Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Fun at Lafayette Square, Gretna Fest and More!

Hurray for Friday!!

Sneak out of work a little early and head on down to Lafayette Square for the Conservancy's Fifth Anniversary! The bash is in the Square from 4:00 to 7:00....3 bands - Ian Cunningham, 30x90 Blueswoman and Remedy, artist tents, and food by Crepes A La Cart and Theo's Neighborhood Pizza!  Bring the kids and your friends and picnic with with the folks at the Square and celebrate all that's been accomplished in the past five years!

Always a fun way to kick things off.  It's the weekly wine tasting over at Cork & Bottle (Orleans at Moss St.) - from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Come out and sample these fantastic wines - Driven Primitivo California, Sassy Bitch Cabernet Sauvignon Chile, Villa Ponciago Fleurie France, Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne and Blanc & Rouge France! 

And you can double your wine tasting fun!  Check out Swirl located on Ponce de Leon right off Esplanade and enjoy a FREE wine tasting at 6:00 pm. Once you've tasted one of their excellent choices you'll be sure to be buy a bottle! 

The Where Y'Art? party is celebrating the opening of Wayne Gonzales: Light to Dark / Dark to Light this evening over at the New Orleans Museum of Art starting at 5:00 pm with Gallery & Exhibition Tours, lots of fun activities and music!! The event is FREE with museum admissions. $10 Adults, $8 seniors, students, active military, $6 children ages 17 to 7, children 6 and under are free.
  • 5:00 pm: Visiting Ceramic Artist: Susan E. Bergman (Museum Shop)
  • 5:00 pm  to 8:00 pm: an art making activity for the kiddies
  • 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Music by Mykia Jovan, Jazz Vocalist
  • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm: The NOLA Project Presents - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sculpture Garden)
The Gretna Heritage Festival is all weekend long!!
* Friday October 7 4pm - 11pm
* Saturday October 8 2pm - 11pm
* Sunday October 9 2pm - 9pm
With music, food, arts & crafts, games & rides and 7 Stages Local and International Acts!! Located in historic downtown Gretna, LA the Gretna Heritage Festival encompasses approximately 25 city blocks. Free parking and a free shuttle during the festival will be available at the Westside Shopping Center behind Academy Sporting Goods and at Oakwood Center in Terrytown. Pedestrians ride free on the
Gretna-Canal Street ferry.

The Gretna Heritage Festival offers a varied food court featuring fresh New Orleans cuisine and much more. The food dished out from the giant food tent will be exceptional with just about every culture represented. Dine under a large tent complete with tables & chairs. Check out the site to see some of the dishes available at the Festival -
*Check out the site to see the enormous selection of arts, crafts and collectibles available at the Festival -
*Check out the site to see some of the crafts exciting carnival rides & games for wholesome family fun -
*$15 Admission and $40 Weekend Pass 12 and Under Admitted Free
Tickets Available Online -

The Amazing Acro-Cats Halloween Spooktacular continue at The Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude) with nearly two weeks of Halloween spooky fun running through October 16. If you think it's difficult housebreaking a kitten, imagine training one to ride a skateboard. Shows are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with 10 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays. Click on the link to purchase tickets:

You still don't know what to do?

Head on over to Chickie Wah Wah on Canal for their happy hour and a triple header of music this evening.  Come on by around the 5 o'clock hour and music with the Sweet Olive String Band startin' up at 5:30, and stay on for Paul Sanchez with Alex McMurray at 8:00 pm there's a small cover, but Paul  and Alexis worth the dinero!

And there's more good music in Mid-City (almost Uptown) over at Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) for Karma at 9:30 pm!!  Remember if you eat at Ye Olde College Inn right next door you get a discount to the show!  Happy rockin' and bowlin'!

Need more music??  Then go to Frenchmen Street!

You can get started early at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at 6:00 pm, and the New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings at 10:00 pm.

There's a trio of shows at BMC (1331 Decatur)...with El DeOrazio & Friends at 3:00 pm, Moonshine and Caroline at 7:00 pm, and the Dana Abbott Band at 9:00 pm!!

d.b.a.'s (618 Frenchmen) got The Hot Club of New Orleans at 6:00 pm it's FREE, but don't forget to tip the band!! And stay on for Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs at 10:00 pm...there's a $5cover, but you don't want to miss the show!!

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this evening and tomorrow...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -  - Have a great Friday - TGIF!!!

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