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At the moment a lot of our fair city seems out of reach, including some landmark museums, among other attractions. Consequently, the reopening of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is being greeted with a huge collective sigh of relief. Life-altering events have a way of putting everything in a fresh, new context, and while perusing favorite parts of the museum's collection it may take some self-control to keep from reaching out and hugging a painting. No, it's not the same as being able to reclaim a favorite collectible or memento that the storm washed away, but it's something. For instance, the contents of the little gallery -- filled with vintage paintings of the French Quarter, colorful images such as Clarence Millet's Saturday Night, Dumaine Street, a circa 1938 view of a rustic Vieux CarrŽ barber shop -- will seem especially precious to anyone who watched the news coverage of the flooding as it threatened to engulf the oldest parts of the city. In addition to those favorites in the permanent collection, several special exhibits of work by Errol Barron, Herman Leonard and William Eggleston are up for the rest of the week, so this is your last chance to see them. The museum is now open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays for its weekly Ogden After Hours concerts, as well as on Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the foreseeable future, with a special reduced admission fee. Museum members, of course, are admitted free.

Passport: Classic and Unknown Photographs by Herman Leonard
Observations: The Sketchbooks, Paintings and Architecture of Erroll Barron
William Eggleston: People
Through Nov. 14
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 529 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.com

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