The Idea Village Presents: Entrepalooza

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Idea Village presents Entrepalooza. This 2015 Season Kickoff Event is open to the entrepreneurial community and is a pep-rally of sorts. Entrepalooza will take place this Sunday, August 24, 2014 at one of the most popular New Orleans’ locations: NOLA Brewery.  The event is from noon to 4pm and will offer free beer. But free beer isn’t the only reason to stop by! Entrepalooza will be a chance to meet and talk to local entreprenaurial businesses.

Visit NOLA Brewery on Sunday to meet, chat, and hopefully be inspired by local endeavors and the men and women who undertake them.  Such ventures include Audiosocket, Better Day Health, Bioceptive, ChapterSpot, Cordina, Federated Sample, Kickboard, mSchool, NOLA Brewing, StaffInsight, TurboSquid, Tutti Dynamics, zlien, and more…Come out to support and enjoy cold beer and live music with new friends. 

NOLA Brewery Address:
3001 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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New Orleans Red Dress Run 2014

Another favorite summer event is around the corner: New Orleans Red Dress Run 2014.

The gist: Originating and sponsored by Hash House Harriers (a running club), The Red Dress Run raises money for local charities . For an interesting history about the Red Dress Run, read here.  It’s a good time for a good reason, and it’s Saturday, August 9th, 2014.

The deal: Not everyone participates in the physical run, but everyone who comes out supports the cause in spirit and attendance. Those in dress should support the local charities and register for the whole event which takes place at Armstrong Park.  There are already 4763 registered participants.  Many show their support by visiting the streets of the quarter in the early hours, in a red dress, of course.

Events will be held all weekend, including a lingerie run on Friday night and a hungover run on Sunday- Won’t be there.

Seth and I at 2013 Red Dress Run

Saturday’s schedule:

9 am       On site registrations opens
9:30        Gates open, beer is served
11:15      Browncoat Brass leads us to the streets
11:30      20th Red Dress Run takes off
Noon      Time to eat – food is served
1 pm       Flow Tribe performs
3pm        5 Finger Discount performs

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New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas

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Tank and the Bangas album cover. Visit them on FB https://www.facebook.com/TankAndTheBangas

I experienced a spellbinding performance last Saturday night at Gasa Gasa. Big Freedia was everything I hoped for and more. The venue was packed, bouncing, and rowdy while Big Freedia was working it on stage. I had just watched a brief documentary of her on YouTube, and she did not upset. Big Freedia wowed the audience and truly is The Queen Diva of New Orleans.

Heading to the venue with the sole purpose of to dance around with Big Freedia and her fans, I was in awe when I arrived for the band preceding her: Tank and the Bangas. The music was a fusion of everything I loved- soul, funk, brass, poetry, and theatrics.  As much as I wanted to dance to their groove, I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage- I thought I was going to miss something, and in my mind, that just could not happen. Tarriona, the leading lady and poet of Tank and the Bangas, was mesmerizing; her back-up singers were killing it too, so it was a double whammy.  She may be small, but Tarriona has mighty pipes. And quite the style- think steampunk meets Tim Burton, but feminine, flattering, and sassy.   Between her dynamite look and dramatic and stunning facial expressions, Tarriona was bigger than life. TATB drew the reaction where you look around to make eye contact with people to find out if they are seeing what you’re seeing. Without words, I asked my friend, “Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Are we both watching the same magic?”. We did. Then we acted like looney-tunes and waited outside for TATB after the show.

The following day, I sent my sisters a link to a Tank and the Bangas YouTube performance, and I bought the album off iTunes. Tank and the Bangas can serenade me while I journey to Paris in a few days (so I won’t be writing here for a bit). The best news of that evening: Tank and the Bangas will be playing Wednesday’s at one of my favorite watering holes/venues: The Maple Leaf. You must go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.

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5 Things To Do in NOLA This Weekend: July 18th-20th, 2014

Is anyone looking forward to this weekend with no planned events or holiday pressures? Having zero plans is my favorite kind of weekend; it could only be better if there were thunderstorms. In case you don’t have the soul of a 75-year-old woman (me), here is a list of random weekend ideas in NOLA, July 18th-20th, 2014.

  1. Lucy’s 7th Annual Block Party-  This Saturday, July 19th, 2014, Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant will be having their 7th Annual Block party.  Located in the CBD (701 Tchoupitoulas St), the free admission party begins at 12pm.  Starting at 5pm there will be live music: Nick Name & the Valmonts, The UnNaturals, and Clockwork Elvis.
  2. Chewbacchus Presents: Dance Wars! A Sci-Fi Dance Party- Now this is a little treat I do not know much about. I’ve always enjoyed the House of Blues venue, so when I checked their calendar, I saw this little event. It sounds sick: Sci-Fi Costumes + Dance Party= a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment. Sponsored by the Krewe of Chewbacchus, the event is from 10pm-1am at New Orleans House of Blues, located at 225 Decatur St.
  3. Free Friday’s at Tipitina’s- This Friday features the Stooges Brass Band. As always on summertime-Fridays, admission is free. Showtime is at 10pm. Although the line usually extends down around the block, the wait goes by quickly. Trust me, if it didn’t I wouldn’t be going to any Free Friday’s at Tips.
  4. Hi-Ho Lounge- Double dance party weekend! On the third Friday of each month, Ritual, DJ Kung Fu Chris hosts a dance party that features music from a spectrum of cultures. On Friday you’ll be dancing to Brazlian, Caribbean and Latin music, blended with Afro Beat. Then on Saturday it’s our lovely DJ Soul Sister’s HUSTLE. The party is 11pm-3am. Visit the Hi –Ho Lounge to groove to a disco and hip-hop blend. Hi-Ho Lounge is located at 2239 St. Claude Ave.
  5. Keep Cool- Find a pool. Try the Country Club; Indulge (CBD); Hotel Monteleone; or some other courtyard secret.
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My beautiful boyfriend last weekend by the pool- #5: Keep Cool

 Please comment with more weekend ideas! 

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New Orleans Running of the Bulls

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It’s my favorite time of year again! (Besides Halloween, of course) New Orleans Running of the Bulls, “El Encierro to aficionados”, is this Saturday at 8am! Join us Saturday, July 12, 2014 for a casual race while being chased down by the finest roller derby ladies.  Dressed to the max to resemble a bull, these ladies will be skating behind you with horns on their heads and wiffle ball bats in their hands. And you better dodge and jet before you get swatted by one of them; that sting will pulse for quite a while…and swell…and change colors…and stay sore…not that it’s ever happened to me…

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Anyway, New Orleans Running of the Bulls begins at the Sugar Mill, located at 1021 Convention Center Blvd. El Encierro is actually only one part of the scheduled event: The Running of the Bulls celebration actually begins Thursday with a wine dinner. Read here for more event information. Unless you’re joining in any other New Orleans Running of the Bulls weekend events, the race is free! Then you have the morning to stroll through the French Quarter without the congestion of tourists and entertainment.

 

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Me trying to escape with bloody Mary in hand

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FestivALES: New Orleans’ Warehouse District

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This Saturday, New Orleans’ Warehouse District is hosting Gambit’s “FestivALES”. This beer tasting festival allows you to sample 28 different craft beers from all over the country beginning at noon, Saturday, June 28th, 2014. The tasting and sign up begins at Barcadia, located at 601 Tchoupitoulas St.

 

You get to spend the afternoon visiting your favorite bars in the Warehouse District. This includes Barcadia, Fulton Alley, Gordon Biersch, Grand Isle, Lafayette Pub & Bistro, Lucy’s, & Manning’s.

Participating Breweries at FestivALES

The featured breweries are: 40 Arpent, Abita, Bayou Teche, Brooklyn, Covington, Chafunkta, Curious Traveler, Gnarly Barley, Gordon Biersch, Green Flash, Harpoon, Leinenkugel, Lazy Magnolia, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Nola, Parish, Saint Arnold, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Southern Prohibition, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Tin Roof & Unibroue.

Tickets are $35.00 online and include 3 oz. tasting cups for all 28 beers (84 oz total); an event t-shirt; and a tasting passport & map. You can sign up here, or the day of FestivALES at Barcadia.

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New Orleans Pride 2014

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Picture of Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis from Amazing Race, New Orleans Pride weekend hosts.

 

It’s that time of year again: New Orleans Pride Weekend 2014. This weekend, June 20-22, 2014 is New Orleans Pride Festival/Parade/Extravaganza.  The weekend packs in 3 days of events. Friday, June 20th, the party kicks off at 8pm. at Boomtown Casino and is hosted by Sandy Anderson as Dolly Parton.  (Note to self: Must re-watch Best Little Whorehouse in Texas).

 

 

 

New Orleans Pride Family Day:

Family Day is Saturday June 21, 2014 in Duncan Plaza. The event is 11am-5pm and starts with an all-faiths worship service and entertainment (listed below) until 5pm.

New Orleans Pride Parade:

Following Family Day, which wraps up at 5pm, the New Orleans Pride Parade will begin at 7pm. It will begin in Duncan Plaza and go through the CBD and the Quarter, and finish in the Marigny (around Rampart & Burgundy). The parade will be led by actor/musician Chris Salvatore, the celebrity grand marshal; local grand marshals include Tittie Toulouse and Electra Citty. Remember, the parade route is subject to change without warning.

Naturally, there will be special events and specials held all throughout the city, so be sure to visit! And don’t forget about New Orleans Decadence Festival 2014 held over Labor Day Weekend.

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Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival 2014

LBRTreme will be bustling this weekend with the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival taking place in Armstrong Park.  This is the first time in Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival history that the festival won’t be held at the Old U.S. Mint.  Click here for the music lineup with some favorites like Rosie Ledet.  If you can’t make it to the festival, you can listen to the live performances on New Orleans’ community radio station WWOZ.

In typical festival fashion, there will be an outdoor market with crafts and artwork for sale. Also, there will be the finest New Orleans’ food vendors, with seafood galore and the Cajun food; including my favorite shrimp & grits. I am salivating just typing out the menu of venders and their offerings below.  Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is this weekend, June 14-15, 11am-8pm both Saturday and Sunday. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. will no doubt be hosting another unforgettable event. Don’t forget, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday- perfect activity with Dad.

 List of Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival 2014 Food Vendors

Brocato’s Eat Dat
Shrimp & Grits
BBQ Shrimp PoBoy
Shrimp Remoulade Salad Wrap

Crêpes à la Cart
Gulf Shrimp Crêpe with Tasso Cream Sauce
Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Crêpe
Banana & Nutella Crêpe
Nutella Crêpe

Ninja Japanese Restaurant
Fried Soft Shell Crab Po Boy w/ Spicy Mayonnaise
Fried Catfish Po Boy w/ Spicy Mayonnaise
Crabstick & Cucumber Salad
Seaweed & Cucumber Salad

N.O. Original Sno Balls & Po Boys
Sno Balls
Fried Shrimp Po Boy
Fried Shrimp Basket w/ French Fries
Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Oceana Grill
Blackened Catfish Po Boy
Oysters Rockefeller Po Boy

Papa Ninety’s Creole Soul Café
Boudin
Boudin Balls
Shrimp & Crabmeat Ravigote Salad

Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant
Shrimp Creole
Crawfish Enchilada
Smothered Rabbit Po Boy

 Woody’s Fish Tacos
Blackened Fish Taco
Blackened Shrimp Taco
Alligator Sausage Taco
Black Bean Taco

Meltdown Frozen Pops
Locally made Frozen Pops

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The Creole Tomato Festival 2014

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The Creole Tomato Festival 2014 will be held June 7th and 8th, from 10am to 7pm at the French Market in the Quarter.  The festival, which began in 1791, is free and open to the public. There will be over 20 food vendors sporting specialty Creole dishes, including fried green tomatoes from Voleo’s and a Creole tomato gazpacho with crab from Sonethin’ Else Café.

Walk through the aisles of the French Market and enjoy Creole tomato’s and visit other stands (décor and clothing); there will be misters to cool you down. I can’t wait to pick up some Creole tomatoes; slice them up, add some basil and mozzarella and bon appetite!

 

 

 Creole Tomato Festival 2014 Line-up

Saturday, June 7th—ABITA BEER STAGE near Barracks Street, alongside the Flea Market

11:45 A.M.-1:15 p.m. Pocket Aces Brass Band

1:45-3:15 p.m.     Waylon Thibodeaux

3:45-5:15 p.m.   Billy Iuso and Friends

5:45-7:00p.m.    Brass a Holics

Saturday, June 7th—Dutch Alley pavilion stage at St. Phillip and Decatur Streets, riverside

11 a.m. -12:15   Ashley Renay

12:45-2:15 p.m.  Shotgun Jazz Band

2;45-415 p.m. Kelcy Mae

4:30-6:00 p.m.   Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Sunday, June 8th— ABITA BEER STAGE near Barracks Street, alongside the Flea Market

11:45-1:15 p.m. Kid Merv & All That Jazz

1:45-3:15 p.m.   HoneyPots

3:45-5:15 p.m.   Los Po Boy Citos

5:45-7:00 p.m.    Erica Falls

Sunday, June 8th— Dutch Alley pavilion stage at St. Philip and Decatur Streets, riverside

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage

12:45-2:15 p.m      Tuxedo Jazz Band

2: 45-4:15 p.m.    Royal  & Dumaine Hawaiians

4:45-6:00 p.m. Ganey Arsement

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New Orleans Oyster Festival 2014

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Located in the scenic Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans Oyster Festival will take place May 31-June 1st, 2014. For two days you can go down the the Mississippi to listen to live music and slurp down oysters galore. Both days the festival will be from 10am-7pm, and many of our favorite New Orleans’ bands will be performing. A contest will be held each of the days. The schedule is below.

 

As for the food, there will be 24 local restaurant vendors. For example: Jacques-Imo’s Cafe will be offering Oyster dressing stuffed mushrooms; shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake (it’s a must); and slow roasted duck Po-boy. Borgne will offer oyster pie and deviled crab. Cafe Rconcile will have buffalo Oyster Po-boys with blue cheese aioli, and white beans & shrimp. As much as I would’ve loved to post the full menu, it is quite long. Plus you should scroll through their site anyway. Click here to visit the New Orleans Oyster Festival 2014 website.

Jacques-Imo’s famous alligator sausage cheesecake. Picture from olivetocook.com.

New Orleans Oyster Festival 2014 Lineup

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

10:30am-11:45am: The Michael Foster Project

12pm-12:45pm: P&J Oyster Shucking contest

1pm-2pm: Ben Labat

2:15pm-3:15pm: The Bucktown All Stars

3:45pm-4:45pm: Honey Swamp Island Band

5:15pm-6:30pm: New Orleans Suspects

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

10:30am-11:30am: The Mercy Brothers

11:45pm-1pm: Acme Oyster Eating Contest

1:15pm-2:30pm: The Mulligan Brothers

3pm-4:30pm: Bonerama

5pm-6:30pm: Raw Oyster Cult

 

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