We got your weekend: Holiday songs, sweaters, and shenanigans
Thursday / Wear something ugly : Cafe Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar will be celebrating the holidays by paying homage to everyone's favorite: the tacky holiday sweater. From 6 - 7:30, the Swizzle Stick bar will serve (atrociously dressed guests...hopefully) guests three festive holiday hors d'oeuvres, each paired with a cocktail: blue crab deviled eggs with cranberry punch, pigs in a blanket with the Harvey Canal Wallbanger, duck and foie gras meatballs with hot buttered rum. As guests eat, drink, and revel in your companions' tackiness, they will be entertained by carolers. Worst sweater wins a $50 Cafe Adelaide gift card. $25 ($22.50 for cocktail club members).
Friday / Shane's shout out : Dragon Smoke at Tipitina's 10 PM, $17
This supergroup usually only plays around Jazz Fest, but the four ridiculously talented members have been getting together for a handful of special shows this fall. The formidable rhythm section of Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio (both from Galactic) keep the bodies moving, while Ivan Neville and Eric Lindell trade vocal duties while laying down intoxicating organ and guitar lines. If you're a fan of any of these guys, do yourself a favor and get over to Tip's on Friday.
Saturday / Eat, drink, and be merry: NolaVie's favorite plantation owner and host, How's Bayou columnist Keith Marshall, is putting on one heck of a holiday evening (and 50th anniversary) at the one and only Madewood Plantation, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Festivities begin with hot buttered rums, which guests can enjoy as they soak in the sights of tinseled trees, sweeping garlands, and a blazing fire. Next, a buffet dinner, which will conclude with a chocolate buche du noel, will be served in the ballroom and library. Finally, a choir will serenade guests with carols. Tickets are $50; up to two children are free with the purchase of one adult ticket. Call 985-369-7151 for reservations. Read more about the Madewood heritage banquet here.
Saturday / Run, run Rudolph :
For the kids - The Downtown Development and Entergy host the family-friendly Reindeer Run and Romp. After some light exercise (participants can choose between the one mile reindeer run and the half mile egg nog jog), enjoy festive activities at Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza, including: yoga (in case that run wasn't enough exercise for you), pictures with Santa, music, games (including a scavenger hunt), and crafts. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, most fetsive costume, best decorated stroller, and best group costume. Registration is $12. The race begins and ends at the Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza (1 Poydras). Registration is at 8 AM; the race starts at 9 AM.
For the big kids - While reindeers romp, Santas will run. The annual, adults-only Running of the Santas shebang begins at 9 AM at the 'South Pole' (Barcadia) with costume contests, drink specials, and live music -- with a highlight performance from Flow Tribe. From 5 - 5:30 PM run, walk, stumble, whatever to the 'North Pole' (Generations Hall) for the after party for more drink special, shenanigans, and live music, including the sounds of Category 6. Tickets start at $15.
Sunday / It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas : Grammy award-winning R&B and gospel artist, Aaron Neville, concludes his special Christmas show tour, here, in NOLA, which also just happens to be his hometown. The show will be at the recently renovated Civic Theatre. Doors open at 7 PM; show starts at 8 PM. Tickets start at $56 (including fees).
Chelsea Lee is associate editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]