Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Orleans Events

Where Color Meets White: Whitney White Linen Night Art Walk

 

poster for White Linen Night, dark blue background with white and lighter shades of blue used in lettering

 

 

The arts scene comes alive at the tail-end of each summer when its Whitney White Linen Night weekend. Every year on the first Saturday evening of August—this year, it’s Saturday, August 3rd—Julia St in the Warehouse District comes alive for three hours whilst crowds of white-clad art lovers roam up and down the blocks of art galleries

About two dozen galleries in all open the doors each year to showcase their best and current works. These special collections are something that has to be seen to be believed—paintings, drawings, sculptures, abstract art and full-room projects transform the street into a sanctuary of artistic design. And to the delight of their patrons, some galleries even offer free wine—while it lasts.

For others, beverages are served via tickets dispensed at cash bars located throughout the span of the art walk. There’s also a large selection of local restaurants offering their wares to event attendees.  read more »

New Orleans Museum's

Beat the Heat: Indoor Summer Fun in New Orleans

 

Arched windows of the Pharmacy Museum, wrought iron sigh hanger

 

If you’ve ever visited New Orleans in the summertime, you know what it means to be hot and humid. It makes being outside almost unbearable at times, and the thirst for indoor activities is stronger than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy rather than walking around the French Quarter, hitting the Magazine St shops or visiting the Audubon Zoo.

Mardi Gras World is a popular attraction, with its mammoth halls filled with enormous, beautiful floats and Mardi Gras costumes and paraphernalia. Knowledgeable and experienced tour guides take you around behind the scenes of all the Mardi Gras action complete with history and interesting tidbits about the process behind the annual season. And in the end, enjoy a free slice of King Cake. Tickets are between $12.95 and $19.95, and there is a free shuttle with pickups at 20 convenient locations.

One of the newest museums in the city, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond takes a closer look at Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, filled with exclusive photos, eyewitness accounts and state-of-the-art multimedia displays. There are a plethora of different iconic objects and pieces of wreckage on display which will offer a unique and unforgettable look at Katrina’s impact and the resilience of New Orleans and its communities. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, and children are free.

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New Orleans Music

Frenchmen St: Bourbon St’s Authentic Musical Alternative

 

Colorful sidewalk view of the block of Frenchmen St with storefronts and sigh of Snug Harbor

 

Much to the chagrin of locals, Bourbon St and its associated partying and debauchery are often one of the first associations tourists have with the city. It’s a common destination—perhaps all too common—and it can sometimes trump the plethora of other music and activities the city has to offer. One of those beloved local attractions is just past the edge of the French Quarter in the Marigny—Frenchmen St.

Frenchmen St is a strip of music venues, restaurants and bars that runs in a diagonal between Esplanade Ave (at the eastern edge of the French Quarter) and Elysian Fields Ave in the neighborhood known as the Faubourg Marigny. Considered an artsy district with more alternative-styled inhabitants than other neighborhoods in the city, the Marigny is the perfect setting for the crowds that frequent Frenchmen St.

Music venues are the main draw to this iconic New Orleans street, and Frenchmen St is home to some of the best music you’ll find in the city. Looking for traditional jazz? Check out the small but intimate settings of the Three Muses or the Spotted Cat or the table-seated environment of Snug Harbor, a popular tourist destination. More interested in brass bands, funk or anything else you can dance to? Try the Blue Nile, Maison or Café Negril.

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Festivals

Drink It All In: New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail

cocktail glass filled to the top sitting on a napkin from the Hotel Monteleone

 

 

Who doesn’t appreciate a great cocktail? At New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail, hosts and guests appreciate the cocktail and its culture to the highest extent. With seminars, dinners, award ceremonies, tasting rooms and other special events, the week and weekend of July 17th through 21st will be purely about all things cocktails. And New Orleans is the perfect hub for such a festival, as it’s the city in which the first cocktail—the sazerac—was invented, in a pharmacy on Royal St in the 19th century.

Perhaps one of attendees’ favorite parts of the event, the Tasting Rooms include various tasting events hosted throughout each day of the festival. The Hotel Monteleone is a hub for many of these tasting rooms, but there are more at hotels and restaurants around the city. There are events like Midori’s Stairway to Melon, Indie Spirits That Rock, Whiskey Luau and Russian Drinking Places: “Party booze a’la Russ.” There are dozens to attend every day, and they usually last about an hour and a half, so pick and choose your favorites. Similarly, there are Excursions—one per day except Saturday—that last a bit longer and offer a different journey into the event’s selected cocktail(s).

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Festivals

Essence Fest: Celebrating the Essence of African American Culture

 

Essence Fest Logo 2013

Essence Fest Logo 2013

 

Every year, Essence magazine hosts its annual music and culture fest, Essence Music Festival, in the Superdome the first weekend of July. The festival—this year hosted from Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th—celebrates the vibrant music, culture and business scenes of the African American community. Fest-goers dress to the nines as they enjoy day parties, after parties and speakers in addition to the festival itself.

The Essence Fest line-up includes some huge names in the pop, hip hop, soul and brass band scenes, including Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Biz Markie, Janelle Monáe and Trey Songz and local names like Mia Borders, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Brass-a-holics, Kourtney Heart and Stooges Brass Band. These artists will perform on six different stages and “superlounges” set up throughout the Superdome. read more »