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Mural is latest addition to public art collection along the Lafitte Greenway

A new mural can be spotted along the Lafitte Greenway.  Unveiled last week, the piece by artist Teresa Parod stretches 220 feet along the fence facade of Krewe du Bizou Wines on St. Louis Street. Inspired by the vibrancy and nature of New Orleans, the mural features friendly animals and blooming flowers with the Mississippi Read More…

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Bayou Boogaloo festival will go on in May, but without the bayou

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo will take place on its usual mid-May weekend this year, featuring top local musical acts like the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, 101 Runners, Cha Wa and Tank & the Bangas, plus an art market. There’s one major difference, however: There will be no bayou at the 2021 Bayou Boogaloo. No kayaks, no Read More…

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Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra debuts new record in Mid-City

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger There was a lot going on Sunday (April 18) when the Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra celebrated the release its latest record with a backyard concert on North Rendon Street in Mid-City. The concert was a tribute to the late Nigerian percussionist Tony Allen, considered the godfather of Afrobeat music. Kumasi calls Read More…

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Pop-up exhibit shows house floats you may have missed

A pop-up exhibition of the House Float art installations that dotted New Orleans’ neighborhoods during the 2021 Carnival season is on display for the next two weekends at the Contemporary Art Center, while the pieces are auctioned off online. These are the “Hire a Mardi Gras Artist” floats co-sponsored by the Krewe of Red Beans. Read More…

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Mid-City’s painted utility boxes ‘provide a big impact in a small package’

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger A decade ago, the control junction box for the traffic light at Tulane Avenue and the newly renamed Norman Francis Parkway was tagged and covered with graffiti. The ground around it was strewn with litter. That all changed after the junction box became an art box, featuring a blues guitarist.  Read More…

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French Film Festival honors longtime Mid-City resident

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger Tickets go on sale today (March 12) to the public for the 24th New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of the New Orleans Film Society’s late artistic director emeritus, John Desplas. This long-time Read More…

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New jazz venue is in the works for North Broad near the Greenway

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The stage is almost set for a jazz club on the corner of North Broad and Toulouse in Mid-City. The building’s owner, Sam Smith Jr., built that stage himself. Piece by piece, he has been steadily pursuing his dream of operating a jazz club in New Orleans. He wants to Read More…

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The Weekly Broadside: Inauguration Watch Party, Flea Market, Big Sam’s Funky Nation

The Broadside is the sister business of The Broad Theater. This new outdoor, open-air venue hosts movies, music, magic, muppets, and more. The Broadside has a full bar, hot dogs, and of course, the best popcorn in town. Click each event to find out more. Happening This Week Wednesday, Jan. 20 (today) Inauguration Watch Party 11 a.m. to Read More…

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Jazz Fest 2021 is moved to October, media reports state

There will be a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2021, but it won’t take place until October, according to multiple media reports. Jazz Fest organizers have not yet made an official announcement on the festival’s schedule for this year. Offbeat Magazine first reported the October dates on Friday, followed by NOLA.com and WWL-TV, Read More…