Friday, December 21, 2012

Let's Party Like It's The End of the World!

Will the world end on December 21st, or is it all much ado about nothing? Either way, no sense not enjoying yourself, and New Orleans has some entertaining ways to to spend your last evening on Earth.

Start things off with dinner at Salu’ on Magazine Street. They've got a delicious Mayan inspired dinner with appetizers including camorones aguachile, a ceviche shrimp on radish slaw and cucumber Serrano coulis topped with cumin pickled onions. Next course, try the amazing Yucatan fish tacos and top it off with dessert: Mexican chocolate flan. Check out the complete menu. While you’re there be sure to try a Salu’ inspired cocktail – some of my favs are the Mojitos and Caipirinhas (the blueberry one is the best!)

WHEN: Friday, December 21 2012 – End of the World Dinner from 5 to 11 p.m.

WHERE:
Salu’ Restaurant
3226 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

After dinner party likes it’s the apocalypse with some crazy parties around town!

Cosmic Convergence Festival is an all day affair, taking place at the Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.). Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Star of The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens hosts the apocalypse prevention festival along with The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The party will feature DJ’s and a long list of musicians including the Hot 8 Brass Band, electronic psy-rockers Ghostland Observatory, Alex McMurry and the Interstellar All-Stars, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rotary Downs, James Singleton and Sun Domingo.

WHEN: Friday, December 21, 2012 at Noon

WHERE:
Sugar Mill
1021 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana

TICKETS:
General Admission Single Ticket to the Festival: $55.00
Co-Pilot includes two people into the Festival at a Discounted Price: $99.00
VIP Total Access – Includes access to the VIP Lounges where you can indulge in Free Snacks and Drinks. You’ll also enjoy access to the Legendary Times Panel Discussion and Dinner with the Stars: $225

The End and the Beginning at Michalopoulos Studio. Celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar with entertainment from Helen Gillet, Generationals (DJ set), DJ Tony Skratchere. Take some photos in the booth, dress up in your best end of the world outfit for the costume contest, and be sure to catch a very special performance by Holly Tamale.

WHEN: Friday, December 21 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Michalopoulos Studio
527 Elysian Fields
New Orleans, Louisiana

TICKETS:
$7 available for purchase at the door

The Galactic Alignment Party will take over the 8300 block of Oak Street at 7:30 pm for a free party on the street with food, music, and a special appearance by the avatar of Mayan god Bolon Yotke’ K’uh (an only in New Orleans moment I’m sure). A ticket into the event keeps the party going party at 10:00 pm in the Maple Leaf Bar with a Dance Party and music by Stanton Moore, Ben Ellman, Jeff Raines, Rob Mercurio, and Rich Vogel. Online sales are out, but stop by the bar to see if you can still score some tix.

WHEN:
Friday, December 21 2012
Block Party – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Dance Party – 10:00 pm ’til

WHERE:
Block Party – 8300 block Oak Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dance Party – Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

TICKETS:
Block Party is free
Dance Party is $45 – Bar should open at 3:00 pm today there may still be some tix.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Thursday w/Non-Stop Holiday Events - Christmas Is On!

Happy Holiday Thursday!

Holiday Fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.  Tonight's concert is the St. Peter Claver Gospel Choirfrom 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:45 pm and admission is $3 a car.  New displays include a 60' sea serpent in the Lagoon, a Princess and her Castle, and more, in addition, to our traditional favorites - 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 - visit www.celebrationintheoaks.com for more info!

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. The concert kicks off at 6:00 pm as the Ogden presents THE NEW ORLEANS NIGHTINGALES HOLIDAY CELEBRATION. The New Orleans Nightingales is the brainchild of Ingrid Lucia and is a showcase of the best and brightest female singers New Orleans has to offer. Steeped in the musical traditions of early American jazz, the ladies of the New Orleans Nightingales bring new life to the 100-year-old art form through new compositions, vibrant live performances and a commitment to the idea that traditional jazz music is still evolving!  Tonight the O BAR's celebrates the holiday season with The O Martini *Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!!  And....my hubby Bill deTurk will be doing the interview today - so you definitely don't want to miss it!

The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Christmas Show Purrrforming Circus Cats!
December 12 - 23, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, Fridays at 7pm and 10pm, Saturdays at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Sunday at 4pm and 7pm at the Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude)
*Samantha Martin and her fantastic felines will be celebrating the Holiday Season with their Meowy Christmas Show. These special shows add a delightful festival spirit to what has already proven to be a one-of-a-kind, fun filled show for people of all ages. Over a dozen yuletide cats will leap through wreaths, ride skateboards and much much more; plus, there will be a special musical purrformance by Tuna and the Rockcats - the worlds only all cat band! Real cats playing real musical instruments and doing amazing Christmas tricks!  Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and tickets are available both online and at the door. Seating is limited so advance tickets are recommended. No late seating will be permitted - it distracts the cats!  MEOUX!!  Tickets $18 adults, $15 for children 12 and under.  Click here for tix: Acro-Cats

It's a Hard Candy Christmas at MiMi's in the Marigny (2601 Royal). Where all kinds of holiday cheer await at the return of the annual Dolly Parton themed party. Don your finest costumes and compete for prizes from Fifi Mahoney's and Sailor Jerry Rum!
8:30-11 Gal Holiday
11:30 Costume contest
12-2 Deejays Matty and Pasta plus Gal and guest will spin classic records!
NO Cover!

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Hump Day w/a Concert, Art Show, Opera, Kitties and More!

Happy Holiday Wednesday!

Holiday Music!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Culture!

Experience an Evening of Cultural Indulgences at it's new location in the  Irvin Mayfield I Club at the JW Marriott (614 Canal Street) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tonight's event features new works by local artists Bedonna Wakeman with acrylics on canvas - fine art done in the pop art style, and printmaker, Gill Smitherman - plus music from Tony Seville, a spirit tasting with complimentary hors d’oeuvres....Make a purchase of $1,000 or more by  Artist tonight and the JW Marriott will give you a 1 night complimentary stay in the Presidential Bi-Level Suite a $1,500 value!! (Parking is available at a special event Rate of $5 on Common Street)

Tonight is Opera On Tap's Annual Holiday Party at the Four Points Sheraton (541 Bourbon)in the Puccini Bar from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Join Opera on Tap for their wildly popular Holiday Party at the Four Points Sheraton tonight. They'll be singing some of your favorite opera pieces plus a few local holiday favorites to get you in the mood. So bring your friends and family to the Four Points Sheraton to raise a glass and your voices for our favorite Opera on Tap of the year! Four Points Sheraton has a special valet parking rate of $5 during the concert when you mention you are there for the Opera on Tap event.

Cats!

The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Christmas Show Purrrforming Circus Cats!
December 12 - 23, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, Fridays at 7pm and 10pm, Saturdays at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Sunday at 4pm and 7pm at the Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude)
*Samantha Martin and her fantastic felines will be celebrating the Holiday Season with their Meowy Christmas Show. These special shows add a delightful festival spirit to what has already proven to be a one-of-a-kind, fun filled show for people of all ages. Over a dozen yuletide cats will leap through wreaths, ride skateboards and much much more; plus, there will be a special musical purrformance by Tuna and the Rockcats - the worlds only all cat band! Real cats playing real musical instruments and doing amazing Christmas tricks!  Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and tickets are available both online and at the door. Seating is limited so advance tickets are recommended. No late seating will be permitted - it distracts the cats!  MEOUX!!  Tickets $18 adults, $15 for children 12 and under.  Click here for tix: Acro-Cats

Wednesday Music!

Head on over to Frenchmen Street for a double header of music at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - They've got an early show with the The Tin Men at 7:00 pm, and be sure to stay on for Walter "Wolfman" Washington at 10:00 pm - there's a $5 cover, but you know the Wolfman is worth it!

Have fun in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)!  Tonight it's Wednesday night regular Major Bacon and as always they got some FREE BLTs - tonight at 10:00 pm...you can never get enough of the bacon and no cover!!

Triple the fun in Mid-City with a Mid-City Mix-Up with your host Lynn Drury at Dmac's Bar and Grill (542 S. Jefferson Ave.). Lynn hosts a different songwriter/performer - complete with interview and 2 sets of new music each week! Tonight she's havin' fun with Cindy Scott.

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight - it's piano man Joe Krown at 8:30 pm!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Tuesday w/Veggies, Holiday Fun, and Christmas Cheer!

Happy Holiday Tuesday - Only one more week 'til Christmas!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. Today for the Green Plate Special they welcome  a Mano. Last week was truly delicious with strawberry glazed pork skins, green salad with kumquats and pinenut brittle, marinated shrimp with farro and winter squash, roasted pork sandwiches with provolone and rapini greens, and cannoli with truffle honey and candied pecans - come see what's in store today!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street between Noon and 6:00 pm, and they have a new pick-up location and from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Rosa F. Keller Community Center (4300 Broad @ Napoleon Ave.).  On most Tuesdays they're cookin' up all these delicious fruits and veggies in the Community Center Kitchen.  So come in for a taste, and great recipe ideas for all this delicious fresh food.  In order to pick up from the library location you need to pre-order.  So click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-Bunch of Carrots (Fekete Farms/ Monica's Okra World)
-Cherry Tomatoes (Vicknair Family Farm/Greg Sanamo)
-Head of Cauliflower (Monica's Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Double Share of Navel Oranges (Star Nursery, Belle Chase, LA)
-Bunch of Beets (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Head of Broccoli (Monica's Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Bunch of Kale (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-LA. Sweet Oranges (Star Nursery, Belle Chase, LA)
-Spinach (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Strawberries (Johnsdale Farms/ Fekete Farms)
-Double Share of All Natural Tangerines (Isabelle's Orange Orchard, Algiers, NOLA)
-Organic Pecans (Inglewood Farms, Alexandria, LA)

Holiday Fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Don Vappie from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!

Wednesday, Dec 19 Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:45 pm and admission is $3 a car.  New displays include a 60' sea serpent in the Lagoon, a Princess and her Castle, and more, in addition, to our traditional favorites - 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 - visit www.celebrationintheoaks.com for more info!

Good Music Tonight!

It's Christmas time on the Avenue at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.) tonight!  Have a fancy cocktail and enjoy some sing along caroling at 8:00 pm with John Rankin, Ray Moore and Friends Annual Holiday Show!

Head on over to Mid-City and to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal)! It must be Christmas time - the trio is back - Osborne, Fohl, Sansone! So finish your shopping and get over to Chickie for a great night of New Orleans original music!

There's some fun on Frenchmen tonight too over at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) with the The Treme Brass Band at 9:00 pm - there's a $5 cover for the show - but you know you don't want to miss it!

Right down the street the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with no cover - Andy Forest at 4:00 pm, Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 6:00 pm, and top off the evening with the Aurora and the Royal Roses  at 10:00 pm!

It's a full night over at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street...with and early show with the 101 Drummers featuring Lionel Batiste, Jr. at 8:00 pm and hang out for the REBIRTH Brass Band they come on around 10:30ish - there's a cover, but you'll be glad you paid and stayed up late!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Holiday Fun with Lights, Cats and Lots of Music!

Good Morning Everybody!

Holiday Fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!

Monday, Dec 17 Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
Tuesday, Dec 18 Don Vappie
Wednesday, Dec 19 Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:45 pm and admission is $3 a car.  New displays include a 60' sea serpent in the Lagoon, a Princess and her Castle, and more, in addition, to our traditional favorites - 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 - visit www.celebrationintheoaks.com for more info!

The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Christmas Show Purrrforming Circus Cats!
December 12 - 23, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, Fridays at 7pm and 10pm, Saturdays at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Sunday at 4pm and 7pm at the Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude)
*Samantha Martin and her fantastic felines will be celebrating the Holiday Season with their Meowy Christmas Show. These special shows add a delightful festival spirit to what has already proven to be a one-of-a-kind, fun filled show for people of all ages. Over a dozen yuletide cats will leap through wreaths, ride skateboards and much much more; plus, there will be a special musical purrformance by Tuna and the Rockcats - the worlds only all cat band! Real cats playing real musical instruments and doing amazing Christmas tricks!  Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and tickets are available both online and at the door. Seating is limited so advance tickets are recommended. No late seating will be permitted - it distracts the cats!  MEOUX!!  Tickets $18 adults, $15 for children 12 and under.  Click here for tix: Acro-Cats

Monday Night Music!

And while your Uptown - Enjoy some cocktail porch sippin' over at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles)....Tonight David Doucet of fame BeauSoleil performs at 8:00 pm!

Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) has an amazing Monday night show with a solo show with  Jon Cleary at 8:00 pm!

Lots of fun around Frenchmen Street!

Glen David Andrews + Amanda Shaw will be playing tonight at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - It's going to be a great show - So come on out and say hello, and enjoy the music!

BMC (1331 Decatur) has a great early show at 6:00 pm with Lil Red and Big Bad...then stay on for the next show at 9:30 with Smoky Greenwell's Blues Jam!!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music...Sarah McCoy at 4:00 pm, Dominick Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Kristina Morales & The Bayou Shufflers at 10:00 pm!

And stop into Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) for one of the longest running performers in NOLA - It's Monday night with the Charmaine Neville Band at 8:00 pm - Yes, there's a cover, but Charmaine is worth every penny!  While your there get a Monsoon (watch out their dangerous) and one of the best burgers in town!

To top off you're evening....you gotta go Uptown and over to the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) for Papa Grows Funk at 10:00 pm - they'll get your Monday night funked up -remember there's a cover - but it's worth it!!!

Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar...until tomorrow!



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Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Weekend w/Ugly Sweaters, Egg Yolk, Art Markets, Caroling and Christmas Acro-Cats!

Happy weekend!!

Friday Fun!

Enjoy a Night at the Museum!  Check out The Where Y'Art? party this evening over at the New Orleans Museum of Art beginning at 5:00 pm and celebrate the weekend!  The event is FREE with museum admission. $10 Adults, $8 seniors, students, active military, $6 children ages 17 to 7, children 6 and under are free. Check out the schedule of events below.
-5 to 8 p.m.: Art Making Activity
-5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Music by Cristina Perez
-6 p.m.: Book Reading & Signing of Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans II with author, David Lummis & Errata with author, Michael Zell
-7 p.m.: WYES Screening: Christmas in New Orleans

Tonight is the Awesomely Ugly Holiday Sweater Party at the Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude) at 9:00 pm - Daria & The Hip Drops, The Local Skank, and The White Beach Vocal Club are getting together to bring YOU happy holladaze with a show full of singing, skanks, singing skanks, steel drums, silver bells, and SWEATERS! Wear your favorite holiday sweater and get some free Swag!
This show starts early! Why? Because not only will we be laying down tunes, we will also be hosting a Holiday Craft Fair/Art Market inside the HiHo!

Egg Yolk Jubilee's 4th CD, FRIED, was released Wednesday, & the CD Release Party is tonight, at DBA (618 Frenchmen). Lots of special guests are joining in including Quintron, Rob Cambre and soprano JeAnne Swinley....there will undoubtedly be more. The fun kicks off at 10pm! Come on out for prizes and more! It's gonna be a super-throwdown!

Saturday Fun!

Get all your holiday presents at the Piety Street Holiday Market at the Old Ironworks (612 Piety) - Saturday..Piety Street Market decks the halls with their big holiday market! Creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles, flea market finds & great local music with from Frenchmen String Trio and New Orleans Nightingales: Ingrid Lucia & Friends!

Sunday Fun!

Caroling in Jackson Square! Join in a truly moving annual tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral.  Candles and song sheets provided. Gates open at 6:30 pm and Caroling begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

And come all ye faithful! Caroling at Palmer Park! Come one Come all - Its Show time - Caroling at Palmer Park at 6:00 pm after the Arts Market. Egg-nog, food and fun with Krewe of Nyx. Celebrate the season and bring non-perishable foods for Food Bank Collection - or just make a donation to the Food Bank.  It's the season of singing!

All Weekend Long!

The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Christmas Show Purrrforming Circus Cats!
December 12 - 23, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, Fridays at 7pm and 10pm, Saturdays at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, Sunday at 4pm and 7pm at the Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude)
*Samantha Martin and her fantastic felines will be celebrating the Holiday Season with their Meowy Christmas Show. These special shows add a delightful festival spirit to what has already proven to be a one-of-a-kind, fun filled show for people of all ages. Over a dozen yuletide cats will leap through wreaths, ride skateboards and much much more; plus, there will be a special musical purrformance by Tuna and the Rockcats - the worlds only all cat band! Real cats playing real musical instruments and doing amazing Christmas tricks!  Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and tickets are available both online and at the door. Seating is limited so advance tickets are recommended. No late seating will be permitted - it distracts the cats!  MEOUX!!  Tickets $18 adults, $15 for children 12 and under.  Click here for tix: Acro-Cats

2 big nights of fun at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) with Honey Island Swamp Band! Friday will be an acoustic performance by the Honey Island String Trio and Alvin Youngblood Hart solo. Saturday will be an all electric night with Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory and The Honey Island Swamp Band. Don't miss these two nights of great music!

Arts Market of New Orleans runs Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at
Palmer Park corner of S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Avenues. Still working on some last minute Holiday Shopping? Then you've saved the best for last! Join us this weekend for the 2 day Arts Market of New Orleans. From stocking stuffers, to awe inspiring original gifts, there's nothing you won't find from our local and regional Fine Artists & Craftspeople. We'll have different artists each day, and don't forget all the fabulous food, live music and activities for kids.

It's the Festival of the Bonfires - A classic Louisiana festival with music, parades, gumbo cook off, and more. A single bonfire will be lit on the levee at 7 p.m. on Saturday. At the Lutcher Recreation Park, Lutcher Ave. (La 3193), Lutcher, La. The Park is a block from the St. James Parish Hospital. The festival runs all weekend long - Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the website for all the fun activities! www.festivalofthebonfires.com



Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -  http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy 12/12/12 - Fun Under the Frescoes Holiday Show w/the Pfister Sisters at St. Alphonsus Church!

Happy Holidays and Happy 12/12/12!!!

Tonight - Tonight!!!  The Friends of Saint Alphonsus host this season’s second Fun Under the Frescoes concert at St. Alphonsus Church (2025 Constance St.) in the Irish Channel with the pfabulous Pfister Sisters for an evening of harmony and holiday cheer from 6:00 to 8:00 pm!

Beverages will be provided by Gordon Biersch, Vino Wholesale, and Old New Orleans Rum. Food Network’s Chopped Champion Ms. Linda Green will have delicious food available for purchase. This event would not be possible without the generous support of the New Orleans Hash House Harriers – Red Dress Run.


Schedule for 2012 - 2013

One-of-a-kind New Orleans troubadour Philip Melancon brings unparalleled wit and talent to our January 9th “phil”harmonic.

Celebrating the rich history of St. Alphonsus, the series culminates on March 13th with an Irish extravaganza featuring the Crescent City Celtic Band and the McTeggart Irish Dancers.



For more info contact: saintalphonsus1@gmail.com or www.stalphonsusneworleans.org or Facebook


**St. Alphonsus Catholic Church was built in 1855 to serve the needs of the Irish Catholic immigrants who began settling in the neighborhood in the 1840s. In 1979, the church was closed. After a continuing fall into decline, FOSA was formed in 1990; in 1996, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark. With glorious, yet deteriorating, ceiling frescoes and stained glass windows over a century old, the building is breathtakingly beautiful and has been featured in Treme and several movies… and the acoustics rock!

Enjoy fabulous music with your friends and support one of New Orleans’ cultural treasures, the 155 year-old Saint Alphonsus Church. We will see you this season for Fun Under the Frescoes!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy Holiday Tuesday w/Veggies, Cocktails for Pets, and Christmas Fun!

Happy Tuesday Everybody!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. Today for the Green Plate Special they welcome Amano. This week they'll have strawberry glazed pork skins, green salad with kumquats and pinenut brittle, marinated shrimp with farro and winter squash, roasted pork sandwiches with provolone and rapini greens, and cannoli with truffle honey and candied pecans. Come grab a plate!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street between Noon and 6:00 pm, and they have a new pick-up location and from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Rosa F. Keller Community Center (4300 Broad @ Napoleon Ave.).  On most Tuesdays they're cookin' up all these delicious fruits and veggies in the Community Center Kitchen.  So come in for a taste, and great recipe ideas for all this delicious fresh food.  In order to pick up from the library location you need to pre-order.  So click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-Head of Cauliflower (Monica's Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Head of Broccoli (Monica's Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Kale (Fekete Farm, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Chard (Fekete Farm, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Sweet Potatoes (Stafford Farms, McComb, MS)
-Shiitake Mushrooms (MSNP, MS)
-Double Share of LA Sweets (Star Nursery, Belle Chase, LA)
-Grapefruit (Star Nursery, Belle Chase, LA)
-Collards (Indian Springs Growers Co-op, Petal, MS)
-Cajun Grain Brown Jasmine Rice or Arugula (Cajun Grain, Kinder, LA)
-Meyer Lemons (Star Nursery, Belle Chase, LA)
-All Natural Kumquats (Haynie's Backyard Citrus, Ascension Parish)
-Strawberries (Fekete Farm, Hungarian Settlement, LA)

Drinks for Pets!

Dijon (1379 Annunciation St.) continues its Celebrity Bartender Bash benefiting the LA SPCA tonight from 5:30-7:30 pm - featuring social divas Margarita Bergen, society blogger and columnist for New Orleans Living Magazine and Sheri M. Bleuler McKee, NOLA's Party Girl with NewOrleansLocal.com. All bartender tips during happy hour will be donated to the LASPCA, as well as a portion of all food sales from the evening. Guests will enjoy wine and cocktail specials and complimentary light hors d'oeuvres.  Fun!!

Holiday Fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Pfister Sisters from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!

Wednesday, Dec 12 Harmonouche featuring Norbert Slama
Thursday, Dec 13 St. Louis Cathedral’s Young Artist in Residence, Samuel Liégeon – Christmas Organ Spectacular
Sunday, Dec 16, 5:30 pm St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Annual Christmas Concert
Monday, Dec 17 Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
Tuesday, Dec 18 Don Vappie
Wednesday, Dec 19 Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:45 pm and admission is $3 a car.  New displays include a 60' sea serpent in the Lagoon, a Princess and her Castle, and more, in addition, to our traditional favorites - 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 - visit www.celebrationintheoaks.com for more info!

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Monday w/Holiday Fun, a Movie and Lots of Music!

Good Morning Everybody!

Holiday Fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Faubourg Quartet from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!

Tuesday, Dec 11 Pfister Sisters
Wednesday, Dec 12 Harmonouche featuring Norbert Slama
Thursday, Dec 13 St. Louis Cathedral’s Young Artist in Residence, Samuel Liégeon – Christmas Organ Spectacular
Sunday, Dec 16, 5:30 pm St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Annual Christmas Concert
Monday, Dec 17 Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
Tuesday, Dec 18 Don Vappie
Wednesday, Dec 19 Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:45 pm and admission is $3 a car.  New displays include a 60' sea serpent in the Lagoon, a Princess and her Castle, and more, in addition, to our traditional favorites - 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 - visit www.celebrationintheoaks.com for more info!

Movie Night!

The NOLA Japanese Cinema Series at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Avenue) continues with tonight's film at 6:00 pm - Sprited Away - In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
*For more information contact mail@charitablefilmnetwork.org.  Admission Free -  Cash Bar.

Monday Night Music!

And while your Uptown - Enjoy some cocktail porch sippin' over at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles)....Tonight David Doucet of fame BeauSoleil performs at 8:00 pm!

Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) has an amazing Monday night show with a solo show with  Jon Cleary at 8:00 pm!

Lots of fun around Frenchmen Street!

Glen David Andrews is back for his regular Monday night gig at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - So come on out and say hello, and enjoy the music!

BMC (1331 Decatur) has a great early show at 6:00 pm with Lil Red and Big Bad...then stay on for the next show at 9:30 with Smoky Greenwell's Blues Jam!!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music...Sarah McCoy at 4:00 pm, Dominick Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm!

And stop into Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) for one of the longest running performers in NOLA - It's Monday night with the Charmaine Neville Band at 8:00 pm - Yes, there's a cover, but Charmaine is worth every penny!  While your there get a Monsoon (watch out their dangerous) and one of the best burgers in town!

To top off you're evening....you gotta go Uptown and over to the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) for Papa Grows Funk at 10:00 pm - they'll get your Monday night funked up -remember there's a cover - but it's worth it!!!

Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar...until tomorrow!



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Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekend Fun w/a First and Fresh Fridays, Cocktails for Dogs, Christmas Fun, Markets and Holiday on the Boulevard!

Happy Friday and TGIF!!

Friday Fun

Don't miss the First Friday on Fulton Street (right around the corner from Harrah's) tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The special festive evening includes a special sampling selection from the Abita Beer Christmas Ale tap in the Manning’s Courtyard, along with featured guest Archie Manning!! Grand Isle will be serving up shrimp & grits with andouille gravy alongside other tastings from Fulton Street neighbors including - Ruth’s Chris, Manning’s, Gordon Biersch and Besh Steakhouse!! All this yummy fun is just $20.00 per person and includes a featured glass of wine. There's also going to be entertainment from The Hot 8 Brass Band!
*Be sure to stop in at Grand Isle for their holiday happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and check out their brand new festive drinks tonight and all season long: Under the Mistletoe Martini, Hot Apple Cider and Peppermint Martini - Ho! Ho! Ho!

Come let the dogs out at Spun Crossroad's Fresh Friday!  Experience fresh, local, seasonal produce under the backdrop of fresh, local specialized art, all while helping out a local non-profit!  Tonight it's Think DOG, it's Friday!  A FREE event at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) from 7:00 to 10 pm.  There's going to be libations created by Yolanda Butler, mixologist extraordinaire with a "Battle of the cockTAILs", cast your ballot by seleting from two fresh delicious drinks that will have your tail wagging!  There will also be cooking demos by Fatoush!  Proceeds from all the fun will go to Dag's House!!

Tonight is Finn's Christmas Party and Tacky Sweater Contest at Finn McCool's Irish Pub (3701 Banks Street). There's a festive evening in store for you with FREE DRINKS and FREE FOOD plus:
- 5 to 7 pm: Tree trimming...bring in your best handmade ornament...get a delicious free drink and try to win a $20 bar tab
- 7 to 9 pm: Come sit on Santa's lap and get a wee hug from Mrs Claus. You'll get something whether you've been naughty or nice.
- 7 to 9 pm: Help the IRISH NETWORK NEW ORLEANS and THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE at their meet and greet. Bring an unwrapped gift for "TOYS FOR TOT'S" or a pair of kiddies pajamas and book for THE PAJAMA PROJECT"
- 10pm: A Free drink for every tacky sweater wearer...who will win the Contest
- 9 to Midnight... Sing along to the tunes of Aine O'Doherty and Danny Burns

It's Toys for Tots at the Irish House (1432 St. Charles) all day long! There's a toy drive all day long, and anyone who brings a toy gets the military and service discount. Tonight Comedy Fusion will also be a part of the Toy Drive. The comedy show features RedBean, James Cusimano, Jonah Bascle and J.D. Sledge - Admission is $15 at the door or $5 with an unwrapped donation of a toy!

Saturday Fun!

Get all your holiday presents at the Piety Street Holiday Market at the Old Ironworks (612 Piety) - Saturdays 12/8 and 12/15..Piety Street Market decks the halls for *two* big holiday markets. Creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles, flea market finds & great local music with:
Saturday, December 8: Jesse Reeks
Saturday, December 15: Frenchmen String Trio
12/8 & 12/15: New Orleans Nightingales: Ingrid Lucia & Friends

And you don't want to miss Freretstivus!! A true holiday celebration on Freret and Napoleon from Noon to 5:00 pm....There's gonna be a 90 local vendors, selling food, art, jewelry, and collectibles. Please shop locally for the holiday season.
This fun fest features:
*The Airing of Grievances. Win a prize if your grievance is selected!
*Feats of Strength. Tug of war with the Big Easy Roller Girls.
*Freretstivus Pole. Unadorned, of course.
*Regifting Booth. Give one. Take one.
*Pet Adoptions from Zeus' Place
*FREE live music by with - 3 Piece Spicy at Noon - ChaWa at 1:45 - Parishoners at 3:30...Don't miss out on the fun!!

It's that time again boys and girls. The Very Bad Santa Crawl 2012!! No matter if you've been naughty or nice all year. It's time to get your RED on and bust loose in the Quarter. And...What a Deal! Only $5 and what do you get for this? A Very Bad Santa button for your collection, discounted drinks at all stops, ladies dancing on the bar at Coyote Uglies, no cover charge to Barely Legal with VIP access - saving you up to $25, and a number of surprises along the way. What a night!  Santas, Elves, Reindeer Games, Ho Ho's, and YOU!  Want to pay now and get it over with? Only $5 online, and $10 day of because you are making us work when we want to be partying. If you pay online, your wristband will be waiting for you when you show up. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HSK6U56HX7E8U


All Weekend Long Fun!

Celebrate Holiday on the Boulevard! For the thirteenth consecutive year, music and merriment are the order of the day as Ashé Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) lights up the boulevard with musicians, actors, merchants, and the community, creating an astonishing holiday family festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. All entertainment is indoors, free and open to the public. Check out the amazing schedule of events below:

FRIDAY
10:00 am Kwanzaa Demonstration with the iconic Mama YéYé Imagination Tour (dance & drum workshop) with Bamboula 2000
Noon Community Leaders Luncheon and Open House
7-10 pm “Healing Force” CD Release Party

SATURDAY
Noon – 8:00 pm | Vendor Marketplace
Noon Ashé’s Kuumba Institute
12:45 pm Ashé College Unbound
2:00 pm Green Charter School Dancing Dolls & STV Dancers
2:30 pm Lucky Lou with F & S
2:45 pm Cfreedom
3:00 pm Black Kold Madina
3:45 pm Rudy Mills & The Caribbean Funk Band
5:00 pm Bamboula 2000 with special guests Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians
6:30 pm The Healing Force All-stars featuring Kidd Jordan, Germaine Bazzle, Rev. Lois Dejean
Kalamu ya Salaam, Monica McIntyre, Morikeba Kouyate, Carol Bebelle

SUNDAY
1:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Vendor Marketplace
1:00 pm Golden Voices Community Choir
1:30 pm John Mosley & Friends
2:15 pm Gina Brown
3:15 pm Phat Word
4:00 pm Lloyd Daly & Friends
4:45 pm Michaela Harrison
5:30 pm Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Orchestra
7:00 pm Zion Trinity

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -  http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!  And be sure to tune in to WWOZ today from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm it's the Fund Drive and time to pledge with my hubby Bill deTurk - remember to support "your live local music" station!!!


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Thursday at the "O", Toasts & Tails, Launch Party and Great Music!

Good morning Everybody - Happy Thursday!

Thursday Events

Don't miss out on the weekly wine tasting at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans ) about 5:00 pm in Mid-City - Taste some amazing wines.  Come sip, shop and purchase your favorite wine for 10% off! You can also head on over to Clever (right next door) for a great cocktail after attending the free wine tasting.  And be sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market (in the parking lot) and patronize local Louisiana vendors with fresh veggies, seafood and more!

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. The concert kicks off at 6:00 pm as the Ogden presents Kenny Brown.  Kenny Brown grew up in the hill country of northern Mississippi and knows the region's music well. As a 10-year-old, he learned to play guitar from his neighbor Joe Callicott, and has played with Mississippi Blues Masters ever since!  Tonight the O BAR's celebrates holiday season with the O Martini! *Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!!

Cocktails for Pups and Kitties!

Tonight it's Toasts & Tails and Jingle Bells at the NO Fleas Market (4228 Magazine St.) tonight from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Enjoy 10% off all merchandise, light hors d’oeuvres, treats for pooches (hey..what about the kitties?), pet photos with Santa, door prizes, a NO Fleas Market Fashion Show by FashionWeek New Orleans www.fashionweeknola.com, and a Howliday Costume Contest!! Don't miss out on all the fun - $5.00 donations help out The Louisiana SPCA. Friendly, leashed pets are welcome!!

Launch Party!

Come out and get inspired at the dcoy Launch Party this tonight at 8:00 pm – when modern cocktails meet vintage fabrics at Bellocq in The Hotel Modern (936 St. Charles) on Lee’s Circle. dcoy will have their product lines on display, a specially designed coaster to take home, and to top it off a seasonal cocktail created just for this special event! Check out the story on AskMissA too!

Some More Thursday Night Music

There's lots of fun going on over at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) tonight!  Come on over for the fabulous Kenny Neal at 8:00 pm and stay on for some more excellent music with Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove!

It's a lovely evening for some winter cocktails and music over at the the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles) this evening.  Enjoy the sounds of Kristina Morales at 8:00 pm.

Spotted Cat Music Club (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with Sarah McCoy at 4:00 pm, Miss Sophie Lee at 6:00 and stay on and party with Jumbo Shrimp at 10:00 PM!!

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Wednesday with Holiday Sounds, Book Signings and Lots of Music!

Happy Wednesday!

Holiday Music!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Philip Manuel & Shades of Praise from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!

Thursday, Dec 6 Preservation Hall-Stars
Sunday, Dec 9 Betty Win and One-A-Chord Gospel Singers
Monday, Dec 10 Faubourg Quartet
Tuesday, Dec 11 Pfister Sisters
Wednesday, Dec 12 Harmonouche featuring Norbert Slama
Thursday, Dec 13 St. Louis Cathedral’s Young Artist in Residence, Samuel Liégeon – Christmas Organ Spectacular
Sunday, Dec 16, 5:30 pm St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Annual Christmas Concert
Monday, Dec 17 Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
Tuesday, Dec 18 Don Vappie
Wednesday, Dec 19 Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Book Signings

Come by Café Degas (3127 Esplanade) for some delicious hors-d'oeuvres and a signed copy of the Café Degas Cookbook from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Purchase $100 or more of Café Degas Gift Cards, and receive one free Cookbook!

Authors Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart will discuss from and sign copies of their book, There's One in Your Neighborhood - The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans,  tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie). The event is free of charge and is open to the public. The book presents the history of more than 100 neighborhood theaters. Since 1896 when the nation's first movie house, VitaScope Hall, opened on Canal Street, nearly 200 neighborhood theaters have come and gone.

Culture!

Experience an Evening of Cultural Indulgences at it's new location in the  Irvin Mayfield I Club at the JW Marriott (614 Canal Street) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tonight's event features new works by local artist Isabelle Jacopin - plus music from Tony Seville, a spirit tasting with complimentary hors d’oeuvres....Make a purchase of $1,000 or more by  Artist tonight and the JW Marriott will give you a 1 night complimentary stay in the Presidential Bi-Level Suite a $1,500 value!! (Parking is available at a special event Rate of $5 on Common Street)

Wednesday Music!

Head on over to Frenchmen Street for a double header of music at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - They've got an early show with the The Tin Men at 7:00 pm, and be sure to stay on for Walter "Wolfman" Washington at 10:00 pm - there's a $5 cover, but you know the Wolfman is worth it!

Have fun in Mid-City when you head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for some happy hour drinks and stay on for  Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott at 8:00 pm - it's a great evening of music!

And more fun in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)!  Tonight it's Wednesday night regular Major Bacon and as always they got some FREE BLTs - tonight at 10:00 pm...you can never get enough of the bacon and no cover!!

Triple the fun in Mid-City with a Mid-City Mix-Up with your host Lynn Drury at Dmac's Bar and Grill (542 S. Jefferson Ave.). Lynn hosts a different songwriter/performer - complete with interview and 2 sets of new music each week! Tonight Keith Bernstein of the Mumbles is on keyboard. He's got that Nola piano sound and some funky tunes!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight - it's the swingin' sounds of Jerry Embree at 8:30 pm!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Tuesday w/Veggies, Art and Beer, plus Holiday Fun!

Happy Tuesday Everybody!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. Today for the Green Plate Special they welcome Amano. This week they'll have marinated beets with toasted pecans and local citrus, cavatelli with roasted carrots, carrot green pesto and Pecorino, goat and pork sausage with winter squash and an agrodolce sauce, and a dessert of rosemary panna cotta with satsuma marmalade. Come grab a plate!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street between Noon and 6:00 pm, and they have a new pick-up location and from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Rosa F. Keller Community Center (4300 Broad @ Napoleon Ave.).  On most Tuesdays they're cookin' up all these delicious fruits and veggies in the Community Center Kitchen.  So come in for a taste, and great recipe ideas for all this delicious fresh food.  In order to pick up from the library location you need to pre-order.  So click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-Cherry Tomatoes (Vicknair Family Farms, Ponchatoula, LA)
-Sweet Potatoes (Pointe Coupee Growers, Pointe Coupee Parish)
-All Natural Navel Oranges (Isabelle's Citrus Orchard, Algiers, NOLA)
-All Natural Meyer Lemons (Isabelle's Citrus Orchard, Algiers, NOLA)
-Head of Cabbage (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Head of Cauliflower (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Hakurei Turnips (Monica’s Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Satsumas (Star Nursery, Belle Chase, LA)
-All Natural Arugula (2 Acre Farms, Garden Guy Produce)
-Green Onions (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Tatsoi (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Collards or Mustards (Monica's Okra World / Monica's Okra World, Mizell’s Farms)
-Organic Carrots (Inglewood Farm, Alexandria, LA)

Art and Beer!

Stop by the Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur) between 5:00 and 7:00 pm for a an art show reception featuring some of New Orleans' finest artists - Michael Fedor, Mina Bellavia, Pati D'Amico, Owen Murphy, Natasha Sanchez, Steve Soltis, Mara Marich Tardy & William Warren. Complimentary beer and soft drinks will be served along with some light hors d'oeuvres.  And to top off the fun it's the monthly Beer Tapping party featuring their newest special brew - Dunkel Weiss! Come by to enjoy the new artwork in the restaurant as well as some freshly brewed beers.

Holiday Fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square. Produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the St. Louis Cathedral Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites will be performed in one of the country's most beautiful and historic churches.

Tonight's concert is the Opera Creole from 6:00 to 7:00 pm - check out the full schedule below and make plans to hear some great music in a beautiful setting!

Wednesday, Dec 5 Philip Manuel & Shades of Praise
Thursday, Dec 6 Preservation Hall-Stars
Sunday, Dec 9 Betty Win and One-A-Chord Gospel Singers
Monday, Dec 10 Faubourg Quartet
Tuesday, Dec 11 Pfister Sisters
Wednesday, Dec 12 Harmonouche featuring Norbert Slama
Thursday, Dec 13 St. Louis Cathedral’s Young Artist in Residence, Samuel Liégeon – Christmas Organ Spectacular
Sunday, Dec 16, 5:30 pm St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Annual Christmas Concert
Monday, Dec 17 Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
Tuesday, Dec 18 Don Vappie
Wednesday, Dec 19 Lars Edegran’s Jaxx Band featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson and Lionel Ferbos
Thursday, Dec 20 St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir

Celebrate the season at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Boulevard) - The annual “Holiday in the Park” The beautiful light display is nightly from dusk 'til 9:45 pm and admission is $3 a car.  New displays include a 60' sea serpent in the Lagoon, a Princess and her Castle, and more, in addition, to our traditional favorites - 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 - visit www.celebrationintheoaks.com for more info!

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Monday with Chorus Girls and Good Music!

Good Morning Everybody!

Chorus Girl Project tonight! Come see your favorite New Orleans dancing girls perform their newest routine tonight at Mimi's in the Marigny (upstairs - 2601 Royal) at 10:00 pm. It's free to enter and free to have fun, but please purchase a drink and tip the band with music from Meschiya Lake & The Lil' Big Horns. For those that don't know what The Chorus Girl Project is, check it out here - chorus girl project

Monday Night Music!

And while your Uptown - Enjoy some cocktail porch sippin' over at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles)....Tonight David Doucet of fame BeauSoleil performs at 8:00 pm!

Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) has an amazing Monday night show with a solo show with  Jon Cleary at 8:00 pm!

Lots of fun around Frenchmen Street!

Glen David Andrews is back for his regular Monday night gig at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - So come on out and say hello, and enjoy the music!

BMC (1331 Decatur) has a great early show at 6:00 pm with Lil Red and Big Bad...then stay on for the next show at 9:30 with Smoky Greenwell's Blues Jam!!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music...Sarah McCoy at 4:00 pm, Dominick Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Kristina Morales & The Bayou Shufflers at 10:00 pm!

And stop into Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) for one of the longest running performers in NOLA - It's Monday night with the Charmaine Neville Band at 8:00 pm - Yes, there's a cover, but Charmaine is worth every penny!  While your there get a Monsoon (watch out their dangerous) and one of the best burgers in town!

To top off you're evening....you gotta go Uptown and over to the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) for Papa Grows Funk at 10:00 pm - they'll get your Monday night funked up -remember there's a cover - but it's worth it!!!

Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar...until tomorrow!



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Friday, November 30, 2012

Weekend Fun with Art, A Fur Ball, Draw-A-Thon, Comic Con & Irish Dancing!

TGIF - Lot's of good things going on this weekend!

Friday Fun!

Enjoy a Night at the Museum!  Check out The Where Y'Art? party this evening over at the New Orleans Museum of Art beginning at 5:00 pm and celebrate the weekend!  The event is FREE with museum admission. $10 Adults, $8 seniors, students, active military, $6 children ages 17 to 7, children 6 and under are free. Celebrate LIFELIKE, NOMA encourages guests for Where Y’Art?! on this night to come out for Feaux Real Night! Come out dressed in your finest feaux furs, costume jewelry, and mock-brand attire for half off admission!  Check out the schedule of events below.
-5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity
-5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by The New Orleans Moonshiners
-5:30 pm: Photography, Sequence, & Time Gallery Talk with Curator of Photography, Russell Lord
-7:30 pm: Screening: My Louisiana Love: A documentary by Sharon Linezo Hong, Mark Krasnoff & Monique Michelle Verdin

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT - Fur Ball a Benefit for Animal Helper New Orleans the FUN is from 6-10 p.m. at The Cannery (3803 Toulouse, New Orleans). No special attire needed, come as you, and please bring your family and friends. They’ll have the Pussyfooters, Rollin Elvi, and the MC is Tami Tarmac. There will be a DJ, 50/50 raffle, awesome door prizes and delicious FREE food. There will also be a cash/credit bar and a photobooth provided by Boogie Booth. Please come, there are many bargains to be had, with all proceeds going to a great cause. Thank you for all your support and we really hope to see you there!!
*Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can still get advanced tickets today at Puppy Love Daycare, Esthetique Facial Spa, Crumb Engineering in Metairie, Adventure Pets - Mandeville and South Paws Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Mandeville and even through Paypal using takaracrawfish@gmail.com. (Please put a note you are purchasing Fur Ball tickets and the number of tickets and your tickets will be waiting for you at the door.)

Saturday Fun!

It's DRAW-A-THON 2012 - 24 Hours of Drawing Fun! The drawing begins Saturday at 6:30 am and continues on through Sunday at 6:30 am at The Marginy Opera House (725 St.Ferdinand Street).  Draw-a-thon is probably the only event of its kind in the city of New Orleans—a FREE, all ages marathon drawing experience with all art materials provided. The 24 hour event is punctuated by two hour drawing workshops developed by local artists and arts educators designed to encourage the participant to fully experience and study the art of drawing. The event’s environment is constantly changing, illuminated by what is being taught and drawn.
There will be on-going activities as well as structured events. You can choose your own adventure within the effervescent creative experience by hopping between workshops lead by local artists such as Kenny Harrison, Courtney Eagan, James Goedert, Natalie McLaurin, Caesar Meadows, Gary Oaks, Brad Benischek, Bob Snead and many others. On-going activities include the infamous Amazing Draw-a-tron 3000, Get Well Cards for Hubig Pies, Whimsy Post, Draw Your Fortune, Dream Drawings, Drawing Receptacles and much more!
For a complete schedule go to press-street.com/drawathon; any questions contact Susan Gisleson @ 504 250-7975 or iamsusangisleson@yahoo.com

Start your Saturday off at the Freret Street Market (corner of Freret and Napoleon) for more than 90 vendors with loads of food, produce, art, collectibles, pet adoptions, music and appearances by the Big Easy Roller Girls.  The market runs from noon to 5:00 pm and musical performances include - Chawa at Noon, Seguenon Kone at 1:45, and Lagniappe Brass Band at 3:30 For more info visit www.freretmarket.org

Saturday Evening Art!

Saturday evening check out some amazing art at local galleries around town.  These two are going to be especially wonderful!

Sibley Gallery (3427 Magazine) - Memes amd Mirrors of Mind and Memories - 6:00 to 9:00 pm - Jimmy Block makes use of form and shape, light and shadow, in constructing pieces which reflect recurring memories and cultural and artistic ideas influenced by geometry and mechanical structures. The two dimensional plane is expanded using negative (dark) space and luminosity invoked by means of positive (light) space. Reflections and refractions of light from the materials utilized complement and complete the piece and invite the viewer to multiply the themes and memories from his own experience and imagination.

Jean Bragg Gallery (600 Julia St.) - IcoNOLAgy by Will Smith from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Amazing artwork of local New Orleans icons - and yes, there may even be a surprise visit from the one and only Chris Owens!!

Sunday Fun!

The Friends of St. Alphonsus host the Annual International Creche Exhibit for one week only, December 2nd through 9th, at St. Alphonsus Church in the Irish Channel. The exhibit features creches, better known as mangers from around the world. The variety ranges from a crib made from a walnut from the Pacific Islands to grand Lalique figures.
*The exhibit is FREE and open to the public and is open:
Sunday, December 2nd and 9th from Noon to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
*The exhibit will close Sunday, December 9th with Christmas caroling from the Laetare Singers from St. Dominic. For more information, call (504) 524-8116.

All Weekend Long Fun!

The comic world comes to New Orleans at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con - Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con starts Friday, and lasts throughout the weekend at the Ernest R. Morial Convention Center (900 Convention Center Blvd., 582-3000). Highlights include stars such as Eliza Dushku and Stan Lee, plus a reunion of part of the cast from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." For more info on all the fun click: Comic Con

This is a once in a lifetime event! For the first time, the Southern Region Oireachtas, a qualifying event for the World Irish Dance Championship competition is being held in New Orleans, Friday through Sunday at the Marriott (555 Canal St.). Attendance is free and open to the public.  Make sure you don't miss it! Check out the website for a complete schedule of activities: Schedule

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -  http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!


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