NOLA-ing: Bayou Boogaloo This Weekend

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival is this weekend along the banks of Bayou St. John.  There will music to be heard, food to be consumed, and art to be purchased.  The art side will have over 60 arts and crafts vendors. The menu looks fantastic.  In fact, if you are an outsider, please realize that most Louisiana festivals do have better food than most major cities have at their best restaurants. There will also be a marketplace for local businesses to set up shop. Plus, there will be tons of activities for the whole family.

The music lineup is lead by Cupid, John Cleary, and Cracker.  Of course, there will be tons of local artists for you enjoy as well.

We have never been to Bayou Boogaloo. We will try to make it this year.  If we can’t, leave us a comment on how your experience was there!

Nola-ing: Events for March 30 to April 5

We have so busy being a nerd couple, we have forgotten to be The Nola Nerd Couple.  We haven’t forgotten about our favorite city. We have been attending concerts (which you can hear about on our music podcast page).  We have been running in New Orleans whether it be a regular race or the Best Damn Race 5K.

We are going to start writing about our adventures in the city more, I promise.  Right now, however, opportunity costs have to be made with Star Wars Celebration coming up.  So not only will we post our adventures, but things we would love to do in the city if time and money were no object.  Of course, we just don’t have the time to publish a list of all events (too many other sites do that), just the ones we would love to do. And no, we won’t just limit it to the city limits of New Orleans.  Plenty of great things go on both inside and outside of the city limits.

March 30: The WWII Museum will put on “Biloxi Blues,” the award-winning comedy by Neil Simon. This show runs through April 22, 2017. You can buy tickets for the show only or you can purchase dinner and a show.

March 31: Hogs for the Cause kicks off this weekend.  This is our favorite festival, We have been to Hogs numerous times and it never disappoints. Friday night has great music with a few food offerings, but it’s Saturday that you need to go hungry. We actually were not going to go this year. With Star Wars Celebration coming up we had to make some opportunity cost decisions and Hogs was cut.  However, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple entered a contest with 106.1 The Underground here in New Orleans.  On Monday, 106.1 The Underground called her and informed her she won tickets to Hogs for the Cause.  Not only did she win tickets but she won Boss Hog tickets.  This is the VIP package.  It looks like we are going to Hogs!

April 1:  This is one of those days that we just can’t do everything without sponsorship. First, there is the Hale Boggs Bridge Run.  We didn’t sign up for this because we did the Best Damn Race last weekend, but nearly all of our friends are.   Then, Hogs for the Cause continues into its second day…the one with all the food. We did, however, sign up for Painting with a Twist’s “Star Wars: Rogue One” event.  I mean, if there was ever a painting with a twist for us, this is the one.   Plus,  the Freret Street Festival will take place this day as well.

April 2:  We will be going to the New Orleans Opera Association’s Presentation of Faust at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.  We have made two of the operas this season (MacBeth and Sweeney Todd), and it was money well spent.  We are looking forward to this one as well. We highly recommend our local readers consider getting season tickets next year, its 75th anniversary season. 

April 3: It has been so long since I’ve seen Radiohead in concert, that they were actually the opening band at the time for R.E.M in Baton Rouge.  Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple has never seen them.

April 4: The World War II Museum will have a panel discussion entitled “Fueling Extremism in a Wired World.”  The panel will be moderated by Robert Citino. A timely topic to be sure, but one that we can learn about by studying the past. An RSVP is required.

April 5:  The 18th Annual Bill Russell Lecture: A Tribute to John Robichaux will be at the Williams Research Center at 6:30 in The Historic New Orleans Collection. John Robichaux’s Orchestra evolved from playing European hits of the day to ragtime at the turn of the 20th century.

Collecting: Record Raid in New Orleans

Record Raid New Orleans is New Orleans biggest and best record show!  If you are an experienced record collector or you just bought your first turntable, this event is for you.

Record Raid will be held on January 21 from 11-5 at People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd). There will be 40 tables of records being sold by 26 vendors. If you want to ensure you get the good stuff, you can pay $5 for early entry at 10 am.  At 11am, entry is free!

While the main reason for going is records, there will be a DJ spinning the entire time. You can come just check out some records, listen to some great music, and make new friends.

If you are planning on buying make sure you bring cash.  Some vendors use square, but not all. Also, you might want to bring your own bag as records can get quite heavy.  We always say we aren’t going to spend much money, and we always end up bring home a much larger haul than planned.

ComicCon-ing: Panels about New Orleans at Wizard World New Orleans

For the next two weeks, most of our blogs will be about Wizard World New Orleans. The Convention is held at the Morial Convention Center on January 6,7, and 8th.  This week we will be previewing the event, and next week reviewing the event. 

Few cities are as tailor made for a comic con as New Orleans.  Have you ever seen a Saints game? It’s one large cosplay contest.  Plus the city’s rich history allows for some great panel discussions!

On Friday, from 8 to 8:45 in room 238, there will be a panel entitled Paranormal City: New Orleans. The panel will discuss the many “haunts” of the city and try to separate fact from folklore.  On Saturday from 3:30 to 4:15 at the cosplay stage, will be The Cosplay of Mardi Gras – Baby Dolls of New Orleans.  Kim Vaz Deville and Merline Kimble will discuss the tradition of the Baby Dolls. This is a fascinating look at one of New Orleans oldest Mardi Gras traditions.

For a full listing of the contests and entertainment at Wizard World New Orleans, click here.

ComicCon-ing: Early Wizard World New Orleans Preview

At Nola Nerd Couple, you know we love comic cons. Well, New Orleans Comic Con is just two months away!  New Orleans’s largest comic con will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention center on January 6,7, and 8 2017.  While there are still plenty of more guests to be announced, it is already shaping up to be a great con!

Wizard World runs the New Orleans Comic con.  We have attended the New Orleans Comic Con for quite a while now and have even gone to other Wizard World Cons such as the one at Philadelphia.  Their cons are always smoothly run.  They always get top notch entertainment.

For people like us that collect celebrity autographs, this is shaping up to be a great con. Stephen Amell and David Ramsey of Arrow will be there. Mr. Amell will only be there on Sunday so if you plan on meeting him, make sure you plan wisely.  Having met him before, he is always charming to his guests and works hard to make sure all people who pay for an autograph get an experience worth the money they are spending.  Two Sons of Anarchy actors will be there as well also. I haven’t met Theo Rossi before and am looking forward to add him to the collection. And since he is in Luke Cage, I might have to buy two autographs.  We have met Ryan Hurst before, but part of me wants to get a Remember the Titans picture signed. For those that only know him as Opie from SoA be warned, he is a gentle giant.  Other actors that have announced are Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek, who is still as beautiful as ever, and Peter Mayhew (Chewbaccca) who is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet at a convention.  As soon as other guests are announced, we will post them on our website!

The line up for the artists for New Orleans this year is incredible. I’m only going to list a few of them here but this is as strong as of line up of artists and writers that I have seen at a con.  Here are just a few:

  • Neal Adams:  An Eisner Award Hall of Famer he has worked on Batman, Green Lantern, X-Men, Superman, and Avengers. Favoring a realist style in his artwork, his artwork helped revive quite a few characters and created some of the greatest works in comics.  I can’t tell you the number of people that have told me how great Green Lantern/Green Arrow is, and it is on my to read list.
  • Fred Van Lente: I consider Mr. Van Lente’s Comic Book History of Comics to be required reading for nerds. I can’t wait to start Archer and Armstrong, his current work wiht Valiant Comics.
  • Bob Camp: The guy worked on Ren and Stimpy.  Do I need to say more?!
  • Sam Humphries:  The current writer for Green Lanterns!
  • Ken Kelly:  The first album I ever bought with my own money was Kiss’s Destroyer.  Best 5 cents I have spent at a garage sale.  Mr. Kelly painted the cover.
  • Phil Ortiz:  Mr. Ortiz has worked on the Simpsons, Muppet Babies, and He-Man.  We highly recommend you get a “Simpsonized” portrait of yourself!
  • Joe Quinones:  His relaunched Howard the Duck is excellent. He even got Lea Thompson to agree to “be” in the book!
  • Dan Slott:  Mr. Slott is Marvel writer working on Amazing Spider-Man since 2008.  His run on the present Silver Surfer is one of best Marvel books out right now.
  • Rachel Stott:  One of my favorite illustrators, her work on the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover is brilliant. It stays true to the masks from the film while allowing a high level of expressiveness from those characters.

Besides celebrities and artists, Wizard World New Orleans always has great panels and events such as the costume contests.  They are still working on the  approving and scheduling approving of panels and events.

When they release more celebrity guests, events, and programming, we will write about it here!

NOLA-ing: NOLA Brewery

NOLA Brewery tours should be pushing people away. This simply is the best tour you can do in New Orleans in its price range. The tours are every Friday 2-3 PM & Saturday 2-4 PM. With admission into the tour you get two drink tokens.  Price is free (as of this writing). This is definitely Nola nerd couple approved.

NOLA Brewery might not have the widespread reach of Abita or the acclaim of Parish, but they do put out a consistent quality product. Their beers are perfect for summer barbeques or Superbowl parties. Their year round beers are light years better than any macro-brewed beer. In other words, I can’t understand why people still Budweiser, Coors, or Miller when they can get NOLA Blonde or Brown in a can.

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The NOLA Brewery Warehouse

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