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March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri


Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'


New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations


Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest


DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 



House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop


Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 


Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister


Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball


Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party


Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party


Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999


March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA


Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds


Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour


Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy


Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill


Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA


Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide


Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 


Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes


The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music


Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty


Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove


March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food


Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house



Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko


Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician


LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more


Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs


Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters


Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers


Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Art Openings and Shows in NOLA

Each week, NoDef brings you a comprehensive directory of visual arts
in the Crescent City from Julia to St. Claude

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.


Upcoming Art Events

Ogden After Hours (September 25, Ogden Museum)

This week, the Ogden’s evening soiree features New Orleans clarinetist Tim Laughlin. Venerable literature publication The New Orleans Review will celebrate its fall double issue with a launch party and signing.


Love in the Garden (September 26, NOMA)

NOMA’s fall gala includes a patron party, garden party, and late-night party that runs until midnight. NOCCA celebrates its 40th anniversary by honoring five talented faculty and alumni. Entertainment by the NOCCA Jazz & Vocal Ensembles, The Yat Pack, and Mario Abney & The Abney Effect. Food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants and bartenders. Check NOMA for tickets and details.


Art For Arts’ Sake (October 4, Downtown Arts District)

The Contemporary Arts Center closes out its current exhibitions with a bang at the downtown art district’s big fall event. Drop in on the CAC for a last glimpse, plus free cocktails and small bites. Galleries along Julia Street host receptions for their new October openings. Downtown restaurants offer drink and dinner specials.



Continuing Exhibitions


Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street

‘Sugar After Stranger’ presents two- and three-dimensional work by Susan Bowers. In addition: ‘1+1=3: Ibeji Twins,’ a pop-up exhibition of kachina-like dolls and figures by Kristin Myers.


Byrdie’s, 2422 St. Claude Avenue

‘Taproot’ is an installation of ceramic sculpture by local artist Walter Stevens. Through October 7.


The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue

Room 1

In ‘data drops,’ Brian James Priest & H. Cole Wiley investigate the way that technology, art, and people interact with hybrid installations comprised of sound, sculpture, performance and drawing.


Room 2
In ‘To Bear One's Threads,’ printmaker Imen Djouini employs pattern inspired by her exposure to North African textiles as a young girl.


Rooms 3 & 4

‘Jargon’ is group show exploring the way that artists use language to recontextualize image and object. Featuring Bonnie Brenda Scott, Nicola Vruwink, Ken Shaw, Jamie Solock, Ben Skinner, and Raquel Meyers. All through October 5.


Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue

In the Shadow of a Giant displays work by Generic Art Solutions, created during a summer artist residency in Captiva Island, Florida at the former home and studio of Robert Rauschenberg. Through October 5.


The May Space, 2839 North Robertson, Ste 105

Tameka Norris’s work represents the relationship between the multi-generational, existing black communities and recent New Orleans “transplants.”


Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue

Using the structures of competitive sport, R. Eric McMaster’s work feature themes of obedience, vulnerability, resistance, and eventual acceptance and explores what they could mean for large-scale social situations. Through October 5. An artist walkthrough will be held on October 2nd from 7 to 9p.m.


Staple Goods, 1340 St. Roch Avenue

German-born artist Miriam Lilje’s debut solo exhibition at Staple Goods presents her new landscape and classical music-inspired paintings in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Through October 5.


UNO St. Claude, 2429 St. Claude Avenue

In ‘environmental scanning,’ Austrian artists Katharina Cibulka and Nicole Weniger explore the relationship between human beings and human modes of perception of surrounding spaces. Through October 5.



Julia Street & CBD

Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street

‘Wanderlust’ presents paintings by Cheri Ben-Iesau, pottery by Renee Melito, mixed media pieces by Stephen Palmer, and jewel by Chigusa Nishimoto. Through September 30.


Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 & 434 Julia Street

New exhibitions open October 4.


Boyd Satellite, 440 Julia Street

Boyd Satellite continues with “Sputnik 2,” a group show culled from work by Boyd favorites.  


Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia Street

Opening September 25, ‘Imagined Shores’ presents Raine Bedsole’s evocative sculptures and densely layered works on paper. Through October 26.


Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia Street

In September, Jean Bragg shows work by painter Michelle Conques, who works out of Denham Springs, Louisiana.


Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia Street

Jonathan Ferrara hosts the 18th Annual No Dead Artists, an international juried exhibition of contemporary work. Through September 27.


LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street

‘Glimmer Steady Inside the Stone’ displays work by Southern pop-surrealist Nathan Durfee, who takes influences from Mr. Pickles as readily as Magritte. Through September 27.


Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp Street

For White Linen Night 2014, Martin Chaisson hung works by contemporary American neo-expressionist Hunt Slonem.


Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia Street

Octavia presents new work by three American artists, including figure paintings by Lois Chiles, large-scale scupture installations by Richard Deutsch, and hyperrealist sculptures by Carole A. Feuerman, and Beth Lambert. Through October 11.


Soren Christensen Gallery, 400 Julia Street

Jamali, the Pakistani-born artist of the mystic contemporary, makes a solo gallery debut with new and retrospective work including prints, sculpture, and paintings on cork. Through September. Also on view: a selection of work by artists from the gallery roster.


TEN Gallery, 4432 Magazine Street

‘Doppelgänger, doppelgänger’ is a series of drawings by Ryan Lindburg. Through September 28.



Ongoing at local museums & collections

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street

“Mark of the Feminine”

Curator Regine Basha’s Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of exhibitions to be produced by the CAC focusing on the remarkable community of artists working in New Orleans. The exhibition features works by a selection of multigenerational female and female-identifying contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums.


Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

The CAC presents the work of 12 award-winning emerging artists who received the esteemed Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2013.


Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series National Juried Exhibition

The show features a juried selection of works by 20 regional artists. One artist in the Artisan Series exhibition will be selected as the New Orleans Finalist during Art for Arts' Sake on October 4.



NOMA, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park

“Orientalism: Taking and Making”

This selection from the NOMA collection addresses the charged topic of Western cultural and artistic borrowing from the East. Shades of oppression, racism, and superficial cultural understanding are on view in 19th-century Orientalist paintings, photographs, and decorative arts. Through February 1, 2015.


‘Forever’ by Odili Donald Odita

NOMA commissioned Nigerian-born Odili Donald Odita to transform the first floor elevator lobby with a kaleidoscope mural that will be on view for two years. Through April 2015.


“Sphere of Influence:  Pictorialism, Women and Modernism” is on display in NOMA’s Mann Pailet Gallery on the second floor through September 24th and tells the story of networks and groups of female photographers and their impact on the history – and thus present-day – photography. Through November 23.


“Robert Rauschenberg and the ‘Five from Louisiana’”

In 1977 Rauschenberg participated in the NOMA exhibition Five from Louisiana as one of five Louisiana artists who had gained international prominence. These artists included Lynda Benglis, Tina Girouard, Richard Landry, and Keith Sonnier. This is the first time since 1977 that these two series have been shown together at NOMA, along with artworks by the other Louisiana artists from that seminal exhibition. Through October 5.



Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street

Louisiana Contemporary

Established in 2012, the Ogden’s annual juried show promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana and recognizes the role of New Orleans as a rising international art center. Through September 28.


Shawn Hall's Pastoral Universe

In this immersive installation the viewer is placed within the piece looking out: out into leaves, branches, and into space. It references the universe as a whole, cellular activity, and what the artist refers to as ‘particle space’, which is formally dots, but relates to decorative, “charged” space in Medieval and Renaissance painting. Through November 2.


New Orleans Chapter of The Links HBCU Exhibition

A curated show of works from students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Louisiana, including Xavier University, Dillard University, Southern University, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, and Grambling State University. Through September 28.


“Into the Light II: Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art”  

Housing “one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Southern photography in the U.S.” Ogden’s second phase of this unique exhibition highlights rare and previously-unseen photographs from its holdings. More work culled from the ouvres of Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, the late George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others.


Self-Taught, Outsider, and Visionary Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, including Thornton Dial, Reverend Howard Finster, Clementine Hunter, Nellie Mae Rowe, Wellmon Sharlhorne, George Andrews, and others.


Walter Inglis Anderson: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art


Southern Regionalists: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art


In the Andrews-Humphrey Gallery: George Andrews, Benny Andrews, Nene Humphrey

George “The Dot Man” Andrews (1911-1996) was a self-taught artist from Plainview, Georgia. The exhibit also includes his son, the late Benny, who was a civil rights activist and proponent for change in the art world, where he faced discrimination as a multiracial artist. Nene Humphrey is a sculpture, drawer, and printmaker whose work draws from her Roman Catholic background.



The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street

“Creole World:  Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere”

A book and exhibition by renowned author and photographer Richard Sexton exploring the architectural and urban similarities among the culturally rich locales of Haiti, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador and New Orleans. Trace these connections with this unique and enthralling exhibit.


Shout, Sister, Shout!  The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans 

In the 1920s and ’30s, a trio of sisters from New Orleans became the darlings of radio’s golden age. Martha, Connie, and Vet Boswell were classically trained musicians heavily influenced by the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Together they pioneered the cheerful, close-harmony style that became emblematic of 1940s girl groups. Join The Historic New Orleans Collection in rediscovering the Boswell Sisters, one of the city’s most celebrated musical exports.


From Cameo to Close Up: New Orleans in Film

Celebrating Louisiana’s role on the silver screen, this exhibition features posters, lobby cards, photos, press books and other ephemera from the silent era to the mid-1990’s.  Objects are from THNOC’s permanent holdings.

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