Festivals

Festival Week Arrives!

Festival International de Louisiane is so quintessential to Acadiana that in a sea of Louisiana celebrations, it is the only one we simply deem Festival. I treat this time of year as a choose-your-own-adventure game. I meander downtown during the…

Urban South Brewery Goes Blonde for the Boogaloo

    NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is getting its own beer. On Friday, April 19, Urban South Brewery will tap the first keg of Boogaloo Blonde in its taproom at 1645 Tchoupitoulas St. at noon, with…

Food, Fun And Festivals

New Orleans' Recreation Department will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Children ages three to 12 can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, space walks, carnival games,…

Jazz Fest: The Mystery of the Boy on the Balcony

  Has anyone else seen the Boy on the Balcony? A cursory internet search reveals that so far, he has either gone unnoticed or no one has bothered to question him. Could it be that no one has looked close…

This Week at Gasa Gasa And French Quarter Fest

Hand Habits at Gasa Gasa Tuesday Earlier this year Meg Duffy released their second record as Hand Habits—placeholder.  The first album was created during the little free time Duffy had while touring as part of Kevin Morby’s live band.  For…

Kids in the Kitchen And Other Culinary Adventures

I have known Chef Dominique Macquet for years. When his daughter was a toddler she joined us in the kitchen as we worked up recipes for some project or another. Like many chefs, hell, like many people, Macquet had a reputation…

The Jazz Fest Landslide That Brought Widespread Panic

OK, let's pick up where we left off last week. First, a recap: Jazz Fest screwed its pooch this year by rearranging its world order to accommodate the Rolling Stones. If you read this blog then it's clear you've got,…

Springing Into The Season

As I mentioned last week, when I took a recent drive through City Park on a Saturday there was not a parking spot to be found. People were out in droves, packing the park to take in the spectacular weather…

Soaking Up Education

The axiom we have all heard since we were 10 years old, or thereabouts, is that learning is a lifetime experience. It never ends. Those of us who have been present for the dawn and unfolding of the Digital Age…

You Can't Always Get What You Want

  This week, we find our population divided neatly in half between those who are profoundly affected by the cancellation of The Rolling Stones gig at Jazz Fest, and those who feel the same way about the cancellation as they…

SPRING FESTIVALS

Bayou Boogaloo has quickly become one of Mid-City’s favorite spring events. Held alongside historic Bayou St. John, festival goers enjoy music, art and food, often while afloat handmade pontoons, rafts, kayaks and inner tubes. Grab your sunscreen and come on…

BUKU Hogs

  Hogs For The Cause Of course the highlight of this weekend the return of Hogs For The Cause.  While it is pretty common knowledge that Hogs has some of the best food of any local event, it also regularly…

Crafts and Culture Collides

  Another beautiful spring weekend means another series of events that celebrate the creativity of our culture. The Acadiana Center for the Arts is certainly busy this week. Two of the five events this week will be held in the most…

Hogs for the Cause 2019

  The weather recently has been beautiful for everything but respiration, which functions best in a low-pollen environment. According to an area tv meteorologist, this weekend will be a bit warmer and also more humid. Ordinarily I would not vote…

Sip and Stroll Into Spring

  We are in the most beautiful time of the year in New Orleans. And it’s time to step into many bars and restaurants for fun springtime sipping. We recommend enjoying this time of year with a cocktail in hand…

This Week: BUKU and Beyond

  Of course, the big news this week is the return of the BUKU Music + Art Project to the grounds of Mardi Gras World.  BUKU is one of the truly great festivals on our scene.  The organizers do a…

Celebrating Celtic and Culture

  If you’re not too depleted from Mardi Gras festivities, get ready to honor St. Patrick’s Day. In recent years, Acadiana has provided more Celtic-centric events around this time of year, including a special live outdoor performance and a fundraiser for…

Louisiana Winter Beer Festival

  More than 40 breweries will be on tap at the Louisiana Winter Beer Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the 1000 block of Ryan Street overlooking the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse and 1911 Historic City…

Instigation Festival Returns

  Starting Monday the Instigation Festival returns to New Orleans.  This event began in 2016 as a collaboration between improvisational musicians from Chicago and New Orleans to bring cutting edge events to both cities.  After a great run of shows…