The Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association is holding its first free family movie night at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, March 14) with an outdoor showing of the animated film “Monsters University” at Central St. Matthew UCC, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave.
Although the Freret Street Festival is now in its 17th year, its growth in recent years has mirrored the rapid redevelopment of the commercial corridor — and this year, the April 5 event will stretch all the way to Jefferson Avenue for the first time, adding a fifth music stage to its lineup, organizers said.
Tulane University’s long-running series presenting women writers will this year host Susan Choi, a novelist and Pulitzer finalist, for a public reading and interview session on March 17.
Accentuate your knowledge on Shakespeare to Mark Twain, to evolution and the human spirit, to even Libertarianism and Kinetic sculpture with this spring’s Chautauqua classes. All classes are under $40 and open to all Chautauqua members, classes begin on March 31.
Meet authors Susan Larson and Rebecca Snedeker and learn about their favorite literary hotspots and memorable sites in New Orleans during a discussion at Loyola University on Thursday, March 13.
Enjoy drink specials and a raffle during a Launch Party Happy Hour at the Eiffel society on St. Charles Avenue with the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans on March 12. The EPNO is celebrating the launch of their new 2014 applications, and anyone in membership — as well as alumni, grantees and friends — is welcome.
Take part in Jesuit spiritual exercises with experts from Loyola University examining the Lenten season in March and April, starting with an introduction to “The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality: The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12).
Mardi Gras is for everyone, and the Mercy Endeavors Senior Center ensured that their older residents could take part in the celebration of carnival season.
It was the best of Carnivals, it was the worst of Carnivals, it was the time of bare masking, it was the time of warmth sought, it was the suspension of disbelief, it was the veritable cold reality, it was a season of sunscreen, it was a season of wool stockings, it was the glimmer of spring, it was the end of our disparate winter, we had baubles thrown to us, we had rainsoaked remnants, we were heading to heaven, and we were all surely going to hell — in short, the 2014 Mardi Gras season gave us everything and in the end took it all away. Maybe in a way no one would expect especially given the late date: foiled by the longest, weirdest winter the Big Easy hopefully will ever know and never repeat.
On Mardi Gras day, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure club celebrated the late South African president Nelson Mandela.
On the final evening before Fat Tuesday, Proteus rolled with 20 floats themed “Ancient Elements of Alchemy,” followed by the Krewe of Orpheus’ 32 floats themed “Orpheus — The Enchanted World.”
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host a session for prospective entrepreneurs about branding in the food business Saturday morning (March 8) at its headquarters on O.C. Haley Boulevard.
Krewe of Bacchus 2014 explored Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan found on the state’s license plates. This year’s parade featured actor/musician Hugh Laurie from the television program House and New Orleans Saints’ all-pro defensive end Cameron Jordan.
The Krewe of Okeanos rolled on Sunday with a theme celebrating the holidays, the Krewe of Mid-City presented its distinctive floats in “Fifty Shades of Green,” and the Krewe of Thoth nodded toward Sunday’s Oscars with a movie-themed parade.
The all-female Krewe of Iris entertained Uptown crowds with a series of puns on the theme “Iris Rocks” on Saturday, while the Krewe of Tucks “Sporting Life” floats presented their namesake engaging in wordplay of a bawdier nature.
The Krewe of Hermes presented a theme of “The Diamond Jubilee;” Le Krewe d’Etat skewered local and national public figures as “Under the Influence;” and the Krewe of Morpheus rolled with a theme of “Morpheus Cruises the Streets of New Orleans” on the Uptown parade route Friday evening.