Feb 032016
 

St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church will host its 22nd Annual Jazz Service this Sunday, Feb. 7. The service, led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, begins at 9 a.m. at the church, located at 7100 St. Charles Ave. The worship service is free and open to all, and a king cake reception will follow.

(via St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church)

(via St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church)

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Jan 202016
 
Peaches' massive sign fills the window at its temporary location next door to Top Drawer Antiques on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Peaches Records’ massive sign fills the window at its temporary location next door to Top Drawer Antiques on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Forty-one years ago, the first Peaches Records opened in a shop in a corner of the Carrollton Riverbend. This month — after a journey that has taken the persistent brand across the New Orleans and around the world — Peaches has returned Uptown, departing the French Quarter for a massive new space in the center of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Jan 202016
 
(via Loyola University New Orleans)

(via Loyola University New Orleans)

Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre presents Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of “star-crossed lovers”. The two performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The opera will be performed in French with English supertitles. Continue reading »

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Jan 202016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

A lifetime ago, I worked as a counter server slinging lattes at PJ’s on Maple St. I was a punk 19 year-old kid that found a fun group to grow in, my co-workers a lot like family—many of whom are still today only an email away or closer. We had a shorthand as close compatriots often do and inside jokes too of course.

We’d often go out together, drinking, catching a show. But none of us, not one of us, really, truly dug Motorhead—at least not enough to go to see them play live.  But we had a little fabricated vignette we would trot out periodically specifically about Lemmy. And that was, if only he’d do a set in one of our living rooms while we sat couchside, then, yes, we’d go. That was over 20 years ago, and damn if I don’t regret never having seen Motorhead now. Continue reading »

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Jan 182016
 
(via nolacomedy.com)

(via nolacomedy.com)

NOLA Comedy Theater on Freret Street will host its 10th Annual New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival (NOCAF). The fest will take place from this Wednesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 22. and will feature headliners and up-and-coming talent from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jan 132016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Paul Simon recently let the cat out of the bag. He will appear at this year’s JazzFest, but otherwise, historically performers stay hush hush regarding their participation until festival organizer’s reveal the line up en masse.  And that usually happens right about now.  As such, the wild hair of getting back on that prognostication horse has tempted me yet again.

And through divination, conjurings, and tea leaf readings—but mostly looking at existing, published tour schedules—I submit the following 10 predictions. Consider Mr. Simon lagniappe that you may or may not have already known.

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Jan 122016
 

Rachael Levine, a Junior at Lusher Charter High School, has been selected for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Rachael, a cellist, will perform during Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season in February with the Honors Symphony Orchestra. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. Continue reading »

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Jan 062016
 
Orchid Honors Dinner

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The Orchid Society will celebrate their five-year anniversary as a community partner of African-American women serving as positive role models for young ladies through mentoring, community service, and social awareness programming. The five-year anniversary celebration is this Saturday, Jan. 9 and will feature a dinner at Felicity Church with live music by singer Elliot Luv. Continue reading »

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Dec 172015
 
(via New Orleans Opera)

(via New Orleans Opera)

The annual Hansel & Gretel Children’s Opera, hosted by the Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera,will be a 45-minute costumed performance by the MetroPelican Opera. The event will take place Sunday, December 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Opera Guild Home, located at 2504 Prytania Street.

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Dec 152015
 
Third Annual Calvin Johnson christmas concert

(courtesy of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity)

 

Trinity Episcopal Church will host the third annual Christmas concert for local sax player and bandleader Calvin Johnson, this Sunday, December 20. The Christmas concert titled “Calvin Johnson with Strings Winter Wonder Jam: a Benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity” is free and will feature special guests Glen David Andrews and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Continue reading »

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Dec 152015
 
The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Choir members of Mater Dolorosa and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ will lead the Carrollton Area Network’s annual holiday caroling at Palmer Park this Sunday, Dec. 20, with free eggnog, hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks in an effort to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Continue reading »

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Dec 132015
 

Sugar Plum celebration Rosa F. Keller

The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center in Broadmoor will feature “Sugar Plum Celebration” this Saturday, Dec. 19, free children’s and teen’s books with holiday treats and activities.  Continue reading »

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Dec 122015
 
A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The corner of Freret and Napoleon will once again become a hub of holiday shopping and free music today with the annual Freretstivus sale. The gift market will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature 96 vendors and 2 bands. Continue reading »

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Dec 102015
 
(via irishnetworkneworleans.org)

(via irishnetworkneworleans.org)

The St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will host an Irish Christmas party presented by the Irish Network New Orleans (IN-NOLA) this Saturday, December 12. The event is free for IN-NOLA members and children, and members  may bring guests for $10 per guest. Continue reading »

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Dec 082015
 
St. Paul's UCC christmas concert

(via St. Paul’s United Church of Christ )

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will host a free Christmas concert this Saturday, Dec. 12, featuring performances by The Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, pianist Mark Coleman, and guitarist Todd Duke. The concert will be free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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