(Route details below)
The third annual Running of the Santas this Saturday night allows Mr. and Mrs. Clauses around the city to show off their reds and whites, all the while drinking and making merry just like the real Kris Kringle would do. The party starts at 9 a.m. at Barcadia Bar and Grill. Santas will "run" (or crawl, or dance or walk) to Generations Hall.
The music lineup, announced today, features DJ Ronnie Roux, Funk Monkey, Flow Tribe, Naughty Professor, Category 6 and DJ Dynamix. It's 18 hours of drinking, costume contests, concerts and ho ho ho-ing through the Warehouse District.
Tickets are here.
The weekend-long pork blowout and fundraising festival Hogs for the Cause takes over City Park March 28-29.
The initial music lineup includes Benjamin Booker, Dumpstaphunk, Pat Green, Houndmouth, Colin Lake, Naughty Professor, North Mississippi Allstars, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rosco Bandana, Shamarr Allen & the Underdogs and Treme Brass Band.
Two-day passes are $20 ($25 beginning Jan. 10). Other tickets options include a gala dinner ($150) and a two-day Boss Hog pass ($150), which includes an open bar, access to a stage-viewing area and hospitality tent, and private restrooms. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Dec. 10 on the website.
The event benefits Children’s Hospital in supporting pediatric brain cancer patients and their families.
The 2014 Buku Music + Art Project has announced its initial headliners for the March 21-22 festival, which returns to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World on the East Bank for its third fest.
The 2014 lineup includes The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Tyler The Creator, Kaskade, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Pusha T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Wavves, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q, with locals Generationals and Big Freedia among the dozens others performers.
Earlier this year, the 2013 Buku featured headliners Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar, alt-J, Passion Pit and Icona Pop, following the inaugural 2012 edition with Wiz Khalifa, Diplo and Skrillex.
Two-day general admission is $169.50, and VIP passes are $399.50. Tickets are available on its website.
(route details below)
The 2014 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will feature Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker — stars of AMC's The Walking Dead — as well as Robert Englund (aka Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street), Marvel publisher Stan Lee, Terminator's Linda Hamilton, Cheers star John Ratzenberger, Henry Winkler, Dean Cain, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) and Pam Grier, among dozens others at the event celebrating pop culture and comics.
The event is Feb. 7-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three days of events include celebrity Q&A sessions, costume contests, film screenings, dozens of vendors (from vintage toys and rare movies to collectibles, comics and costumes), as well as dozens of comic artists — including Spider-Man and Punisher's Mike Zeck and Hellboy's Mike Mignola, among the more than 50 others.
Show hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Single-day tickets are $40-$50, and weekend passes are $75. Tickets are available online.
Interstellar superstar Prince will headline the 20th anniversary edition of the Essence Festival, the annual weekend-long music fest held in New Orleans.
Prince — the multi-platinum, multiple Grammy Award winning and Purple Raining king of shapeshifting and pseudonyms — performed at the festival's 10th anniversary in 2004. In that time he has released several albums and is now performing with 3rdeyegirl, which, after odd teasers and a Twitter account, released the self-aware "Breakfast Can Wait" in October. (The artwork features Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince from his infamous sketch about Charlie Murphy eating pancakes after a basketball game at his house in the early '80s.) (Also, @3RDEYEGIRL disappointed some fans who had high hopes that @princetweetstou was the real Purple One.)
The 2014 Essence Fest is July 2-6 at the Superdome. Weekend passes start at $130.50. Single-day tickets will open closer to the festival.
Tuesday, Matt Sakakeeny reads and signs his new brass band book Roll With It at Octavia Books, starting at 6 p.m.
Words and Music hosts a plethora of workshops and readings, mostly taking place in the Hotel Monteleone, starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. T. Geronimo Johnson, whose debut novel Hold it 'til it Hurts was a finalist for this year's PEN/Faulkner Award, will read, along with David Armand (his novel, Harlow, is set in Louisiana), Christina Sneed (Little Known Facts, set in New Orleans) and George Bishop (The Night of the Comet, also set in New Orleans). Literary all-stars Ron Rash and Moira Crone also dot the list of talents. A "Literature and Lunch" discussion on the relationship between visual, literary and musical arts will feature best-selling poet and non-fiction writer Rodger Kamenetz, President of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Michael Sartisky and Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk of Luna Press.
A jazz concert, additional readings in poetry and non-fiction and master classes on subjects ranging from the novella to the memoir fill the schedule.
(Parade details below)
When Liam Pierce decided to start a new backyard storytelling event in New Orleans two years ago, he imagined it would look something like the scene from the Raymond Carver short story “Why Don’t You Dance?”, in which a man sets up the contents of his home in his front yard. There would be no stage, just couches and lamps, and no microphones, just people leaning forward to hear. “The idea is to have a living room outside,” he says. The event was originally called BYOBS, or Bring Your Own Bug Spray, a nod to the buggy weather that infects New Orleans in April.
Now called Bring Your Own, the live storytelling series will hold its next event Dec. 5 in the courtyard of 3020 Royal St. The theme, chosen by the winner of the last BYO, is “The Passion.” Seven storytellers will have seven minutes to tell their stories, and three anonymous, randomly selected judges will choose a winning story. Winning stories are produced and aired on WWNO. Pierce and his partners, Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Nina Feldman, want to give participants as much control of the event as possible, something they say differentiates it from the national live storytelling show The Moth, which is hosted in a more traditional venue with a stage and an entrance fee. they have no hand in deciding who wins BYO, and they have no hand in selecting the nearly monthly event's theme. Volunteers, who do everything from sell beers to edit audio, help keep the event free. Food trucks are also on hand - next week expect meatballs and pies - and there will be a fire in the courtyard since the event is outside in December.
The BYO team says listeners can connect with storytellers because there’s no real platform. People aren't there to perform, they're there to tell stories. “The first time we did it at Fortier Park, a lot of people happened upon it because it was in such an open space,” says Kaplan-Levenson. “This girl came up to me during the intermission and said, ‘I cannot remember the last time I saw a group of people sitting quietly, listening to one person talk.’ … No one is on their phones. No one is even Instagraming. They’re being so quiet because you have to be quiet, or you can’t hear what the storyteller is saying.”
Bring Your Own is a group of people involved in the most quotidian of activities and the most ancient of entertainments: telling stories. Except that this particular exchange requires an open container policy.
Sign up to tell stories by emailing email@example.com.
The guy is Snooki with a beard. The fact that some people take him so…
God's speed, Rodrigue
A word to the wise. NEVER celebrate after you have been declared cancer free. You…
to "Clancy's Reckoning;" If you have any doubt about Gambit's judgement of character chew on…
George was a rare person who never said a bad thing about anyone and likewise…
From the Spin article: "While Hope Road legally has the trademark to the phrase in…
This stuff is not good, smoked it for a few months straight and I would…
Tempred to call CPS?
No case here. You can't copyright or trademark a song title.
The Marley estate was foolish not to trademark the phrase themselves. They have created a…