In most towns, Sunday nights can be lonesome, depressing times. You’re not ready to go back to work or school on Monday morning, but the promise of Friday night pizza and a movie, and Saturday barbecues has passed. What to do? In New Orleans, though, life really is a Cabaret—what good is sitting alone in your room? Sunday night offerings are available at various bars, museums, and restaurants, keeping you from staring at the TV screen by yourself. For example, Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant, offers viewings of HBO dramas that have a Louisiana connection and that you may have missed last time around. Past episodes of Treme’, the New Orleans –filmed and themed show about musicians, as well as True Blood, are screened this Sunday, July 29, alternating at 7, 8, 9, and 10 PM, and you can feast on a famous Buffa’s hamburger while you’re at it. If you get there earlier in the day, there’s music to listen to as well.
Another chance for company and entertainment is at Siberia on St. Claude Avenue. An early gig on Sundays at 5:30 PM by New Orleans rhythm and blues band, King James and the Special Men, is a rowdy, joyous place to be, and you can get bar snacks there too, like pierogi or a mushroom and spinach blini (t is Russian, after all!). There’s no cover charge, and the drinks are cheap.
If you’d like to get out earlier in the afternoon and try a little dancing, check out the World War II Museum’s free swing dancing event from 2-4PM every Sunday afternoon in the summer. You can take a lesson and listen to some New Orleans master musicians play the music that our grandparents loved. The series runs through August 26; this Sunday Joe Krown is playing, with his terrific band.
And there is also a Cajun Fais Do Do at Tipitina’s, only minutes from your us. If you’re not up for learning to cajun dance, it’s still great fun to watch. But I promise you’ll be tapping your feet!
So, as they say on WWOZ Radio here, get yourself out and hear some live local music! Or watch TV, or just hang out doing something you might never have done before. Sundays can get you started and ready for the next weekend here!