Led by tattooed frontman Josh Todd, Buckcherry busts out hard-rocking anthems and soaring paeans to partying. After disbanding in the early aughts, the band came back with a vengeance with its album 15, earning a Billboard Top 10 spot for the introspective "Sorry." Black Butterfly in 2008 brought further fame with the ode to hedonistic dissipation and melancholy reflection on empty water bottles, "Too Drunk." Todd's laid-back vocals often slide swiftly into a volcanic yowl, backed by a double helping of power chords and fist-pumping arpeggios courtesy of guitar duo Keith Nelson and Stevie D. After placing fourth on the 10th season of American Idol, up-and-comer James Durbin joins the evening with music that spices his voice's octave-hopping technical mastery with raw, churning guitar and a single bay leaf, hidden somewhere onstage.
At Off Limits Paintball, combatants pelt one another with vivid hues as trained officials preside over a 12-field, 50-acre expanse. Before taking the field, competitors outfit themselves with an included mask, gun, CO2, 100 paintballs, and a brief lesson in abstract expressionist tech-niques. Game sessions rotate across fields, with areas including a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility, the tubular barricades of Pipe Dreams, and the privately designed, 007-approved Thunderball. Fresh water on every field keeps trigger ticklers hydrated, while complimentary dressing rooms and showers help wash away remnants of paint and shame from playing dead all day. Fuel up at the course’s concession stand with pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, and beverages, then defeat opponents by exe-cuting a surprise midmeal combat roll. Off Limits is a field-paint-only facility, and customers can purchase extra paint ($5 for 100; $20 for 500) on-site.
The Funny Bone has farmed laughs thanks to comedy heavyweights such as Cedric the Entertainer and Jamie Kennedy, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. Upcoming comics include Sam Demaris (Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28), the winner of the 2002 "Houston's Funniest Person" award. Couples looking to laugh off a first-date marriage proposal can cash in on the gut-wrenchingly honest observations of Comedy Central–featured Rodney Laney, whose Jersey-brewed stylings are finely tuned to tickle the giggleplex and pluck the shock-cartilage (Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14).
CoHabitat offers innovative businesspersons and hard-working students a harmonious work and study environment to collaborate on their businesses and connect with local idea-makers. Within a historic brick building spruced with modern amenities, CoHabitat’s community of thinkers gathers to discuss business plans, working on reports, or studying for upcoming exams. A five-day pass ($25 value per day, $10 value per day with current student ID) lets you take advantage of all CoHabitat’s facilities, including WiFi, projectors, a printer, freshly brewed coffee, meeting and phone spaces, dry-erase boards, and more. See CoHabitat from the inside with a medley of informative video tours on its website.
The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook paints a vivid picture of the market's history through the whimsical voice of local food preservationist Poppy Tooker, who recalls notable market events through recipes, anecdotes and compelling profiles of key vendors. The 208-page paperback tome assembles more than 125 recipes selected from submissions by local chefs, market vendors and shoppers, and those compiled by a random ingredient generator. Inspired by local ingredients, the dishes range from creole classics, like oysters Rockefeller, to more extravagant creations like chevre-stuffed squash blossoms and satsuma-chocolate gelato. The volume's focus on crafting slow foods with fresh ingredients makes it ideal for rediscovering a culinary heritage or utilizing a garden accidentally sown entirely with spinach.
Though Wow Cafe & Wingery has now found a foothold in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S., the chain still offers the same tasty soul food and wings as it did when it was founded by a trio of Louisianan brothers in 2001. The friendly sports pub still broadcasts the day’s games on various televisions, allowing guests to follow multiple sports or Jenga tournaments as they lick one of 17 delectable sauces from their fingers. In addition to these finger-food staples, guests can devour fajitas, burgers resting between slices of texas toast, and classic New Orleans dishes such as gumbo, catfish, and red beans. Spice-covered tongues cool off with signature drinks such as an italian mango bellini or Louisiana's Abita beer.