Where to Dance, Eat, Listen and Play in New Orleans This Week

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September 14 to 20, 2010

Dear Friends,

1 and 0. A Saints win is a win, that’s all that matters right now. Everyone loves to watch a good comeback story, a story filled with heart and determination, and that’s one reason why the New Orleans Saints picked up a lot of new fans last season. The Saints stand for many of the things we all stand for: overcoming adversity, beating the odds and more than anything else – the value of hard work. But for us at NOLAlicious, the Saints also stand for so much of what makes New Orleans, well, New Orleans. They’re bringing family together and living in the moment.

For this moment, we wanted to share a return to the theme song we all know all too well, Stand Up and Get Crunked. We stopped counting how many times we heard this song earlier this year, swore to ourselves we never wanted to hear it again… then somehow as the season gets underway, we can’t help ourselves! Saints mania is here to stay and we’re loving every minute of it. A brief video interlude to drive you into the week.

Who Dat!


PS: Want to see what else we’ve featured this year? Check out the index, which lists every pick this year.


NOLAlicious Picks


GO  It’s the middle of the week and you need to dance! Stop by Lafayette Square this Wednesday for the kick off of the Harvest the Music Festival. This free music and art series will run through November 3rd and all the money made through food and drink sales will go to aid the Greater New Orleans Second Harvest Food Bank. Anders Osborne kicks it off at 5pm. Every Wednesday. 5-7pm. Free to the public. Lafayette Square.

EAT  It’s Oktoberfest y’all! We implore you to check out one of our favorite spots, Jager Haus. It’s the most authentic German food in town and the staff are top notch. This Thursday head down to the French Quarter and celebrate the official beginning of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. They will have a special, one-night-only menu with a lot of stuff we don’t know how to pronounce (Schweinhaxe and Baumkuchen anyone?) but it’s delicious! And of course, there will be drink specials. Thursday, September 18, 5pm – 10pm.  833 Conti Street.

DO  Classical music anyone? Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has been hard at work launching a group for young professionals called Prelude. For $25 you get access to 6 events and the opportunity for discounts to LPO performances, drink specials and networking opportunities. The kickoff event is next Thursday night (September 23) at the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton from 5:30pm – 9pm. Join today (we did)!

SEE  Gorgeous costumes, sexy dance moves and world-class choreography! Welcome to The Second Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. See some of most glamorous and eye-popping burlesque dancers in the world to perform over three nights in sultry New Orleans. We are sure this will be a show that is well worth the anticipation and money. September 17-19. Ticket prices range from $20-$40, depending on the night. Check out their website for the venue specs. Have fun and learn some sexy new moves (Halloween is right around the corner, you know).

GO  Let’s get social! Social Summit 2010 is a 2-day training and business resource conference in New Orleans on September 28th & 29th that aims to change how you do business. From basic to advanced social media training sessions, the conference also includes opportunities to interact with experts in insurance, design, finance, and more. Cause we love to support locally created endeavors, we have a special discount code to offer readers. Enter “LICIOUS” in the checkout for $50 off registration!

LAGNIAPPE  We know more than a few loyal Saints fans are headed to San Francisco this weekend for Monday Night Football’s game against the 49ers. Find fellow New Orleanians and expats at the For The Bayou’s benefit Sunday night. Started in San Francisco in 2008 by Louisiana natives, For The Bayou works to increase public awareness of the disappearing Louisiana coastal wetlands, foster restoration and protection of this culturally significant coastal environment and to aid and assist the people of Louisiana in the event of a disaster. 100% of net proceeds go towards the Gulf. Check out local favorites Anders Osborne, Ivan Neville, Honey Island Swamp Band, John Mooney and more! Bimbo’s 365 Club (1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco) Sunday, September 19, 7pm – midnight. Tickets start at $75. Can’t attend? You can donate $10 now! Text FTB to 85944.


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Sloane Berrent
Sloane Berrent is a cause-based marketing and social branding consultant, nonprofiteer and budding social entrepreneur. She uses social media, product evangelizing, fundraising and community development services to help for-profit and nonprofit companies with a focus on social action campaigns. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she has lived in Burlington VT, Boston MA, Rome Italy, and Los Angeles, CA. She spent 2009 as a digital nomad, traveling the world experiencing life and volunteering including stints in South America, New Orleans and three months in the Philippines as a Kiva Fellow.

She co-created “Cause It’s My Birthday” a campaign to raise money (over $19k to date) and awareness for malaria prevention in Ghana. Sloane moved to New Orleans as her new home at the end of 2009 and co-launched NOLAlicious, a weekly newsletter of events in New Orleans. She was recently named the citizen journalist to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for the MySpace and The Wall Street Journal communities. Her consulting practice, Answer With Action, focuses on strategic integrated marketing consulting. She speaks frequently on building community and blogs at The Causemopolitan.
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