72 hours Uptown: Film, art and authors

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After the high-intensity tour of music provided by Jazz Fest over the last two weekends, Uptown New Orleans hosts a number of events this weekend centered around other art forms: a film festival, art gallery openings and markets, and book signings.

The weeklong Film-o-Rama kicks off Friday at noon at the Prytania Theatre, bringing about 12 hours of independent , foreign and classic film showings to anyone already looking for reprieve from the beginning onslaught of summer blockbusters. Highlights from the first weekend will include a 3-D showing of Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams;” “The People vs George Lucas,” a documentary about Star Wars fans; and the unlikely thriller “Rubber,” about a deadly tire.

The visual arts will be on display at both the inaugural Freret Street Gallery Crawl and the monthly O.C. Haley Art Market, and the book lovers will have the opportunity to meet several notable authors, including Freddie Evans, a historian of Congo Square, and Kathryn Stockett of the bestselling novel “The Help.”

For complete details and links to these and other events, see our full calendar listings below.


  • NOPD Department-wide weekly COMSTAT. 8:30 a.m., UNO Engineering building.
  • Grace House Women of Substance Luncheon. 11 a.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.
  • Film-o-Rama showings include “This Property is Condemned,” “The Princess of Montpensier,” “The People vs George Lucas,” “Certified Copy,” “Hobo with a Shotgun,” and “Rubber.” Films begin at noon at Prytania Theatre.
  • Martha Hall Foose discusses and signs “A Southerly Course.” 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street.
  • PJ’s Family Night at the Movies (weekly). 6:30 p.m. PJ’s Coffee, 5432 Magazine Street.
  • Uptown Chess Club (weekly). 7 p.m. Pepperoni’s Cafe, 8123 Hampson St.
  • Philocafe Salon : “How does one care for the soul?” 7:30 p.m., 1412 Euterpe St.


  • Friends of NOPL Weekly Used Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St Charles.
  • Film-o-Rama showings include “The People vs George Lucas,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Bill Cunningham New York,” “To Die Like a Man,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3-D,” “13 Assassins,” and “Rubber.” Films begin at 10 a.m., Prytania Theatre.
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans “Pup” Crawl 2011. Begins at 11 a.m. at The Bulldog, 3236 Magazine St., and continues to other bars.
  • OC Haley Art Market. 11 a.m., 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
  • Author Freddie Evans signs Congo Square: African Roots. 3 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
  • Grow Mo’ Betta Sustainable Gardening Series: “”Home Orchards and Urban Bee-keeping.” 3 p.m., Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St.
  • Freret Street Art Crawl. 4 p.m., Studios and galleries in the 4900 and 5100 blocks of Freret
  • Author Kathryn Stockett signs her novel “The Help.” 5 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania.
  • JCC Sock Hop. 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue.


  • Film-o-Rama showings include “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Princess of Montpensier,” “Certified Copy,” “Page One: Inside New York Times,” and “To Die Like a Man.” Films begin at noon, Prytania Theatre.
  • A Women and Children’s Health Expo sponsored by the National Children’s Study, including free health screenings, ask-a-doctor sessions and a light and healthy lunch. 1 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center, 2405 Jackson Ave New Orleans
  • Poetry Reading and Open Mic. 3 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak Street.
  • Trinity Artist Series: Christian Martin, pianist & Andrea Gomez, cellist. 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue.

One thought on “72 hours Uptown: Film, art and authors

  1. Thanks for the information about the Uptown events over the next 72 hours. They all sound interesting and fantastic! That’s great about the Prytania Theatre’s Film-o-Rama; the Freret Street Gallery Crawl; the Grace House Women of Substance Luncheon; the “Pup” Crawl 2011; the O.C. Haley Art Market; and the book signings of Freddie Evans, Kathryn Stockett, and Martha Hall Foose.

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