By: Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
November 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM
Tickets for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Early-bird single-day tickets are $45 plus service charges, the same price as for this year's festival. Some time in January -- the exact date has not been announced -- the advance price increases to $50. Tickets will be $65 at the gate, also the same price as 2012.
Purchasing tickets now requires a leap of faith. The roster for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, which is April 26-28 and May 2-5 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, won't be announced until mid-January. However, jazz saxophone legend Wayne Shorter's reps let slip that he'll be at the Fair Grounds on May 5.
Single-day tickets are weekend specific. Tickets will be available at nojazzfest.com and ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800.745.3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges, which are generally the lowest when paying with cash in person at the arena box office.
In addition to single-day tickets, Jazz Fest's various VIP ticket packages also go on sale Dec. 1.
The Krewe of Jazz Fest pass grants access to a covered viewing area with folding seats at the Acura Stage only, and allows for re-entry privileges. Krewe of Jazz Fest passes are $550 first weekend, $600 for the second weekend.
VIP ticket prices include all service charges and fee except for a $25 delivery fee. VIP tickets are available in limited numbers, as are parking passes for the VIP tickets, which are available at an additional cost.
Also, tickets are available for the 15th annual Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala, April 25, 2013 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel. The gala, sponsored by the non-profit foundation that owns the Jazz Fest, supports the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that teaches 85 students each week. This year's gala theme is "Glass House Reunion," a salute to the South Saratoga Street nightclub that hosted the likes of Kermit Ruffins, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band, all of whom will perform at the gala.
Gala tickets are $500 and include passes to all seven days of Jazz Fest. Go to jazzandheritage.org or call 504.558.6100 for gala tickets.
Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.