Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a pretty rad Christmas day planned. After some skype-ing the relatives and opening of gifts we’re heading out in pursuit of dim sum. It turns out that Panda King is closed today, but the one other restaurant in the GNO that does dim sum, Royal China is open at 4pm!
The it’s off to see True Grit at Clearview. Showtimes today: 11:15am 1:50 4:25 7:00 9:35pm
Then it is off in pursuit of my annual egg nog daiquiri.
Finally got that shopping done? Need a drink? Why not go have one at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel? While you’re there you can experience the beautifully decorated lobby–a tradition the hotel resurrected last year.
Wanna keep drinking?…Then go over d.b.a. where DJ Lefty Parker and Elves will be bringing you a holiday soul/funk dance party. Bar opens at 7pm. Music starts at 9pm.
There is a new little bar/restaurant in the Quarters! Sylvain is a super-chic little place with a craft cocktail bar and upscale comfort food. Sean McCusker, a New Yorker and food and music writer, came down here to open Sylvain, which has been up and running for about a week now. This is totally where you take a date you want to impress–very cool and casual, and no one knows about it…yet.
I dined there on Monday (open Monday!), and it had the feel of a brand-new place–over-staffed and eagerness in the air, but oh so promising. I had a Pressure Drop, a cocktail borrowed from the menu of Death and Co. in NYC., and my husband had a Sazerac, both a little sweet, but good. The wine list is great. We shared a couple of appetizers, chicken liver crostini and roasted beet bruschetta, also good. The shaved Brussel sprout salad was very good, and the beef cheek entree that we shared was heavenly. I literally had a dream about it.
The room itself is very cool, very New York–pressed tin ceiling, a boar’s head mounted on the wall. They have a lovely courtyard, too. They’re also open seven days a week, and late! All the elements are there: a lovely room, a cool menu, great hours, good location–iron out the little brand-new-place kinks, and we’ve got a super-chic new spot in the French Quarter. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30-11pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-midnight, Sunday 5:30-10pm. Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11:30am-2pm.
Art for Arts’ Sake, the annual city-wide art opening, is this Saturday, but there are all kinds of free things going on tonight as a sort-of kick-off. Firstly, this evening from 5-7pm, La Cote Brasserie is having a Happy Hour consisting of FREE appetizers + FREE Rain Vodka cocktails (while they last, of course)
Then, at 7, over at the CAC is the FREE inaugural Louisiana Composers Forum. Here’s what they have to say about it:
The Louisiana Composers Forum is a first-time concert of new original works of music by local composers from Louisiana. The performance will feature compositions for a 20-piece orchestra comprised of New Orleans’ finest classical musicians, including several musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This event will be free and open to the public. The Louisiana Composers Forum will feature 7 new works of music by 7 different composers. This year’s featured composers are Jonathan Freilich, Steven Sweetwyne, Brian Hanson, Bryan Fusilier, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Kevin George, and Barry Blue Jr.
The Louisiana Composers Forum is being funded through grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the City of New Orleans, as well as the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, with additional support from the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.
Ogden Museum After Hours has a little something for everyone tonight. Firstly, there is the opening of “Telling Their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of the Katrina Photography”–which looks amazing.
Also, legendary bluesman Texas Johnny Brown will be performing. I love that his band is called the “Quality” Blues Band.
They are also promising that Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale cocktails will be flowing. And, if have kids, while you’re over at the bar imbibing whiskey, there is a kid’s art activity table to keep them occupied, oh yeah, and inspired.
What else you need?
Free for members. $10 general admission.
Drinking liberally is not a new concept for most New Orleanians–ah, but this is a double entendre, you see. Drinking Liberally is an arm of the Living Liberally organization, which has 287 chapters in 50 states and DC. I haven’t heard about other “Liberally” activities in our area, such as eating, laughing, reading, screening, etc. Nope, we start with the drinking, natch.
So Drinking Liberally New Orleans meets the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at, where else, Pravda, our local Soviet-themed, Goth-y, Absinthe bar. Doesn’t every town have one? Really, any excuse to go to Pravda is enough for me. The space is beautiful and strange, and they have 50 varieties of Vodka and a dozen or so Absinthes they dispense from this beautiful Art Nouveau dispenser. Also they have great espresso and coffee. And, food on the weekends. See you there, comrade.
Now see? This is more like it. Just when I was about to be turned off by how serious these folks are about booze, they went and posted this picture on their home page:
There it is: a little humor, a little loss of control. I feel like we were starting to lose sight of the little bit of blessed chaos that spirits can add to our lives. At a party, give me the good-natured guy with a lampshade on his head any day, over the nerd who traps in the corner rattling off boring minutiae about the hooch-making process. Sounds like tonight Tales of the Cocktail is gonna get a little loose.
There are some fun competitions:
And check out all these tastings going on today: