Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown
346 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 524-1140
Fax: (504) 218-4991
Respect for the traditions of the past and appreciation for the cutting edge are evident in the New Orleans Ballet Association's venue. Classics such as Alice in Wonderland and Swan Lake share a season with modern works including a multi-media piece Still/Here by Bill T. Jones. Regular performances include the Paul Taylor Pace Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. All performances are held at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts in Louis Armstrong Park. After each performance, artistic directors and company members discuss their work with audience members. This is a worth while experience!
The Civic Theatre opened its doors in 1906, making it one of the oldest in New Orleans. It retains its original Beaux interiors, opulent balconies and old-world charm. This historic venue boasts a state-of-the-art sound and light system, audio-visual equipment and a versatile seating configuration to suit myriad events for up to 1,100 persons. It hosts an array of concerts, theater productions, film screenings, parties, corporate and private functions.
This twin story jazz landmark on South Rampart Street was revived from ruins in 2013 and is a worthy addition to the live music scene of New Orleans. The Little Gem Saloon offers live music five days a week at the upstairs performance hall, with well-known artists/ bands like The California Honeydrops, Johnny Sansone, Tommy Malone and John Fohl on its list of past performers. In its new incarnation, the venue has added a creole restaurant in its premises where delicacies like Fresh Fish Almondine and Grilled Mississippi Quail are served with flair. Accompanying your food is a variety of cocktails, wines and beers. To know more, call ahead or visit their website.
The International Longshoremen's Association in New Orleans is an active association that represents longshoremen and related workers in New Orleans. Their union holds a monthly meeting in the ILA Hall. The hall is available for dance and musical performances. It also hosts gospel concerts and other shows featuring local talent.
The Conference Centre at the New Orleans Marriott has a large and flexible floor space suitable for any important meeting or conference. With brilliant business services along with a really good menu devised specially for grand events, this conference centre is one of the best in town.
Built in 1927 by Julian Saenger for an unheard of USD2.5 million, the Saenger Theare has weathered through years in the Crescent City until Hurricane Katrina hit. Sustaining major damage, the theater went through a USD53 million renovation in 2011. Reopening its doors in 2013, the theater has revitalized Canal Street and welcomed artists and Broadway shows like John Legend and Mama Mia. The interiors mimic a 15th century Italian courtyard with columns, decorative moldings and twinkling starlit ceiling.
Completely revamped and refurbished, the Joy Theater is all geared up to entertain the art enthusiasts of New Orleans. The upgraded facilities and improved lighting and acoustics equipment, further enhance the experience. Concerts, dance performances, movies, theater, private events and host of other functions are held here. With a capacity of 900 guests (including balcony-250 seats), space is certainly not a constraint here. And, though food and drinks are not served for each and every show, few exceptions are made for certain events. For more details, check website or call ahead.
Seating 87,500, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is one of the largest stadiums in the country. The dome is home to the New Orleans Saints football team and the Tulane University Green Wave. This stadium also hosts conventions, exhibits, concerts, and the occasional Super Bowl game.
During May in the old French Quarter, antique shops and art galleries hold wine and food tastings. Wine makers and local chefs conduct seminars and grand tastings for your taste buds' pleasure. This "experience" is just that, featuring 150 wines and 40 restaurants, every day.
Enter The Parish which is next door to the House of Blues through a brick alleyway with a large fountain depicting Atlas shouldering the globe. 5,000 square foot of event space with a state-of-the-art sound system, The Parish is very flexible and a versatile event and concert place, along with anything else you can think of that needs that kind of space. Designed after a cathedral and featuring stained glass, hand painted murals, it's certainly a sight to behold.
If you're craving for some cultural action while in the city, head straight to the Southern Rep. Theater. A wide ranging gamut of eclectic theatrical events, thought provoking plays, comic interludes and brilliant compositions make up for an eventful cultural experience. Simplicity of plot, clarity of ideas and ease of delivery are what distinguish their productions from the others. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a lovely outdoor space that is dedicated to creating awareness about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the city of New Orleans. A pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, the space offers visitors a tranquil oasis with interesting exhibits that chronicle the various influences that have shaped the culture of this vibrant city. Entrance to the park is free, and live musical performances are par course. Grab a table and some beignets from the Cafe, or simply settle down and enjoy a musical extravaganza in this beautiful outdoor setting at the heart of the French Quarter.