Apr 012020
 

If you’re wondering how you can keep whiling away the hours while your normal activities are on hold, here’s a suggestion: Take advantage of the virtual public library.

Although your neighborhood library is shuttered for the time being, the New Orleans Public Library still provides access to a wide variety of movies to stream, e-books to read, audio books to listen to and more. There are also plenty of resources to keep the kids entertained, help them (and you) master their homework and even prepare for the LEAP or the SAT. Continue reading »

Mar 202020
 

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

When a movie says it is set in New Orleans, it is hard not spending most of the time trying to pick out landmarks and laughing at what the filmmakers got wrong.

So, with many of us at home watching TV, it’s a great time to check out movies and TV shows that showcase New Orleans, and remind us why we love it.

Here are a few of my recommendations, plus where to find them. (True confession: I talk about movies on “Hollywood Highlights” on WWL-TV’s Great Day Louisiana.) Continue reading »

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Mar 122020
 

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University has canceled its inaugural event for 2020, citing concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

From Tulane University

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University has canceled its inaugural event for 2020, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and adherence to university protocol.

Tickets purchased for keynote addresses with John Grisham, Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell will be fully refunded within 10 business days. Continue reading »

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Mar 102020
 

Marthe Cohn, 98, is the star of “Chichinette: The Accidental Spy.” (Nicola Hens photo)

By Christian Willbern, Loyola Student News Service

While sitting in her hotel room complaining about the WiFi in Metz, France, Marthe Cohn scrunches her nose and sticks her tongue out at the camera, conveying how at the age of 98, the World War II spy is still a tour de force. Cohn stars in “Chichinette: The Accidental Spy,” a documentary portraying the tiny-but-mighty woman’s extraordinary battle against the Nazi regime during World War II. This was just one of several films exhibited during the New Orleans Film Society’s 23rd French Film Festival. Continue reading »

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Mar 072020
 

The newly released “Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard, 1869-2019” tells the culinary history of Dillard University through notes and recipes from celebrities, civil rights activists, Dillard alumni, and more. (Camille Barnett, GentillyMessenger.com)

Food historian, educator, and author Zella Palmer will present her recently published “Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard, 1869-2019” this Sunday, March 8. Using recipes and research, Palmer’s book documents the African American culinary history of New Orleans through the lens of Dillard University. She will be signing copies of her work for 2 p.m. at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Continue reading »

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Feb 212020
 

Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band (Kendra Jones Photography)

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church will present its 26th annual Jazz Service, an Uptown Mardi Gras tradition led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, at 9 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 23). Continue reading »

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Feb 112020
 

The daily lineups of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will feature over 100 celebrated and rising authors and three keynote author sessions. (Tulane University)

From Tulane University

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University announced today the daily lineups of more than 100 celebrated and rising authors for its inaugural weekend, March 19-21 on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Continue reading »

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Feb 052020
 

Sarah Broom won the National Book Award for “The Yellow House,” a memoir about her family’s history in New Orleans. (via Tulane University)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Writer Sarah Broom is from New Orleans, but not the part of New Orleans where she spoke on Tuesday (Feb. 4), the famed, oak-lined streets of Uptown. She’s from a yellow house on Wilson Avenue in New Orleans East.

Her experience in that house — and what it says about New Orleans, the United States, and our relationship to our environment — is the subject of her debut book “The Yellow House: A Memoir.” It won the 2019 National Book Award for nonfiction. Continue reading »

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Feb 052020
 

The literary career of New Orleans native Anne Rice spans 40-plus years and features 30 novels with more than 100 million copies sold. (Thias Scheer, via Tulane University)

By Roger Dunaway, Tulane University

Tulane University’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has acquired the complete archives of famed best-selling New Orleans author Anne Rice, thanks to a gift from Stuart Rose and the Stuart Rose Family Foundation.

Born and raised in New Orleans — the setting of her most famous books — Rice is the author of 30 novels with more than 100 million copies sold, placing her among the most popular authors in recent American history. Rice’s work has included gothic and erotic fiction, as well as Christian literature, but she is best known for her novels in vampire and supernatural fiction. Continue reading »

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Feb 042020
 

The Central City Library will reopen in the Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center, 2020 Jackson Ave. (rendering by VergesRome Architects)

The Central City Library will open in its new location on Wednesday (Feb. 5) at 10 a.m.

The new branch library in the Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center promises to be larger and more accessible than the previous location in the Mahalia Jackson Center. Continue reading »

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Jan 292020
 

Sarah M. Broom’s “The Yellow House,” a memoir of her family’s history in New Orleans, won the National Book Award for nonfiction. (via Tulane University)

By Barri Bronston, Tulane University

Sarah M. Broom, a New Orleans native and winner of the 2019 National Book Award, will speak Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Tulane University as part of the “American Water and Actual Air” speaker series, which focuses on interpreting the environment across academic disciplines. Continue reading »

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Jan 172020
 

Studio BE by the tracks on Royal Street. (Jeremy Tauriac photo via Newcomb Art Museum)

New Orleans artist and international muralist Brandan “BMike” Odums will celebrate the opening of his latest exhibition, N̶O̶T̶ Supposed 2-Be Here, at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane this Saturday, Jan. 18. This will be his first ever solo exhibition in a museum setting. Continue reading »

Jan 082020
 

(via newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu)

In New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th century, a form of artistic expression emerged. It emphasized improvisation and individual expression, and it gave voice to talented individuals whose voices had traditionally been repressed.

It’s not what you may think. As well as jazz music, that description can apply to Newcomb pottery.

A permanent display of Newcomb products in the new Commons building on Tulane’s Uptown campus now makes them more accessible to the general public as well as students. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020
 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride in 2013. (Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger)

Two celebratory streetcars will herald the arrival of Carnival season along St. Charles Avenue tonight. Continue reading »

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Dec 242019
 

via nolaproject.com

The NOLA Project will host a four-day workshop for students between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Winter Intensive, for ages 12 to 17, will focus on acting, writing, and stage combat.

Through courses led by NOLA Project ensemble members, students will have the opportunity to brush up on technique, as well as learn new skills, in preparation for their next semester.  Continue reading »

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