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Art & Fashion Camp

DATE
Mon, Jul 6, 2015
TIME
9:00am - 3:00pm

Art & Fashion Camp
July 6 – 17
9 am – 3 pm
Students entering grades 5 – 8
Working with Alison Parker of ricRACK NOLA, students will follow the process of a fashion designer from sketch to finished product. Classes will start with research and design techniques, figure drawing, and construction (sewing by machine and hand), culminating in a realized “Couture” piece. Students will also work with Dance Instructor Liese Weber, to create a choreographed performance and fashion show presented to family and friends at the end of the session.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Book Club - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

DATE
Tue, Jul 7, 2015
TIME
5:30pm - 7:00pm

One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published -- perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

Ogden After Hours presents Marcella Simien

DATE
Thu, Jul 9, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, Marcella Simien grew up onstage with her father, two-time GRAMMY award winner Terrance Simien. In 2009, she moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis College of Art. In no time she was back onstage, delighting audiences with a sound born from fusing elements of her Creole heritage with the angelic grind of Memphis soul.

In addition to her extensive work with her own group, Marcella and Her Lovers, Simien was featured on her father’s most recent album Dockside Sessions, which won a GRAMMY™ in January of 2014 for Best Regional Roots Album of the Year. She co-wrote a song on the Dockside album. She has recorded with hip hop artist Cities Aviv, and was featured on the album “Digital Lows”. One of her contributions to the Cities project, the track “Black Box”, was featured on thindieplaylists.com (summer of 2011) compilation in the company of Arcade Fire, Mayer Hawthorne, Modest Mouse, Coldplay, and many others.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

FOC Second Thursday Lecture

DATE
Thu, Jul 9, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition

Addie and Jeremy Martin trace the evolution of Cajun cuisine from its meager beginnings in the mid-1700s, to the decadent seafood dishes we enjoy today. In their book, Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition, they discuss how Cajun cuisine has developed as new technologies have emerged and literacy rates have increased among Cajuns. While modernization has affected the cuisine dramatically, Cajuns have remained true to their pastoral and family-based traditions. In this discussion, the authors will explore the evolution of Cajun cookery by examining the major factors that have shaped this internationally loved and renowned cuisine.

Addie and Jeremy are both writers and publish the experiential travel blog Culture Curious as well as several other blogs. Based in New Orleans, they spend their time reading, writing, traveling, and experiencing what life has to offer.

Free and open to the public.

LOCATION

Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION

St. Veronica’s Photography Gallery Pop-Up Exhibition

DATE
Sun, Jul 12, 2015
TIME
4:00pm - 7:00pm

In honor of our patron saint’s Feast Day, St Veronica’s Photography Gallery will be hosting a pop-up exhibition that celebrates the Polaroid process! Come out and celebrate with us on Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 1173 Magazine Street (Magazine and Erato).

The exhibition will feature selected work by Thom Bennett, Richard McCabe, Seth Boonchai, Blake Boyd and others.

We will have a host of Instant film demonstrations such as a hands-on Polaroid portrait studio, photographic work created from the 20x24 Polaroid camera, Impossible Project instant lab stations and an 8x10 instant film photo booth.

Contact Information:
Tabitha Penton: marketing@stveronicasphotographygallery.com

LOCATION

Arts Courtyard / St. Veronica’s Photography Gallery Pop-Up Exhibition
1173 Magazine Street Corner of Magazine and Erato
New Orleans, LA 70130

Ogden After Hours presents Water Liars

DATE
Thu, Jul 16, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Water Liars are Andrew Bryant, Justin Kinkel-Schuster, and GR Robinson. Originally hailing from Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee respectively, the group is heavily influenced by southern writers, including Frank Stanford and Barry Hannah, whose influence is evident in their music.

Water Liars formed in Pittsboro, Mississippi in 2011. The group’s first recording, Phantom Limb was released in February 2012. Since their first release, Water Liars have played numerous shows including a 2015 SXSW showcase. Their second album, Wyoming, was recorded in Water Valley, Mississippi and released in 2013 on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records. Their third effort, a self-titled album, was released in early 2014, also on the Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records label.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

Country Day Creative Arts Festival

DATE
Fri, Jul 17, 2015
TIME
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate Country Day Creative Arts program’s 33rd annual Festival! A stunning creative culmination of 320 young artists from 65 schools, who will proudly display their dazzling artistic creations as a result of their participation in the program. Experience students’ unique visual & creative art from over 100 CDCA classes including: live music, visual & theatre arts/movement, Capoeira, electronic contraptions, giant puppetry, & poetry. Highlights include grand parades, unique exhibits, indoor & outdoor theatre/street performances throughout the evening, & a s’mores bonfire. FREE and open to the public. Deliciously created “food as art” available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Hands-on artistic activities for all ages!
Video of the 2013 Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNJJzjdRius

LOCATION

Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road
Metairie, LA 70005

Prohibition Tea

DATE
Sat, Jul 18, 2015
TIME
11:00am - 1:00pm

Tales of the Cocktail Royal High Tea – Prohibition Style with Old New Orleans Rum

At this spirited tea service, sip specialty cocktails from tea cups in true speakeasy fashion. With partner Old New Orleans Rum, mixologist Kent Westmoreland presents a menu of four cocktails inspired by the mystery of Cuba. Enjoy a first course of small, brunch-inspired treats, like miniature steak quiche, potato latke with house smoked salmon, smoked turkey with curry aioli, and French toast with caramelized peaches. The three-course service is complete with seasonal scones and desserts. Pricing is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations are required. For reservations, call (504) 596-4773 or visit www.windsorcourthotel.com/le-salon.

LOCATION

Le Salon at Windsor Court
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Photo Camp I

DATE
Mon, Jul 20, 2015
TIME
9:00am - 12:00pm

Photo Camp I
July 20 – 31
9 am – noon
Students entering grades 8 – 12
Working with music photographer and educator Aubrey Edwards, students will learn basic elements of photography including composition, exposure, storytelling, and functions of their camera to create powerful and beautiful images, culminating in a student- curated exhibition. No prior experience necessary. Cameras can be provided if needed.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Photo Camp II

DATE
Mon, Jul 20, 2015
TIME
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Photo Camp II
July 20 – 31
1 pm – 4 pm
Students entering grades 8 – 12
Students will focus on camera functions, lighting, portraiture, photojournalism, and fashion with music photographer and educator Aubrey Edwards. Students will learn technical and advanced aspects of photography; including studio lighting set ups, photo shoot design and planning. Through feedback and constructive critique, students will create a portfolio of edited work culminating in a student-curated exhibition. Students should have a basic understanding of photography or take the Photo I in conjunction with this

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Author Lecture/ The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era

DATE
Wed, Jul 22, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 7:30pm

University of Maryland Professor Michael Ross will bring to life his prize-winning work, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. In his book, Ross offers the first ever account of the 1870 kidnapping of seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby by two African American women, an event that electrified New Orleans and the South at one of the most critical moments in the history of American race relations. Tracing the crime from the moment it was committed through the highly publicized investigation and sensationalized trial that followed, Ross paints a vivid picture of post-Civil War New Orleans, the Reconstruction-era South,the first African-American detectives in U.S. History,and the complexities and possibilities that faced the newly integrated society.

LOCATION

Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION

Friends' Fest

DATE
Wed, Jul 22, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Friends of City Park will host its annual member appreciation party, Friends’ Fest, on July 22nd, 2015. The evening is an exclusive night in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland for up to date Friends of City Park members and Subaru raffle ticket holders. The night will include free admission, unlimited free rides, treats, crafts, and live performers. City Park concessions will be open for sale during the event.
Friends' Fest 2015 is sponsored by Hahn Enterprises, Little Tikes, and No Fault.

LOCATION

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland
7 Victory Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70124

EVENT WEBSITE

Ogden After Hours presents Bo Dollis Jr.

DATE
Thu, Jul 23, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bo Dollis Jr., son of legendary Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief and Wild Magnolias leader Theodore “Bo” Dollis, grew up marching in street parades, sewing Mardi Gras Indian suits, and looking on as his father’s tribe brought its culture around the world. In recent years as the elder Dollis’ health waned, Bo Jr., following in his father’s footsteps, assumed the Big Chief’s mantle, the keeper of the Wild Magnolias’ flame.

In 2013, Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias released New Kind of Funk, the group’s first official release since ’99’s tour de force Life Is a Carnival and Bo Jr.’s first as its Big Chief. The inspiration for New Kind of Funk, which blends elements of contemporary blues, reggae funk and hip-hop into the raw, entrancing rhythms and call-and-response cadences of traditional Mardi Gras Indian music, comes from the Willie Tee track “New Kind of Groove,” a song Dollis Sr. and the Wild Magnolias originally cut on 1977’s They Call Us Wild.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

MechaGator's Red Hot Luau

DATE
Sat, Jul 25, 2015
TIME
12:00pm - 8:00pm

We’re throwing a Hawaiian style pig roast AND cooking a feral hog in a “Cajun Microwave” all for a great cause.

In recognition of their tireless dedication and hard work to keep our community safe, all members of the NOFD are invited to get a FREE plate of pork with their Firemans badge!

We'll be selling plates of delicious slow roasted pig and tasty libations. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Friends of New Orleans Fire Department.

The event will feature entertainment by DJ MicPhedusha and the New Orleans Techno Bull.

There will be an incredible flame FX display by New Orleans own Robo-Kaiju creature, the MechaGator!

And there will be kiddie pools and a slip’n slide for those who need to cool down.

Entry to the event is FREE!

LOCATION

The Back 42
1118 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

EVENT WEBSITE

Sasheer Zamata

DATE
Sun, Jul 26, 2015 7:00pm

VENUE

PubliQ House
PubliQ House
4528 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA

15 to Life – Film Screening and Discussion

DATE
Mon, Jul 27, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights for a screening and discussion of 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, a documentary about a young man facing life without parole for a crime he committed as a teenager. For over a decade, Kenneth believed he would die behind bars. But in 2010, a Supreme Court ruling gave him hope for a second chance. Following Kenneth's legal battle for release, the film is a powerful testament to a child’s remarkable capacity to change, and a stinging indictment of a penal system that routinely condemns children to die in prison.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion based in Washington, D.C., including the filmmaker, Kenneth’s lawyer, a formerly incarcerated youth, and the director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. Congressman Tony Cardenas will moderate.

The screening and discussion are FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

LOCATION

Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center
1618 O.C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION

Ogden After Hours presents Sweet Cecilia

DATE
Thu, Jul 30, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Louisiana band Sweet Cecilia are Laura Huval, Callie Guidry and Maegan Berard. Berard is the lead guitarist for the GRAMMY nominated Cajun band Bonsoir, Catin. A prolific songwriter and a native French speaker, she has shared the stage with other GRAMMY nominees, Zachary Richard, and Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars. Callie Guidry has performed with many different artists including Steve Riley, Caleb Elliot, and Sam Broussard. She was featured in the Zachary Richard video "Laisse le Vent Souffler". She is also a member of the local group Southwind. Laura Huval has performed with country legends such as Don Helmes and Jimmy C. Newman. The group performs original songs and classic Cajun music in addition to covering pop and rock songs in Cajun French. They perform at venues around South Louisiana and performed at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

Jess Leigh Jewels Trunk Show

DATE
Thu, Jul 30, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Founded by Jessica Leigh in New Orleans in January of 2010, Jess Leigh Jewels offers one of a kind, custom pieces of jewelry. Each piece is independently designed and locally handmade, ranging from costume pieces to work featuring semi-precious stones.

LOCATION

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

Dirty Linen Night and Layla Messkoub's Botanical Explorations!

DATE
Sat, Aug 8, 2015
TIME
6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Foundation Gallery is thrilled to present Botanical Explorations, new work by Layla Messkoub. The exhibition will open in celebration of Dirty Linen Night 2015 and will be up through August 31. 25% of proceeds from the show, as well as the gallery shop, will be donated to the Mini Art Center, a non-profit art space in Algiers Point offering affordable workshops and open studio time for the local community.

LOCATION

The Foundation Gallery
1109 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION

Summer Party

DATE
Sun, Aug 16, 2015
TIME
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Grab a bow and bring a beau to the 2015 Summer Party hosted by the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera! Join event chair Sarah Harbison at the Opera Guild Home​ on Sunday, August 16, 2015 to kick off the 2015-2016 opera season.

This year's "Bows and Beaus" theme celebrates the art of being southern. Women and men are encouraged to incorporate a bow into their best summer attire. Enjoy light bites courtesy of Ralph Brennan Catering & Events​ while sipping a summer cocktail. Magazine Street business, NOLA Couture will be on site with a delightfully dandy display of bow ties for guests to browse.

Tickets are $25 for active Junior members and $35 for nonmembers before August 1, 2015. Each ticket holder will be entered into a raffle to win a bow tie courtesy of NOLA Couture. For more information, contact the Junior Committee at juniors@neworleansopera.org or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nooajuniors.

LOCATION

Opera Guild Home
2504 Prytania Street
New Orleans , LA 70130

EVENT WEBSITE

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION

Wyatt Cenac

DATE
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 7:00pm

VENUE

PubliQ House
PubliQ House
4528 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA
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