Events & Festivals

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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Monday, July 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: 'Essential' health benefits

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Louisiana celebrates the first birthday of Medicaid's expansion by trying to spare it from death, everyone's internet goes down, crawfish is tortured by mustard — then Essence Festival saves the day.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thomasina "Goo Goo" Atkins talks fashion, celebrity styling and Stars and Strikes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 5:03 PM

Celebrity stylist Thomasina "Goo Goo" Atkins. - PHOTO BY K. SMITH
  • Photo by K. Smith
  • Celebrity stylist Thomasina "Goo Goo" Atkins.

Celebrity stylist Thomasina Atkins — better known as “Goo Goo” to her 639,000 Instagram fans — is in New Orleans this Essence Festival weekend to co-host the Stars & Strikes Celebrity Day Soiree and Bowling Bash 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at Fulton Alley (600 Fulton St., 504-208-5593; www.fultonalley.com). She’s sharing hosting duties with former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister, but Atkins can hold her own at the star-studded event. Her client list includes the likes of Grammy-winning gospel and R&B duo Mary Mary and actors and influencers such as Morris Chestnut and Laila Ali.

Proceeds from the event benefit Le Sanctuary Book Club, a nonprofit organization that offers monthly book club meetings for women and girls ages 12 to 14 to encourage literacy. Throughout the year, the organization also conducts book and coat drives and participates in several local charitable events. Annually, Le Sanctuary grants a textbook scholarship to a young lady graduating from high school and entering her first year of undergraduate studies at a Louisiana college or university. The Stars & Strikes event benefits that scholarship fund.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Atkins’ career now takes her all over the world. Gambit caught up with her somewhere between Israel and Detroit to chat about her 15 years in the industry, summer style trends and getting her bowl on at one of the many fabulous day parties flanking this year’s Essence Festival.

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Makeup artist Tiffany Ervin shares summer beauty secrets

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Celebrity makeup artist Tiffany Ervin. - PHOTO COURTESY SALLY BEAUTY
  • Photo courtesy Sally Beauty
  • Celebrity makeup artist Tiffany Ervin.

Tiffany Ervin is the founder and lead makeup artist for Makeup Royalty in Atlanta, Georgia, a city enjoying popularity as a film production mecca. Currently, there are as many as 50 productions working in and around the city, and Ervin is providing makeup artistry for as many of them as she can, including media for networks such as BET, Bravo and VH1. Check out her Instagram (@makeuproyalty101) to follow her Essence Festival adventures as she joins us here in New Orleans for the Fourth of July weekend. Gambit caught up with the makeup maven between gigs to talk (beauty) shop.

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Monica Stevens of MoKnowsHair and summer hair

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:55 PM

Monica Stevens of www.moknowshair.com, Sally Beauty brand ambassador and curly girl champion. - PHOTO COURTESY SALLY BEAUTY
  • Photo courtesy Sally Beauty
  • Monica Stevens of www.moknowshair.com, Sally Beauty brand ambassador and curly girl champion.

Known on social media platforms by the handle “MoKnowsHair” and from her eponymous website (www.moknowshair.com), Monica Stevens is a licensed cosmetologist specializing in curly and natural hair styles. She’s in New Orleans this weekend for Essence Festival as a stylist and texture expert at the Sally Beauty pop-up salon and lounge. She took a few minutes off from being fabulous to talk to Gambit about rocking ringlets and summer hair trends.

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Indivisible NOLA hosting Fourth of July 'kayak-tivism' event on Bayou St. John

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:45 AM

FREEIMAGES/DAVE GOSTISHA
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The Krewe of Kolossos canceled this year's annual Fourth of July flotilla on Bayou St. John, on which a parade of creative costumes and various floating devices travel the waterway. But progressive group Indivisible NOLA has announced it will host its own take on an Independence Day parade with a "patriotic evening of dissent" on the bayou. A "kayak-tivism" event begins a 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.

"In these bitter and divided times, we believe it is as important as ever to celebrate and demonstrate our patriotism," the group announced. "We invite you to come out and reaffirm our progressive values as a community and as a country while having some fun together."

Attendees are encouraged to "dress in their best Americana" and bring signs and join the flotilla, which will involve "some form of light protest." The group also encourages attendees to clean up after themselves: "All participants will be expected to not only clean up after themselves, but lend a hand in helping leave the bayou how we found it."

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Satchmo SummerFest reveals 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest. - COURTESY NICHOLAS PAYTON
  • COURTESY NICHOLAS PAYTON
  • Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest.

The 17th annual Satchmo SummerFest returns Aug. 4-6 with three stages of music and a large lineup of New Orleans jazz artists and brass bands, all performing in honor of festival namesake Louis Armstrong.

Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo debut this year, along with Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pinstripe Brass Band and Ashlin Parker and Trumpet Mafia.

After hosting the festival in Jackson Square last year, the 17th annual event returns to the Old U.S. Mint, with a stage and dance area on the museum's second floor and two stage tents outside the museum. There also are Armstrong- and jazz-centric panel discussions and screenings, a kids' activities area ("Pop's Playhouse"), and a jazz mass and second line beginning in Treme. Check the schedule here.

Admission is $5 daily, free to children under 12. Admission includes access to the

Check the full music lineup below.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Vans Warped Tour show canceled

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM

GWAR was scheduled to perform at the Vans Warped Tour show in Metairie.
  • GWAR was scheduled to perform at the Vans Warped Tour show in Metairie.

The Vans Warped Tour was scheduled to bring CKY, Municipal Waste, T.S.O.L., Save Ferris, Hatebreed, Streetlight Manifesto, Street Dogs, GWAR and other punk, metal and hardcore rock bands to the Shrine on Airline in Metairie on June 28. The show has been cancelled. No explanation for the cancellation was offered by promoters.

The Outlaw Music Festival also just cancelled its tour date in Metairie at the Shrine on Airline.

Vans Warped Tour ticket buyers can exchange their tickets for Vans Warped Tour shows in other towns or get a refund.

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World Naked Bike Ride (New Orleans edition) rolls June 10

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Riders leave Markey Park during the 2014 World Naked Bike Ride. - ROBERT JENNINGS/YOUTUBE
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  • Riders leave Markey Park during the 2014 World Naked Bike Ride.

The ninth annual World Naked Bike Ride ("bare as you dare") pedals out of Mickey Markey Park in the Bywater this Saturday, June 10, at 4 p.m. The group plans to roll through the Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter, then back to Markey Park.

According to the organizers' website, 70 cities in 20 countries will be participating in the skinful fun this year.

An after-party will be held at Castillo Blanco starting at 7 p.m. No word on dress code or lack thereof.
The route for Saturday's World Naked Bike Ride. - FACEBOOK
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  • The route for Saturday's World Naked Bike Ride.
Location Details Mickey Markey Park
700 Piety St
Bywater
New Orleans, Louisiana
Location Details Castillo Blanco
4321 St. Claude Ave.
Bywater
New Orleans, LA
(504) 301-8201
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Voodoo Fest announces 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Foo Fighters - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, DJ Snake and LCD Soundsystem are headliners at the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park the weekend before Halloween.

Dozens of other bands have signed on play during the three-day festival Oct. 27-29, including Galantis, Dillon Francis, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Kehlani, Post Malone, Miguel, RL Grime, Prophets of Rage, Cold War Kids, Yellow Claw, Crystal Castles, Superduperkyle and the Afghan Whigs.

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