NOLAing: Upcoming Things to Do in New Orleans

Irish Fest New Orleans 2018

The Irish Fest is a celebration of Irish culture. The event will be held at Kingsley House on Constance St in New Orleans. Of course, there will be great food and, probably, Guinness. There will be muic including headliners Lost Bayou Ramblers. Plus, there will be dance lessons and competitions, cooking contest, lectures from local experts (this is the big draw for us), bagpipers, and a kilt runway show.

History on the Lake

If you want to head to Slidell, you can tour PT-305. 

The PT-305 was built in New Orleans by Higgins Industries and was vital to the success in the European theater in WWII. For $12 for adults and $10 for kids 8-17, you can tour this fully, and faithfully, restored patrol-torpedo boat.

Restaurant New Orleans

This weekend is the tail end of the New Orleans Restaurant Week. Check out the restaurant week website and treat yo’ self!

NOLA-ing: Things to Do This Weekend in New Orleans

Come Check out the Cellar at the Avenue Pub: Sunday from 2 to 5, the Avenue Pub will be showing off their newly refurbished bottle cellar. You can take a look at their new area and sample some free beer!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch:  This runs this weekend and the next two weekends at Cafe Istanbul.  This is a limited run so go!

Star Wars Live in Concert: Experience the Force: Friday and Saturday, the Saenger Theatre will be screening A New Hope with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra providing the score live.








NOLA-ing: August is Museum Month

August in New Orleans means it is New Orleans Museum Month! If you are a member of any of the participating museums, then you have the opportunity to visit all participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, using their current membership throughout the month of August. How awesome is that?! We happen to be members of the Audubon Nature Institute, so we plan on partaking in as many museum experiences as possible. As of this writing, participating museums for 2018 include…

The New Orleans Museum of Art is in City Park, which has plenty of wonderful things to do and see. The Longue Vue House and Gardens is right off Metairie Road (which offers plenty of dining and shopping ), close to the parish line. Newcomb Art Museum is located on Tulane’s campus, close to Audubon Park. The New Canal Lighthouse is right on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Dr.

Several of the museums are close to one another, so you could visit several in one day to make the most out of your day. The Ashe Cultural Arts Center and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum are right down the street from each other on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, and The National WWII Museum are nestled together on Camp St. (technically the WWII Museum is on Magazine St.) and Andrew Higgins Blvd. right off of Lee Circle. If you don’t mind a little walking, the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium is on the edge of the French Quarter on Canal St., while the Beauregard-Keyes House is on the other end of the French Quarter, close to the French Market and the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

We definitely suggest joining one of our local museums and enjoying the benefits not just during the month of August, but all year round at your favorite museum. Don’t forget to share your experiences throughout Museum Month by tagging yourself using #NolaMuseumMonth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you at the museums!

ComicCon-ing: Mechacon New Orleans

Every nerd has their blind spot.  A subject matter that they are weak on.  For us, it is anime. It’s not that we don’t like it.  We just never have really delved into the area.

That’s the main reason why we don’t go to MechaCon.  Also, it is the one con that a lot of our students attend.  They would love to see us there, but it almost feels like we are intruding.

Yet, I’ve never heard of any of them having a bad time at the con.  In fact, a few parents have told us they accompany their children to the hotel where it is held and wait in the lobby and just enjoy the creativity by the people that attend Mechacon.

This year the con is held at the Hyatt Regency Dowtown New Orleans near the Superdome. There are some great restaurants in the area and its a great venue.

Some guests include:

  • Anjali Bhimani: Ms. Bhimani has done voice work in Overwatch and Fallout 4 as well as appearing on Modern Family.
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: Ms. McGlynn is best known is this house for voicing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels.  She has done extensive voice work in anime and in games as well as voice directed quite a few gaming titles.
  • Beau Billingslea: Mr. Billingslea has appeared in Star Trek: Into the Darkness as well as doing voice work on Naruto and many other projects. He has also done quite a bit of narration for the History Channel.

There are tons more guests at MechaCon from the acting, cosplay, and music worlds.

They also have some great programming including many how to panels. If we were to go, this would be a con where I would just probably be in the creative panels all day long.  That, and, of course, the K-Pop dance offs. Plus, there are gaming and video rooms.

MechaCon is a great con for the city. The anime community is strong in this area and judging from the feedback from current and former students, MechaCon does right by the community.


NOLA-ing: The Sound of Music Sing-Along


Guess what is coming back to the National WWII Museum? The Sound of Music Sing-Along! On Saturday, Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, hosts Becky Allen, Sean Patterson, and Mandy Zirkenbach will preside over a night of singing, fun, and audience participation when The Sound of Music is presented on a big screen. Participants are encouraged to dress up, boo the Nazis, and sing along with everyone’s favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes from the Austrian countryside.

Tickets are $10 and you can purchase them by clicking here (advanced purchase is required). They sell out extremely fast, and the museum notes that since The Sound of Music Sing-Along will feature unpredictable interactive elements in a live setting—costumes, Twitter posts, and the larger-than-life hosts—that may not be appropriate for all ages.

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Concert-ing: Exile on Bourbon Street

Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones is a mess of a record. Mick Jagger has never actually warmed up to it. Keith Richards was intoxicated most of the time. The mix isn’t muddy and could be so much better. They just run with the mistakes throughout the album.

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In other words, it’s a perfect rock’n’roll album.

Over the years, it has always gone up in stature. It continually appears on the multitudes of best rock albums of all time and usually quite high on the list.

It’s a monolith of an album that can intimidate anyone trying to cover any of the songs off of it. Someone would have to be crazy to cover all of it.

Enter Ryan Adams.

Ryan Adams is one of the Nola Nerd Couple’s favorite musical artists. He is the rare artist that we both love equally. He can rub people the wrong way, but he doesn’t say things that are genuinely insane like some other more famous artists in the news today. He has always had a prolific output, and he is consistently good and sometimes reaches the heights of his idols. He has done the cover the entire album thing before with his intriguing cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989. He found his truths in the songs.

But that was in a studio. On May 5, 2018, he will cover Exile on Main St. live at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans (tickets). He will be joined by Cyril Neville, John Medeski, Mark Mullins, Terence Higgins, and more are promised. Don Was will be the musical director.

Ryan is readying himself for the challenge.


We will be there, thanking California for its bitter fruit along with Mr. Adams and company.

NOLA-ing: #GiveNOLA Day

If you follow any profit organization, including museums, Audubon institutions, religious organizations, schools, parks, libraries, etc., you might have seen posts about GiveNOLA Day. GiveNOLA Day is a 24 hour event where nonprofit organizations ask for charitable donations to support their work. It is completely online and extremely successful; according to their website, last year, GiveNOLA raised nearly $4.9 million from 38,000+ donations across the nation!

This year, GiveNOLA Day takes place on May 1st. Although any day is a great day to be charitable and donate money to wonderful nonprofit organizations, if you donate on May 1st, you are not only participating in a region-wide fundraiser, there are awards and hourly prizes, in addition to lagniappe funds given to organizations. (Amount you raise ÷ Amount raised by ALL on May 1 = Your lagniappe fund percentage.) The nonprofits are divided into small and large categories, and for each of these categories, awards will be given to the five nonprofits that raise the most money AND the five nonprofits that raise the most unique donors. Two hourly prizes are awarded to any nonprofit organization that receives a donation of at least $10.

If you would like to donate, go to GiveNOLA on May 1st and search by either name, service area, or parish for the nonprofit organization to whom you would like donate. You can even browse all of the registered nonprofit organizations if you do not have a specific one in mind. your credit or debit card to donate to any nonprofit that has registered to participate. You can search for a nonprofit by name, service area, or parish. Donations begin at $10, payable by debit or credit card, and there is no limit to the maximum size or number of donations you would like to make. You may give to as many different nonprofit organizations as you would like! Your bank statement will read as “Greater New Orleans Foundation,” “GNOF,” or a similar abbreviation and is 100% tax deductible.

To help celebrate GiveNOLA Day, there will be the GiveNOLA Fest on May 1st from 5-8pm at The Circle: Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Entry is free and attendees will enjoy music from Soul Rebels and Irma Thomas. A portion of proceeds from food and drink will benefit the Lagniappe Fund, which is distributed proportionally to all participating nonprofits based on total amount raised. Attendees can also enter to win one of two sets of Southwest Airlines tickets!

If you would rather hang out with Saints punter Thomas Morstead, he will be celebrating GiveNOLA Day at Sal’s Sno-Balls in Metairie by handing out free snoballs to help raise money for What You Give Will Grow. What You Give Will Grow hopes to inspire action behind the idea that giving back makes a difference and to inspire others to give.

Here are some of our favorite nonprofit organizations to which you can donate. Remember, there are over 700 total, so find a cause you are interested in and be generous!

Al Copeland Foundation
American Italian Renaissance Foundation
Audubon Nature Institute
Bayou Playhouse
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
The Devon Walker Foundation
Geeks Empowering Extraordinary Kids
The Green Project
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners
The National WWII Museum
The Posse Foundation
Youth Empowerment Project
Zeus’ Rescues

For a list of all of the nonprofit organizations, click here.

If you have any questions, please call 504.598.4663 to speak with a Greater New Orleans Foundation staff member or email