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New Orleans Film Festival – October 11-17, 2013

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Are you a filmmaker coming for the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF)?  Or are you going to be in New Orleans over October 10-17 and looking for something to do?  Either way – be sure to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast your home base during that week, providing comfortable lodging, breakfast to start your day, and relaxation opportunities!

The New Orleans Film Festival is an exciting event that has earned notoriety.  Listed as one of the Fifteen Fests You Should Enter and one of the Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee – this festival will not only be a great showcase for your film, but includes lots of great entertainment, as well.going to be in New Orleans over October 10-17 and looking for something to do?  Either way – be sure to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast your home base during that week, providing comfortable lodging, breakfast to start your day, and relaxation opportunities!

NOFF strives to welcome new filmmakers and artists to the community, and provides lots of opportunity with local resources cultivated in the city.  The festival also awards films in seven categories, yours could be one!  The festival takes place at six theaters, and 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast is less than 6 miles from all but one; which is 10 miles away in Chalmette, LA.

We know you will enjoy your stay in our bed and breakfast, the comfort and history may even inspire you!  See you for the New Orleans Film Festival.

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Art for Art’s Sake in New Orleans – October 5, 2013

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New Orleans is the place to be for artists of all sorts – and Art for Art’s Sake is the perfect party for both artists and art-lovers! This event happens the first Saturday every October, so this year the street party is October 5th. This is the perfect way to end a busy day of sightseeing in New Orleans when you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

Art for Art’s Sake is an art festival where galleries in the Warehouse Arts District and on Magazine Street are open from 6-9pm. Whether you are interested in browsing locally created paintings, sculptures, and photos or are looking for a valuable addition to your collection – everyone is welcome. Along the 5-6 mile stretch of Magazine Street, you’ll find boutiques and gift shops, as well as food and beverages stands along the street.

To extend the evening, you can reserve a table in a nearby restaurant.  You might try Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar – a sports bar featuring delicious pub fare with New Orleans flair!  You might also enjoy the late night menu at Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant which is also a Louisiana exclusive but with a surfer twist.

Feel like more art?  Attend the special reception at the Contemporary Arts Center – which will host a party till midnight. Admission to this party is $10 and allows you to explore new exhibits and enjoy live music.

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It’s the greatest art event of the year in New Orleans – and everyone is welcome. Wear showed you don’t mind walking in, and enjoy the atmosphere of a sophisticated New Orleans street party!

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Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans – 2013

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When you’re visit to New Orleans includes staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – check out the Old U.S. Mint built in 1835 on the old Fort St. Charles site in New Orleans.  This is known as the only mint to have produced American and Confederate money, and produced coinage from 1838 until Louisiana succeeded from the Union in 1861.  It was the only southern mint to reopen after the Civil War, resuming full production from 1879 through 1909.

Currently, the Mint also serves as a musical venue offering a recording space, web streaming, music related exhibits, and performances.

September offers a couple of wonderful events.

September 14 – Ben Sollee and Helen Gillet featuring moving compositions  mixing various music styles.  Doors open at 7:30 and admission is $10.

September 18 – Be part of a truly unique experience as Sybil Gage comes back to her home.  Known as “Little Dynamo,” you’ll enjoy her Pre-war Blues, Vaudeville, and Traditional Jazz set.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is $12.

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5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival – September 19-21, 2013

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burlesqueWhether you are an enthusiast or a performer – if you are coming to the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, we know you will find perfect accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Conveniently located less than 4 miles from all of the events, we know you will find the comfort and luxury of our inn to be far superior than other traditional accommodations.

The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, September 19-21, 2013;  is a fitting event in our city, as burlesque is a signature attraction in the French Quarter, primarily popular from the mid-40′s through the 60s.  Having once been a staple to NOLA entertainment, modern burlesque was embraced during the 1995 revival and continues as one of our city’s traditions.

The event will be a blast!  Take in up to five burlesque shows featuring everything from male burlesque stars to a competition to determine the “Queen of Burlesque” – ending with the “Queen’s Ball.”  Throughout the festival, you can take in some workshops to improve your burlesque technique.  Explore the use of Jazz in your routine and participate in a high energy burlesque workout!  For more information about this event, see the website.

When making your travel arrangements for this flamboyant and lively event – consider the elegant accommodations that we offer at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

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Southern Decadence – August 28, 2013 – September 2, 2013

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southern-decadenceA very adult party known as Southern Decadence takes place each Labor Day weekend in New Orleans. Consisting of parties, dancing, risque contests, and of course, the big parades, Southern Decadence is a world-famous event attended by thousands every year.

Decadence starts this year at midnight on August 28th with a party at The Bourbon Pub, then continues right through the weekend, including (among other things) a float parade on Friday, a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street on Saturday, and the Southern Decadence Parade at 2pm on Sunday, ending with the Closing Party on Monday, right back where it began.

Weekend Passes may still be purchased online HERE, but VIP passes are all sold out. You are encouraged to purchase your passes online, as you not only will save a bit of money, but also can use credit cards, whereas the nightly events accept cash only.

Why not stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House and avoid the big hotel crowds. Park your car here and take the Streetcar wherever you need to go. Sleep in a comfortable bed and have a good breakfast before venturing out into the excitement of Southern Decadence.

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Cutting Edge Music Conference – 2013 – New Orleans

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Are you looking for lodging while you are attending the Cutting Edge Music Conference, September 26-28?  Look no further than 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Our accommodations will be perfectly suited to the conference schedule, providing you a delicious breakfast before jumping into the events of each day.O'Malley House, New Orleans

Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located near the Central Business District, in the French Quarter.  Not only will you be able to easily get to and from the conference throughout your stay, but you will also be able to dine nightly in a variety of nearby restaurants, to get a taste of the real New Orleans.

During this event, attendees will obtain so much information about the music business – including networking, consultation, and more.  Prepare for your conference or relax afterward at the nearby Woodhouse Day Spa.  Unwind each night relaxing in the inn’s courtyard before retiring to your well-appointed suite.

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More New Orleans Events in August 2013

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August is a delicious month in New Orleans, thanks to COOLinary New Orleans, where you can enjoy special meals in many local restaurants and dig into great New Orleans cuisine!  But that’s not all – New Orleans has a variety of events to help you enjoy every last minute of summer.

August 1-4 – Check out the 13th Annual Satchmo Summerfest, a festival celebrating the great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.  This event provides a weekend full of live jazz music from local performers.  There will also be interesting seminars and speakers.  There will be plenty to eat as well with local restaurants providing delicious items at the festival.

 

 

Saturday, August 3 – Enjoy the Whitney White Linen Night, a free local art reception featuring live music, delicious food, and the 2013 Signature Drink: Epic Vodka Ginger Mint Lemonade.  This festival along Julia Street is a New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser and is a great way to explore our local art.

 

 

Saturday, August 10 – Pull out your red dress and join us for the 2 mile Red Dress Run.  This is a charity run organized and hosted by The New Orleans Hash House Harriers, and guaranteed to give you a good time!         It’s not just about the run – but it also about the party featuring live music, delicious food, and lots of beer to keep you going!

 

 

Saturday, August 10, After the Red Dress Run, check out the 12th Annual Dirty Linen Night, another art night Royal Street featuring art, crafts, and antiques in 40-50 shops.  You’ll find Dirty Rice and Dirty Martinis available throughout the event plus wandering clowns, local music, and other types of street entertainment.

As always there’s so much to do – see you in August!

 

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Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream & Desserts in New Orleans – 2013

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Beat the New Orleans and midsummer heat with some cool treatsBrocatoWeb from Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream & Italian Desserts.  Just a short 5 minute walk away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – you can enjoy a midday cool-down or a chilly nightcap before bed with some delicious ice cream or gelato.

Selection of Gelato flavors

You won’t believe the amazing variety of gelato flavors including Chocolate Almond, Sicilian Pistachio, and Tira Mi Su.  Also try the Ice Cream and Ices including Cassata, Lemon Ice, and traditional spumoni.   All of these items are made daily with fresh, quality, and pure ingredients.

How about decadent pastries and candies including cannolis, biscotti, authentic cookies and more – handmade from traditional Sicilian recipes on the premises and baked in old iron ovens.   You can even take these home to share with your friends and family, that is, if you can keep yourself from eating them first!

You’ll probably get hooked on these sweet offerings, so be sure to check out their ordering options – so you can enjoy one of New Orleans’ gems year-round.

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Drink It In! 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail – July 17-21, 2013

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tales-of-the-cocktailThe 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail will be held in the French Quarter from July 17th to July 21st. This year’s theme is “Drink It In!”, with The Rickey as the Official Cocktail. Festivities kick off on July 17th at 2pm at Hotel Monteleone with a complimentary event to present the ceremonial first toast.

After that, the events come fast and furious, with excursions, special events, seminars, contests (including the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, featuring teams from all over the US duking it out to bring the best bar experience to the judges), awards, dinners, lunches, tasting rooms and more. You can even download an app for that!

To celebrate this premier educational event for bartenders and people in the hospitality industry, as well as cocktail enthusiasts, enjoy this Rickey Recipe, the 2013 Official Cocktail Competition winner:
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Originator: Jacob Grier from Metrovino in Portland, Oregon
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Recipe:
1 1/2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
4 oz aison or biere de garde style beer
squeezed half of lemon (lemon shell), for garnish

Directions:
Combine the Martin Miller’s Gin, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and beer in an ice-filled highball glass. Drop the squeezed half-lemon into the drink. Gently stir.
Garnish:  Squeezed half of lemon, stirred into the drink as a nod to tradition.

Drink It In!

 

 

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COOLinary New Orleans – August 2013

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Coming to see us in August?  You’re in luck!  It’s COOLinary New Orleans – a Coolinarymonth-long celebration of dining in a city that prides itself on its cuisine.  Throughout this month you can enjoy 2-3 course lunches and 3 course dinners at a very reasonable cost, giving you the opportunity to experience tastes and creations representative of New Orleans.  Since 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast has your breakfast taken care of – you can certainly plan the rest of your meals to relish in many flavors during your stay with us.   More than 50 restaurants are participating this year, so we recommend that you arrive hungry!

Can’t wait till August to enjoy the delicious New Orleans fare?  Check out the many recipes so generously provided by participating restaurants.  Be sure to try the Fresh Louisiana Gulf Shrimp, Coconut Curry and Rice Noodles from GW Fins with the Courtyard Bread Pudding from Court of Two Sisters for dessert.

Are your taste buds wanting more?  GOOD!  Come see us in August!