Gasa Gasa will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Freret Street with an art show, barbecue and live album recording, and Freret residents will receive a 10-percent discount on their bar tabs all weekend.
Terry McMillan, a New York Times bestselling author, will read her new book “Who Asked You?” at Octavia Books tonight.
The event is scheduled at the bookstore on 513 Octavia Street at 7 p.m.
For more information, read the Octavia Books posting below:
Starting this Monday (June 23) until Aug. 30, the Alliance Française is offering French language courses in two-, five- and 10-week sessions to Francophones of all levels.
Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project, a national touring program, is stopping at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on June 26 to host a one-night-only showcase of 20 local artists’ work.
Southern Rep’s annual “Work Hard Play Hard” fundraiser at Il Posto on Dryades Street will feature live music, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an open bar, and a silent auction/raffle of donated items and services from local artists and businesses, all to benefit the 6×6 and 3×3 programs that support the development of new plays.
Hotel Indigo on St. Charles Avenue will hold a happy-hour fundraiser for the Tipitina’s Foundation on Thursday evening, donating 20 percent of sales from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to the nonprofit’s music education and outreach efforts.
Inspired by a true incident with his father surviving a Ku Klux Klan beating, local playwright Harold Ellis Clark will celebrating his birthday with a staged reading of his new play, Uncle Bobby ’63.
The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are holding a major yard sale this weekend at the Latter branch library to clear out their entire inventory of surplus donated books, organizers said.
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra threw a block party on Saturday afternoon at the Central City fire station on Martin Luther King boulevard. Free food and activities were provided for attendees.
Tipitina’s Foundation youth music workshop will feature guests artists Stanton Moore Band on Sunday, followed by Johnny Vidacovich, Chris Severin, and Cliff Hines later in June.
Khaled Hosseini — whose novel “The Kite Runner” has sold seven million copies in the U.S. alone — will discuss his latest book “And the Mountains Echoed” on Sunday evening at Temple Sinai on St. Charles Avenue.
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will perform at a free block party Saturday afternoon at a Central City fire station, celebrating the rebirth of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and the orchestra’s future home at the New Orleans Jazz Market there.
Every now and again I drive past the intersection of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley in Central City. There, in the neutral ground, stands a statue that can only be described as a Lovecraftian horror. The ten-foot tall egg-shaped grotesque features several sets of hands with misshapen, distended fingers reaching out in bizarre fashion.
It’s a wonderfully disturbing statue, something straight out of movie “Beetlejuice.” Alas, there is no plaque on the statue, or other indication of what this nightmarish form was intended for. It simply appears to be a bit of random art with no specific purpose.
With the unleashing of their imaginations and mentorship from the National Organization of Minority Architects, four teams from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Sci Academy and Urban League College Track spent the last year analyzing the needs of various neighborhoods around the city and then developing architectural plans designed to meet those needs.
Security, transportation, employment, shelter and food were among areas the youth considered during the urban planning process. They sought to define space and place and answer questions like: Does a church fall under the category of public space, entertainment or education?
And what the budding architects, ranging in ages 11 to 18, envisioned is nothing short of thoughtful, innovative and really, really sweet.
Shoppers who enjoy the unique charms of Uptown’s local businesses may have a busy day Saturday, with the Oak Street “Garage Sale” and the monthly Freret Market in the daytime, followed by the Magazine Street Champagne Stroll in the evening — and all three events are scheduled to proceed as planned, rain or shine.
After the Freret Market on Saturday afternoon, stop by the Du Mois Gallery for an opening for the new summer exhibit, Voyages, featuring artists Ken Kenan and Harriet Burbeck.
Help revitalize the historic Lower St. Charles Corridor on Thursday evening at the Magic in Melpomenia IXX celebration at Zeitgeist, which will include a live art auction, music and delicious food from local eateries like Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Crabby Jack’s and more.
Students from the International School of Louisiana Circus Arts program and Andrew Wilson Charter School were among the local schools that were part of the lineup at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday, reports Della Hasselle of our sister site, Mid-City Messenger.