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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


NOLA Celebrates '64 Civil Rights Act


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the watershed Civil Rights Act of 1964. Celebrations of the leap towards equality are being held across America and New Orleans is no exception. NOLA will host panel discussions, gospel brunch, commemorative ceremonies, and a museum exhibition to mark the monumental moment.

 

The week long anniversary celebration is organized by not-for-profit, Liberty ’64, the brainchild of Dionne Butler. Butler explains, “As an African-American and native New Orleanian, my family lived the civil rights movement," Butler said.  "When you grow up in a segregated society and watch downtrodden people come together for the remarkable accomplishment of passing such an important piece of legislation, you always  remember it and want to celebrate it for the next generation," Butler said.

 

Through the Civil Rights Lens - A photo and video exhibit of over 50 civil rights photographs, posters, films and audio recordings at the National Park Service's Visitor Information Center in Dutch Alley/French Market. Images include the Freedom Riders, CORE sit-ins, many religious leaders including  Rev. A.L. Davis and the New Zion Baptist Church, and images from the September 1963 march on City Hall, the largest civil rights events in New Orleans history. The show will run for two months beginning on July 28, 2014.  Viewing times are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Civil Rights Sunday - Councilmember James Gray presented a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council proclaiming June 29th as "Civil Rights Sunday.” The day is billed as an “opportunity to remember the struggle and sacrifices which led to  the legislation's passage - especially for the important role women such as Oretha Castle, Helen Mervis, Rosa Keller, Doris Castle, Dodie Smith and Lois Dejean played and the equally important contributions of young people like Jerome Smith, Matt Suarez, Lolie Elie, Don Hubbard, and Rudy Lombard.” June 29

 

Let Freedom Ring Bell Ringing Ceremony and Presentation - On the actual anniversary of the legislation’s signing, dignitaries will gather on the steps of Louisiana State Courthouse (300 block of Royal.) 70 children from the Tambourine and Fan program will be peforming poems and songs and ringing their freedom bells.  "We encourage everyone to bring their bells and join us for this important moment," Butler explained. July 2

   

Civil Rights Panel Discussions  - Panel discussions to educate the community on important civil rights issues and serve as a teaching tool for school age children. June 30 - July 5

- The Freedom Riders - Dr. Norman Francis, Judge Edwin Lombard and others and  moderated by Dennis Woltering July 1

- The Significance of the 1964 Civil Rights Act - Dr. Raphael Cassimere, Rev. "Skip"  Alexander, Barbara Trevigne and moderated by Vincent Sylvain. July 2

- The Role of Women in New Orleans' Civil Rights Movement - Sybil Morial, Diana Bajoie, Rev. Lois Dejean and Gail Glapion and moderated by Judge Miriam Waltzer. July 3.

- Changing the Conversation on Civil Rights - Audry Stewart, ACLU, Mary Griggs, Forum for Equality, and Rafael Saddy, Hispanic Community Leader, Oliver Thomas, and moderated by Loyola University Professor Lisa Martin. July 5.

- The Music of the Movement Performance & Performance - Jackie Harris,  Dillard University professor Dr. Dorothy Smith and others, followed by a live performance by the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Freedom Singers.  Spirituals that will be performed include "Oh, Freedom," "Many Thousan' Gone," "My Mind Stayed on Freedom," "Run Mary Run,"  "Same Train," and "Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last.” The Mint on Saturday, July 5 at 2 p.m.

 

Civil Rights Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues - Phil Manuel, pianist and singer, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Linda White and the House of Blues Praise Band will be the main performers with special guests the Zion Harmonizers. July 6, at 1 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.liberty64.com.

 




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