Remember the King: Elvis Through the Years
Saturday, May 17; 7:30 p.m.
Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St.
"…The image is one thing and the human being is another…It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way." - From the press conference prior to his record-breaking Madison Square Garden show in New York City, 1972
I don't need to tell you that The King is one of the most well-loved pop culture figures of all time. His home, Graceland, is an excellent example of the scope of his popularity which hasn't been matched by any other pop star thus far. The sprawling property has several highlights including the famous Jungle Room, a collection of decorated stage outfits and fan memorabilia. With a career spanning over twenty years, globally, Elvis sold over a billion records. He was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (3 wins) and starred in 33 successful films. The Mahalia Jackson Theater will showcase Remember the King: Elvis through the Years in a one-time only showing at the theater. The event will highlight three distinct areas in The King's career including the early pop days, '60s comeback and then the Vegas years. Come get "All Shook Up" and reminisce about all the best of Elvis Presley. -Lauren Adam
2014 Art & Soul Gala
Sunday, May 18; 7 p.m.
NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St.
NOCCA has been providing intensive instruction in classical music, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, drama, jazz, media arts, musical theatre, theatre design, vocal music, visual arts since 1973. With the help of The Lupin Foundation, the annual gala will feature music and performances by students, staff, alumni including Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft of Alexis and The Samurai and Sweet Crude. While NOCCA puts on fabulous arts events year-round, this is one of their most acclaimed. Aside from the top notch entertainment, the event will have food, spirits, a mobile auction, and NOCCA marketplace. Support the future of New Orleans art and come by NOCCA for Art & Soul. Not only will you enjoy the sights and sounds some of NOLA's best, but in showing your support, you'll also be a part of it. I'll end with a quote you've probably never heard before: make art, not war. -Lauren Adam
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Wednesday - Saturday, May 21 - 24
For more than 20 years The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has hosted an extended weekend of events doing what NOLA does best. This year starting on the 21st of May and ending on the 24th, the festival will provide a variety of exceptional seminars, dining events, wine tastings, street parties, art and good music.
Every year, hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate along with "gourmands and connoisseurs" of all sorts that eagerly come out to contribute. A few of the wineries partaking in the festivities include; Château des Jacques, Sterling Vineyards, Benziger Family Winery, Cain Vineyard & Winery and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, along with several others.
Many restaurants will also participate in a number of tastings and parties including local grocery store Rouses who is presenting the Royal Street Stroll on May 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Other events include Vinola on the 22nd, The Big Gateaux Show: a Pastry Competition & Tasting on the 23rd, and of course the finale Grand Tasting on the 23rd and 24th.
These exceptional events range between $75 to about $120 dollars individually with discounted advanced tickets on sale now. It would be a shame to miss this year's New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. If you enjoy excellent food, exceptional wine, and a having a great time, The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is certainly ready to share its "bounty" with you. -Kimmie Tubre