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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Artists Vie For Grant to Install Water Art in Lafitte Greenway
On Monday (3.23), three teams of civic designers will compete for a $25,000 grant to install a watery piece of public art on the Lafitte Greenway.
The competition is part of the 5th Annual Water Challenge, “a daylong event focused on highlighting market-based, entrepreneurial solutions to our region’s water crisis.” Organizers hope that the winning installation will be a positive step towards finding those solutions by creating conversation about the role of water in New Orleans. The $25,000 grant will be awarded based on an audience vote at the event.
The finalists, who submitted proposals based on the theme “Living with Water,” are Jennifer Blanchard (Contraflow), Michel Varisco (Turning), and Amy Stelly & Darryl Reeves (Drop in the Bowl). A limited reveal has been given to the general public, while full pitches are being reserved for Monday’s event.
Jennifer Blanchard is working with a team of local artists, landscape designers, and environmental scientists. For Contraflow, she’s proposed a series of “Louisiana Native Totems” arranged throughout rain gardens and terraced communities of native plants. The totems, a product of fellow potter, Peggy Bishop, are the whimsical ceramic features that presently adorn street signs and other fixtures near the Cabrini foot bridge in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. “The totems that we would create for this project would be of native fish, birds, other reptiles, amphibians, and mammals of Louisiana,” said Blanchard, who is a botanist-turned-potter here in New Orleans. They will highlight the changing migration patterns of animals and people alike in the face of rising seas and eroding wetlands.
Turning is a kinetic sculpture proposed by Michel Varisco. In the past, Varisco has used large scale photographs and video to explore the Mississippi River Delta and its gradual deterioration.
The sculpture, she said, will use “symbols, lights, sounds, motion and shape - in a talisman of sorts” and will also focus on our history with the River.
“By looking into Louisiana's origin symbol, the wild Mississippi River, and how we altered it and learned many lessons as a result, I hope to evoke an innovative and brave spirit in moving towards the inescapable questions of our future with water,” she said.
Amy Stelly has teamed up with sculptor Darryl Reeves for her Drop in the Bowl proposal, which envisions a stainless steel sculpture embedded in the landscape. The design, which she will reveal on Monday, will be “iconic and simple,” and emblematic of New Orleanians’ relationship with water. She originally wanted to include a water feature in her plan, but she worried for its future maintenance. Stelly is an urban planner with a background in art history.
Darryl Reeves, according to the Encyclopedia of Louisiana, is a master blacksmith who is trained in the tradition of 18th and 19th century African-American ironworkers. He has rehabilitated the ironwork gates of the Presbytere (thought to be the work of slave artisans) and forged identical gates for the Cabildo, among many other projects. He plans to guide Stelly through the Drop in the Bowl project if it wins the grant.
“The projects were selected by a selection committee made up of Propeller, Arts Council New Orleans, and other external water and design experts based on community impact, visual impact, originality/creativity, and capacity to raise awareness and communication challenges New Orleans faces living with water,” said Propeller’s Communications Manager, Catherine Gans, in an email.
The grant is sponsored by the City of New Orleans’ Percent for Art Program, which began in 1986 and has commissioned or purchased more than 350 works of art throughout the city. The program is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans and funded by a designated 1% of eligible municipal capital bonds.
Interested parties must register online at gopropeller.org in order to attend the design competition which runs from 10:15AM - 12:00PM at The Chicory on Fulton Street, Monday, March 23, 2015.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz