Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
A warm breeze ruffles the bayou grasses that grow beside the Petite Amite River, pointing pontoons and passersby toward a tropical haven lined with glowing tiki torches. Known as Riverfront Tiki Hut, this getaway teems with the scents of house-made sausages and the sounds of bands from ports near and far. Guests devour slow-smoked pork ribs in an air-conditioned interior filled with long marble bars and exposed rafters, pausing to savor sports highlights on a flat-screen TV. Outside on the deck, bartenders pour shots of rum in an island-style hut as guests drink in views of the dock or line up for rides in the restaurant’s bathysphere. On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can take part in a crayfish boil or grab a bucket of worms to practice for the bar’s next catfish rodeo.
Ascension Community Theatre gathers gifted local actors and directors on the stage of the historic Pasqua Theater for acclaimed modern plays. The Pulitzer Prize–winning “Rabbit Hole,” directed by renowned Louisiana talent Mattie Olson, tells the tale of a family outlasting a major loss with elements of comedy flickering through the somber subject matter. Nicole Kidman was recently nominated for an Oscar for a film adaptation of the play, and Ascension’s staging shares the movie’s emotional complexity while swapping in real people for the holograms that take all but a few leading roles in most Hollywood films. Balcony seats unveil the best views in the historic Pasqua Theater.
Since 2003, Charlie Brown's Family Sports Grill & Bar has paired an extensive menu of grilled sandwiches, steaks, and seafood with a feast for the eyes made up of 25 large flatscreen televisions. The restaurant's buffalo chicken wings come with or without bones, just like the majestic buffalo chickens of yesteryear, and its charbroiled and grilled burgers are piled with enough delicious bacon, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms to distract children from the kids' arcade for a while. Dishes such as fried soft-shell crab and shrimp alfredo offer a seafood angle to the entree list, which also documents chicken-fried steak and 14-ounce rib eyes served, and 8-ounce filets served with with veggies and mashed potatoes. To help guests to wash down hearty meals and salute the local sports memorabilia draped on the walls, the bartenders have composed a long list of beers, specialty drinks, and wines.
Onezia indulges lounge lizards with an assortment of premium stogies, top-shelf spirits, and imported beer and wine amid plush leather furniture, plasma TVs, and live music. A custom-made humidor brims with a feast of tobacco logs, including Mike's 1950 Toro ($4.50), Brazilia Samba ($7.50), and Romeo y Julieta Aniversario Churchill ($9), named for Winston Churchill’s love of reciting Shakespearean soliloquies. Puffs pair up with tantalizing tastes of Myer’s Dark rum ($6), Patron Silver tequila ($8), and myriad scotches, whiskeys, and bourbons, including Crown Royal Special Reserve ($9), Dewar’s 12-Year-Old ($8), and Booker’s ($11). Talented barkeeps amalgamate the top-shelf brands to elegantly craft lemon-drop martinis ($7) and manhattans ($6–$9), whereas tropically flavored mojitos ($7) accompany traditional warm-weather activities such as snorkeling or capsizing a paper sailboat. Barley-quenching gullets can revel in the bar’s collection of imported and domestic beers, such as Newcastle Brown Ale ($4), whereas an array of wines nurses fruit-deficient bodies back to health.
Handmade super frangranced cadles and bath & body products. Voted BEST scented candle in the metro area! by customers and visitors. Visit the Cajun Village for a very unique shopping experience. Restored Acadian buildings, quaint little boutique shoppes, thoughtful gifts that can't be found at the mall.