Junebug Productions Presents “Movement of Our Mother Tongue”
“Gomela/To Return: Movement of our Mother Tongue” is a site specific dance theater performance that highlights the stories of New Orleans African American communities and their histories. Developed in partnership with Congo Square Preservation Society, Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Restaurant and Gallery, , Hidden History Tours, and Amistad Research Center the performance will feature award-winning poet Sunni Patterson, Musician Troy Sawyer and New Orleans dance and drumming company, Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective. This original piece ” “Gomela” will highlight ancient art forms (African dance and drumming) and new artistic expressions (spoken word, hip-hop) that make evident the connection between Africa, Haiti and New Orleans. We will connect the past and present by highlighting historic moments in New Orleans: 1811 Slave Revolt, Reconstruction, Plessy vs. Fergusson, birth of jazz, civil rights movement, integration, the building of I-10.
The following link is a highlight reel of the Homecoming Project (HCP), the site-specific traveling performance that took place in December 2011 that began in Louis Amstrong Park and ended with a health fair at the New Orleans African American Museum. The video demonstrates the aesthetic and quality of the performance for “Gomela” and also explains the intention of the project and the process used to develop the piece. https://vimeo.com/33467389
Gomela is supported by Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alternate ROOTS, and the Arts Council of New Orleans
St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The 5th Annual St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade walks Uptown sidewalks with the theme "Wear Y'Hat!" (it's a short 1-mile walk). The parade is accompanied by Bart Ramsay and the members of Zazou City, playing French music. Bring a bottle of champagne if you like, for our Chevaliers du Champagne to pour into your complimentary commemorative glass. Join the parade to show off a hat you've made, a hat you've decorated, or a hat from your stash. The hats get more creative every year! More info at www.HatNOLA.com.
“Operatic Kaleidoscope” to feature Tulane voice faculty and students, choir, orchestra and Make Music Nola students
Arias, ensembles and orchestral excerpts from operas will be the content of “Operatic Kaleidoscope”, presented by Newcomb Music Department. The concert will feature Tulane faculty Amy Pfrimmer, soprano, Laura Booras, soprano and Leonard Raybon, baritone, as well as voice department students, Tulane-Newcomb Choir and Tulane University Orchestra, conducted by Maxim Samarov. Young students of Make Music NOLA will present a pre-concert performance and will perform in the course of the concert as well. The concert is free and open to the public. Contact Diane Cass at (504)862-3214 for more information.
Make Music NOLA (MMN) is a music-for-social change program located in the 9th Ward and Central City. MMN is an after school program, which runs Monday-Friday from 3:30 -6:30 PM throughout the school year. The program consists of excellent music instruction, implemented by a diverse staff of professional musicians and college students; opportunities to participate in workshops with guest artists and local musicians; and community relevant performances. Additionally, the children receive a healthy snack, help with homework, an evening meal, and transportation to those who need it.
Currently over 60 children from local elementary schools are enrolled in the program. We are located at Arise Academy, KIPP Leadership Primary, KIPP Believe Primary, Mildred Osborne Charter, and Edgar P. Harney Elementary. MMN currently offers instruction on violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, and a general music class. The current school year is the second year of the partnership between MMN and Tulane under auspices of TU Service Learning program. For more information visit: www.makemusicnola.org