Events & Festivals

Monday, June 18, 2018

Lena Waithe to deliver 'keynote conversation' at Essence Festival 2018

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 5:11 PM

Lena Waithe. - PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Lena Waithe.

Lena Waithe, the actor/writer/producer who was just on the cover of Vanity Fair, will deliver what organizers call a "keynote conversation" July 6 during the Essence Music Festival.

Waithe won an Emmy Award last year for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her work on the show Master of None, and she created and executive produces the Showtime series The Chi. She's also been seen in the film Ready Player One and the TV series This is Us.

For more information, visit the Essence Festival website.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Remembering the Up Stairs Lounge: upcoming memorials and panels

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 5:13 PM

A marker on the sidewalk at the corner of Iberville and Chartres streets memorializes the 32 people who were killed as a result of the Up Stairs Lounge fire in 1973. - PHOTO COURTESY THE ADVOCATE
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  • A marker on the sidewalk at the corner of Iberville and Chartres streets memorializes the 32 people who were killed as a result of the Up Stairs Lounge fire in 1973.

This week's cover story about the Up Stairs Lounge fire that killed 32 people in the French Quarter in 1973 drew some discussion online, from those who were surprised they'd never heard of the tragedy to others who remember it well.

"I was a new attorney at the firm that was handling the Up Stairs fire case and the deceased victims claims," local attorney David Oestreicher of Oestreicher Law wrote to Gambit. "I was assigned to go into the space right after the fire and investigate. It was very sad and grisly. The great shame of the event is that there was no way to exit the lounge; and further, there was no insurance coverage available for the victims and their families of this disaster. What a hard way to begin my career."

Several events commemorating the Up Stairs Lounge will take place over the next few weeks. Here are the ones we know about right now:

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Magnolia Ball at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Magnolia Ball chairs Andrew Freeman, Chad Graci and David T. Baker in front of Cognate by Valerie Jaudon (2010, oil on linen, from the collection of Stacy and Jay Underwood). The Jaudon work is part of the ball's featured exhibit, The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction. - PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • Magnolia Ball chairs Andrew Freeman, Chad Graci and David T. Baker in front of Cognate by Valerie Jaudon (2010, oil on linen, from the collection of Stacy and Jay Underwood). The Jaudon work is part of the ball's featured exhibit, The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction.

The 2018 Magnolia Ball is 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, June 9 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The event will honor the exhibit The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction, on view through July 22. The party also features live music and DJ sets from some talented locals, such as The Original Pinettes Brass Band and DJ RedStylez. There will be food and cocktails from 20 vendors, including Chais Delachaise, Marjie’s Grill, Meauxbar, Saba and Taceaux Loceaux, and both snacks and libations are included in the price of admission. Tickets start at $75 for members and $150 for non-members.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Xavier University's 11th annual Plessy Day is June 7

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 3:22 PM

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Xavier University's 11th annual Homer Plessy Day will focus on the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Constitutional convention and the state of the union in the early years of Reconstruction following the Civil War, during which New Orleanians of African and Creole heritage fought for full citizenship.

The event, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the university ballroom, features a keynote from Robin White of the National Park Service and a panel discussion, "150 Years: Still Separate and Unequal."

The event is free and open to the public with RSVP. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
Location Details Xavier University
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Uptown
New Orleans, LA
(504) 486-7411
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'Family Equality Day' for LGBT families returns to Longue Vue June 10

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 3:10 PM

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A robust list of Pride weekend activities in New Orleans is capped off by Family Equality Day, an annual outdoor party at Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Now in its third year, the event welcomes LGBT parents, children and family members for a daytime celebration including entertainment, kids' activities and a community resource fair. New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus performs and there's a planned puppet parade through the gardens, plus house and garden tours. Food and nonalcoholic drinks also are served.

Children's activities will include work with Fly Circus Space circus arts performers, art projects, lawn games and circuit building with STEM group Electric Girls. Kids also can enjoy interactive projects in the Discovery Garden dealing with plants, bugs and nature.

It's free to attend the party, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Participants are encouraged to carpool, as there is limited parking near the historic home and gardens.

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Childish Gambino, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys to headline 2018 Voodoo Experience

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Childish Gambino performs at the 2018 Voodoo Experience. - COURTESY RCA RECORDS
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  • Childish Gambino performs at the 2018 Voodoo Experience.
Childish Gambino, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, A Perfect Circle, Modest Mouse and Marilyn Manson are among the artists headed to the 2018 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, returning to City Park Oct. 26-28.

Also in the lineup for the 20th-ever Voodoo Fest are Third Eye Blind (which performed at the first Voodoo in 1999), and a relatively long list of EDM artists, including Odesza, Martin Garrix, Tipper and Zeds Dead, among others.

Also performing are indie rock bands Big Thief and Albert Hammond Jr., pop performance artist Poppy, and a hip-hop lineup featuring Lizzo, 21 Savage and Ty Dolla Sign.

New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists also has near-the-top billing.

Childish Gambino, the hip-hop and R&B alter ego of Donald Glover, will follow his acclaimed 2016 LP "Awaken, My Love!" (featuring ubiquitous hit "Redbone) with a new LP expected this year, propelled by visceral anthem "This Is America."

The festival also follows several new releases, from a forthcoming album from Mumford & Sons to Janelle Monae's acclaimed future-pop funk album Dirty Computer, Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and A Perfect Circle's 2018 return Eat the Elephant.

Check out the full lineup below.

Weekend passes start at $140 and are on sale now.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Five dining and drinking events around town this week

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 3:25 PM

The Historic New Orleans Collection and Napoleon House are presenting two events celebrating citrus and the history of the citrus trade in New Orleans this week. - COURTESY DENNIS HILL/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • The Historic New Orleans Collection and Napoleon House are presenting two events celebrating citrus and the history of the citrus trade in New Orleans this week.

What do Creole tomatoes, rum, citrus and Vietnamese cuisine all have in common? They're all deeply ingrained in our city’s multifaceted dining and drinking culture, and this week, they're being celebrated at events throughout the city. Here are five events that highlight the food and drinks of New Orleans.

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This year's World Naked Bike Ride New Orleans is Sat. June 9

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 1:52 PM

A rider in the World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles. - PHOTO BY NEON TOMMY/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • A rider in the World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles.

It's hot. Really hot. Wouldn't riding your bike au naturel be refreshing?

You'll have your chance Sat. June 9, when the 10th annual New Orleans World Naked Bike Ride pedals out of Mickey Markey Park in the Bywater at 5 p.m., following an as-yet-undetermined route.

How bare can you get? "As bare as you dare," say organizers on the group's Facebook page, with this big caveat:

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Youth bootcamp aims to save the world's oceans from plastic pollution

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 12:15 PM

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Finding answers to the world's environmental problems largely will fall in the laps of our children, and the inaugural Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in New Orleans June 2-4 will give youth ages 11 to 18 a leg up on developing policies to do that.

The bootcamp, aimed at developing campaigns to reduce plastic in the earth's oceans, will give young people across the world a chance to collaborate on proposed policies to decrease plastic pollution in their communities and worldwide, starting with single-use plastic straws. More than 250 people will gather for the bootcamp in New Orleans, while another 750 youth will collaborate with them online during mini events in other countries.

Youth who attend the event will meet Netflix and Nickelodeon actor Aidan Gallagher (The Umbrella Academy; Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn; Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Audubon Nature Institute's Swamp Exhibit. Gallagher is the youngest person ever to be named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for North America, serving as an environmental advocate for the U.N.'s Environmental Programme: Wild for Life Initiative.

"Our oceans supply up to 70 percent of earth's oxygen," Gallagher said in a prepared statement. "If they die, so does everything and everyone that needs oxygen. Protecting our oceans' health should be our top priority. I believe we can create a generation of like-minded advocates to conserve marine life, and Ocean Heroes Bootcamp is doing just that."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Orleans to host Super Bowl in 2024

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 9:20 AM

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New Orleans will host one of those Super Bowls in 2024, marking the 11th anniversary of that time Beyonce killed the power in the Superdome.

The NFL awarded New Orleans its 11th hosting gig after a bid presentation dubbing New Orleans as a neon-lit "2024/7" city.

In a statement, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson said "hosting a Super Bowl is synonymous with New Orleans as is the legacy of my husband Tom Benson."

“This is a great honor and well deserved for our city as New Orleans and our Gulf South region continue to prosper in so many ways," Benson said.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell said bringing the Super Bowl to New Orleans would create a "tremendous" economic impact — the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation measures the last New Orleans-hosted Super Bowl's impact at $480 million, with $21 million to the state.

"So we’re talking a significant shot in the arm," Cantrell said. "We have proven that our destination is second to none — it is special and I believe the NFL recognizes that fact. They’re not coming to New Orleans for the 11th time for no reason.”

And that was a whole thing — from the first large-scale glimpses of the impacts of short-term rentals in New Orleans to Beyonce singing the national anthem at a press conference, the weird world of international press descending on the city, many for the first time under vastly different circumstances, to 86-ing Roger Goodell around town and then-Mayor Landrieu telling us to not do that .

Of course, Super Bowl LVIII (58) will fall right in the middle of Carnival on Feb. 4 — 10 days before Fat Tuesday.

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