Noah Bonaparte Pais made his regular Thursday stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News and brought Eric Paulsen a music-heavy selection of Gambit weekend picks for the second weekend of Jazz Fest. (Bonus: they talk Mud — the Matthew McConaughey movie, not the kind currently pooling on the track at the Fair Grounds.)
How much stuff is there to do during the first weekend of Jazz Fest? Lots. Noah Bonaparte Pais broke it all down for Eric Paulsen on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Deerhunter, Oblivion with Tom Cruise ... and, of course, all the fun at the Fair Grounds.
In case you missed it, here are some videos and pictures from Johnny White's Sports Bar's farewell party and second line. Don't be disappointed about missing the party bus because, per Johnny White's employees who chose not to be directly quoted, the party bus was cancelled due to insurance concerns. Also per Johnny White's employees who chose not to be directly quoted, the Johnny White's Sports Bar concept is moving to sister bar MRBs and, through a new affiliation, former employees will begin working at the Funky Pirate (727 Bourbon St., 523-1960; www.tropicalisle.com), owned by Pam Fortner and Earl Bernhardt who also own Tropical Isle.
Following a successful 25 years in business, Johnny White's Sports Bar (720 Bourbon St., 524-4909; www.johnnywhitesneverclosed.com), famous for staying open during Hurricane Katrina, is closing—in true New Orleans fashion, no less.
Faced with these options, many resort to sneaking into the rooftop pools at hotels. However, the energy invested into inventing a not-too-fictitious-sounding room number to have handy if approached by hotel staff takes all the fun out of summertime leisure.
Thankfully, the W Hotel on Poydras Street is making guilt-free pooltime possible for us commoners and non-tourists. It's opening its tony roof top pool area on Sundays in June, July and August starting this Sunday, June 3, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Whether you know the name Sailor Jerry as the nickname of the legendary tattoo artist or from the rum that bares his name, Saturday would have been his 101st birthday. In a handful of cities, Sailor Jerry Rum is springing for free tattoos - provided you want a no-greater-than-palm-size tattoo from a large collection of Sailor Jerry's flash sheets. There are many examples on the rum's website. It's first come first serve at Uptown Tattoos (575 S. Carrollton Ave.) beginning at noon Saturday and going until 101 are inked or midnight strikes.
Sailor Jerry was born Norman Collins, and he is credited with importing Japanese styles, intricate designs and shading techniques to American tattooing. He was a legendary figure in Honolulu during World War II and was one of many artists who inked sailors on their last stop before heading off to war in the Pacific. The phrase "Stewed, screwed and tattooed" was coined for what became a custom of sailors hitting the bars (where they could buy four shots of whiskey, but all at once, they couldn't stay in the bar), hitting the brothels and then going to the tattoo parlors. Sailor Jerry was also a tinkerer and inventor and in the 1970s was an early right-wing radio host. For those interested, Hori Smoku is a pretty good documentary about him. (Reviewed here.)
Incidentally, rights to Sailor Jerry's name were sold to the liquor company (one of many brands in the William Grant & Sons portfolio) by Ed Hardy, who was a protege of Sailor Jerry's, says the local brand ambassador.
Serpas, who appeared with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, said NOPD would deploy 680 officers (of about 1,350 officers employed by the department) to the "downtown core" on Dec. 31. Police will be concentrating specifically on drunk driving, illegal fireworks and celebratory firearms discharges.
"It's against the law," Serpas said. "Please do not ring in the night by bringing out a firearm and firing it into the air." A conviction could mean anywhere from two to 20 years in prison, he added.
Asked what a drunk driver can expect if he or she is taken into a parish jail facility tomorrow night, Gusman replied, "It's not going to be good," adding that drunk drivers will have to stay in jail until after the holiday when courts reopen.
"As a parent of a young man arrested twice for DWI, let me tell you it's not something you want to go through," Serpas said.
It’s a good weekend to enjoy some crisp fall weather amid Cajun, zydeco and country music, cultural activities and demonstrations, and a variety of food and crafts vendors Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6 at the Louisiana Swamp Festival at Audubon Zoo. Activities include opportunities to interact with animals and watch them being fed in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. There also will be musica performances there.
Food choices include shrimp and crabmeat gumbo, spinach and crawfish bread bowls, cochon du lait po-boys, cochon nachos, grilled alligator sausage, soft-shell crab po-boys — and for extreme decadence, there are fried Oreos, Twinkies and bananas.
The festival is free to Audubon Zoo members and is include in the cost of zoo admission for nonmembers.
Check out the music schedule below the jump.
The parade starts at Buffa's and ends with a party at the Maison, where parade founder Ann Marie Coviello says should be the best place to watch it. "It’s always so exciting to see a parade come home," she says. "I expect it'll be really fun to see that parade come home and see all these women be like “Yeah, we did it.'”
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