American Horror Story’s Naomi Grossman and local comedian D.J. Dougg Pound will be performing at the 8th Annual New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, which begins Wednesday evening at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street.
The Lyons Center will hold free painting workshops for people of all ages on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week, according to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.
Art that expresses the African-American experience — from spirituals more than a century old to a new graffiti exhibit that closes today — has a power across generations to both create change and inspire the young, artists and officials said Monday morning in New Orleans in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“We are the generation of messengers,” said rapper Dee-1, Ben Franklin High School graduate David Augustine Jr. “We all have a platform, we all have an audience, we all have a flock we’ve been entrusted with. We have to decide, what is our message?”
Firelei Baez, one of the artists featured in the ongoing citywide Prospect.3 series of exhibits, will host a discussion of Junot Diaz’s novel “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” tonight at the Nix Library in Carrollton.
New Orleans’ Jazz Fest announced the 2015 lineup through a promotional video. Headliners include Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and Lady Gaga. Tickets to Jazz Fest will go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 13) through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m.
— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) January 9, 2015
With the 2015 JazzFest lineup set about to be revealed on Monday, my thoughts have escalated into the unknown and the possible for who and what might appear this season. In the past my notions have been met with mild success, what with HangoutFest and its line-up, now firmly affixed in mid-May, often casting a who’s who of who isn’t playing JazzFest. Somehow I feel like this is my year. The Who / Joan Jett are touring ensemble at this time with a mysterious void in their tour around JazzFest, same with Hozier and Wilco; so to say they’re all candidates exceeds likelihood. As such, I shall humbly exclude them from my top 10. Therefore without further delay: prognosticate this!
The Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street will host an opening reception this evening (Saturday, Jan. 10) for a new exhibit of work by Craig Berthold and Mark Grote entitled “La Isla Misteriosa.”
New Orleans attorney Stuart H. Smith will be at the Garden District Book Shop tonight (Thursday, Jan. 8) to sign his upcoming book Crude Justice: How I fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America.
Tuesday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows rang in the 2015 Carnival season with their annual ride on the St. Charles avenue street car. Large crowds gathered at the Oak Street streetcar barn to see the Phellows depart down the line. The Phellows are a Mardi Gras crew that dates back all the way to 1878.
New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.
Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.
“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition.
Stone Rabbit, 35 PSI, and Voltra Volta will all perform at Gasa Gasa Friday night (Dec. 26) as part of Stone Star Productions benefit concert for CASA New Orleans (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). The event will feature raffle prizes and live painting.
A performance at Tulane University today interpreting the desegregation of Mardi Gras krewes and a discussion Saturday at Xavier University of the #ExhibitBe grafitti installation are among the closing events of the Prospect.3 art exhibition in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Jewish Community Center will hold its annual Community Chanukah Celebration today, (Sunday, Dec. 14). The celebration will feature a free, family-friendly concert by international star David Broza.
St. Stephen Church will be holding a Christmas concert today featuring acclaimed performers Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; the Good Shepherd Choir; and organist Brian Morgan (Director of Music at St Stephen’s). Admission is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted.
The New Orleans Ballet Association will present its annual community production of the Nutcracker Suite today (Sunday, Dec. 7), showcasing the talents of more than 200 participants in its programs for youth and senior citizens on stage at Tulane University.
Tipitina’s will hold two free Sunday music workshops this December open to music students of all ages, starting this Sunday with a session led by Khris Royal.
When Southern Rep opens its production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” at Loyola University this week, tickets sold for preview shows Wednesday and Thursday will benefit Children’s Hospital.
Procrastinating until something becomes absolutely critical is undeniably an American tradition. And when it comes to procrastinating, New Orleans is always at the forefront.
There’s an example of this phenomenon just down the street and around the corner from my house. In the 2000 block of Coliseum Street there has long been a broken water or drainage line (it’s unclear which). It first became obvious over seven years ago when the street began to sink and the adjacent brick sidewalk began to break apart.
In order to pay for facility repairs to make the church safer for children, the New Church on South Carrolton and Freret will host a fundraising dinner next weekend with catering by Copeland’s. The event will feature WWL-TV’s Sally Ann Roberts as main speaker, a jazz band, and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $20 per person.
The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season.