May 18 to 25, 2010
We feel like taking a week off, don't you? Our eyes, ears and souls are tugged daily by the constant news from the Gulf, anxiously awaiting good and bad news, fearing the worst, knowing that whatever happens right now will impact us for decades. The Gulf Aid Benefit Concert this past Sunday was a great show of support from the community, the start of a long battle that we can't afford to forget or ignore. As spring prepares to shift into summer, right now is the time to rest and recuperate from the past weekends full of festivals, crawfish boils and parties with friends. Get some business done, rest, and prepare for what might prove to be an interesting summer.
Getting ready for summer,
P.S. Don't forget we are volunteering our time at the St. Bernard project Friday, May 28th, in participation with the Women's Rebuild Week. Join us!
DO Bid spring farewell at Mid-City's Bayou Boogaloo, a free festival held on the banks of Bayou St. John. Now in its fifth year, the event has grown from a friendly neighborhood fete to an out-and-out mega-fest. But the Boogaloo offers much more than the usual sun- and beer-soaked festival afternoon: solar-powered stages, bio-diesel generators, a broad selection of organic and locally grown dining options, and a duck race sponsored by food bank Second Harvest all help the Boogaloo show us a good time while reminiding us of our better intentions. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Free.
SEE Expect the unexpected at Brown! Improv Comedy's new weekly show playing Saturday nights at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. For sixteen years the troupe's antics have kept audiences in stitches, earning them the title of the longest-running comedy organization in New Orleans. The Saturday night shows lighten up the atmosphere at Zeitgeist, a venue whose focus on more serious material (like screenings of political documentaries) may have warded off the weekend-night-out crowd. Saturday, 10 PM through August 28. $10.
EAT Everyone loves a romantic French hideaway restaurant, right? Meaux Bar offers patrons a sophisticated casual dining experience with the benefit of being in the middle of all the action. A typical evening finds a eclectic mix of quarterites, uptowners and other locals as well as out of town visitors. A bistro menu features classic French, Louisiana regional and Colonial Indochine dishes inspired by travels abroad. Located at the corner of N. Rampart and St. Phillip Street, it’s open Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Dinner only, reservations recommended. Average entrée price $25.
SEE Everyone loves a connection to Camelot, even if it’s through the eyes of Jacqueline Kennedy’s long lost cousins. This weekend is your last chance to catch Grey Gardens at the Le Petit Theater. Directed by Aimée Hayes, this rousing musical offers audience members a look inside the cluttered past of an American dynasty. Located at 616 St. Peter Street, the production runs Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $29 to $45.
LAGNIAPPE Give your wallet and the environment a break! Summer is here and we know you all need to update your wardrobe. Check out Branch Out Vintage & Sustainable Goods, New Orleans' first Green Shopping alternative. In their own words, they are a style-conscious eco-retail company specializing in sustainable clothing and accessories for men and women. Branch Out also carries hand-selected, quality vintage pieces and locally made designer goods. Stylish clothing that benefits the environment? That’s a store we can get behind! Rooted at 2022 Magazine Street, they are open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM and on Sundays from 12 PM to 5 PM.
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Looking for a beautiful bed and breakfast to take the weekend off in style? Try the Noble Manor in Pensacola and grab some breakfast at the Break Time Cafe downtown. The Gulf Islands National Seashore offers opportunities for outdoor explorations, or feel free to just enjoy the town and some holiday weekend relaxing.
If you're up for a bit of an adventure and looking to recline beachside try the Grayton Beach State Park in Florida, or hit the trails outside of Corpus Christi on Mustang Island and enjoy five miles of beaches. Don't forget to pack the cooler and sunscreen, and to enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. It's coming closer by the day.