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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.