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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


Steve Gleason to Light Up 'Miracle on Fulton Street'


by Emma Boyce

When it’s a balmy seventy degrees outside, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is right around the corner.  Fear not!  From 6 pm -8 pm Tuesday, dig out your old Christmas sweater because nothing can catapult you into the holiday spirit like Harrah’s “Miracle on Fulton Street” kick-off event, hosted by the Saints own miracle man, Steve Gleason.   

 

“This year we’re bringing [“Miracle on Fulton Street”] back, new and improved,” said Sherri Sosa, assistant general manager of Harrah’s Casino.   

 

After last year’s construction on Manning’s prevented anything extraordinary from occurring on Fulton, Christmas on Fulton returns this year full force. From festive scenery to a giant tree, every aspect of the event has grown bigger and better.  

 

“They have designed and customized a whole façade and iron work that [goes] all the way down Fulton.  Before it was a covered tunnel,” said Sosa.  “We’ve taken that to the next level.” 

 

Bereft of a true winter wonderland, Sosa, like many others, looks forward to snow in New Orleans.  Why wait ten years, when you can have it on demand?  

 

“It snows every hour on the hour,” said Sosa.

 

The tree, which sits between Manning’s and Grand Isle, stands at a hefty 30 feet, nearly rivaling the Christmas tree in Macy’s. Both Santa and Steve make an appearance tomorrow to switch on the Christmas tree lights and commence a month long celebration of  holiday jubilation.  

 

While Gleason will light the way Santa and his reindeer will set up shop permanently in downtown New Orleans every Friday and Saturday until the end of the Christmas season.

 

“There’s a whole lighting [celebration and] music show that will go on through the evening.  We’ve kicked it up a notch; this such a great place to bring families,” said Sosa.  

 

Since rain nearly washed out Gleason’s latest appearance to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease, Sosa also wants people to have another chance to support him and his charity.  ‘Tis the season for giving.  

 

While carolers line up along Fulton and inside restaurants, belting out your favorite holiday tunes, Santa takes a seat under the “beautiful” gazebo with reindeer at his side.  Santa’s lost the list, so even the naughty are welcome to pose for pictures with good ole St. Nick. 

Throughout the weekend, holiday specials will be available up and down Fulton. 

 

“Inside Harrah’s hotel there is always a gingerbread something or other.  [This year it’s] a riverboat gingerbread,” said Sosa.   

 

Rising Sun will also offer delicious treats like hot chocolate and cotton candy among other things.  

 

“We’re looking forward to a long, fun holiday season,” said Sosa.  




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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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