The art boutique Miette will feature Mardi Gras float artists displaying and selling their works and pieces this Saturday, Nov. 28 to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to speak with the artists about their craftsmanship, as well as take pictures with the displayed float art.
The Light up NOLA Arts Fête will be have outdoor light installations along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard as part of the second annual Luna Fête, starting this Sunday, Nov. 29, and running to Dec. 5. New Orleans is one of the only three American cities along with New York and Boston that participate in a similar “festival of lights” inspired by the Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France.
On a clear blue Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak Street from curb to curb from Carrollton to the Eagle avenue for the 2015 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. People ate food from 34 different vendors. Vendors included Oak street’s own Jaques Imo’s, Parkway Bakery from Mid City and Oceana Grill from the French Quarter. Live music could be heard all day on two stages. The bands included Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen and more.
Freret neighborhood groups come together at NORDC’s Evans Park from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 22 for food, music, sports, games and community resources. The Freret Neighborhood Get-Together is free and open to the public.
The theme of this year’s St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade is “The Hat Pack”. There will be prizes for the best hats, and live music by Bart Ramsey on French accordion with members of the swing band Zazou City. The parade is free and open to the public.
The 2nd District’s 7th Annual Blues Festival will be held at Palmer Park this year, due to construction at Magazine and Napoleon. The event this Saturday, Nov. 21, is free and open to the public.
Lusher Charter School will host open house sessions this Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, at the Lusher Fortier Campus and the Middle School Campus, respectively. Applications for Lusher Charter School’s next school year are due by Jan. 8.
In light of the upcoming COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Alliance Française and the World Trade Center of New Orleans will host an energy efficiency workshop and climate change documentary. This free event takes place this Wednesday, Nov. 18, and will include wine and cheese.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) will host Dr. Jee-Yeoun Ko’s Coats for Kids Concert, an annual benefit concert featuring jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. Though the event is free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to donate new or gently used winter coats.
The Axiom Artist Collective will host “Delivering Culture”, an art show featuring the Jazz Stork Series by artist Bryan Brown, this Saturday, Nov. 14. The series represents the birth of the culture and traditions of New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public.
St. Katharine Drexel Prep will host Prep Fest on Magazine this Saturday as part of their 100-year celebration. The fest will feature dance performances, musical performances, local cuisine and art, and games for children.
The MAX (St. Mary’s Academy, St. Augustine High School, and Xavier University Preparatory, now St. Katharine Drexel Prep) will unite for a joint mixer this Thursday, Nov. 12, followed by St. Katharine’s centennial homecoming celebration, Nov. 16-21. The homecoming theme is “Masquerade on Magazine”, and all listed events are free to the public.
American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi will speak at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Uptown tonight as part of the Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Month. He will discuss his book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation”, and its themes. The event is free and open to the public.
The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will host its annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon this Thursday, Nov. 12. Honorees include David Fennelly for Outstanding Philanthropy and Fred H. Meyers for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.
OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., PhD, and District 5 School Board member Seth Bloom will host a town hall meeting for the parents, teachers, administrators and community members of District 5 on Monday, Nov. 9.
The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media.
Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) will host a cocktail reception this Saturday, Nov. 7, to celebrate and honor special guests and alumni. Previously known as Summerbridge New Orleans, BTNOLA prepares middle school children for challenging academic experiences and works to inspire high school and college students to be advocates for education.
The Record Raid pop-up store gives vinyl lovers and music vendors the chance to buy and sell LPs, 45s, CDs and cassettes. The event takes place this Saturday, Nov. 7, and will include DJs and raffles throughout the day.
The second annual New Orleans Chess Fest will feature Harry Potter-style “Living Chess”, all-day chess tournaments, chess-themed crafts, lessons, and more. The fest will take place this Saturday, Nov. 7, and seven-time US Women’s Champ, Brooklyn-based grandmaster Irina Krush, will headline.
Bounce + Belly Dance Fitness will hold a pop-up class on Freret Street this Saturday, Nov. 7. This one-hour pop-up dance/fitness collaboration merges the support for unique neighborhood business ventures in dance wellness/adult performance and creative real-estate buying.