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.

On the Stage: The Bodyguard

Never having seen the film The Bodyguard, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than Whitney Houston music. I think that the film had a few more twists and turns than this more musical stage version, but we were privy to a story about a famous chanteuse who was being stalked by some creeper who sent her threatening letters.

On the Stage: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

What hardly any music fan realizes is what goes into the making of a song. They may be under the impression that a band or one person in it writes a complete song by themselves. But they would be quite surprised to see a show like this that exposes how the biggest hits of the Motown era were created: by songwriters employed by record companies. 

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.

The Revivalists Ring in the New Year at the Orpheum Theatre

It’s been a decade since The Revivalists formed right here in New Orleans, but I think that just now, they’re hitting their stride. In 2016, Rolling Stone Magazine named them one of the 10 Bands You Need to Know. I concur; if you haven’t already fallen for this funky rock jam band, you need to run out and buy one of their albums right now.

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.

On the Stage: Lion King

Everyone knows about The Lion King, so I went into this show knowing the story line, but I was waiting with great anticipation to see what they would do for the visual effects and costumes. I was not whatsoever disappointed. 

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.

On the Stage: Jersey Boys

Let’s just get the obvious question out of the way: Yes, this is my favorite Broadway show ever. Jersey Boys is one of the most popular shows to hit the stage because it’s certainly more adult than other shows as well as being historical in some aspects. 

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.

On the Stage: Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

I was raised to think of Christmas as the most happy time of year, and Christmas Eve is the most exciting night you’ll ever experience. While my opinions may differ from that in reality, there’s nothing more comforting than curling up on the couch with some hot chocolate (and liqueur) to watch those old Christmas movies that are so near and dear to my heart.

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.

Voodoo Fest: Friday

Friday is my reconnaissance; it’s the day that I set aside to simply scan the perimeter and peruse the middle festivities to get my bearings, especially since the configuration is so different this year, and to see everything that there is lest I miss something in the insanity that can become any music festival of this scale. What did I find on my mission?

On the Stage: The Illusionists

I love magic tricks; I don’t care what anyone says. I sit in total awe watching card tricks, cup-and-ball tricks, and anything else a skilled, or even amateur, magician can throw my way. So when The Illusionists came to town, you can bet that I was first in line. 

The Mortuary Gets Scary

For nearly ten years, The Mortuary has been frightening the life out of its visitors, yet always leaves them wanting more. Attendees shriek with fear at the spooks walking around the entrance just scaring them to death with one glance.

On the Stage: The Sound of Music

When I was in junior high, I was forced to do a rather ridiculous dance to the “Lonely Goatherd” song from The Sound of Music, so I kind of hated the movie. But I’ll go see anything on stage; they’re the ones that have to dance to the song this time, not me. 

Kevin Smith and Yoga Hosers

The cult filmmaker turned Hollywood heavyweight, Kevin Smith, has been delighting and beguiling his following since the early 90s with the release of Clerks. While his unique films have gathered a strong following, he has branched out into larger blockbusters as well. But he continues to create oddball films for his own sake, and he’s even coming to town to show off his latest. Yoga Hosers screens at The Joy Theater on Wednesday, June 1st, complete with a QnA with Kevin Smith after the film. I got to ask him some questions in advance of the event about this film and his unexpected self-identification.

Long-Running NOLA Musicians

Saying that New Orleans loves its musicians and that musicians love New Orleans would not scratch the surface of their symbiotic relationship; they just couldn’t do without each other. Some people come here to begin a musical career, just hoping to end up like those who are still enjoying performing after many decades, and many of the elder statesmen of our music scene have a lot to say about the state of the live music industry in the city, past and present.

4 Ways I Can’t Relate to Seinfeld

Their hilarious problems and pitfalls can, and often happen, to everyman, however, I have found that some aspects of the show are simple un-relatable.