Jun 222017

Festival-goers braved the rain Sunday to spend time on the bayou (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

This year’s Bayou Boogaloo drew in more than $25,000 for ten citywide nonprofits, though beverage sales plummeted due to the weekends’ poor weather, organizers said.

Jared Zeller, founder of Bayou Boogaloo, said beverage sales decreased 49 percent on Sunday from the year before. Sales also decreased 18 percent on Saturday from 2016, though Friday’s totals grew by 65 percent, Zeller said. Continue reading »

Jun 122017

(Via Tubby & Coo’s)

Do you have a young reader interested in becoming a little more super?

Starting Tuesday, Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop will host a superhero-themed summer reading program to encourage kids to read over the summer. The program, deemed League of Extraordinary Readers, allows 3rd to 7th graders to undergo a four week “training program,” where they will select a book to read, learn about plot, character, and theme, and learn how to write a book review. Continue reading »

Jun 082017

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

Load up on zen this summer with a free hot yoga series.

Friends of Lafitte Greenway are bringing back their popular summertime hot yoga classes this year, open to all ages and skill levels. The free weekly course – which runs for eight weeks – will be led by The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan, an instructor with a passion for creating inclusive and safe spaces for all of her students on and off the mat. Continue reading »

Jun 072017

Community Book Center, located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003 (via Google.com)

The Community Book Center is asking for the public’s support to continue its brick and mortar operation and is hosting a “Save Our Store” sale with discounted items this weekend to make more space for revenue.

Located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003, Community Book Center has been in business through owner Vera Warren Williams for 34 years. Read the full story by Gentilly Messenger here.

Jun 062017

The crowd gathers under the VooDoo Experience logo at City Park (Della Hasselle).

Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and The Killers top the lineup for the 2017 Voodoo Music and Art Experience, the annual Halloween weekend festival that takes over City Park.

The three-day festival – held October 27 to 29 – also features 71 other artists and bands, including DJ Snake, Brand New and Kehlani. Continue reading »

May 292017

People of all ages went out for the toga contest – even toddlers (Claire Byun).

For the 44th year in a row, the New Orleans Greek Fest showcased the food, music and fun of life in Greece.

The three-day festival lured hundreds of people into Bayou St. John to peruse the riches of Greek food, music and Hellenic dance performances. Those headed out Sunday afternoon could avoid the $8 entrance fee by wearing a “tasteful” toga, and one lucky winner was crowned Best Toga. Continue reading »

May 152017

Crowd members hit a beach ball during Anders Osborne’s performance at Bayou Boogaloo 2016. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Mothership Foundation, a local nonprofit that puts on the Bayou Boogaloo every year, is looking for some help.

The festival kickstarts Friday evening but volunteers are needed for setup and breakdown over the week. Setup shifts are available Monday through Thursday, with breakdown shifts early the next week. Shifts are three to four hours in length. Continue reading »