Zesty aromas of jambalaya, gumbo, corn crab bisque, and pralines fill the air of the New Orleans School of Cooking. It's here where a talented team of local chefs share their culinary insights while teaching the basics of Louisiana cooking with flavorful fervor. Since 1980, scores of well-known talent have demonstrated bayou?style cooking in their home base: a renovated French Quarter molasses warehouse, originally built in the 1800s.
Like their building, the dishes they teach are part of long-standing New Orleans traditions. Their demonstrations cover dishes from gumbo to jambalaya to crawfish etoufee. As they teach, the chefs weave in elements of local history, trivia, and legend, too, painting a portrait of the city that extends beyond its edibles.
Lakeview Creative Arts is a progressive school that focuses on education while having fun. The creative process in all children is something to be explored, and we strive to foster the creativity in all of our students through music, dance, and karate instruction.
A star-studded roster of rollicking comedians answers the Big Easy Comedy Festival’s call for ribald laughter with an evening of no-holds-barred standup comedy on Memorial Day weekend. Ace standup comedian, actor, and writer Mike Epps, known to movie buffs as Day-Day Jones from the films Friday and Friday After Next, takes a break from his sellout I'm Still Standing tour to leave a mark on UNO Lakefront’s stage with his signature physicality and cartoonish impressions of his family. Tony Rock, who’s appeared in the blockbuster smash Hitch, steps out from under his brother Chris Rock’s shadow with a raw and gutsy set that fearlessly takes on issues of social injustice and relationships. Hailed as Black America's Favorite White Comic by Ebony magazine and recently appearing in the movie Think Like a Man, grandstanding Gary Owen, swelters with everyman appeal and crackerjack timing in relatable bits on brazenly taboo topics.
A bevy of artistic options and teachers fluent in their craft define Rembrandt All You Can Art. Regardless of skill level, students are encouraged to unleash their artistic talents onto canvases, creating whimsical sailboats or treasure maps that lead neighbors to the spot where their borrowed power tools are buried. Available for classes and private parties, the painting emporium also transports its wares to events aboard its Rembrandt Roadshow van, bringing the painting parties directly to the revelers.
With 17 years of teaching experience and 31 years of perfecting his guitar virtuosity, sage of the six-string Ron Hotstream enlightens guitar players of all skill levels with personalized instructions for each student. Veteran tone-seekers can receive instructions to hone their abilities, and aspiring Yngwie Malmsteens will discover basic chord formations and picking techniques so that they can develop their skills properly. Once students have mastered the basic skills, they may decide the style of their instruction—from blues to rock to country—and which songs they want to learn how to play. Ron Hotstream teaches at C&M Music Centers in Kenner (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and Mandeville (Monday and Wednesday) and is able to accommodate all guitar players, whether they are interested in obtaining a grasp on modal jazz or set on wailing 17-minute solos while riding on the back of a wild chimera.
At The Purple Penguin Art Company, artists of all ages and inclinations can enjoy a wide variety of classes, from wheel-thrown pottery to face painting for kids. Camps designed specifically for little ones include fun activities in addition to crafting, ranging from playing dress-up to painting pottery, and are suited for ages 5 and up. Classes for adults and teens are also available in a range of mediums, and adults are encouraged to bring along wine or beer to sip during their sessions.