Chris Owens is one of five artists honored with a statue in New Orleans Musical Legends Park. She has been featured in OffBeat and Where Y'at Magazine. Though Chris Owens Club has yet to receive many online reviews, five Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and seven Citysearchers give Chris Owens Club a three-star average.
It may be housed in one of the French Quarter's most historic properties, but Bourbon Heat is far from old fashioned. Inside its Carriage Way bar, a lighted bar stretches along one wall, big-screen TVs above it broadcasting the evening's sporting events. After, revelers can visit Club Heat where colorful LED lights revolve around the space, illuminating the dance floor as the DJ pulses house music and rhythmic beats.
But, if you're paying attention, you'll notice the crystal chandeliers and exposed-brick walls that hint at the more traditional vibe found outside. There, at the Courtyard Bar & Grill, wrought-iron tables are scattered across a flagstone patio where Bourbon Street's jazz musicians are often overheard. In this allegedly haunted space, servers ferry colorful cocktails from the carved wooden bar and traditional New Orleanian dishes such as jambalaya and po' boys. Inside, guests can kick back and listen to live tunes or watch live sporting events on one of its LED screens.
The District dovetails classic New Orleans cuisine with modern entertainment in its dining room, stacked with on-screen entertainment and rustic wood furnishings. Exposed-brick walls harbor the aromas of freshly piled poboy sandwiches and plates of jambalaya with red rice and beans. Behind the wraparound bar and its small skyline of spirited beverages, bartenders augment the creole-tinged eats with wine, bottled beer, and 11 draft beers. A massive 82-inch TV flickers amid seven smaller 55-inch flat-screen TVs, chattering sports stats in unison like Snow White and her dwarfs explaining basketball to Dopey. In addition to televised entertainment, The District's quiz show, aptly named Jeoparty!, lavishes winners with prizes every Tuesday night.
Every week, New Orleans's longest-running improv comedy troupe, Brown Improv Comedy, crafts one-of-a-kind hilarity based on the suggestions of theatergoers and bar patrons. The group runs with the suggested topic, creating skits and interactive games to tickle guffaws out of the audience. Having just celebrated their 18th year of performing, the team is well versed in turning out the funny and has outgrown the angst-ridden eye rolls of their 16th and 17th years of performing.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the two-hour event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, where Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his daunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for select members of the audience.
Improv comes in as many flavors as there are forgotten MySpace passwords. The performers make up situations and details as they go along and what hilarity emerges is a result of training, audience suggestion, and underlying psychological issues. Experience this comedic instability first hand at one of NCC's shows. Their Fringe show at the Shadowbox is all ages and the oddest of the bunch, appealing to those with a taste for the weird and wild. The New Dinner show at the M.I.C.A. offers a chance to combine food and guffawing (softer, mashed foodstuffs are recommended for safety reasons). The Usual Saturday Night show at Yo Mama's is adults only and extremely competitive. Audience participation is not just encouraged but enforced; the crowd is split in two like a sentient watermelon with two mothers, and teams are pitted against one another in troupe-led games throughout the show.