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May 042017
 

A few soggy patrons get food last year at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell (Della Hasselle).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

At least two weekends every year, Fairgrounds residents have to commute in and out of police barriers, tourist traffic and street vendors during Jazz Fest. To lessen some of that burden, residents are given neighborhood access passes that allow them to park at – or at least near – their homes.

Some people have been selling those passes for profit, officials said. Continue reading »

May 042017
 

If you’re heading out to Jazz Fest today (Thursday), make sure to catch one of the many local schools performing throughout the fairgrounds.

First up, the Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs take the Gospel Tent at 11:20 a.m. The secondary school’s Gospel choir consists of approximately 55 students in the 9th through 12th grade and has performed at Jazz Fest for the last six years. Continue reading »

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 »