Early (far too early) Tuesday morning I am heading to New Orleans for Do It With Drupal, the Lullabot training conference. I’m totally psyched for the trip, not just because I can’t wait to see so many Drupalistas and see what other folks have got cookin’ with Drupal, but also because I love New Orleans.
When I used to work for ACORN, we traveled to New Orleans every December for a national conference. I visited a few more times for Vintage Scooter Rallies in 2004 and 2006. In February of 2007, CivicActions held one of our full team retreats in the Garden District, and spent a day volunteering with Habitat For Humanity in the 9th Ward. Most recently I visited the Crescent City for the NTEN NTC in March. The city’s recovery has been slow, but every event and conference that take place there help the locals, and help move the city closer to recovery.
If you’re going to DIWD and don’t already, follow me on Twitter, I know plenty of interesting places in the French Quarter and beyond and look forward to meeting you and sharing. I also encourage folks attending to patronize as many local shops as possible, resist the temptation to go to Starbucks, and instead take a walk over to Cafe Dumond in the French Quarter, or Rue de la Course if you are in the Garden District. Grab a Po Boy from Verti Marte.
For those in town early, there is an art Biennial, Prospect.1 New Orleans,
Prospect.1 New Orleans [P.1], the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, opened to the public on November 1, 2008 in museums, historic buildings, and found sites throughout New Orleans.
My local friends have had good things to say about it. It is spread out around the city though, so definitely check the website and figure out where you want to go. Some of the venues are in the Warehouse/Arts district just to the west of the Marriott Hotel.