I hope you had a great weekend filled with international adventures all while remaining right here in the Crescent City. I had an amazing time at the opening of Africa Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness. It was such an incredible, energetic, and imaginative show that told the history of South Africa through music and dancing from tribal times to modern day. The show is no longer in New Orleans; you'll have to catch the show in one of a very few American cities. But you can also see the show by purchasing a DVD on their website here.
This week is more focused on our local customs of live music, movies, and, of course, alcohol.
The highly anticipated libation celebration Tales of the Cocktail begins today. Throughout the days of the fest, participants will learn everything there is to know about drinkable spirits from making it to drinking it properly. You can learn more here.
The new Mexican restaurant Casa Borrega located on Oretha C. Haley Blvd. has partnered with their neighbor the Zeigeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center to offer you the best of both businesses. If you bring your receipt from Casa Borrega to the Zeitgeist from Thursday through Satuday, you will be given three dollars off your movie ticket. Or if you see a flick at the Zeitgeist first and eat at Casa Borrega second, you will get a free Mexican beer.
I've written about shows happening at the new Freret Street club Gasa Gasa in previous blogs, but the grand opening is finally happening this week. Gasa Gasa invites the public to check out the club, if they haven't yet, on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Honorable South will provide the live music for the evening against a backdrop of amazing 3-D visuals on Gasa Gasa's state-of-the-art system.
The dark days of summer are again upon us as the vampires will gather at the Howlin' Wolf for the vampire bash Fangtasia III at 8 p.m. This show will feature many spooky surprises and spectacles including the long-running goth band Christian Death. Tickets are $30 at the door.
All the way from California, the one-man rock n' roll band called The Slow Poisoner is coming to the Neutral Ground Coffeehouse at 5110 Danneel St. at 7 p.m. to kill you softly with his fun and freaky old-time rockabilly.