Gott Gourmet Cafe and Rhino Contemporary Crafts…..

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NOLAlicious PhotosWe are always on the lookout for breakfast joints – delicious pancakes and eggs can be a weakness. Next time you find yourself in the Garden District check out Gott Gourmet Cafe. Open early with a friendly staff, this unassuming place offers hungry eaters large portions of breakfast and brunch food, as well as a regular lunch menu. Enjoy a cute outside eating area overlooking Magazine Street or sit inside in their airy and fun dining space.  Located at 3100 Magazine Street. Open Tues-Fri 11am-9pm. Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm. Average entrée price $12.

Your notebook sketch from Cafe du Monde looks great on your fridge, but what if it had a frame, and an audience? The “My New Orleans: Personal Impressions of a City in Transition” exhibit will open in November, and sponsor Rhino Contemporary Crafts Company has called for submissions from local artists, amateur or otherwise. Artists in any discipline are welcome to submit, but hurry up and dig through that memory card, because the deadline is Thursday.Submit online, email for more questions.

Edgar Degas was one of the most prolific painters in the past 100 years and he has such a wonderful tie to NOLA. Pay homage to this great artist at the Degas Birthday Celebration!  There will be music, food and drinks with absinthe tastings provided by Le Tourment Verte, specialty cocktails created especially for the occasion, and the house will be open for touring. Music by Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show and food by Daniel Esses of Esses Foods. 2306 Esplanade Ave. July 19 5 PM to 9PM. Open to the public.

Three months into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, each new report from the front seems more dire. Keep fighting the spill the New Orleans way at Grill and Thrill for the Spill, a fundraising event held at the Big Top Art Gallery. Burlesque dancers and fire jugglers will wow the crowd in the multidisciplinary art space, while food bake sale will rack up revenue to be donated to the Audubon Society and Greater New Orleans Foundation. Thursday, 6 PM to 10 PM. $5 show, $10 for show and dining pass.

LAGNIAPPE   Calling all our technology geeks! Want to be part of a conference where, in their own words, geeks get to learn from other geeks? Then be sure to check out BarCamp NOLA 3. It’s the third annual conference for the public and anyone that wants to present anything about emerging technologies can sign-up to do so. It’s a two day conference dedicated to learning, presenting, and giving back to the community. At Launch Pad at 643 Magazine Street on Saturday July 17 and at the Icehouse at 2803 St. Philip St on Sunday 18. Register online. Starts at 10 AM. Free. Open to the public.

Escape the heat and jet off to San Francisco this weekend, and while you’re there, catch “Funk Oil”, a benefit concert to support For the Bayou and the Gulf! Friday, July 23 at Great American Music Hall. $22 advance / $25 door. Buy tickets now.

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