The Spooky World of Stormy Daniels

Yes, that Stormy Daniels. Actress, model, and mom: Stormy Daniels is now a bonafide ghostbuster. Along with her crew, she’s storming across the country, seeking out the dead among us and collecting proof of their existence. Her unusual path to this vocation is full of twists, turns, and even terror.

Gojira Shows Fortitude At Civic Theatre

Ten years ago, I interviewed Gojira’s vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Duplantier in a tour bus parked in front of The Hangar. Since that time, the band has crossed over from metal nearing the mainstream, inviting in a wide array of listeners and fans that prompted Gojira to headline The Civic Theatre, which they easily sold out. Gojira has experienced rapid growth in the last couple of years, finally earning the recognition they deserve in and outside of metaldom.

The Hu Conquers New Orleans

The Huns were nomadic warriors who conquered lands from central Asia to western Europe in the 300s and 400s AD. Their best known leader Atilla was so ruthless that the Romans and Visigoths formed a joint army to fight off The Huns in 452 during The Battle of the Catalaunian Fields, but The invading army broke through and pillaged Gaul anyway.

Boneghazi: Scary Sounds for Sad People

It was the NOLA Horror Film Festival 2019. The Prytania Theater had a small, scattered audience waiting to watch the final film of the evening. Before that movie played, a band was set to perform. Having attended NOLAHFF in previous years, I was intrigued about seeing live entertainment, especially of the musical kind, between films. This particular band looked promising, too. The stage was set with a real coffin and tons of flowers. It looked like an actual funeral.

Band Room: New Orleans Featured on WGNO

Under the glow of tiki torches, she hosts a speakeasy-esque concert series in her own backyard. It’s an intimate view of live music, during a year when live music has been very much elusive. “I have been going to see concerts my whole life. I have never realized how much a musician needs an audience and how much an audience needs a musician,” says Emily Hingle.

Big Sam Brings Funk to The Royal Sonesta

How do you keep an interactive, energetic entertainer like Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation from getting into the crowd as he performs to them? While we must stay socially distanced from each other, Big Sam has found a way to reach into his frenzied fans with his trusty trombone once a week.

Shaking and Baking: Big Freedia’s Garden Cookout

It’s no secret that the other major passion of bounce artist Big Freedia is cooking. Since COVD-19 hit and tours got canceled, she was able to delve deeply into her passion of cooking in front of an audience by hosting the Garden Cookout in City Park’s Botanical Garden Kitchen. Since June, Freedia has cooked multi-course meals for her guests, and this is just the beginning of something new. “I want to open my restaurant called Freedia’s. I definitely want to transition into something bigger, and hopefully I get a cooking show on a network where I’m doing something different that no one else has done with their cooking show. I’m just excited to do new and different things exploring the food world.

SaxKixAve Brings it to the Backyard

It’s 5:45 on a perfect Saturday, Fall weather has just arrived, and I’m sitting outside listening to SaxKixAve, a new project from rapper Alfred Banks and Albert Allenback of Tank and the Bangas, live in a concert for the Band Room Backyard Concert series. Life is good, and the thirty other people seated six feet apart in lawn chairs and on blankets seem to agree.

Louisiana Renaissance Fest is Back

The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is back in action after uncertainty about if it could proceed due to COVID restrictions. While most of your favorite vendors and entertainers are back, there are some changes to the massive outdoor multi-week festival. All attendees must wear a mask to enter, and there are hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the festival. Social distancing was highly encouraged. Even the Washing Well Wenches, known to drag a couple of men onto their stage, had to adapt using mannequins instead of living, breathing men. That didn’t stop them from ogling them from afar.

It’s A New Decade For The House Of Blues

During a star-studded evening, the House of Blues showed off some new renovations and menu items while also presenting facility upgrades that are soon to come. The Voodoo Garden in particular will be a new oasis perfect for lounging on a sunny afternoon or decadent night on the town. The new House of Blues has more food items including a vegan burger (which went amazingly with the French fry bar and mac-and-cheese station), a private dining area, and much more.

Double Dealer Opens Beneath The Orpheum Theater

Underneath the stately Orpheum Theater, you’ll find a decadent, dimly-lit, and devilishly fun new drinking hole called the Double Dealer. The multi-room speakeasy pays homage to the 1920s which was 100 years ago now. The walls of the entertainment area are lined with showgirl outfits of the period. If you prefer to have a more secretive conversation, you’re welcome to sit in one of the private booths. I could tell you where the door is to the underground bar, but where’s the fun in that?

The Big Wig Ball Brings Out The Wigs

The Sylvain Society Young Professionals annual Big Wig Ball was a stunning display of costumes, dance moves, and, of course, wigs of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Some of the towering wigs were even too tall to go through the doorways of the stately Opera Guild Home on Prytania Street.

They Are Babes.XO

Gone are the days of Babes and Beignets, the luxury New Orleans and travel lifestyle brand built by Alessandra Madrid Soto and Maggie Robert some years ago. As the brand has progressed and grown, they have decided to rebrand as Babes.XO. The launch party took place at The Gallery on Magazine with two Seven Three Distilling cocktails, delicious beignets, and lots of costumes.

Incredible Cosplay At Wizard World Comic Con

Among the rows upon rows of comics, jewelry, original and fan art that made up Wizard World Comic Con were festooned fans young and young at heart. Superheroes, villains, furry creatures, and real icons from history were represented by those who spent hours perfecting their outfits. In true NOLA fashion, subkrewes from the Krewe of Chewbacchus were on hand to recruit new members.

Poppy Tooker Signs “Drag Queen Brunch” At Brennan’s

Local author and radio show host Poppy Tooker released her latest cookbook “Drag Queen Brunch” at Brennan’s Restaurant. The jam-packed event featured many of her drag queen friends who also lent recipes to the pretty-in-pink cookbook filled with new and classic New Orleans recipes and the colorful history of drag in the city. They were even able to pop some bubbly by sabering several bottles of champagne.

Black & Gold Gala Hits The Fields

Everyone who came out to the Jefferson Chamber’s Black and Gold Gala got a change to feel like a Saint. The entire party took place on their practice field! In addition to some tantalizing treats like gumbo and fried crawfish ravioli, attendees got to play casino games for charity, bid on a suite of silent auction items, mingle with the Saintsations, and take photos with the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Getting Nerdy at Wizard World Comic Con 2017

The best thing about this particular comic con is that there’s truly something for everyone. You can magic, get a tattoo, meet a wrestler, and, of course, meet your favorite comic book creators and movie stars.

Top 10 New Orleans Destinations for the Prudes in Your Life

We live in a vibrant, colorful and incredibly lively city. And though it’s hard to believe that there are people out there who don’t like this kind of place, we’ve all got someone in our lives who hates live music, is offended by drinking and late-night living and won’t even put salt on his food because it’s too spicy.

8 Places to See and Be Seen

New Orleans has never been a city of trends. We may catch up on the occasional fad every now and then, but they’re short-lived and not taken very seriously.

Roots of Music Foundation Brinks the Brass

It’s beautiful to see so many people wanting to help out kids that our under-served by the educational system get a chance to shine and grow thanks to the community at large.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Windsor Court Hotel

The Windsor Court loves Christmas, and they always bring in this elegant family holiday in style. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting was packed with holiday cheer, and people were happy to nosh on the plethora of delicious cheeses, meats, holiday punch, and bubbly going around.

Whoop, Whoop, Whoopi Goldberg Live

Having been a fan of Whoopi Goldberg from her light-hearted film roles when I was a child to her more intellectual conversations on talk shows today, I was very excited to see what the illustrious Whoopi Goldberg had in store during this one-woman show.

Having Fun at Renaissance Festival

You might as well call me a Ren Festie. I’m a person who loves history, especially old European history. So the six weeks of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival are like a second home to me.

Voodoo Fest: Saturday

Voodoo Fest is so incredibly different than last year. We have beautiful weather, but the ground is so parched that people are basically tripping over roots and uneven ground all the time, so be careful if you head out! Don’t run for anything. The beautiful weather is also bringing really huge crowds out. It was harder to find a spot to chill out on this popular day; there are people everywhere almost like Jazz Fest, but still not quite as bad.