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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


City Putt (PHOTOS)

City Park Set to Cut Ribbon on New Miniature Golf Course



For almost a year, City Park patrons have been watching the construction site across from Storyland and waiting with eager anticipation for the opening of the park’s newest attraction, a miniature golf course. 

 

Their wait is now coming to an end as the two course, 36-hole and 100% ADA accessible ‘City Putt’ is now ready to open its gates on May 24th, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

 

“This is a very exciting course, it’s definitely not your parents put-putt,” said John Hopper, City Park’s Chief Development Officer.

 

The two courses are 18-holes each and carry two distinct themes, one focused on cultural themes from the state of Louisiana and one on New Orleans, featuring the iconic streets and city staples.  The grounds and greens will feature lots of landscaping, flowing water and water features (or hazards if you will on some holes.)  Holes bear names of New Orleans streets and Louisiana landmarks, displayed in traditional New Orleans street tile and as Hopper explains; “We snuck a little learning in along the way…like you can find out exactly how Magazine Street got its name.”

 

The courses themselves are said to be challenging and fun, suitable for the full skills scope of putt-putters, from amateur to professional (yes, there are actually mini-golf leagues out there).  There are clever tricks and different approaches to each hole; one hole in particular will whisk your ball down stream if you happen to hit it off course, so keep an eye out for those water hazards.

 

This year-round putt-putt playland will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am to 10pm, with last call for rentals at 9pm.  Admission is a wallet-friendly adult price of $8 bucks and kids for $6 for one course, with an option to do both for $4 more.  The City Putt Clubhouse features two party rooms for birthdays and corporate events, and Hopper says the phones are already ringing with reservations.

 

“My guess is that this is going to be a very popular attraction, it’s the only course in town and a great place for parties and I also see a lot of dates taking place here.  Many memories will be cemented at City Putt,” said Hopper.

 

For the official ribbon-cutting, head over to City Park on May 24th at 10am for free popcorn and Arnold Palmers and be one of the first to grace the greens on City Putt’s inaugural day.  For more information, visit the City Park website at www.neworleanscitypark.com

 

Photos via City Park

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