Thursday, December 14, 2017

15 holiday parties at bars to help you get through Christmas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:58 PM


Between family events and a looming gauntlet of obligations-disguised-as-fun (hello, office Christmas party), the holidays can be a little stressful. If it all makes you want to sneak away for a drink or six with friends, this list is for you.

Over the next several nights, some of your favorite neighborhood bars are hosting holiday parties, trivia nights and ugly sweater parties, offering the chance to unwind, enjoy a 'nog and avoid Aunt Esmerelda — at least for another couple of hours.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

There's a free self-defense class for women and girls at Glitter Box Dec. 14 [CANCELED]

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM


As of Dec. 14, this event has been canceled. According to Glitter Box, it will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.

Boxing coach and personal trainer Deanie Morgan will teach a self-defense class for women and girls of all ages at Glitter Box Dec. 14.

The class, which is hosted by the gallery, "intergenerational networking" nonprofit Girl Code and women's running collective Girl Gang NOLA, offers first-hand training for self-defense in scenarios like running or exercising alone. Morgan says he usually tailors the class to participants, but attendees probably will talk about common-sense situational awareness and work in pairs to practice fending off attacks from behind or the side.

Following the class, participants will enjoy popcorn and a screening of the animated movie Mulan. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and shoes with traction (such as sneakers), and are welcome to bring pillows and blankets for the screening.

Glitter Box curator Alice McGillicuddy says the event is part of a series partnering with Girl Code, which was started by 16-year-old Kennedi Carter in an effort to empower girls and build relationships between women of different generational groups.

“I can’t think of anything more exciting than having a self-defense class with women from all ages, or girls from ages 4 to 60, which would be incredible," McGillicuddy says. "Hopefully we have enough space.”

The class begins at 6 p.m. It's free to attend, but donations for Girl Code will be accepted during the event.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Six places to see 'snow' in New Orleans in December

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM


If you've never chiseled your windshield free of an ice sheet while wind howls furiously about you, stinging your face and freezing your tears to your cheeks, you may still have some romantic ideas about winter weather. If so, great news! There are several places to experience "snow" in New Orleans this holiday season.

The following list of "snowfalls" has been compiled from social media and events submitted to Gambit. These faux-meteorological events have not been vetted for snowball fight potential, the presence of haunted snowmen in top hats or the dreaded yellow snow. But you should probably wear your best bib snowpants, just in case.

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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
  • 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.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More than 250 authors are at Louisiana Book Festival Oct. 28

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The Louisiana Book Festival happens in October in Baton Rouge.
  • The Louisiana Book Festival happens in October in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Book Festival, which celebrates authors who either live in or have written about the state, returns for its 14th year Saturday.

The daylong event features panel discussions, book sales, music and food at several venues in and around the Louisiana State Capitol Building in downtown Baton Rouge. Highlights from this year's festival include expanded teen programming, a punk musician discussing his new book, more than 250 authors reading or appearing on panels and an award for Johnette Downing, the well-known children's book author.

"The day of the book festival is really sort of a celebration of everything that is good about Louisiana," State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton says. "We always want to have something of interest to everybody."

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Weekend cancellations due to Nate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 5:10 PM


UPDATE: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced a mandatory citywide curfew from 6 p.m. on Saturday through "Sunday morning."

With tropical weather expected this weekend in New Orleans (really, Nate, really?) , we're starting to get word of cancellations and postponements. Here's a current list, which will be continuously updated.

• All branches of the New Orleans Public Library will close at 5 p.m. today and stay closed through the weekend.

• The Historic New Orleans Collection will close at 2 p.m. Friday and remain closed Saturday.

• The second annual Beignet Fest at New Orleans City Park, scheduled for this weekend, has been moved to Dec. 2.

Gentilly Festival? On for Friday, off for Saturday and Sunday. And the Gentilly Bicycle Second Line, which was set for Sunday, now is off as well.

Algiers Fest? Canceled.

• The Contemporary Arts Center's Art for Art's Sake has been "postponed until further notice, and the Magazine Street Merchants Association also has postponed and will reschedule.

Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus? On for Friday night, off for Saturday.

The Ponderosa Stomp wrote in a tweet that the festival — at the Orpheum Theater Friday and Saturday nights — still is on. (This would be affected by the mandatory citywide curfew.) The Saturday night portion of the Stomp has been canceled, but Friday will go on.

• The New Orleans Opera's Sunday performance of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci has been cancelled.

• The New Orleans Jazz Museum's "Pennies From Heaven" patron party and gala, set for Saturday night, will be rescheduled sometime in March.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

'Deafening Sound,' gallery show about domestic and sexual violence, opens at NOPA Sept. 9

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 2:15 PM


Photographer Annie Flanagan made the first image in her upcoming show about misogyny, domestic violence and sexual violence when she was 14.

She's been photographing one of her central subjects, a close friend who spent five years in an abusive relationship, for most of her life. "Deafening Sound," a show of photographs, artifacts and more documents that friend's experience and recovery. It also creates a larger narrative about gender-based violence and the experiences of American women.

"There's so much silence around rape, and there's so much silence around intimate partner violence," Flanagan says. "[The show is about] the deep roots of misogyny and rape culture in the United States."

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in September

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 3:58 PM


In September, the New Orleans literary scene picks up again after a traditional summer lull. There are readings, book release parties and reader's conventions throughout the month; here are a few highlights and picks.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A book drive for prison literacy programs is at Urban South Brewery Sept. 9

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM


YLC literacy advocacy group One Book One New Orleans (OBONO) hosts its annual book drive benefiting Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners (LAB2P) at Urban South Brewery Saturday.

That day, the group welcomes donations of new and gently used paperback books only — hardback books are not permitted in prison libraries — at all reading levels. Everyone age 21 or older who donates at least one book will receive a free beer from the brewery, and food from a food truck is available for purchase.

Participants also can donate composition-bound notebooks and dictionaries, which OBONO project leader Megan Holt says are some of the most-requested items in letters from incarcerated people.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Baby Cakes tickets at last homestand Sept. 1-4 benefit Harvey relief

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:02 PM


During the final homestand of its season Sept. 1-4, your favorite pastry-obsessed, ignominiously-named baseball team New Orleans Baby Cakes will donate $1 from each ticket sold to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Funds collected will be matched by MiLB Charities.

The team, which is wrapping up its inaugural season under the watchful scowl of its king cake baby mascot, also will collect cash donations for Harvey relief at its customer service window. Donors will be entered into a raffle. And on Sunday, Sept. 3, Junior League of New Orleans will collect diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, feminine products and $20 Target or Walmart gift cards at the stadium. People who bring those items to donate will be offered a free ticket to Sunday's game, which is followed by a fireworks display.

The 'Cakes play the Nashville Sounds at 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

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