exhibit their aesthetic perfection in Adonic categories – like hairiest legs and best costume. The event is from 6 to 10 PM, with a complementary bar from 6 to 8, food, music, a raffle and silent auction, and most importantly, those strutting beauty kings. Tickets are $45 at

Saturday / Schnitzel me: If you jumped the gun and chased one too many bulls (or shots — same thing) at the Thursday and Friday pre-Running of the Bulls events, escape to Germany… or Metairie. On Saturday night, Deutsches Haus (1023 Ridgewood Dr., Metairie) will host the second installment of its dinner series, each based upon the cuisine of a specific region in Germany. This week, it’s Berlin. The menu will include curry wurst, Emperor Wilhelm II’s potato soup, smoked pork loin with sauerkraut, gemüse (a vegetable dish), and nachtisch (dessert). Doors open at 6:30 PM, and dinner is from 7-10:30 PM. Tickets are $25 (advance only), with a cash bar available; all proceeds will go towards building a new Deutsches Haus in New Orleans.


Sunday / So hipsters didn’t invent the fedora? After a bustling weekend “abroad,” return to 1960’s America on Sunday at the WWII Museum‘s “Rat Pack Now” Tribute Show. The Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dinner showings are sold out, but you can still attend the brunch performance on Sunday. First enjoy a delicious meal prepared by John Besh’s the American Sector. Then, enjoy a spectacle that recaptures the music, comedy, and style of Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. The event is from 11 AM – 2 PM at the Stage Door Canteen, in the WWII Museum. Tickets are $55 for adults and $45 for children under 12.

Sunday / “…that every day should be a fiesta seemed to me a marvelous discovery” : If you’re feeling cerebral (or you want another excuse to drink — hey, you’re doing it to better your literary repertoire), stop by the Hemingway Celebration at Maison on Sunday, as part of Running of the Bulls El Pobré de Mi day. Hemingway buffs can nerd out in lookalike and dramatic reading-skit contests revolving around the author. Doors open at 11:30 PM, and the contests begin at 12:30. Admission is free. For more information and the full line-up of events for San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (NOLA running of the bulls), visit the official site.

Chelsea Lee

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