Dec 142013

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up "Market Money" at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up “Market Money” at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Market’s “Freretstivus” winter shopping bazaar is opening shop at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 14) under a sunny sky, in spite of earlier predictions of rain.

After the market, the Freret Clay Center will have a new opening featuring two ceramics artists.

The first musical act of Freretstivus, COOT, was expected to begin playing at 10 a.m., followed by Tin Men at noon, John Mooney at 1:45 p.m. and market regulars Debauche at 3:30 p.m. Organizers have lined up 96 vendors for the event at the corner of Napoleon and Jena. Read more about the Freretstivus tradition in the Tulane Hullabaloo student newspaper.

(Anyone who can’t attend Freretstivus will have one final chance do some Freret Market holiday shopping from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the final Freret Night Market in the Publiq House parking lot.)

An assembly by Barbie L'Hoste. (submitted photo)

An assembly by Barbie L’Hoste. (submitted photo)

Immediately after Saturday’s market concludes at 5 p.m., the Freret Clay Center will open an exhibit of work by Barbie L’Hoste and Bill Darrow called “The Human Condition: Metal Rusts and Wood Rots.” The opening will run until 8 p.m. at the center, which is located at 2525 Jena Street, half a block from the entrance to the Freret Market lot.

“Barbie creates collaged assemblies with hand-made tiles and assorted materials. Her work explores innocence and the passage of time,” writes Jason Miner of the Freret Clay Center. “Bill Darrow pit-fires his hand-built pots, and embarks on a historical journey, paying homage to his ancestry.”

Call 919-8050 for more information about the Freret Clay Center.

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