The Divine Ladies held their annual second-line parade through Central City as planned Sunday, in defiance of the violence that led to 19 people being shot on Mother’s Day — including Gambit correspondent and street-culture champion Deborah Cotton, to whom the Divine Ladies dedicated their parade, according to a report from our partners at WWL.
A strong line of storms predicted for New Orleans on Saturday has led to the cancellation of this month’s Freret Market, organizers said.
As the 2013 close of another JazzFest leaves in its wake a thankfully healthy trail of mud, sweat, and beers I find myself at once indifferent but pleased, however mostly curious with one eyebrow raised just so. You see, if I get to go any given year I generally only have the privilege of going one day, and I’m okay with that. As such I tend to take it all in, looking to maximize my experience, people watching, carving out set times, and noting what, if any, differences from years past. So color me dismayed this season when as I queued to purchase my ticket and then queued again to enter the fairgrounds, the security measures in place from previous fests seemed largely unchanged – or – maybe even exactly the same. Bags searched? Maybe. Strollers examined? Ha! And the coup de gras of all contraband concealers the chair tube: opened? Nary a one. Frankly my fellow New Orleanians in a post Boston Marathon bombing world, this is not okay.
For years, Kara Morgan has given her neighbors her time, love and energy as the tough, cheerful leader of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association.
Now that the 39-year-old mother of two has been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, the Irish Channel is giving back to Morgan this weekend in the neighborhood’s own irreverent way — with a fundraiser for her medical treatment at a brewery, complete with burlesque dancers, musicians, and all the fierce, unyielding optimism that she and her community bear so proudly.
The monthly Freret Market is slated to return next Saturday (May 11), with free music from noon to 5 p.m. by the Upstarts, Daria and the Hip Drops, and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots plus 90 local vendors with food, art, gifts and pet adoptions, organizers said.
Marching bands from four New Orleans schools — Martin Behrman, Eleanor McMain, McDonogh 35 and the St. Augustine “Marching 100″ — performed for crowds packing Napoleon Avenue on Monday night to kick off Tipitina’s annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit, raising money to buy instruments that will be placed in other area schools.
Just two weeks after the 2013 Freret Street Festival drew record-setting crowds, Dat Dog, The Other Bar and Gasa Gasa will be hosting another festival Saturday evening, “Uptown Sounds,” featuring acoustic sets, DJs and full bands. The festival runs from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and will also feature art and film, and is being organized by Loyola University’s Music Industries Studies program, according to a post at The New Freret website.
Update, 2:42 p.m. Monday: This event has been postponed yet again, Tulane officials announced this afternoon. A makeup date will be announced later.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” will be held at
5 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 15) at Tulane after being rescheduled because of the last week’s rains.
The Single Ladies and Men will second-line through Central City on Sunday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. at Foxx Lounge on Washington Avenue and finishing at Sportsmen’s Corner at Second and Dryades, according to a post for Gambit by Big Red Cotton.
A touring group from Jesuit High School in Tampa will perform Gregorian Chant and compositions by Cesar Franck and Mozart at St. Stephen Church on Saturday afternoon (April 13).
The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series will continue Saturday evening and into the rest of April with free performances of works by great classical composers and contemporary jazz musicians.
With the assistance of perfect springtime weather, the Freret Street Festival drew a record 23,500 people on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Saturday’s attendance far exceeded the estimate of 15,000 in 2012, said Andrew Amacker, president of the Neighbors United community group, who conducts crowd counts every year.
Police found a gun and marijuana left behind after a hit-and-run crash Sunday afternoon at Broadway and Willow streets, authorities said this week.
The Preservation Resource Center has organized a self-guided ‘Shotgun House and Art Tour’ of seven homes along either side of Magazine Street near Audubon Park onSaturday (April 6).
The Krewe of Alla — which this year paraded 24 floats through Gretna but takes its name from an abbreviation of Algiers, La. — needs 200 paid riders by June 1 or it will seek to move to the Uptown route, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. The all-male krewe was founded in 1932 and “traditionally presents the largest parade on the West Bank,” according to Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide.
Egyptologist Dr. Nigel Strudwick will discuss his work at “Pharaoh’s Chancellor: The Tomb of Senneferi at Thebes” at Tulane Friday (April 5).
The Pigeontown Steppers held their annual Easter second line Sunday through numerous Carrollton neighborhoods.