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Preview: PhotoNOLA 

The New Orleans Photo Alliance presents shows all over town starting Dec. 9

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Now in its 10th year, PhotoNOLA has carved out a spot on the calendar for local galleries, museums and alternative spaces to present art and documentary photography exhibits. As the New Orleans Photo Alliance's event has grown, it has been embraced by local museums. For the third year, the New Orleans Museum of Art hosts PhotoNOLA's gala and keynote address — by Tina Barney, who has a show of large-scale color photos at the museum. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents Currents 2015, a juried exhibition of Photo Alliance members' work, and it hosts the Photo WALK and several gallery talks. The National World War II Museum hosts the festival's closing party.

  PhotoNOLA is the impetus behind more than 50 photography shows across the city, featuring a diverse array of subject matter, styles and techniques. The Ogden presents Bill Yates' Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink expo (pictured), featuring black-and-white photos of young people at a rural south Florida roller skating rink in the early 1970s, and the photographer gives a talk at 2 p.m. Dec. 13. At Martine Chaisson Gallery, Processed Views is a show of faux landscapes created with processed foods by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. At Lost Love Lounge, Bob Weisz's Four Realz features gif-like images dubbed Wigglegrams, created with a four-lens Nimslo camera. Ellis Marsalis III, of the local family of jazz musicians, presents a show he'll create this week, reflecting on post-Hurricane Katrina changes in neighborhoods such as Gert Town. The Old U.S. Mint hosts the photojournalism expo from the Pictures of the Year International competition. In the French Quarter, Fee and Art's presents Robbie McClaran's black-and-white photos of Mardi Gras 1979.

  For participants, portfolio reviews offer photographers feedback from museum curators, gallery owners, editors and publishers. There also are photo workshops and other events. For a list of exhibitions, gallery talks and events, visit — WILL COVIELLO


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Spotlight Events

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    615 City Park Ave.

    • Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 25
  • The Dumb Waiter @ Fortress of Lushington
    2215 Burgundy St.

    • Fri., March 23 and Sat., March 24
  • A Streetcar Named Desire @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
    616 St. Peter St.

    • Sun., March 18, 3 p.m., Mon., March 19, 7:30 p.m., Thu., March 22, 7:30 p.m., Fri., March 23, 7:30 p.m., Sat., March 24, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 25, 3 p.m.
  • Close Me Out @ Hi-Ho Lounge
    2239 St. Claude Ave.

    • First Saturday of every month

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