Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Weekend w/So Much to Do - Wine, Movies, Oysters, Markets, Parades, Festivals and More!

Happy Weekend Everybody - Spring is in the air, and it's a full weekend of fun!

Friday Fun!

Wine Tastings!

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!
'10 Leonard Kreusch Auslese (Germany)
'11 L'Ecole #41 Semillon Columbia Valley (Washington)
'10 L'Ecole #41 Red Wine Columbia Valley (Washington)
'10 Domaine Chandon Carneros-Pinot Meunier (California)
'09 Goyette Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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.
*David Sobiesk is pouring 4 great Southern Hemisphere wines including a few stunners from New Zealand producer Mt. Beautiful. Plus Chef Walter will be dishing out his delicious tapas plates! The tasting is free and the food ranges from $6-$12 per plate.

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!

Fun at the Museum!

Movies in the Garden: The Princess Bride - at the New Orleans Museum of Art's (NOMA) Sculpture Garden - NOMA and the New Orleans Film Society are bringing more of your favorite films to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. This Friday, catch the 1987 comedy The Princess Bride.
**Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for NOMA/NOFS Members & children, 7 to 17. Guests who purchase admission to the museum will also have access to the Sculpture Garden and activities. Children 6 and under are free.

Also, be sure to check out the Friday Nights at NOMA
Tonight's Schedule:
5-7 p.m.: Music by The Acadias
5-7 p.m.: Art activity with KID smART
7 p.m.: Film screening: The Princess Bride

Music and Horses!

Starlight Racing at the New Orleans Fairgrounds (1751 Gentilly Blvd.) - Groove on down to the sounds of the Bucktown All-Stars 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.

Saturday Fun!


The Friends of St. Alphonsus (FOSA) is holding its 20th Roots Program at St. Alphonsus Church, 2025 Constance Street on Saturday, from 10 am until 1:30 pm. It will feature three presentations highlighting the people whose stories made history in the Irish Channel.

The first presentation will feature research on the Irish population during the latter part of the 19th century by Perry Faulkner, a Tulane intern workinig with FOSA. Another one will feature a preview of the upcoming exhibit at St. Alphonsus on the religious of the Irish Channel which will open in April. The feature presentation will focus on Father James Sheeran, CSSR, a widower, father, Redemptorist priest and chaplain to the 14th Louisiana Regiment during the Civil War. Dr. Patrick Hayes, Ph.D, archivist for the Redemptorist Baltimore Province, will present highlights from a 2 volume diary kept by Father Sheeran during his service as Chaplain in the Confederate Army.

Registration is $15 for FOSA members and $20 for all others. It will also include a lunch of corned beef and cabbage with Irish coffee and desserts at the conclusion of the program. For more information contact Linda at 524-8116 or for reservations email with name and phone number to

A Market!

Head on out to the Piety Street Market (The Old Ironworks - 612 Piety St.) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. There's gonna be live music by Rites of Swing!  And of course, 40+ vendors offering an eclectic assortment of art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles and flea market finds at this bustling neighborhood market.


Head on down to the Quarter early for the Louisiana Oyster Jubilee at 9:30 am on the 300 block of Bourbon Street.  There's gonna be music, and food with the world's longest oyster po-boy!!  The "Best Oyster Po-Boy in New Orleans Competition" kicks off at 9:30 am with the construction of the humongous sandwich..cutting and distribution begins at Noon.  First come first served - so get there early - yum!!!


The Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur) has been renovated and is looking all pretty for the return of the In-Store Concerts.  Be sure to come on by Saturday for free performances by Micah McKee at 2:00 pm and Sweet Olive String Band at 3:00 pm.  While you're there be sure to peruse their amazing CD collection and bring home some Louisiana music to enjoy!


Tonight is the annual Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade at 6:30 pm.  It kicks off on the corner of Canal and Chartres and marches through the Quarter.  Hundreds of tuxedo clad, flower carrying marchers will head through the streets handing out fava beans and paper flowers for a hug and a kiss!  Look out for grand marshalls Michael Badalucco, Vincent Pastore and Zach Strief!  Click the link for the parade route -

Sunday Fun!

Fun on Frenchmen!

The Nickel-A-Dance concert series continues over at the Maison on (508) Frenchmen Street at 4:00 pm with Frank Oxley's Joint Chiefs of Jazz.  The free series runs the entire month of March and it's family friendly - so bring the gang!!

Garden Party!

On the second Sunday of March, April, May and June, at 4:00 pm the New Orleans Botanical Garden and The Backbeat Foundation will host GARDEN PARTY an outdoor concert series on the beautiful Robert B. Haspel Garden Stage. The stage is located in the New Orleans Botanical Garden on the east side of the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Music lovers will enjoy great music while relaxing on the lawn and savoring the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden. Befitting the setting, the series will focus on Louisiana Roots Music. This Sunday's performance includes the Honey Island Swamp Band plus Mia Borders!

All Weekend Long!!

1st Annual Prima Festival - Prima Fest will be the first major heritage festival to kick off the 2013 Spring Festival Season here in Louisiana. The festival dates are March 7th-10th and will be held at Mississippi River Heritage Park, 1101 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans featuring restaurants and a four day talent line-up. Admission will be $10.


Friday, March 8
Johnny Pennino -11:30am to 2pm
Lena Prima - 2:30pm to 4pm
Mike Darby and The House Of Cards - 4:40pm to 6pm
Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters -  6:15pm to 7:45pm
The Wiseguys - 8pm to 10pm

Saturday, March 9
NOCCA's Red Hot Brass Band - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Tony Sacca - 1pm to 2:30pm
The Topcats - 3pm to 5pm
Lena Prima - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ingrid Lucia - 8pm
The Pfister Sisters - 9:15pm

Sunday, March 10
Harvey Jesus - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Bucktown All-Stars - 2pm to 4pm
Paul Varisco & The Milestones - 4:40pm to 6:30pm
Lena Prima - 7pm to 9pm

Frank's Restaurant
Ristorante Filippo
Deanie's Seafood
Papa Fontenot's Jumbalaya
Vietnamese Cuisine
Jack Dempsey's
Triple Nickel
Anthony's World Famous
Italian Sausage & Peppers and Philly Cheesesteak and More!

*Louis Prima was born in New Orleans and remains one of the greatest in popular music and a powerful entertainment influence over the decades. The King of Swing, Louie Prima scored chart topping hits such as, Jump Jive and Wail, Just a Gigolo, Sing, Sing, Sing, Oh Marie, A Sunday Kind of Love and many more. In 1954 Louis downsized his band and created a small group named the Witnesses with his beat combined with New Orleans Jazz. He became the Father of Las Vegas entertainment. He was awarded the very first Grammy Award in the vocal group category for That Old Back Magic and his song, Sing, Sing, Sing was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1958. He also appeared in Disney's 1967 motion picture classic, The Jungle Book. Louis Prima passed away August 24, 1978, but his music lives on. Louis sings:
When the end comes I know they'll say just a gigolo. And life goes on without me...

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 -!!

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