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Two Dat!

So, there’s this lovely exhibit opening today at the Ogden…psych! You already know you’re watching the game. And, if you’re not, you are so contrary I don’t know if we can be friends anymore. But, seriously, it is going to be bonkers out there.

Here’s a press release from the Saints:

SUPER BOWL XLIV WORLD CHAMPION NEW ORLEANS SAINTS URGE FANS TO PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME IN ANTICIPATION OF CONGESTION IN NEW ORLEANS PRIOR TO THURSDAY’S NFL KICKOFF EVENTS & GAME

Larger Crowds Than Usual Expected in Downtown Area; Fans Urged To Allow Time When Moving Between Events & Kickoff Game

September 7, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: New Orleans Saints Communications Department

(504) 731-1799

New Orleans – The Super Bowl XLIV World Champion New Orleans Saints have issued an advisory to patrons attending the New Orleans Saints versus Minnesota Vikings game.  Due to the expected above-average vehicle and pedestrian traffic in and around the downtown area, the Saints want fans who are attending the game to know that it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to attend the NFL’s Parade and concert and still make it to their seats for Pre-Game festivities and kickoff, including the unveiling of the Super Bowl Championship Banner.

Traffic is expected to be very heavy and parking spots will be limited, as is typically the case surrounding Saints’ home games.  In addition, fans are advised that Superdome Lot #3 will be closed to public parking this game.   Due to the expected increase in the number of people that will be in the New Orleans area for the Parade and Concert, but not attending the game, moving throughout the French Quarter and Central Business District is expected to take longer than it normally would.

The NFL’s Kickoff Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. CT to be followed with a concert featuring The Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift at Jackson Square. Details for those seeking more information on the parade and the concert are encouraged to visit:http://www.nfl.com/kickoff.  Pre-game festivities in the Dome will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT with NBC Pre-Game Show, which will feature the unveiling of the Saints Super Bowl XLIV banner.

Through the tireless efforts of the New Orleans Saints, National Football League and NBC, the unique opportunity exists for fans to be involved in the Saints’ first-ever hosting of the Kickoff Event. Viewers from around the world will be able to witness New Orleans and their passionate residents as well as the neighbors and Saints fans from across the Gulf Coast as they celebrate the beginning of the 2010 NFL season.  The New Orleans Saints organization encourages those without tickets to the game to attend the Kickoff activities and represent our home and culture.

Champions Square will open at 3:00 p.m. CT on Thursday and will feature drink specials, cuisine from various local restaurants and Saints programming, including:

3:00-4:30 p.m.: Special airing of NFL Film’s presentation “America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints” and highlights of the 2009 season and Super Bowl.

4:30 p.m. Tom Benson, with Vince Lombardi Trophy, greets fans and welcomes them to Champions Square

4:40-6:30 p.m.: Bucktown All-Stars

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Pre-Game Show live from the Superdome

POSTGAME Fox 8 at Champions Square Stadium Show live from Superdome

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Saints Pep Rally

The football season opener is tomorrow, and the whole city is being overcome by Saints fever again. The fandom is so all-consuming that, from what I read, school will be getting out early in time for pre-game festivities to avoid all the traffic and insanity. I have mixed feelings about all the serious stuff of life going on hold for sport–especially in a city with so many problems, but far be it from me to rain on the parade.

Well, the pre-pre-game festivities this evening sound super-fun to me. The Saints Pep Rally starts at Molly’s at the Market at 7pm. Then, at 9pm, there is a march over to One-Eyed Jacks. The dance party starts at 9:30. With music by DJ Matty and DJBunny (of Mod Dance Party) and the Storyville Stompers. Also performances by Fleur De Tease, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, and Rouxlala, also a special appearance by RayBot. There is also no cover, and they will be raffling off some Saints tickets.

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Saints Fever Relapse!

Oh boy, here we go. It seems like just yesterday we won the Super Bowl, and now it’s the first pre-season, home game. I don’t know if I’m ready for this, you guys. Well, it doesn’t matter if I’m ready or not, ’cause it’s happening. Tonight at 7, the Saints take on the Houston Texans. Sounds like the teams got a little testy during scrimmage. Well, here’s some fighting words: when I was in New York City I learned that in The City there is a sports bar for every NFL team, well, every team except the Texans, that is, because, I quote, “Who the hell are they?” Oh, snap!

Well, if this season is anything like last season, my number one pick for best place to watch the Saints will continue to be R Bar.

Here we go…

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Drew Brees @ Octavia Books

I’ll make this snappy, as the event begins at 1pm.

Lately I’ve adopted a new mantra, “Make your weaknesses your strengths.” Apparently I have reached that convergence of age and despair where I need to recite affirmations to myself in order to get through the day, but nevermind that. It seems Drew Brees and I have more than wild success and athleticism in common, but also share a similar worldview. The title of his book is Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity. See? Great minds think alike.

Mr. Brees is signing said book at Octavia, like, now-ish.

Here he is with that guy from Fresh Prince of Bel Air:

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Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

Alright. I’m just gonna come out and say it. I’m not sure if I can hear the words “Who Dat!” for very much longer. I’m “who dat”ted out, y’all. But, I guess I’m going to have to suck it up and stop being the football equivalent of Scrooge for one more day, because the Black and Gold Saints Victory parade is rolling today. The WHOLE DAMN city is going to be there, and if that can’t reinfect you with the “who dat” virus, then your heart is a lost cause. It’s a city-wide, half-day holiday. Schools are letting out early. I believe it might even be a civic responsibility to be there.

So the parade rolls from the Superdome to over by the Convention Center, via St. Charles and Canal Street. Here’s a map. Head over to the Circle Bar at Lee Circle, and stake out a spot out in front of there before the parade rolls at 5 pm. It’s in the crooked little house that looks like the one from the Pixar movie Up.

So, after the parade passes your spot there at Lee Circle, I would start walking toward the Treme. It’s a little bit of a hike, but it will be nothing but happiness and good cheer, and smiling on your brother, until you get to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. At 7:30 Garrison Keillor himself will be there giving a talk in that soothing grandfatherly voice of his–hopefully with a tale or two from Lake Wobegon thrown in. What a better way to come down from all this craziness? I wish they’d let you drift off to sleep there, but probably not.

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Puppies! Oh, and some game…

I wish there were (or is it was instead of were? Where’s my Guide to Style?) something going on today…Well, I ruined that joke with grammar nerdery.

Presumably, by now you know where you’ll be at 5:25 today. You could be here, or here, or maybe even here, or you decided to stay home and do this. Regardless, if you are in New Orleans, you are watching the Super Bowl; you have no choice. Also, I recommend not going into labor, or having a heart attack, or setting your house on fire, because you will be sh!t outta luck– everything is going to come to a grinding halt in this city until some time around 9pm.

But, before all that, today at 1 (they made it an hour earlier because of the game), rolls one of my favorite Mardi Gras parades, Barkus! Usually you sneer when you see people fussing over adorable little designer dogs, and putting them in outfits. But for some reason when hundreds of people do this all at once, and put on a parade, it turns into the cutest thing ever. (And it’s not just designer dogs, the queen is always a rescue dog, and the money goes to animal welfare organizations). So stake out a spot over on Chartres by Jackson Square, and bask in the cute.

Speaking of puppies! From 2-4 (I think) is Puppy Bowl VI on Animal Planet. It’s freaking adorable, and if some uber-fan guy rolls his eyes and wants to watch all the ESPN pre-game drivel, tell him that we’ve heard enough speculation, and that it’s not your fault that you’re ovulating, and demand your right to watch adorable puppies!

Puppy Bowl always makes me think of one of my favorite This American Life episodes about, you guessed it, puppies, and of course something larger and expansive and emblematic of the human condition.

Speaking of the human condition, whether we win or lose, it’s how we played the…blah, blah, blah, let’s get some Bloody Marys and head over to Barkus!

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Super Bowl Menu

Did you vote yet? If you haven’t, read no further…

Okay, you did. Awesome. Let’s get ready for tomorrow.

Can you feel it in the air? The Super Bowl frenzy is in full swing. Yes, even queer progressives have it! Did you see Rachel Maddow here last night? I could wax poetic about how much more than football this whole Saints thing is, but I couldn’t put any better than this.

For tomorrow, I’m thinking: make some great food, watch the game at home, and, after it’s over, head out and celebrate. How about traditional football food, but with an Asian inspiration? I have culled a menu, along these lines, from all over the internets: Sesame Chicken Wings, Ginger and Honey Baby Back Ribs, Asian Bloody Marys, Spring Rolls, Sesame Rice Crackers with Edamame Dip, and Mochi Ice Cream.

So, first stop is Whole Foods, where one day a month (which is today), from 10-2, they accept “e-waste” and paint, which they dispose of responsibly. Now you can finally recycle that loafer-sized cell phone that’s been sitting in your desk drawer for six years. And, if you’ve been wondering where to order a vegan King Cake, look no further. Speaking of King Cakes, for those of you who are serious about your sweets, SoFab is having a history of the King Cake lecture today from 2-4.

Today is also the monthly Freret Street Market, 12-5. It boasts of being “New Orleans most interesting market.”  It is farmer’s market, art market and flea market all rolled into one. So there you go, finish up any grocery shopping, listen to some music, and buy some old junk. I also hear a rumor that someone is selling beautiful, handmade valentines. Not like this one neccessarily; this is just a Victorian card I like. It says, “I ask this boon in friendships name, will you be my Valentine?”

Tell yourself you need to more shopping, if you need an excuse to head down to the French Market where from 11:30-3:30 the Super Bowl Second Line and pep rally commence. And the party starts…NOW.

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