Apr 182017

A still from “Death of Louis XIV” (Via the New Orleans Film Society).

C’est la vie… at least for a week in New Orleans.

The 20th annual French Film Festival kickstarts Friday with 14 new feature length films, including Frantz, Personal Shopper and My Life as a Zucchini. One lucky filmmaker will also be awarded a $32,500 #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant; the grant recipient will screen the film created with this funding at the 2018 French Film Festival. Continue reading »

Apr 112017

Bayou St. John outlined in red.

By Claire Byun

Cassie Pruyn, local author, is writing a narrative history of Bayou St. John. The book – which will be published by History Press in New Orleans – is scheduled to come out later this year.

Pruyn is still looking to interview people who are important to the area, or who have lived in the neighborhood for years, for the book. Continue reading »

Mar 312017

Several Mid-City artists and ensembles are hitting the stage for the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Xanier University’s Jazz Ensemble will hit the stage Saturday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. The ensemble, which will play on the Lagniappe Stage, has toured the United States and South American countries while being recognized annually for its work toward preserving jazz.

Keeping with the educational performances, the McDonogh #35 High School gospel choir is slated to perform Thursday, May 4. The group’s innovation year after year make it a crowd favorite among Gospel lovers and those who appreciate fine choreography, and the ensemble’s biography on the Jazz Fest’s website touts the group’s charm. Continue reading »

Mar 302017

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission wants your photos of nature from all around the city – and the first place winner will win a new LG 360 CAM Spherical Camera.

The contest, which runs through April 15, is open to everyone. Participants can submit up to three photos taken in Orleans Parish of nature: wildlife, plants, natural landscapes, people enjoying the outdoors, or any photo in which nature is the central theme. Continue reading »

Mar 222017

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is hosting an event open to all.

Generations Celebration: Women’s History Month recognizes and honors outstanding women who have had a positive impact on New Orleans life and culture. The free event will have a variety of performances, merchandise, food, and ceremonies over the night. Continue reading »

Mar 142017


Looking for a free way to entertain your family on a Friday night? Try a family-friendly movie in the park.

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission released their 2017 movie schedule, which includes family-friendly blockbusters spread throughout Fridays in the spring. This season’s features include ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Finding Dory,’ as well as some classic such as ‘E.T’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’ Continue reading »

Mar 092017

The Mid-City Library

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to get your children interested in reading? The Mid-City Library has you covered.

The library is hosting the PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME program next month which is designed to help children improve their reading skills by involving the whole family. The program works to make reading fun and enhance problem-solving skills and reading comprehension. PRIME TIME includes storytelling, reading, and discussion for parents and children aged six to 10. Continue reading »

Mar 082017

Nora Navra Library has beens shuttered for more than a decade after Katrina decimated the community center (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun

The last storm-damaged public library in the city is finally undergoing reconstruction more than a decade since it was flooded.

The Nora Navra Library was severely damaged during Katrina and left shuttered for more than a decade. Now, as part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s renovations to public city assets, the vandalized library is getting a $3.3 million facelift. Continue reading »

Mar 052017

(via Marché Creole Community Market)

After several weeks off, Marche Créole Community Market will host its Grand Reopening on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the ArtEgg Studios, located at 1001 S. Broad Street.

To celebrate the market’s reopening, the Heritage Foundation for Arts and Cultural Sustainability will sponsor a complimentary Whole Pit Roasted Alligator which will be over five feet long and filled with a creole seafood stuffing. Continue reading »