☮Serenity, Shooting for the Stars and Self-Care ✨

Can you believe we got a "cold front" in the middle of July? By cold front, we really mean the temps are in the 90's, but we'll take take any excuse to get outside and be a little more comfortable. After a miss from Hurricane Barry and flash flooding almost weekly, we could use a little time to destress and take care of ourselves.

by Mary Staes
July 25, 2019

Can you believe we got a “cold front” in the middle of July? By cold front, we really mean the temps are in the 80’s, but we’ll take any excuse to get outside and be a little more comfortable. After a miss from Hurricane Barry and flash flooding almost weekly, we could use a little time to destress and take care of ourselves.

 

Serenity in Storyville

Not only is yoga a great workout, but it can help clear your mind and left your mood. Health educator, advocate and studio owner Adrianne “Ajax” Jackson was in search of a space to open a yoga studio in New Orleans. She settled on the spot on Basin Street, which has always played an important role in local history — especially when it comes to black female entrepreneurship. Click here to read her story.

Shootings for the Stars

With cooler temps and a bit of a breeze at night, it’s the perfect time to get outside and take a look at the stars. There are plenty of spots to stargaze in the city, or if you want to take a little trip to clear your mind, we’ve even thrown in a state park or two (because we know city lights don’t help the view). Click here to see where you can admire the heavens without going too far.

‘Risk it for the Biscuit’

Nothing says comforting like food, and the brunch at DTB is sure to hit the sweet spot. The mac and cheese has gruyere fondue, the crispy oyster croque madam is trés magnifique, and the beef brisket will make you risk it for the biscuit. Click here to read more in our newest edition of Brunchfaced.

 

What’s Happening This Weekend

Fri. July 26, 2019

When I Get Home by Solange Knowles: Film Screening at NOMA | 6:30 until 7:15 p.m. | New Orleans Museum of Art | Free

Visual artist and singer/songwriter Solange Knowles presents an extended director’s cut featuring new scenes and musical arrangements of her interdisciplinary performance art film “When I Get Home”. Admission is free, but seating in NOMA’s Stern Auditorium is limited. An RSVP is required to attend.

7th Annual Millennial Awards | 6 p.m. | Ace Hotel | $75

The 7th annual awards ceremony celebrates some of the city’s top millennials across 19 categories.

Sat. July 27, 2019

Closing of the Big Blue Doors | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Louisiana Children’s Museum | $10

Come play on the final day that LCM is open to the public and enjoy your favorite exhibits one last time! Receive a temporary tattoo and logo sticker, decorate a second line hanky, and sign your name on a Big Blue Door! At 1:45 p.m.m the “Countdown to Closing” will begin, with a balloon drop at 2 p.m.

13th Annual Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party | 4:45 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. | 3100 block Ponce de Leon Street | Free

After being rained out earlier in the month, the Bastille Day Block Party is back! Feeling French? Celebrate Bastille Day in the neighborhood of French Creole aristocracy! Neighborhood merchants will have food and beverages for sale and an arts market. There will be two bands and a costume contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume.

Sun. July 28, 2019

MechaCon Anime Convention | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Downtown | $10

Sunday is the final day of the New Orleans MechaCon Anime Convention, but you know what they say, save the best for last! Scheduled ambassadors, like Hynden Walch and Mela Lee will be signing autographs, and there will be a Kawaii Corner, vendors market and cosplay repair section.

Self Care Sunday | 5 – 8 p.m. | Catahoula Hotel Bar | Free

Do weekly tornado watches and street flooding have you on edge? Us too. No worries, there’s a free self care Sunday at the beautiful Catahoula Hotel. Enjoy kombucha from Big Easy Bucha, art by Nicholas Buscigilio, chair massages from NOLA Massage Therapy and music from The Night Janitor.

 

What Else You Should Know

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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