Hooray for wine! 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 with all tasting wines 10% off!
Double your wine tasting pleasure in Mid-City! Check out Swirl located on Ponce de Leon right off Esplanade and enjoy a FREE wine tasting at 6:00 pm.
And if you're Uptown head on over to Martin's Wine Cellar (3500 Magazine)....They'll be serving up some lovely wines from 4:30 to 6:30 pm!
Music and Horses!
Starlight Racing at the New Orleans Fairgrounds (1751 Gentilly Blvd.) - Groove on down to the sounds of the Groovy 7 and DJ Live! Gates open at 4:00 pm and the first post is at 5 p.m. The live bands take to the Clubhouse stage at 7 p.m., while the DJs in the Miller Lite Beer Garden spin nonstop until after the last race, about 9 p.m.
Admission and Parking:
*General Admission to Fair Grounds for Starlight Racing is $5.
*Admission to the Clubhouse or the Miller Lite Beer Garden is an additional $10.
If you haven't seen all the Oscar nominated films head on over to the AMC Theaters Best Picture Showcase at the Elmwood Theatre in Harahan. The theatre is having a marathon screening of all nine films nominated this year! The movies crank up at 10:00 am on Saturday and tickets are $40.00.
Michalopoulos Gallery Opening (617 Bienville) Saturday, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. In celebration of "HEART SONG", the original James Michalopoulos painting used for the Official 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. "Heart Song" captures Aaron Neville's two great inspirations -- New Orleans and spirituality - in this uplifting masterpiece. The exhibit will also feature studies and paintings used to create Michalopoulos' other Jazz Festival posters. James Michalopoulos will be in attendance.
2nd Annual Mad Scientist Ball: "Artwork, Absinthe & Alchemy" Collective World Art Community - Saturday from 8:00 until Midnight at The Big Top (1638 Clio Street). The event kicks off with a special mixology demonstration by one of New Orleans' very talented spirit handlers who will guide a group of aspiring alchemists as they create and sample a variety of specialty cocktails using chemistry sets provided by Collective World. Bring your own lab coat and don't forget your brass goggles!
*Entertainment will be provided by our DJ, Bats in the Belfry and feature live performances by Sundog along with a costume contest for the best green fairy, the maddest scientist and the sexiest lab mouse. There will be a raffle and a silent auction with many great pieces of artwork, crafts, beautiful jewelry, handmade fashion accessories, dining certificates, hotels, gift cards, tickets for events and attractions and many other fabulous items contributed by artists and local businesses.
*The proceeds from this event will benefit our project of bringing Giants in the City to the New Orleans Botanical Garden this fall.
*Tickets to are $10 at the door and $8 in advance for general admission plus an additional $15 at the door or $10 in advance to attend the mixology demonstration. For more info: www.collectiveworldartcommunity.com
St. Paddy's Day!
Start celebrating St. Patrick's Day a little early with The Downtown Irish Club Practice Parade!! It's Sunday from Noon to 5:00 pm at Markey's Bar (640 Louisa St.)...There's gonna be live music by The Mustard Brothers with Peeches, yummy food provided by Markey's Bar w/corn beef and cabbage added to the already great menu with raffle prizes every hour!! Erin go braugh!
Oscar Viewing Parties!!
Oscar Experience New Orleans - The Theatres at Canal Place. The American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana teams with The Theater and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to host Oscar Experience New Orleans at 6:30 pm. The City's only officially sanctioned Oscar viewing party. Since it's official you'll have to shell out the big bucks though (but hey, it's going to charity - right!) Tickets are $100, or $175 per couple. The evening includes cocktails and food. For more info click on: www.redcross.org/la/new-orleans
For more Oscar fun head on over to the Prytania Theatre Oscars Viewing Party - The local theater (5339 Prytania) rolls out the red carpet for an unofficial Oscar viewing party co-hosted this year by the New Orleans Film Society - doors open at 6:00 pm and the viewing starts up at 7:00 pm. The evening includes an Oscar trivia contest, a costume contest where attendees are invited to dress as a character from their favorite film! Tickets are $25 (and $20 for NOFS members).
Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this today and tomorrow...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!