People float on Bayou St. John during the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo in New Orleans, La. Saturday, May 18, 2019. Described as a mini-Jazz Fest the now three day festival features New Orleans music, art, cuisine and culture. The event was created in 2006 to reinvigorate the Mid City neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Matthew Hinton

🥙🎶 We can be your gyro, baby

Before we hit the streets, it's time to get us to the Greek ... fest.

by Mary Staes | May 23, 2019

After livin’ it up and boogalooing on the bayou this past weekend, we were at Wednesday at the Square for some slick humpday tunes, and where we doled out some fancy fanny festival survival packs. Thanks to your suggestions, we’re combing through the knotted hair of ALL the things you want to see styled and surfaced on the head of our home — NOLA. But before we hit the streets, it’s time to get us to the Greek … fest. We can be your gyro, baby.

Love in an elevator 

For some, elevator music is a bore. We’d just as soon tune it out and listen to the silence. One artist, who is Deaf, is perfectly fine with the audible absence and seeks to craft new compositions for those who can’t hear. The newest addition to the Bywater’s Music Box Village gives members of the deaf community the chance to show the rest of the world how they experience sound.

Lettuce celebrate with some up-beet, fresh options to go

When you hit the corner store, we’re used to seeing the sizable selection of snack cakes, sodas and scratch-offs available at our beck and call. But what if you could grab healthier options to pick in a farm-to-convenience store fashion? A program is making it that easy for us to pick healthier choices on our quick breaks.

What light through yonder Bywater breaks?

In fair Bywater, where we lay our scene. From the floor of this building to the mezzanine. A building near Montegut Street, like Shakespeare, has withstood the test of time thanks to the neighbors who sought to preserve it. The Capulet now takes residence within and serves up food and cocktails in an elegant environment. Parting this lounge after enjoying its spirits is such sweet sorrow. 

Things To Do This Weekend

Fri. May 24, 2019

Baby Doll Bar Crawl | 6 – 11 p.m. | Begins at Armstrong Park Arch | $40

The Treme/7th Ward Arts & Cultural Festival presents the Baby Doll Bar Crawl. Stops include Bullets Sports Bar, Seal’s Class Act, Kermit’s Mother-In-Law Lounge, Lil People’s Place and the Candlelight Lounge. Don’t worry about walking — transportation will be provided — but there’s only room for 40 people, so make sure you get your tickets beforehand.

Memorial Weekend Pool Party | May 24-27| The Country Club | $20

For four days straight, The Country Club will be hosting a Memorial Day weekend party! Bring your swimsuit and grab some food from the Cabana Bar and outdoor grill.

Sat. May 25, 2019

A Conversation with Civil Rights Leader Leona Tate | 2 – 3 p.m. | French Quarter Visitor Center | Free

Leona Tate was 6 years old when she walked into a formerly all-white elementary school in 1960, one of four little girls who helped desegregate New Orleans public schools. She has been working to assure civil rights for all ever since.

Arts Market at Palmer Park | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Palmer Park | Free

This art market features a kids’ tent for the little ones, music by Tiffany Pollack and Co., and crawfish from NOLA Crawfish King.

Sun. May 26, 2019

Bike Easy Second Line | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Begins in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art | Free

What’s a Sunday without a second line? You can start early this week with the free Bike Easy Second Line. Anyone can participate, and even the brass band will be on wheels.

Teddy’s Twilight Serenade | 7 – 10 p.m. | The Music Box Village | $20 general admission

It’s the last show in the performance season for the Music Box Village! Teddy’s Twilight Serenade is a supper club under the stars, and it’s the first big performance featuring the newest instrument to the collection, “Elevator Pitch,” which highlights voices of the deaf community.

Fests this Weekend

Greek Fest | Thurs. Mary 23 – Sun. May 26 | Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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 we're natives or not.

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