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May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

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May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Seeking Parallels in Portraits: Samantha Wall Opens 'indivisible'


In association with Loving Day celebrations, the Stella Jones Gallery (201 St Charles Ave) is exhibiting portraits of multiracial women by Samantha Wall. The work attempts to highlight the ambiguity, difficulty and singularity of being a person of mixed ancestry. 

 

The search for connection seems to be at the center of Wall’s work. It springs from the social isolation that many multiracial women face. Wall’s mother is Korean and her father is African American and Wall’s multi-ethnic experience was not something she could share with either of them.

 

“For many individuals like myself, it can be a very lonely experience. It keeps us between different social groups… I was always pushed out of groups, I didn’t really belong with the Asian or black kids,” says Wall.

 

The portraits are done in charcoal and graphite, and focus on the faces of the women. Wall chose these women for their racial ambiguity, which she links to their seeming familiarity, commenting that many viewers often recognize something of themselves in these women. 

 

Wall also highlights the individuality and emotionality of each woman. And by doing so, she forces the viewers to look at the women as more than just props in a discussion of race but to also connect and recognize the women as people with stories and lives of their own.  

 

“All the women I talk to are in that same place, most of the women I work with are racially ambiguous, they are the ones who are always asked ‘What are you? Where are you from? Who are your parents?’ These are really private questions and none of those answers will give you insight to who I am,” says Wall.

 

At first, Wall used her friends as models, but during a stint working with the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, she began partnering with women whom she had never met. During the interviews that she would conduct with each woman, the shared experiences and isolation of multiracial women became more evident.

 

“Initially, conversations were a bit uncomfortable, but the more we talked and shared, the more we recognized a parallel upbringing, the challenges we faced were so similar. It was comforting knowing we didn’t have to do it alone," she said. “To be a part of something larger is what I’ve always been searching for.”

 

It seems that Wall’s work serves as a platform for her to connect with other multiracial people. They are able to talk about their shared experiences and feel a little less alienated because of it. They are able to put words to things they have always felt.

 

“I’m still figuring it out," she says. "This has been such an experience for me.”




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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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