Nov 282017
 

Inspired​ ​by​ ​ABC’s​ ​​Dancing​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Stars​,​ ​the​ 8th​ ​Annual​ ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​​Dancing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Arts ​gala​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​local​ ​community​ ​leaders​ ​competing​ ​on the​ ​dance​ ​floor​ ​with​ ​professional​ ​dancers​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coveted​ ​People’s​ ​Choice​ ​Award.​ ​The​ ​​​gala​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Civic​ ​Theatre​ this Friday,​ ​December​ ​1 ​from​ ​7​ ​to​ ​11 p.m.​, ​starting​ ​with​ ​a​ ​red​ ​carpet​ ​reception​ ​and​ ​cocktail​ ​hour. Festivities​ ​include​ ​a silent​ ​auction,​ ​an​ ​open​ ​bar,​ ​fine​ ​fare,​ ​and​ ​entertainment.

The best part? All​ ​proceeds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​support​ the ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​afterschool​ ​and​ ​summer​ ​arts​ ​education programs.​

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Nov 242017
 

Walter Isaacson points to the intricate details that can be found in the musculature of Mona Lisa’s smile. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci is remembered variously for his mechanical marvels, engineering feats like the designs for flying machines, anatomical research and sketches, the narrative tableau of ‘The Last Supper,’ and, of course, the bewitching beauty in the painting that has come to symbolize art itself, ‘Mona Lisa.’

The enduring mystery of her elusive smile, however, is not only the pinnacle of da Vinci’s artistic achievement, but also the summation of all his other interest in engineering, physics, anatomy and drama, writer Walter Isaacson explained in a lecture this week supporting his new biography. If you’ve ever wondered why ‘Mona Lisa’ holds such an exalted place in the world’s artistic canon, treat yourself three minutes to listen to Isaacson’s explanation of exactly how da Vinci combined all his curiosity and passions into the expression on her face.

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Nov 162017
 

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PROSPECT.4: THE LOTUS IN SPITE OF THE SWAMP
NOVEMBER 18, 2017 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Prospect New Orleans is a citywide triennial of contemporary art now in its fourth iteration. This year’s installment, entitled “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp”, will feature 73 local, national, and international artists presenting their work across 17 venues, as well as exhibitions and events at numerous satellite locations.

Emphasizing collaborative partnerships, Prospect presents the work of diverse local, national, and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues, creating an optimistic cartography through the education and engagement of residents and visitors. Continue reading »

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Nov 152017
 


Inspired​ ​by​ ​ABC’s​ ​​Dancing​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Stars​,​ ​the​ 8th​ ​Annual​ ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​​Dancing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Arts​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​local​ ​community​ ​leaders​ ​competing​ ​on the​ ​dance​ ​floor​ ​with​ ​professional​ ​dancers​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coveted​ ​People’s​ ​Choice​ ​Award.​ ​The​ ​​​gala​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Civic​ ​Theatre​ ​on Friday,​ ​December​ ​1​ ​from​ ​7​ ​to​ ​11 p.m.​ ​starting​ ​with​ ​a​ ​red​ ​carpet​ ​reception​ ​and​ ​cocktail​ ​hour. Festivities​ ​include​ ​a silent​ ​auction,​ ​an​ ​open​ ​bar,​ ​fine​ ​fare,​ ​and​ ​entertainment.

The best part? All​ ​proceeds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​support​ the ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​afterschool​ ​and​ ​summer​ ​arts​ ​education programs.​

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Nov 072017
 

The crowd dances in the Float Den stage on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Saturday concluded the 2017 Buku Music and Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project released the first of three lineup announcements this morning (Nov. 7). Headliners and notable acts include Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, Alison Wonderlan, Smino, and more.

The 2018 festival is scheduled for March 9-10 at Mardi Gras World, 1400 Port of New Orleans Place. Continue reading »

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Oct 202017
 

The Red Hot Brass Band, Toups South restaurant and Dryades Market are all partnering for a new “Appetite for Art” fundraiser Monday night to help create scholarships for low-income students to attend the Upturn Arts enrichment program. Continue reading »

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Oct 132017
 

Novelist Jesmyn Ward (left) speaks to interviewer Nathaniel Rich on Thursday evening at the Garden District Book Shop. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

It’s been a busy fall for Tulane University professor Jesmyn Ward. Her new novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” was published just last month, and named a finalist for the National Book Award just last week. On Wednesday, she was announced as one of the latest recipients of the prestigious national MacArthur “genius” grant, and on Thursday, she got to discuss it all with nearly 100 of her fans in Uptown New Orleans at the Garden District Book Shop.


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Oct 102017
 

Author Jesmyn Ward (photo via Octavia Books credited to Beowulf Sheehan)

Author Jesmyn Ward — a writer-in-residence at Tulane University who was last week nominated for her second National Book Award — will read from her acclaimed new novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing” at Octavia Books tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 10) and Garden District Book Shop on Thursday. Continue reading »

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Sep 292017
 

Local artist Bryan Brown, member of Axiom Artist Collective, poses with his original art piece created for the official Tremé Fall Fest poster (via Spears Group)

New Orleans artist Bryan Brown—of Axiom Art Gallery on Freret Street—was selected as the creator this year’s official Tremé Fall Fest poster. The final design was unveiled on Wednesday, September 27, as part of the kickoff for the third annual festival happening this weekend.

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Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification. Continue reading »

Jul 202017
 

#FriendsAndFlows is monthly marketplace that showcases a mix of visual artists, designers, photographers, and other entrepreneurs and creators in a positive social atmosphere. July’s edition happens this weekend and will feature Free Tastings & $5 Cocktails by Cathead Vodka, music by DJ RQ Away, and some of your favorite new faces. Continue reading »

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Jul 192017
 
    Dr. Courtney Bryan, left, and Calvin Johnson, right, perform a Sidney Bechet tune at the Trinity Church Bastille Day Celebration 2017. The celebration, which was part of Trinity’s Artist Series, featured local, national and international acts. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated Bastille Day 2017 during their Artist Series performance on Sunday, July 16. The celebration included local, national, and international acts performing music, all either in French, about France, or performed by French musicians.

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Jul 132017
 

The crowd dances at BLVD Fest. The 5th annual BLVD Fest took place on Saturday, July 8. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5th annual B.L.V.D. festival took place on Saturday, July 8. The event, put on by New Orleans-based lifestyle brand B.L.V.D. Etiquette featured short sets by 23 different musicians and DJs.

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Jul 052017
 

Tank and the Bangas gestures toward the crowd. Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia performed at Tipitina’s on Saturday, July 2, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Basking in the national attention after winning the NPR Tiny Desk concert, New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas performed with another homegrown star, Big Freedia, at Tipitina’s on Saturday.

Big Freedia and her band dance. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 192017
 

Local rapper Mike Hazel sports a “Coolest Wans” shirt while riding his bike. (Courtesy of Elijah LeNoir)

“The Coolest Wans: Spun by Chuck Inglish”, a hip hop show full of local performers, will feature rapper Chuck Inglish DJ’ing at the Howlin’ Wolf. Continue reading »

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