Events & Festivals

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ashe Cultural Arts Center details renovations for 20th anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Architect Steven Bingler, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Carol Bebelle and Ashe board member Al Kennedy detailed renovation plans at Ashe Power House theater.
  • Architect Steven Bingler, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Carol Bebelle and Ashe board member Al Kennedy detailed renovation plans at Ashe Power House theater.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Carol Bebelle and architect Steven Bingler of Concordia described renovations to the arts and cultural center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Bebelle also highlighted Ashe's mission as it begins an extended celebration of its 20th anniversary, officially falling Dec. 16, 2018.

Ashe's 18,000 square foot space hosts art shows, community events, theater and dance productions, film screenings, youth and wellness programming and more.

"Culture is taken for granted," Bebelle says. "It needs a home as well. It needs a place where people are praying, planning and working on it."

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

'Unrig the System' political meeting coming to New Orleans in February

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the panelists at February's "Unrig the System" summit at Tulane University. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the panelists at February's "Unrig the System" summit at Tulane University.

Got $300 and the desire to hang with celebs while you plot to "unrig the system"? The group Represent.US is holding a summit called Unrig the System Feb. 2-4 at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, which promises attendees the chance to "mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists." A press release sent to MyArkLaMiss promises speeches, workshops and discussions with "thought-leaders, A-list celebrities and grassroots activists from the left and the right."

Those would include activist celebrities like actors Jennifer Lawrence and Kerry Washington, along with producer/director Adam McKay, former Gov. Buddy Roemer, Fox News host Steve Hilton and The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur. Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos also is on the still-in-progress program, which includes topics like "Frenemies with Benefits: How to Work Across the Aisle," "Iron Chef for Activists" and "Citizen Lobbying 101."

Potential attendees, however, are casting a sideeye on social media at the ticket prices for the event, which start at $300 for an individual, with a $130 ticket available for students, seniors and low-income people. ("Once again, politics is only for those who can afford it," groused one man on the event's Facebook page.)

You can get more information on "Unrig the System" at the event's webpage.

Tags: , ,

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Migos, Jay Electronica and more artists announced for Buku 2018

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Migos will perform at Buku 2018. - PHOTO BY DAVID RAMS
  • PHOTO BY DAVID RAMS
  • Migos will perform at Buku 2018.

Atlanta rap trio Migos joins the lineup for 2018's Buku Music + Art Project, which also will feature a rare live performance from New Orleans emcee Jay Electronica. They join a lineup with previously announced artists MGMT, SZA, Sylvan Esso, Borgore and many others.

The festival revealed additional performers on next year's lineup, including Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Little Dragon, Rich the Kid and Princess Nokia, among others. Also on the bill are local artists AF THE NAYSAYER with Yung Vul, KTRL., RedBarrington and KiddLove.

Migos — whose definitive 2017 album Culture debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and continues to anchor rap radio with hits "Bad and Boujee" and "Slippery" — currently is riding the single "MotorSport" with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

Jay Electronica, meanwhile, has remained relatively quiet despite intense hype and acclaim surrounding 2007's Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), which landed him into Roc Nation in 2010. He's released a few teasers and singles hinting at Act II and has remained largely offstage except for a few high profile shows.

Tickets begin at $185 for two-day general admission passes. Check the full lineup below.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , ,

Hogs for the Cause announces music lineup for March 23-24 event

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Turnpike Troubadours heading Hogs for the Cause.
  • Turnpike Troubadours heading Hogs for the Cause.

North Mississippi Osborne, Turnpike Troubadours, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The SteelDrivers and other country, Southern rock, bluegrass and funk bands will perform at the 10th edition of Hogs for the Cause March 23-24.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Eagles announce New Orleans concert and Steve Martin adds show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:43 PM

The Eagles come to Smoothie King Center June 20, 2018.
  • The Eagles come to Smoothie King Center June 20, 2018.

The Eagles extended the band's upcoming tour, adding a concert at Smoothie King Center show June 20, 2018.

The rockers spent much of the 1970s atop the charts behind releases including Hotel California. The band broke up in 1980 and members pursued solo careers, before various versions of the band reunited starting in 1994. Founding member Glenn Frey died in January 2015. Longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit are joined by Glen's son Deacon Frey and Vince Gill.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 8.

Steve Martin and Martin Short, along with Steve Martin's bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, have added a matinee show to their visit. There are now shows scheduled at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018 at Saenger Theatre.

Tags: , , , , ,

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New Orleans' offbeat and not-so-traditional holiday events

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Fleur de Tease presents its holiday show Dec. 2-3 at One Eyed Jacks.
  • Fleur de Tease presents its holiday show Dec. 2-3 at One Eyed Jacks.

The holiday season brings a full schedule of traditional events. There are multiple versions of the Nutcracker (by New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Delta Festival Ballet and the Moscow Ballet) and New Orleans Symphony Chorus' production of Handel's Messiah. A touring production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas is at Saenger Theatre.

There also are less traditional and offbeat holiday celebrations. Here are some of them.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , ,

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Latin Chefs for Puerto Rico benefit is Nov. 26 at Paradigm Gardens

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Adolfo Garcia, Wilfredo Avelar, Edgar Caro, Joaquim Rodas and Hugo Montero at Paradigm Gardens
  • Adolfo Garcia, Wilfredo Avelar, Edgar Caro, Joaquim Rodas and Hugo Montero at Paradigm Gardens

Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria two months ago. Local chefs are presenting a benefit to help with medical needs on the island.

Latin Chefs for Puerto Rico is a dinner and dancing event at Paradigm Gardens from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Participating chefs include Adolfo Garcia of La Boca, Wilfredo Avelar of Meril, Edgar Caro of Baru and Brasa Churrascaria, Joaguin Rodas of Bacchanal Wine, Juan Carlos Gonzalez of SoBou and Yves Elizalde of Casa Borrega. Each restaurant is providing a dish, and there will be Latin cocktails.

Los Caballeros del Son will perform. Tickets are $100. Proceeds support Doctors 4 Puerto Rico.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cirque du Soleil brings Corteo to Smoothie King Center March 2-4

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 10:47 AM

COURTESY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
  • COURTESY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Cirque du Soleil kicks off a U.S. tour of Corteo March 2-4, 2018 at Smoothie King Center. The show is a modern circus with a story about Mauro the Dreamer, a clown who images a his own funeral as a wildly festive parade, The show features acrobats performing on ladders, trampoline like beds, chandelier trapeze, teeter boards and more. It's a grand-scale production with a large performing space, plenty of acrobatic aerial rigging and more than 250 costumes.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , ,

Friday, November 17, 2017

Prospect.4 art expo opening events Nov. 18-19

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016. - COURTESY PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS
  • COURTESY PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS
  • Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016.

Prospect.4, the fourth edition of the Prospect New Orleans international contemporary art triennial, kicks off with a performance event at 11 a.m. Saturday in Washington Square Park. Artist Naama Tsabar has orchestrated a performance by 21 local women musicians, who will all stand on amplifiers. They're grouped into four bands, each playing a separate piece of music created for the event. Participating musicians include Helen Gillet, Meschiya Lake, Sarah Quintana, Kelly Mae, Julie Odell and others. The event is free. There also is an official ribbon-cutting ceremony opening Prospect.4 at 11 a.m. in the park.

There are a couple of performances during the P.4's opening weekend, as well as gallery talks and events. The opening Swamp Galaxy Gala is tonight (Friday) at the Sugar Mill. P.4 runs through Feb. 25, 2018.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , ,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Editorial: New Orleans prepares to turn 300

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 2:33 PM

A “NOLA 300” sculpture in New Orleans City Park. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • A “NOLA 300” sculpture in New Orleans City Park.

As 2017 comes to an end — and with the mayor’s race almost over and the New Orleans Saints ascendant again — you’ll soon be hearing about a major citywide initiative that will encompass much of the city’s cultural life in 2018: the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, or what city leaders are calling NOLA 300.

Tonight, WYES-TV premieres New Orleans: The First 300 Years, a two-hour documentary narrated by John Goodman exploring the city’s history (the program repeats at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23), and there’s a coffee table book of the same name by Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde, with an introduction by historian Lawrence Powell. Yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and more than a dozen local leaders held a symposium at the Orpheum Theater “to recount the past, discuss the present and envision the future of New Orleans.”
Commemorative, Instagram-worthy “NOLA 300” sculptures like the one pictured, near the Big Lake in New Orleans City Park, are going up around town, and even Prospect.4, the New Orleans art triennial that starts this month, draws inspiration from the city’s history. After Jan. 1, opera, ballet, theater, art exhibits and concerts celebrating New Orleans history will be staged all over town. The celebration will culminate in late April 2018 (while New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival visitors are in town) with a tricentennial interfaith service, a weekend for international guests and dignitaries at the restored Gallier Hall, and a citywide celebration April 22.

Naturally, all this will be a major tourism draw and a chance for New Orleans to once again shine in front of the world. But NOLA 300 has to be more than a clever bit of marketing if it is to be a true celebration of New Orleans. Making sure that the city’s entire history — the good and the bad, the accomplishments and the still-imperfect — will be the challenge.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Submit an event Jump to date

Recent Comments

© 2017 Gambit
Powered by Foundation