French Quarter Interpretive Kitsch Tour
Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity will be working on Uptown institution Snake & Jake's today.
(hourly, starting at the French Market)
"The French Quarter is home to so much amazing history and culture," says tour founder Carol Gibson. "We want to help locals understand why everything else won't go away." Longtime New Orleans residents receive an in-depth tourist experience as they explore the Quarter on a large pack of Segway scooters. Gibson leads the way, drawing from the work of cultural and aesthetic scholars to explain the lasting resonance of images such as the bendy streetlight and the crawfish-print tie. The tour concludes with two circuits of Jackson Square and lunch at the French Quarter location of a themed chain restaurant. Tickets are $95.
Aurora Nealand and the Royal St. Rouses
(all day at Markey Park)
Not to be outdone by the highly anticipated opening of St. Roch Market, grocery chain Rouses announced it will hold a one-day pop-up supermarket on Royal Street in the Bywater. The market features live music by jazz singer Aurora Nealand and her band for the entire duration of the 24-hour event, and shoppers are invited to capture hyperlocal free-range chickens and pigeons to roast at the hot bar. “Pop-up Rouses offers an immersive experience for a new generation of Grocery Makers,” a supermarket spokesperson said.
Habitat for Humanity bar build
(1 a.m.-5 a.m. at Snake & Jake’s)
Better known for its affordable housing, nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity today works to shore up another local institution: Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club. “A lot of people haven’t ever seen it by the light of day,” explained one volunteer. “They don’t realize what kind of shape it’s in.” All renovations will be completed using authentic materials, including plywood and aluminum foil. Volunteers receive free Schlitz.
Sit-Down Jazz Fest
(6:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre)
Love Jazz Fest, but just can’t stand all that standing? “What we’ve learned after doing this for a few years is that the general public can’t be trusted to exercise common courtesy with lawn chairs and tarps,” said a spokesperson for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “Plus, they sunburn.” Sit-Down Jazz Fest avoids the problems inherent to the real thing with an indoor venue, assigned seating and valet parking. Plastic cups of warm beer can be ordered to one’s seat and the evening’s entertainment consists of a video recording of The Radiators’ 1987 Jazz Fest performance on a continuous loop.