Friday, January 9, 2009

The Art Knight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Wherever good things happen in New Orleans, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu is there. The man is an arts-and-culture Batman. His office’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism was behind the World Cultural Economic Forum in the fall. It’s a driving force behind “From Tramps to Kings,” the Zulu centennial opening tomorrow at the Louisiana State Museum’s Presbytère. And yesterday, Landrieu — flanked by DCRT Secretary Pam Breaux, designer Allen Eskew, musician Terence Blanchard and others — announced plans to recreate a premier jazz museum inside the Old U.S. Mint, anchored by a 4,000-square-foot music venue with studiolike acoustics. The ETA: January 2010. The digital rendering, which looks vaguely like a hepcat sequel to the videogame Rock Band

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