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Opera on Tap had brought Opera back to New Orleans

Rusty Nail




In October 2007, New Orleans partnered with Opera on Tap in New York City to create the first Opera on Tap franchise in a city so rich with musical talent and history, it seemed only fitting that the next one would be here. The organization is now hosting their 7th season in the city, and it continues to grow each year.

The New Orleans Chapter of Opera on Tap features some of the finest vocal talent in the city, who perform 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more. The singers pack the venues they perform in—including The Rusty Nail, their home base—with opera and music lovers of all ages, often with a drink in hand to add to the special occasion. This location can be easily reached by the St. Charles Ave streetcar which is only 2 blocks from our B&B.

The music may seem a stark contrast to the typical bar setting, but that’s one aspect that makes these shows so interesting and unique. The crowds get just as into the music and applause as they would any other live music show in the city, perhaps except for the more reverential quiet during the actual performance which is sometimes on a mic and sometimes not. read more »

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Drink Like a Fish: Aquarium of the Americas’ Scales and Ales


brown bottle of beer




Ever heard the term “drink like a fish?” The saying couldn’t be a better fit for next weekend’s premier event, Scales and Ales (Friday, Sept. 20th), an annual celebration benefiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Partygoers mingle, eat, dance and drink among the Aquarium’s collection of 6,800 fish. The annual event, now in its 4th year, has brought in $350,000 since 2010 to support the aquarium’s conservation efforts and education programs.

At Scales and Ales, patrons enjoy Bites and Brews, including a wide selection of beers from local favorite Abita Beer, such as Purple Haze, Andygator, Jockamo IPA and their seasonal feature Satsuma Harvest Wit, in addition to wine and specialty cocktails. The drinks are a wonderful and welcoming counterpart to the delicious food served throughout the event.

More than 30 local restaurants also participate with offerings that run the gamut. These restaurants include the following, just to name a few: Acme Oyster House, Angelo Brocato Italian Desserts, Café du Monde, Chiba, Deanie’s Seafood, Galatoire’s, The Praline Connection, Royal House and VooDoo BBQ and Grill, plus many more local and national establishments.

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Red Dress Run: A Sea of Red Takes to the Streets.

logo designed in NOLA water meter cover


If you’ve ever been walking or driving in New Orleans on a Saturday near the end of summer, you may have spotted an odd sight: a group of men and women all dolled up in red dresses, strutting their stuff down a French Quarter street like Rampart or Bourbon. You may have shrugged it off as one of those “only-in-New Orleans-type things,” and you wouldn’t be wrong. But then you see another gaggle of red dresses on men and women alike. And then another. And soon you realize that something must be going on today or the city’s denizens are losing their minds.

It is something going on—it’s the Red Dress Run.

Held this year on August 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Red Dress Run is “the biggest little Red Dress event in the world.” The premise is simple: don yourself with your best red dress—man or woman—and join the throng of other red dressers in the French Quarter. If you want to actually participate in the race aspect of the event, register ahead of time, and enjoy even more Red Dress Run fun as you attend the after-party in Armstrong Park on N. Rampart, complete with food and music from Cowboy Mouth and Dash Rip Rock. But many people do not register for the race, and they are the ones you will see cramming the streets after the actual race is over for the rest of the day.

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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 »

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Luck of the Irish: St. Patty’s Day Celebrations in New Orleans


Catching Cabbage!

Catching Cabbage!



Ask any native New Orleanian about their heritage, and you might be surprised by how often you’ll hear “Irish” as an answer. The large population of Irish folk has spurred long-standing traditions in the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year (ever heard of the Irish Channel neighborhood?). Donning their green, New Orleanians partake in various feats of revelry, from Irish food and parades to random kisses and the infamous green beer and catching all the ingredients for an Irish stew.

Many different Irish bars host their own version of a St. Patty’s Day party. Parasol’s just a few blocks off of Magazine St hosts their famous annual block party with lots of music, beer and food, which starts on Thursday, March 14th and continues on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th. Tracey’s on Magazine St hosts their own annual celebration with lots of green beer and plenty of entertainment on the same days as Parasol’s. During the parades farther down on Magazine St, bars like the Bulldog and Balcony Bar host huge parties as well with plenty of green beer, jello shots and the like. read more »

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After the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Barge


We waited, and we watched while our city was transformed for the 2013 Super Bowl; and we wondered whether it would all be worth it.  YES, it was!  So exciting that Super Bowl XLVII, between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, happened right here, where we don’t just know how to throw a party, we live a party.  For our tenth ever Super Bowl, now at the renamed and renovated Mercedes-Benz Superdome, we postponed a few Carnival parades, but the Super Bowl’s magic took over.  The weather was beautiful, and the whole town was scrubbed, shiny, and dressed up in its best clothes.  Is New Orleans “back?”  Yep, big time!  It was enough to make us cry during the game.  What about those commercials? read more »

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Celebrating 2012 Fourth of July in New Orleans

It’s about to be the Fourth of July.  Again.  Our town was here before the American independence from Britain, but we’re not counting that, because we weren’t in the country then anyway.  Heck, some people think we’re still not really American!  And we had our own war, in a way, here—the War of 1812, featuring the famous Battle of New Orleans.  That war in many ways made America a unified country, and we’re celebrating the bicentennial of that this year.

Nonetheless, we love the Fourth of July.  With the Mississippi River as the launching pad, we set off fireworks from dueling barges (we used to have duels here, too, under the famous Dueling Oaks in Audubon Park).  We call that one Go Fourth on the River, and you can get a terrific view from ACROSS the river in Algiers Point. But the official location is Woldenberg Park, and it’s free.  The fireworks show this year is Sunday at 9PM.

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