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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Shop now open on the top two floors of the Contemporary Arts Center

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 11:46 AM

The Shop opened on the top two floors of the CAC. - WILL COVIELLO
  • WILL COVIELLO
  • The Shop opened on the top two floors of the CAC.

In September 2016, the Contemporary Arts Center announced it would lease the top two floors of its building to the Domain Companies to create The Shop, an office space targeted at cultural and arts groups and technology businesses. The Shop opened Sept. 1 and the Domain Companies are holding events to display the space.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

'Deafening Sound,' gallery show about domestic and sexual violence, opens at NOPA Sept. 9

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 2:15 PM

COURTESY ANNIE FLANAGAN
  • COURTESY ANNIE FLANAGAN

Photographer Annie Flanagan made the first image in her upcoming show about misogyny, domestic violence and sexual violence when she was 14.

She's been photographing one of her central subjects, a close friend who spent five years in an abusive relationship, for most of her life. "Deafening Sound," a show of photographs, artifacts and more documents that friend's experience and recovery. It also creates a larger narrative about gender-based violence and the experiences of American women.

"There's so much silence around rape, and there's so much silence around intimate partner violence," Flanagan says. "[The show is about] the deep roots of misogyny and rape culture in the United States."

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in September

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 3:58 PM

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  • COFRIN LIBRARY / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

In September, the New Orleans literary scene picks up again after a traditional summer lull. There are readings, book release parties and reader's conventions throughout the month; here are a few highlights and picks.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: Campfire Stories

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Lil' Devil by Mark Hosford
  • Lil' Devil by Mark Hosford

We have all heard chilling accounts of the diabolical harm that “coastal elites” — such as Wall Street tycoons and entertainers — have inflicted on innocent Middle Americans. In 2016, Middle America defiantly rebelled by electing a New York real estate tycoon and reality TV host as president. He quickly put rich Wall Street bankers in charge of the treasury and economic policy, so presumably America is great again. But if chilling visions of “coastal elites” still give you nightmares, this John Donovan and Mark Hosford show at LeMieux Galleries may be the antidote. Based in the very un-coastal country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee, they have eloquently reinvigorated traditional Americana with timely tweaks that make their work especially relevant to this unique juncture in our long national journey.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

'The picture man': photographer Polo Silk showcases three decades of New Orleans rap in new book and gallery show

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:00 PM

New Orleans photographer Polo Silk's photo book "Pop That Thang!!!" is out now. His gallery show runs through Sept. 3 at Antenna.
  • New Orleans photographer Polo Silk's photo book "Pop That Thang!!!" is out now. His gallery show runs through Sept. 3 at Antenna.

If he didn’t write it down, Polo Silk can usually tell when he took a photograph.

“The way I’m able to tell the years most of the time,” he says, “if I hadn’t gotten it marked, is by the tennis shoes.”

Sthaddeus Terrell — aka Polo Silk, “The Picture Man” — has spent three decades photographing New Orleans on the streets, in the club, and on the stage. What started as a late-night business to capture club goers in their latest outfits has made him the de facto photographer-of-record for New Orleans’ then-emerging rap and bounce scene, a vital record of Black New Orleans chronicled in the early days of a vastly influential cultural movement.

A showcase of his photos from those scenes are on display at Antenna (3718 St Claude Ave.) and inside a new book, Pop That Thang!!!, a history of New Orleans rap, fashion and culture captured in rare, intimate portraits of the people who made it. A closing reception for the show begins 5 p.m. Sept. 2, and he'll discuss his work at Antenna's Signals show beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rodrigue Foundation reissuing Katrina Blue Dog print to raise money for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 5:03 PM

A detail from We Will Rise Again.
  • A detail from We Will Rise Again.

In 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, the late artist George Rodrigue produced a "Blue Dog" painting showing the familiar canine with a red cross on its chest, floating on an American flag in a sea of water. Sales from that silkscreen print, We Will Rise Again, raised $700,000 for disaster relief, according to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA).

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Today the GRFA and the Rodrigue family announced it will be re-releasing We Will Rise Again in a 2017 edition, with sales going to schools in Texas and Louisiana that have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

"We Will Rise Again shows the American flag covered with water," Rodrigue explained in 2005. "The blue dog is partly submerged, and its eyes, normally yellow, are red with a broken heart. Like a ship's SOS, the red cross on the dog's chest calls out for help."

The 27"x18" silkscreen prints will sell for $500. To learn more, visit the Rodrigue Foundation website.


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Culture Collision is at CAC Wednesday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision. - COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
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  • Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision.

Culture Collision, a happy hour featuring seasonal preview information from local arts and cultural groups, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center. The event includes performances by Melange Dance Company, Disco Amigos, the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles, a preview of Le Petit Theatre's opening show, Once on this Island, and a video presented by Shotgun Cinema.

Roughly 80 groups, including museums, radio stations, dance and theater companies, comedy groups, festival presenters, movie and photography groups and others, will offer information about their upcoming seasons, membership, volunteer opportunities, ticket packages and more. Dancing Grounds, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans Film Society. New Orleans Photo Alliance, Prospect New Orleans, Shotgun Cinema, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Movement and WWNO 89.9 FM are among the participants.

There is a raffle featuring tickets to concerts and events and paraphernalia from presenters. Admission to Culture Collision is free. There's a cash bar.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ogden hosts eclipse-viewing party Aug. 21

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 3:28 PM

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  • SKYSEEKER / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host an eclipse-viewing party Aug. 21. (No matter what it seems like, it's just a celestial phenomenon, not a sign of the end times.)

On Monday, patrons can view the eclipse from the museum's rooftop terrace from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Water and soft drinks are sold and the La Cocinita food truck will park in front of the museum for post-event snacks. Eclipse glasses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the event is $6.75; museum members get in free.

New Orleans will only witness partial effects of the eclipse, as opposed to the so-called "totality" experienced elsewhere. If you're in the mood for a last-minute road trip, here's a list of the best places where you might catch the event. Also recommended: Annie Dillard's mind-blowing essay about witnessing a total eclipse, which is available online through Monday.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free admission for Louisianans to NOMA, Ogden Museum and CAC Aug. 17

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Helis Foundation is providing free admission for Louisiana residents to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) on Thursday, Aug. 17. The offer also is good for Ogden After Hours. The CAC will give away free iced coffee.

Helis regularly supports free admission for Louisiana residents at local museums on specific days, including NOMA and the New Orleans Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, Ogden Museum on Thursdays and CAC on Sundays. It also sponsors one free day at the Louisiana Children's Museum every other month.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

New Orleans museums offer free admission again this August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.
  • Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.

In an annual event that's actually kind of a steal, a network of New Orleans museums offers free admission in August during "Museum Month," as long as you're a member at a participating institution.

The event includes all the major art museums, including New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others, plus cultural landmarks such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, The National World War II Museum and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. As always, this is a good way to play tourist during a time of year when facilities tend to be less crowded.

Some of the more economical memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center ($25-$49), Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum ($30) and Contemporary Arts Center ($35 through July, $45 thereafter).

A complete list of "Museum Month" locations is available online.

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