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
 

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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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Dec 232019
 

Celebration in the Oaks will be closed for Christmas Eve but open for Christmas from 6 to 9 p.m. (Zach Brien, Mid-City Messenger file photo)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

After the gift giving, feasting and family bonding – hopefully without a dose of politics over the dinner table – the stir crazy hours set in.

To keep good tidings this holiday season, this list shows what is open and closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It includes major attractions, movie theaters and events. Continue reading »

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Dec 202019
 

For the price of an unwrapped toy, music lovers could enjoy the Trombone Shorty Academy, Hot 8 Brass band and New Breed Brass Band at Tipitina’s on Dec. 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Gia Maione Prima Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase presented “Tunes for Toys” at Tipitina’s. For the price of one unwrapped toy, fans could see the Trombone Shorty Academy band, New Breed Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band.

All of the toys collected were donated to Trombone Shorty’s toy giveaway, Toys from Troy, at his alma mater, Warren Easton High School. The toys will be given away at Warren Easton today in an event hosted by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and featuring Santa Claus as well as the Trombone Shorty Academy players.

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Dec 092019
 

LeLuna’s messages are both local and universal. (Carlos Fundora photos)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

Most art is not supposed to be stepped on. But for LeLuna, this artist’s canvas is unexpectedly underfoot: Sewage & Water Board of New Orleans meter covers.

The water meter covers are painted with short, often politically universal messages, such as “Make Art Not War,” “Erase Hate,” “Love Me Tender.” Others have a local focus, such as “Copper is Currency” with the tagline, “Strip copper, fight gentrification” or an image of the city’s unofficial mascot, the flying cockroach. Continue reading »

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Dec 032019
 

NOBA Center for Dance students perform the Waltz of the Flowers. (Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

The Christmas classic “Nutcracker Suite” will grace the stage at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall with two performances on Sunday.

New Orleans Ballet Association presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday adventure in a new one-hour production on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This magical journey — from enchanting parties, dramatic battles and dancing dolls to a whimsical visit in the Land of Sweets — is brought to life in a multi-generational performance by a diverse cast of more than 200 participants ages 6 to over 70. The cast includes students from the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center as well as NOBA’s nationally award-winning 28-year partnership with NORD. Continue reading »

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Nov 152019
 

YAYA Inc. will host their annual Just Say YAYA gala tonight (Nov. 15) to help support tuition-free arts and entrepreneurship training programs for local youth. The gala takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the YAYA Arts Center at 3322 LaSalle St. They will celebrate “ARTrepreneurs” and career development to benefit creative young people. Continue reading »

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Nov 142019
 

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Colton will discuss his book tonight at Garden District Book Shop.

Among the Terrance Osbourne and Gustave Blanche III paintings that hang on the walls of Richard Colton Jr.’s home, there are a few empty hooks. The art that typically occupies the conspicuously blank spaces reveals some of the most intimate details of Colton’s life, and, this weekend, will be on public display.

The paintings will hang in the Sacred Heart Academy auditorium that bears Colton’s name as he celebrates the release of his memoir, “No More. No Less.” The book tells the story of Colton’s nearly 20-year battle with squamous cell carcinoma and the unique path to he took to recovery. Continue reading »

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Nov 092019
 

King Ester, directed by Dui Jarrod, is the story of a black trans woman in Uptown New Orleans on the week prior to Hurricane Katrina. (via kingester.com)

The New Orleans Film Festival turned 30 this year, and their diversity in films and filmmakers is a point that they stress. This year, they screened “232 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives,” 26% of which were Louisiana-made and 56% directed by people of color. One series based in Uptown New Orleans made its debut on the NOFF big screen and online simultaneously.

“King Ester”—directed by Dui Jarrod and presented by Issa Rae’s ColorCreative production company—takes the viewer into the world of a black trans woman right before natural disaster.  Continue reading »

Nov 042019
 

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Elbows lined bannisters and pews Thursday night at Temple Sinai as a packed audience leaned in to hear two of our nation’s most celebrated narrative craftsmen, Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates, discuss how to reconstruct the story of the United States.

The event hosted by Octavia Books was part of Coates’s nationwide tour promoting his new novel “The Water Dancer.”

The book is Coates’s first foray into fiction after gaining fame for his journalism at The Atlantic and his nonfiction book “Between the World and Me.” Continue reading »

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Nov 042019
 
Crescent City Creative Carnial 2018

C4 is an all-day event for creatives of all types to learn, network, and have fun. The second annual event takes place at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Saturday, Nov. 9. (courtesy of Crescent City Creative)

One’s social network can influence important decisions like who they ask for business advice, where they shop and how they listen to music. For professionals in the arts, that network could dictate their standard of living, job consistency or perceived professional value.

On Saturday, one couple will bring together creative business owners, branding strategists, entertainers and more to share industry insights and grow their networks together.

Crescent City Creative Carnival logo

via Crescent City Creative

Crescent City Creative is a nonprofit creative agency based in New Orleans and founded by husband and wife Willard Hill and Quan Lateef-Hill, who want the city’s talent to thrive more.

“We really see New Orleans as this cultural epicenter that is often overlooked as people focus in on New York, L.A., Atlanta and coastal cities,” said Lateef-Hill, a filmmaker and producer. Continue reading »

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Oct 272019
 

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton appear with moderator Susan Larson, left, at the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 26, to promote their book about inspiring women. The event was hosted by Octavia Books. (Sharon Lurye)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton talked about the women who inspired them and opened up about experiences with bullying on Saturday during a discussion of their just-published Book of Gutsy Women.

Speaking in front of a packed, almost entirely female audience at the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, the former Secretary of State and her daughter championed the women who served as role models because of their courageous fights for social justice. The book, co-written by the mom-and-daughter team, features 103 stories about historic women (and one fictional girl, Nancy Drew.) Continue reading »

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Oct 262019
 

Self portrait of photographer Arthur P. BedouXavier University of Louisiana, in partnership with The Louisiana Creole Research Association, will celebrate the opening of “Picturing Creole New Orleans: The Photography of Arthur P. Bedou” on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The exhibition is part of LA Creole’s 15th annual conference, and it will feature collected photographs by the heralded New Orleans native who was personal photographer to Booker T. Washington.

“The purpose of the conference is to showcase Creole life in New Orleans in the early 20th century through the lens of Mr. Bedou,” conference organizers said. Continue reading »

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