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Katrina anniversary events in New Orleans 

Exhibits and happenings commemorating the storm and the levee failures

click to enlarge The Ten Years Gone exhibit at NOMA includes water markers by artist Dawn Dedeaux.

Photo courtesy New Orleans Museum of Art

The Ten Years Gone exhibit at NOMA includes water markers by artist Dawn Dedeaux.

As New Orleans approaches Aug. 29, 2015 — the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures — memorials, celebrations, film screenings, readings, theater performances, parties and other events have been planned in neighborhoods across the city. There also are national TV specials looking back at the last 10 years. Here's a look at several events, concluding with a massive celebration for New Orleans residents at the Smoothie King Center. Visit for a full list of events.

Ten Years Gone
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100;
Through Sept. 7
NOMA's group exhibit features works reflecting on Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods from Willie Birch, Dawn DeDeaux, Isabelle Hayeur, Spring Hurlbut, Nicholas Nixon and Christopher Saucedo.

Teatro Sin Fronteras
Arts Estuary 1024, 1024 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 595-8008
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11
Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., (504) 298-8676;
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25
Jose Torres-Tama, ArteFuturo Productions and Puentes New Orleans present a mobile theater project featuring performance artists, musicians and poetry celebrating Latino contributions to post-Katrina New Orleans. Free admission.

K10 Film Festival
New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2560;
5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14; 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15
The series kicks off with a screening of Spike Lee's 2006 documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Acts 1 and 2 screen 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, and Acts 3 and 4 screen 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Free admission.

The People's Murals
Myrtle Banks Building, third floor, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.;
Opens 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through September
Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Alembic Community Development host a large-scale exhibit featuring murals painted by more than 100 people.

Home: A Burlesque Tribute to New Orleans
Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St., (504) 528-8282;
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20
Ben Wisdom hosts and Bella Blue and the Rev. Spooky LeStrange star in a burlesque performance benefiting the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Habitat for Humanity. Tickets $10.

The 10-Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans
George & Leah McKenna Museum of African-American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., (504) 586-7432;
Opens 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21; through Oct. 10
Photographer L. Kasimu Harris' exhibit chronicles his experience through the storm and recovery in New Orleans. Trumpeter Christian Scott performs at the opening reception.

Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm
9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts hosts a TV special that revisits people and places impacted by the storm and the levee failures, with guests Terence Blanchard, Drew Brees and Harry Connick Jr.

Songs from the Heart series
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 and Wednesday, Aug. 26
Singer-songwriters Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform at this benefit series for Habitat for Humanity hosted by Nonesuch and Warner Bros. Records. The events are held at private residences. Tickets are $500 per night and include food from chefs Susan Spicer and Nathanial Zimet. Visit the website for details.

The Spirit of the People of St. Bernard: Portraits and Videos
River House at Crevasse 22, 8122 Saro Lane, Poydras
Opens 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26
Creative Alliance of New Orleans hosts an exhibit featuring portraits and photography by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Blake Boyd, Jonathan Traviesa and Monique Verdin to honor the people of St. Bernard Parish and the Islenos community.

Big Easy Author Night: Tom Piazza
Rosa F. Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St., 504) 596-2660;
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26
The novelist discusses his post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters and novel City of Refuge, as well as his new book, A Free State, at the New Orleans Public Library's monthly series. Free admission.

Katrina 10 Years Later: Through Hell In High Water
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26
BET premieres an hourlong news special hosted by Jeff Johnson and featuring interviews with Wendell Pierce, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Partners N Crime, Brandan Odums and others.

9th Ward Improv Opera
St. Maurice Church, 605 St. Maurice Ave., (504) 218-4807
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27
Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., (504) 658-3000
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28
Creative Alliance of New Orleans presents a new mixed-media performance from the 9th Ward Improv Opera, which incorporates dance, music and spoken word to reflect on Hurricane Katrina and its impact. Tickets $15 general admission.

10 Years Later, We're Still Recovering: Black Lives Matter
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-9070;
6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27
#BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza is the keynote speaker for an event addressing education, criminal justice and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Visit for details. Free admission.

Katrina: Mother-In-Law of 'Em All
The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., (504) 528-9569;
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 and 8 p.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
Rob Florence's play, set in the Mother-in-Law Lounge, recounts the experiences of Antoinette K-Doe, Sylvester Francis, Rudy Rasmussen, Arthur Raymond Smith, Sidney Smith and Jenny Lynn Waters during and after the storm and floods. Before the show, Brunce "Sunpie" Barnes performs 1927 Flood: Songs My Father Taught Me. Tickets $25-$35.

Citywide Day of Service
7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
The City of New Orleans' Katrina 10 initiative sponsors a citywide volunteering event. Volunteers will target 100 sites and projects, from planting native grass in New Orleans East to landscaping community centers and schools, building park benches and picking up trash, among other activities. Visit the website for registration information.

Rising Tide X
Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive;
9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson delivers the keynote address at the 10th annual New Orleans-centric bloggers' conference. There are panels on subjects including short-term rentals, public transportation, changes to the city's media landscape, black women writers and other issues facing post-Katrina New Orleans. Free admission.

March and second line
Jourdan Avenue and N. Galvez Street
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
The New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation hosts a 10th annual march and second line from the site of the Lower 9th Ward levee breach. Visit for details.

Lower 9 Resilience Festival
Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, 1616 Caffin Ave.
1:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
The festival includes live music, food and other activities. Visit for details.

Gracias Latinos
Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654;
3 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
Casa Borrega hosts a daylong event to recognize Latino people who helped rebuild New Orleans following the federal floods. There's music from Alexis "Papo" Guevara Afro Cuban Trio and Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!, guest speakers and more.

K10: Power of Community
Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, (504) 587-3663;
4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
The City of New Orleans hosts an event with music and arts performances, an interfaith prayer service and more.


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