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Botanical Garden, 10AM
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Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
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Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
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Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
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Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
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NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
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Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
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Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
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Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
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DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Comic Con Vet Offers Survival Tips
by Megan Pearl
This February, in a city where a man needs little excuse to dress up like he’s from another universe, one convention gives him the ability to take costuming to another level. The 2014 Wizard World and New Orleans Comic Con kicks off at the Convention Center on Friday February 7, and lasts through Sunday, February 9.
Comic Con veteran Sylvia Seal wrote a list of survival tips for this year on her blog Glisten While You Run. Those tips include buying your tickets early, arriving early and bringing cash.
“There is going to be an expo,” Seal Said. “So you could get that first edition comic book or a graphic novel you want. But you should have a budget because it’s exciting and you’ll want everything.”
Seal also recommends bringing cash because although there is an ATM in the convention center, the fee to withdraw is more than a usual fee.
Seal said she has been to about five Comic Cons, and she participates in the cosplay.
“I’m still working on my outfit but I do enjoy cosplay,” Seal said. “I’m a fan girl. I love science fiction.”
Seal said she loves Star Wars, and has dressed up as Princess Leia in the past.
“I’m still working on my costume for this year,” Seal said.
However, it’s more than just the typical costume one may think of for Halloween. Those invested in Comic Con cosplay know the history of their character and the universe in which that character exists.
Seal said she is most excited to see Matt Smith, who just finished his stint as Doctor Who, Stan Lee, who created some of the best known comic worlds, The Walking Dead characters, and Linda Hamilton from the Terminator.
Hopefully we’ll get some unique things to come home with. Autographs and photographs are a fee too. I would suggest buying photographs first.
Seal, a mother herself, advises parents to bring their children and let them dress up. It may be scary for them to see an alien, but for the most part it’s just good fun.
“It’s a family friendly event,” Seal said. “It’s our pop culture event and I hope to see everyone there.”
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