May 092017
 

New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra will present their last concert of the season, “The Dark Side”, featuring the 70-piece orchestra performing music from Star Wars and Fantasia, as well as two special guest soloists.

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May 082017
 

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott looks up behind a pile of books in October 2016. The store will close in June, he announced today.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service).

(photo via Maple Street Book Shop)

After 53 years in business, Maple Street Book Shop will close its doors for the final time on June 17, the owners announced Monday morning. Continue reading »

May 052017
 

Crescent City Comics will be giving away special issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Who, the Legend of Zelda, Archie Comics, and many more at its Calhoun Street location on Saturday as part of the national Free Comic Books Day promotion, and Mid-City Pizza’s new Uptown expansion will be joining the party with discounted slices. Continue reading »

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Apr 062017
 

George Porter Jr. talks to Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood at the Maple Leaf on Monday night. (photo by Michelle B. Perez)

Thousands of people packed the sold-out Smoothie King Center on Monday night to hear Radiohead play, but after their two-hour set, they did what any music-savvy visitor to New Orleans did: swung by Oak Street to catch an act at the Maple Leaf, specifically George Porter Jr. Continue reading »

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Mar 282017
 

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Since the publication of “RISING TIDE: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America,” it has been widely hailed as essential reading to understand the relationship between New Orleans, the water that surrounds it, and the rest of the country’s attitude toward the city.

To mark the book’s 20th anniversary, author and historian John Barry will deliver a special lecture at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, March 28) at Octavia Books. Continue reading »

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Mar 192017
 

Queen Tahj Williams of the Wild Magnolias shows off her suit during Uptown Super Sunday at the intersection of LaSalle and Washington. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, March 19, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park to celebrate Super Sunday. Indian gangs from all over the city met in central city to parade and show off suits

Big Chief Victor Harris of Fi Ya Ya plays his cowbell on Washington avenue during Super Sunday. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 152017
 

Caddywhompus performs on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project came to a close on Saturday, March 11. The annual two-day festival, which takes place at Mardi Gras World on the banks of the Mississippi River, featured local, national, and international acts both large and small.

Chris Rehm plays guitar with Caddywhompus on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music and Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The festival hosted primarily electronic dance music (EDM) and hip-hop artists, but carved out a set for New Orleans-based rock duo Caddywhompus. According to guitarist Chris Rehm, they like sticking out amongst the other acts in a festival line-up.

“We like to have variety, different people coming out for different things. We’re all about doing new stuff and showing people new things, progressing musically,” Rehm said. “So the less you know, the better. The less familiar you are, the better.” Continue reading »

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Mar 122017
 

Killer Mike of Run The Jewels takes a breath between lyrics during their set at the Power Plant stage on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Saturday concluded the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday, March 11 marked the end of the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. The day featured performances by musical artists and groups like Run The Jewels, 21 Savage, Deadmau5, and others.

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Mar 112017
 

Lil Dicky performs in the Ballroom stage during the Buku Music + Art Project on Friday, March 10, 2017. Buku is a two-day music festival in Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi River that includes live artwork and other performances. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project held its first day of performances on Friday, March 10 at Mardi Gras World. The day’s performances included rappers Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty and Travi$ Scott, and EDM artists like Zed’s Dead and TroyBoi. New Orleans rapper Juvenile made a surprise appearance after scheduled performer Young Thug was not able to make it to the festival at the last minute.

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Mar 102017
 

YA Author Angie Thomas, and her Bestseller, “The Hate U Give” (via Academy of the Sacred Heart)

Young Adult Author Angie Thomas will discuss her debut novel The Hate U Give in a Q&A open format during the SCBWI JambaLAya KidLit Conference at the Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 11. The Hate U Give was #1 seller on Amazon prior to its February 28 release, and has become #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list among Young Adult Hardcover titles. Continue reading »

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Mar 092017
 

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A gorgeous pair of 19th century Russian icons, both depicting the Virgin Mary, plus a nine-piece carved oak Gothic-style dining room suite made in America in the 19th century, an outstanding circa 1840 French directoire-style gilt bronze mantle clock and original artworks by Demetre Chiparus and Julius Lange will all come up for bid on March 11th and 12th.
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Mar 092017
 

R&B Singer and New Orleans native Ambré Perkins will be performing her first festival show and first live performance of 2017 at this year’s BUKU Music + Art Project. Perkins said she looks forward to playing in front a broader audience that may be seeking to hear artists they’ve never known prior.

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“It’s very open-minded usually,” Perkins said. “So people go there and they’re open to new artists. Actually, that’s probably what they want to see the most, artists that they’ve never heard of and to experience something different.”

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Mar 062017
 

(via Marché Creole Community Market)

After several weeks off, Marche Créole Community Market will host its Grand Reopening on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the ArtEgg Studios, located at 1001 S. Broad Street.

To celebrate the market’s reopening, the Heritage Foundation for Arts and Cultural Sustainability will sponsor a complimentary Whole Pit Roasted Alligator which will be over five feet long and filled with a creole seafood stuffing.

See the full story at Mid-CityMessenger here.

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