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JEUDI

April 27th

 

NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks

 

Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest

 

Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show

 

Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour

 

International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence

 

Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more

 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 

VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


ArtPlace Grants to Provide Money for Treme Music School, Arts Center and St. Claude Programs


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Just a little over a week after the legislature decided to cut our state’s arts budget tremendously, the artsy community of the Crescent City needs some good news.  It couldn’t be a better time for ArtPlace, a newly founded collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, to decide to grant St. Claude Main Street and Civic Center a $275,000 grant.

 

 

Art Place is a joint effort between public and private organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts. The money they’re donating will go towards three projects: St. Claude Main Street, the Bell School, and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

 

The Jazz and Heritage Foundation will turn a currently unused 19th century building, previously a funeral home, into a tuition-free music school. Art Place Director Carol Coletta told No Def more about what makes this projects transformative.

 

“It’s positioned on a street that’s transitional. It sits between the Quarter and Treme. It has a bridging location," she said. "The fact that it is next door to the existing center is important. It gives them a chance to grow their activity at that location and provide them with services.”

 

Coletta said that the the new center is going to have seven classrooms for music instruction, a 200 seat flexible performance space, and a transition space that will be used for events and parking. The Director believes that the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music will “make the neighborhood safer.”

 

“The buildings aren’t connected but the properties are connected. If you think about classrooms, in some ways, classrooms end up generating a lot of traffic. Not only do people serve in the classrooms but the families as well. It has quite a leveraging effect.”

 

Coletta also said that the school will “allow the school to double enrollment and offer a more comprehensive curriculum.”

 

Art Place is also transforming Treme’s currently nonfunctioning Bell School, which Coletta describes as “one of the most magnificent pieces of property you’d ever want to find,” into live-work spaces for artists and their families.

 

There will be “workshop and performance spaces on the first floor. If you see the property and see it sitting there very, very vacant at the moment and imagine it coming to life 24/7, you instantly see the impact it will have on the neighborhood.”

 

St. Claude Main Street, in partnership with Civic Center and various community stakeholders, will develop programming to help support the contemporary art community of St. Claude Avenue.

 

The goals of the program are to help build capacity for artists, arts organizations, and galleries and promote the arts district as a center for international contemporary art. Any program that comes out of this grant to help with those goals will be decided by the downtown arts community, said St. Claude Main Street's Michael T. Martin. To that end, SCMS will hold a meeting at HomeSpace Gallery on June 28 to directly engage the local art community. Martin called the process a "grassroots," in which ideas come directly from the community. 




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