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Defender Picks



August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

A Mink and a Smile

Three Decades of Blackglama Ad Campaign Revisited at the Ogden

Since the '30s, fur fashions have come to epitomize glamour, fame and fortune. Certainly Liz Taylor wouldn’t look like queen of the animal kingdom without her fox wraps, mink coats or rabbit hats more fit for Moscow than the movies. No one can deny the transformative effect of a good fur coat, elevating reasonable good looks into the regal realm.


In one of the most successful ad campaigns of the 20th century, a New York ad agency changed public perception of pelts with their Blackglama fur campaign, which pictured legendary celebrities clad in luxurious mink coats.  Now, more than sixty of these black and white photographs will make their way from old magazine pages and billboards to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for a Glama gala on March 16 celebrating advertising executive and Mississippi native Peter Rogers.

The exhibit features photos of a litany of iconic celebrities like Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn, Ray Charles, Betty Davis, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Crawford among numerous others. The photographs span the campaign's glory days, from 1968-1993.


“It’s easier to tell you who I didn’t do than who I did do,” said Rogers.  “It’s all the famous stars of the glamour period.” 


The preeminent mad man of his time, Rogers put some legwork into the campaign early on. 


“I picked up every person and took them to the shoots,” he said.  


But then it was time to let another pair of stems take the spotlight. Set against a blank background, the photographs capture nothing more than their personalities and their enveloping fur coats. In one image, comedian Shirley MacLaine, wrapped in mink, kicks her leg in the air. The coat slopes across an arm, exposing her shoulder, luminous against the dark contrast of fur. In another, Elizabeth Taylor looks out to the audience, one side of her face coddled by fur and the other by a large, diamond earring.  


“You don’t have these kind of stars today,” said Rogers.  “It was really all about glamour and all these stars.  If you watch Turner Classic Movies you could still see them.” 


After years heading Blackglama, Rogers has closed his agency, but the campaign continues.  Now in the hands of a new agency, one vital difference separates the Rogers’ Blackglama from today’s Blackglama: the concept of a legend?   


“They think that Janet Jackson is a legend,” laughed Rogers.  From decades of sharing the same space with names like Joan Crawford or Audrey Hepburn he knows she’s not in the same league.  


According to Rogers, before Blackglama, fur ads consisted mostly of women wearing fur in front of a Bentley.  


“It was just a photo shoot, never a concept,” said Rogers, who coined the term Blackglama with his agency. “The emphasis was on the legend.  They were so famous we didn’t use their name.”  Anyone could recognize someone as big as Betty Davis without need for a nametag.  


After posing, added Rogers, each sitter received their own custom mink.   


“I don’t think there has ever been a campaign that has as many illustrious people pose for it,” said Rogers. “This is about 70 people who posed for it so it’s quite a collection of famous people.”


As if the fur didn’t speak for itself already, the tagline “What becomes a Legend most?,” hangs suspended above the star.  That answer is clear: fur.   


“Fur is back in a big way,” said Rogers. Despite being an animal lover himself he knows “you can’t stop women from wearing fur coats.”  Plus, he somewhat laughs, minks are dangerous.  


“If I go to the Louisiana Philharmonic and it’s a cool night, they’re all in mink,” said Rogers.  


An animal lover and a lover of old movie stars, he’d never advocate killing an endangered species.


Opening March 14 and on view until June 30, there’s plenty of time to check out these familiar faces of the silver screen. Ticket information for the March 16 gala is here.




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