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2015 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

March 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival LogoMark the date! March 21-22, the 2015 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival will celebrate Afro-Caribbean music, art, food, and culture in New Orleans.

Based on a tradition of work-free Sundays hailing from the days of slavery, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is a joyous reflection of a culture that flourished under and despite the heel of oppression.

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Stellaaaaaa! It’s the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

March 7th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Tennessee Williams FestivalA celebration of writing, performing, and honing one’s craft, New Orleans’ 29th annual Tennessee Williams Festival – March 25-29, 2015 – will have you shouting in the street a-la Stanley Kowalski.

No, really.

Also known as the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, the Tennessee Williams Festival’s mission is to entertain and inspire both fans and creators through a host of performances, seminars, contests, walking tours, and, of course, food and drink – the Tennessee Williams Fest is held in New Orleans French Quarter, after all!

The 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983)

A New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods, Tennessee Williams’ fame as an author and playwright was far reaching, especially after much of his best work was adapted for the silver screen. Films like “The Glass Menagerie,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Night of the Iguana,” and “The Rose Tattoo” packed movie theaters around the globe.

More than just a home and workplace to the writer, New Orleans became the background for many of Tennessee Williams’ works, such as the classic “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Beyond celebrating Tennessee Williams’ works, the New Orleans Literary Festival’s ulterior motive is the promotion of creative expression through the written and spoken word and, as such, has assembled a stellar array of guest speakers for literary panel discussions. There will also be master classes offering intensive, one-on-one interactions with established writers, directors, and performers.

On stage during the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival: “Suddenly Last Summer,” one of Williams’ most celebrated plays, will be performed at New Orleans’ renowned Southern Repertory Theatre.

Finally, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival offers shouting in the street.

The “Stella!” Shouting Contest at the 2015 Tennessee Williams FestivalSay what?

The “Stella!” Shouting Contest is exactly what it sounds like: wanna-be Stanley Kowalski’s, often bedecked in sleeveless undershirts, do their best to shout “Stella!” with the most crowd (and judge!) convincing appeal they can muster. Prizes will be awarded for the best shouters and all contestants have the chance to take home a hoarse … throat.

The 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

March 25th – 29th
New Orleans’ French Quarter
For more info: www.tennesseewilliams.net

Tennessee Williams Festival Lodging
Whatever brings you to the Big Easy, don’t settle for less when it comes to accommodations. Staying at a locally owned and operated New Orleans bed and breakfast inn will complete your New Orleans getaway experience like no other lodging can.

Tuck In To New Orleans Foodfest 2015

February 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Foodfest 2015New Orleans Foodfest – March 27th through the 29th, 2015 – is ready to fill the French Market with taste bud tantalizing sights and smells that’ll set your tummy to grumbling.

New Orleans Foodfest is an annual, two-day event celebrating unique and informal regional fare. Informal, comfort foods – the kind of foods you find in streets and neighborhoods, being offered from food trucks and roadside stands, regional favorites served in the cafeterias, cafes, and dining halls of and for your average joe – but that doesn’t mean it’s bad or boring food!

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New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo

February 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo Saxophone Player

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo is coming – March 7th & 8th, 10am to 5pm! The 12th anniversary of this popular event promises more of the same great food, music, and fun as the prior Audubon Zoo Soul Fests!

New Orleans Soul Fest is an annual celebration of the food, music, crafts, and culture of African America – of course, this means lots of soul food, soul music, and soulful people – over 20,000, if this year’s festival is as popular as they usually are!

While the schedule of performances for this year’s Soul Fest has yet to be set, previous year’s events have included such notable artists as trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, gospel great Yolanda Adams, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and a number of Mardi Gras Indian Big Chiefs.

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo LogoOne of the reasons New Orleans Soul Fest is so popular – as if the music and food aren’t reason enough – is the aim of the festival: it’s not just about a good time but also the achievements, heritage, and future of African Americans. Along with the great food and music, New Orleans Soul Fest offers free health screenings to help promote healthy living.

Other Soul Fest attractions include local artisans showcasing their handmade jewelry, art, clothing, frames and more. Food on hand will include offerings from popular local restaurants and caterers who specialize in Creole cuisine and authentic soul food, including such favorites as fried Louisiana alligator kabob, Jamaican chicken with vegetables, smothered pork chops with greens, pork chop po-boys, hot sausage po-boys, turkey legs, and sweet potato pie.

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo Tiger
Finally, don’t forget that New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 is held at Audubon Zoo! Part of the Audubon Nature Institute and named after naturalist John James Audubon, who once lived in New Orleans, the Audubon Zoo’s 58 acres and over 2,000 exotic animals are worth a visit whether there’s a festival going on or not!

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo

March 7th & 8th, 2015 – 10am – 5pm
Admission to Soul Fest is free with General Admission
Free for Audubon Members
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans
www.auduboninstitute.org

New Orleans Soul Fest Lodging If you really want to get to know the soul of New Orleans, staying at some chain hotel or motel just wont do. To get the real feel of the Big Easy, staying at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn is the only way to go. Hey: if you’re going to visit N’awlins, you may as well stay N’awlins, right? Locally owned and operated, New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn operators know the city, offering you true southern hospitality, New Orleans-style, along with the kinds of accommodations, amenities, and advice you deserve.

Visit New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Museums

January 22nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

So you’re in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and now you’re curious about the festival’s history – well, you’re in the right place: New Orleans has not just one but three Mardi Gras museums!

You have to realize that Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since the early 1700’s. Though Spanish rule repressed the holiday here in the mid 1700’s and Mardi Gras parades did not appear in New Orleans until 1857, we’re still looking at over 200 years of Mardi Gras balls and festivities in New Orleans!

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Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

January 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

Battle of New Orleans
Edward Percy Moran – 1910

The 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812 just passed but the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial – the last major battle of the War of 1812 and the one that many say really ended the war – is still on the horizon. How is that possible?

It is an engagement that fills American patriots with pride – January 8th, 1815 and the Battle of New Orleans saw 4,500 U.S. troops, led by General Andrew Jackson, facing down 7,500 British soldiers at Chalmette Battlefield and routing them in under an hour to stand victorious: our enemy in surrender, our shores safe – and all because there were no telegrams, telephones, or internet around to tell the combatants that the war they were fighting … had essentially ended two weeks earlier!

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What Makes a New Orleans New Year’s Eve?

December 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans New Year's EveThere’s no better place to be than New Orleans, no matter the day or time, but a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is not only a great idea, it isn’t to be missed!

A new Orleans New Year’s Eve can take many shapes because there’s just so much to do. Whether your end of the year New Orleans vacation sees you at one event or many, we felt a quick overview of some of the more popular New Orleans New Year’s Eve celebrations was in order

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A New Orleans Christmas – Part 2

December 6th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans ChristmasLast time around, we listed some of the many ways you can celebrate a New Orleans Christmas. In the second half of this two-part series, we’ll continue the theme, beginning with … dinner! Reveillon dinner, to be exact …

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Christmas in New Orleans – Part 1

November 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas in New Orleans - Holiday Home ToursIt goes without saying that there are myriad ways to celebrate Christmas in New Orleans – this city is famous for its seemingly endless festivities, after all. In the next two posts, we’ll investigate a few of the ways to celebrate Christmas in New Orleans.

New Orleans Holiday Home Tours
No one decorates a home for the holidays like a New Orleanian: colorful, tasteful, imaginative and often imbued with both local and family tradition. Thanks to two different, self-guided, holiday home tours, now you can tour decorated homes in the New Orleans Garden District and the French Quarter.

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Sink Your Teeth Into the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Oak Street Po-boy Festival

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival may be the celebration of a sandwich but make no mistake – the Po-Boy is not just any old sandwich. If New Orleans was a sandwich, that sandwich would be a Po-Boy.

For those not in the know (oh, how I feel sorry for you) a Po-Boy is akin to a submarine sandwich or lobster roll, typically filled with meat or seafood, with the defining characteristic being the New Orleans-style French bread it’s made on: a crisp crusted baguette with a fluffy center. Hungry yet?

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