Tickets are still available until 5 p.m. at the Hollygrove Market & Farm website (and afterward at the door) for the third annual Party in the Garden, which will showcase the talents of chefs from some of New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, May 14) at the farm, 8301 Olive St.
Three of Uptown’s iconic commercial corridors — Magazine, Oak and Freret streets — all have events planned for Saturday, and they all expect to brave the prospect of bad weather as best they can.
The untimely death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (more widely known as MCA) last week marks another loss in the creative fabric of the Generation X cultural landscape; he was 47. Personally my appreciation for Mr. Yauch and his bandmates was something of a journey. Their supernova premiere License to Ill in 1986 left me only lukewarm. Like many, I thought the boys goofy and annoying. But they were also everywhere, if not tireless. With their follow-up Paul’s Boutique, many of their fans were left scratching their heads. A dynamic shift in sound and direction — when most listeners had likely anticipated a sequel to License (as the 80s sequelled just about everything) — Boutique demonstrated a decidedly different approach to their musical goals, which received yet another makeover in 1992′s Check Your Head. It was about this time I took a shine to the band. Their other 2 albums of the 1990′s Ill Communication and Hello Nasty brought their energy further along, elevating their sound to places their fanbase embraced and celebrated. Aside, I had the good fortune of being to catch both of those album’s tours, and until last week earnestly believed I would see the Beasties perform some time again hopefully in the near future.
Billed as a “‘Treme’ vs. ‘The Wire’ Battle of the Bands,” and hosted by two stars of David Simon’s acclaimed dramas, four musical groups representing New Orleans and Baltimore will face off at Tipitina’s on Friday night to raise money for local musical charities.
The Du Mois gallery on Freret Street will open its newest show, “Visages,” on Saturday evening, and will continue accepting submissions through May 15 for its annual “Cold Drink” printmaking show.
For decades, Freret Street was a thriving commercial corridor in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, but the murder of Bill Long in 1984 in front of his bakery was a “death knell” that sent the street into a spiral of decay and neglect, said Andy Brott and Lauren Anderson, two guides for about a dozen people Saturday morning on a “Jane Jacobs Walk” to discuss the history and evolution of the street.
After years of work by community leaders, the destructive flooding after Hurricane Katrina and a permissive rezoning, the corridor suddenly sprang back to life with a flurry of new restaurant openings over the last two years, and Saturday’s walk served to explore some of the factors that led to the renaissance.
The Freret Market in May will be held a week later than its usual first Saturday of the month to make way for Jazzfest, market organizers said.
The Jane Jacobs Walk, a yearly tradition intended to strengthen neighborhoods through shared, ground-level observation of what makes them work, will return this weekend to three thriving spots in Uptown New Orleans: the Irish Channel and Freret Street on Saturday, and Oak Street on Sunday.
The two iconic New Orleans marching bands will participate in a Battle of the Bands outside Tipitina’s during the outdoor portion of the Instruments A Comin’ benefit, which begins at 6 p.m. tonight.
Featuring performances led by Helen Gillet, James Singleton and others paired with recent music-related films, the Zeitgeist Creative Music concert series begins tonight (Thursday, April 26) and runs for two weekends.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert tonight at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center in Central City that will also feature the New Hope Baptist Dance Ministry and the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians.
Among other highlights of this year’s JazzFest? Why, the premiere of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Fairgrounds, of course. That’s right: premiere. The band has played the city many times before but never in this setting, and while I’m not saying I had a hand in their headlining this coming Saturday, I’m, well, er – - - that’s exactly what I’m saying. About a year ago, I lamented in this very column the fact the band had never played the festival, among other national acts I hope will be corrected one day soon (insert robust coughs here overlaid with a hearty and throaty “Beck! Beck! Beck!”). And voila, a year later it’s happening. I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in coincidences. And maybe just maybe it just might be a coincidence (if you believe in them), and if so, then just chalk me up as having my thumb on the pulse of what’s what and not the impetus for this gig.
Tulane University will host a panel discussion called “Trayvon Martin and the Rebirth of a Nation: Race and Gender Politics in Today’s Media” at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 23) in room 102 of Jones Hall.
The Single Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club will hold its 15th annual second line starting at 1 p.m Sunday. They’ll start at the Foxx II Lounge in the Hoffman Triangle and then make their way down Martin Luther King Avenue into Central City, according to the route published by Gambit’s Red Cotton.
Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre.
Can you believe it’s been two months? The other day, we sat around trading Mardi Gras stories, and it wasn’t long before the bulk of the haul came out. You wouldn’t believe what we found — well, actually, you would. Beads, pounds of them. Stuffed animals, a whole menagerie. Doubloons, beads, pens, koozies, emblems, beads, plastic cups, and dreidels, twice as many again as all of the above, and oh, did I mention the beads? Somewhere in your house, in bags in the utility room or in backpacks in your study, you’ve got them too. So: it’s time for spring cleaning. What are you going to do with all those extra beads?
Here’s an idea: drop them off for recycling.
The free “Evening of Difficult Music” experimental music series returns tonight at 8 p.m. with “MRI Suite,” an original composition by George Alvey with Foster Smedley and a solo by James Singleton, at McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music, 4737 Tchoupitoulas.