NOLA-ing: Things to Do January 25-31, 2016

Looking for a couple of things to do this week in New Orleans?  Here are a couple of recommendations from!

Arthur Hardy Mardi Gras Tea: Join the definitive Mardi Gras expert, Arthur Hardy, at Longue Vue on January 26 from 1-3.  Mr. Hardy will provide a talk, then after a tour will provided of the mansion.  His coffee table book Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An Illustrated History is a fantastic read.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage: On Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts will boldly be going where on select theaters have gone before.  A live orchestra will be playing scores from various Star Trek franchises with scenes playing on a screen behind the orchestra. We have attended versions of this for Star Wars and The Legend of Zelda (which is coming to New Orleans in April), and we were not disappointed.

Family Gras: A free event held on the neutral ground on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie across from the Lakeside Mall.  Dr. John, The Monkees (on their 50th Anniversary Tour!), Andy Grammar, and Amanda Shaw will be performing at the festival. There will also be an arts market and, of course,  festival food. The festival will be from Jan 29 to Jan 31.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus:  Every nerd’s favorite parade starts at 7pm on January 30th.  We spent quite a bit of time this past year discussing should we go to the parade or be in the parade before deciding to be a spectator this year.  Now, what to dress up as….

King Cake Festival  On, January 31, 2016, Champions Square hosts the 3rd annual King Cake Festival.  Samples are $1 and proceeds go to children at Ochsner.




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