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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 »

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 022017
 

An array of King Cakes graded and recorded by Matt Haines.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

If you think you didn’t try enough versions of king cake this Mardi Gras season, don’t worry. A local man did the legwork – and recorded his results – for you.

Matt Haines tried 66 different King Cakes from 54 different eateries this year – for research purposes, obviously. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

A local treasure is all set to perform at the annual Samedi Gras block party Saturday, a Mid-City family’s porch celebration during Endymion.

Dubbed “a house party New Orleans style,” the Samedi Gras tradition is hosted by Scott Colomb and Major League Baseball player Johnny Giavotella Jr. at 4214 Orleans Avenue on Feb. 25th beginning at noon and will feature music by Cowboy Mouth, as well as The Anteeks. Continue reading »

Feb 092017
 

Gabriel Bella, The Women’s Regatta on the Grand Canal, 18th-century, Oil on canvas, Venice, Querini Stampalia Foundation (via NOMA).

In addition to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s new exhibit – A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s – the museum is also hosting a Carnival ball inspired by Latin America. The Mardi Gras Mambo Ball will boast local musicians and a Cuban-inspired band for a night of dancing, elegance and the samba. Continue reading »

Jan 252017
 

An oyster installation was part of an underwater-themed, Sea-Labration display, in the botanical gardens of City Park for Celebration in the Oaks 2015. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

City Park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks pulled in more revenue last year compared to several years prior.

The 2016 event, which runs from the Friday before Thanksgiving the New Years Day, generated more than $2 million for the mostly-self-funded park. City Park’s Board of Directors reviewed the earnings during their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, and park CEO Bob Becker said most people has positive comments about last year’s event. Continue reading »