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Patois of (Moving) Pictures


New Orleans has no shortage of social issues or artistic expressions. In a few days locals will have the opportunity to witness the convergence of the two when Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival returns. 12 screenings will feature works that address social and civil rights.


Essence Drops 2016 Lineup


The last major event of festival season dropped their lineup today. A roster of bold-faced names is set to get New Orleans moving at Essence Fest from June 30th until July 3rd. Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, and Ciara will headline the annual fete.


Fair Sounds

Jazz Fest Drops 2016 Lineup



Get your chairs ready! The lineup for the 2016 Jazz and Heritage Festival is out. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Snoop Dog.


Mailbag: Frenchmen Poet's Plea for Help


This fall, the growing safety concerns on Frenchmen Street resulted in the creation of the Frenchmen Street Patrol. While many locals applauded the move, street poet Heath Stevens is concerned that the stepped up police presence is stifling artistic expression. He explains his view in a letter to the editor.


Portrait of an Artist

Zack Smith's "My Muse Louisiana"



Photographer Zack Smith’s work is virtually ubiquitous in the Crescent City. For the last fifteen years, he has captured many of NOLA’s most prominent musicians on film. Now, Smith has turned his focus to other artists, not to mention, to the rest of the Boot with his new project “My Louisiana Muse.”


Second Story Gallery to Mark K+10 With Art


As the city approaches the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, events are popping up all over the city to commemorate the disaster and its aftermath. One such event is the DECADE exhibition hosted by Second Story Gallery at the New Orleans Healing Center from August 8 until September 5. The installation will feature artists from around the city and their work reflecting on their experiences during and after Katrina.


JazzFest 2015 Lineup Announced

Headliners Include Elton John, The Who, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett



New Orleans may be focused on Mardi Gras, but it's never to early to start thinking about festival season. Today (1.12), the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced their lineup for 2015. Elton John, The Who, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Buffet, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Keith Urban, Chicago, John Legend, Pitbull, and T.I. are amongst the headliners. 


Every Artist Insured


January 6 is the Twelfth Night, a day of merriment marking the start of carnival season. However, some local organizations will be spending the afternoon talking about some serious issues before the fun. At 3:00p.m., the Ashé Cultural Arts Center will co-host a workshop geared towards helping musicians and artists register for health insurance.


Shooting Off Against Violence

Guns in the Hands of Artists in Photos



The walls of Jonathan Ferrara’s gallery on Julia Street have exploded with guns. On view through January 25, the exhibit Guns in the Hands of Artists features 33 local, national and international artists who have reconfigured firearms bought back from civilians into pieces of art. An idea that began with one artist, Brian Borello, back in 1996 as a collaborative effort with the New Orleans Police department is carried on today through these 186 creative works displayed in the gallery.


Guns in the Hands of Artists Opens


By Ashley Rouen

Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition shot off today at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in collaboration with the NOPD. Chief of Police Michael Harrison and Councilmember Latoya Cantrell were on the scene to offer wholehearted words in gratitude to these artists in their efforts against rampant gun violence running wild through the streets of historic New Orleans. The displayed works can be viewed at the Julia Street gallery over the next two months. They are made up of 186 guns bought back off the streets through the city’s buy-back program and transformed into original works of art meant to generate a healthy dialogue about the pressing gun crimes that persist throughout our community.  


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