Friday, December 16, 2011

TGIF w/a NOMA B-day Celebration, Fancy Fur & X-mas Fun!

Hurray for Friday!!

Get your weekend started off right with wine tastings all over the Crescent City!!

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 some fantastic wines!

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!

No worries there's more wine and cheese samplings at Martin's Wine Cellar from 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Uptown (3500 Magazine Street) and in Metairie (714 Elmeer)! If you need to go shopping at Lakeside you may want to stop in at Martin's first!

It's NOMA'S 31-HOUR FREE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Starting tonight and going all the way through Saturday at 5 pm!! The Isaac Delgado Museum of Art opened its doors on December 16, 1911 owning just 9 works of art. Today NOMA has over 35,000 art objects in the permanent collection.

Join the celebration on tonigth as we celebrate NOMA's 100th Birthday! The museum will be open for 31 continuous hours with music, family art making activities, exhibition walk-throughs and more. NOMA's centennial celebration is FREE and open to the public.

December 16th:
•5 pm to 8 pm: Art Making Activities
•5 pm to 7 pm: Piano by Wayne Daigrepont
•6 pm: Comedic Improv Tour by The New Movement
•7pm to 8:30 pm: Isidore Newman Choir
•7:30 pm to 8 pm: Reading with Mark Yakich from Checking In/Checking Out
•8 pm to 12 am: Art Making Activities by Prospect.2
•8:30 pm: Tour by Modern and Contemporary Art Curator Miranda Lash
•9 pm to 12 am: New Orleans Jazz Institute Quartet
•9:30 pm: Irvin Mayfield performance and book signing
•10 pm: Comedic Improv Tour by The New Movement

December 17th: *Midnight showing of The Science of Sleep
•Midnight to 3 am: Quintron – DJ Set
•2 am showing of Basquiat
•3 am to 6 am: DJ Kazu
•4 am showing of The Science of Sleep
•8 am: Yoga in Second Floor Museum Galleries
•9 am to 11 am: NOCCA Jazz Band: Jazz Brunch in CafĂ© NOMA by Ralph Brennan
•11 am to 4 pm: Art Making Activities (Young Audiences, YAYA, KIDsmART)
•11 am: Roots of Music Second Line around NOMA leading to the front steps
•11:30 am to 2:30 pm: Educational Programming
•12:00 pm: Vocal performance from the New Orleans Opera Association
•2:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Amanda Shaw Finale Performance

Looking for some Christmas fun!!

Don't know what to get your special someone? Then you need to head on down to the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) for Righteous Fur Holiday Trunk Show and Sale!! Nutria is the star of the show at this unique holiday sale.  Handcrafted by 12+ local designers, every piece in the Righteous Fur collection of festive fashions, gifts and stocking stuffers is adorned with lustrous nutria fur — including the stockings themselves!  You’ll find nutria-trimmed tree ornaments, catnippy mice with cats-love-em nutria tails, along with a fabulous selection of furry bags, hats, hair accessories and clothing, from nutria-embellished cumberbunds, bow-ties and bustiers to stunning nutria wraps and one-of-a-kind couture pieces. Also on display: elegant nutria-teeth earrings and pendants set in Balinese silver and handcast sterling. Models garbed in high nutria style will add to the fun of a worthy cause: part of all proceeds go to wetlands preservation.
For more info on the Righteous Fur project, check http://​

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:00 pm and admission is $3 a car.  The light display is generously donated by the family of the late Al Copeland - The park comes alive for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights and displays.

And there's more holiday fun at City Park with Celebration in the Oaks! The Celebration runs nightly through January 1st - Sunday thru Thursday from 6:00 pm to 10:00pm and Friday & Saturday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (closed Christmas Eve and New Years Eve). There are fabulous new exhibits, nightly entertainment, synthetic ice skating rink, amusement park rides. "Experience and enjoy one of the country's most unique month-long holiday festival of lights!" A beloved holiday tradition for the last 25 years - visit for more info!

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 Jon Dee Graham joined by Susan Cowsill and Russ Broussard startin' up at 5:30, and stay on for Paul Sanchez at 8:00, and then Blue Mountain about 10:00 - featuring Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt - there's a small cover for the later shows, but you know it's worth it!  The kitchen is back open so come hungry for delicious pizza and such!

And there's more good music in Mid-City (almost Uptown) over at Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) for Honey Island Swamp Band + John Mooney 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'!

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

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