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‘Tunes for Toys’ on Canal Street to benefit Trombone Shorty’s toy drive

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is bringing a holiday concert to Mid-City that gives the New Orleans community a chance to bring joy to children this Christmas season. The Trombone Shorty Foundation and Gia Maione Prima Foundation, in partnership with Warren Easton Charter High School, are presenting the “Tunes for Toys: Christmas on Canal” toy drive Read More…

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Supernova, a free holiday festival, to light up the Greenway Plaza

The Greenway Supernova, a luminary outdoor art exhibit, is returning to the Greenway Station & Plaza at Norman C. Francis Parkway. The light and art festival will feature not only 12 luminary art pieces but live music, food vendors and an art and crafts market. It runs 5 to 9 p.m. from Thursday (Dec. 9) Read More…

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Ursuline Academy announces Fall Festival with lawn concert on Nov. 14 (sponsored)

The concert on the lawn at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans will feature three performances: The Hundreds Brass Band — The Original Pinettes — Charmaine Neville. Here in New Orleans, festivals play an essential role in celebrating our unique culture. After a year of virtual concerts and drive-by events, fall 2021 is finally gearing up Read More…

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Dawn DeDeaux: On the cusp of her NOMA retrospective, the artist talks about her work and her life in New Orleans

By Sue Strachan, Mid-City Messenger New Orleans is a city of immersion, be it in the culture or as part of the constant battle against water. To fully understand the city and its citizens, experiencing this immersion is essential. Artist Dawn DeDeaux understands this. A native New Orleanian, she has been creating her one-of-a-kind multi-media Read More…

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‘Freedom Drum’ sounds a message of unity and change where Jefferson Davis statue once stood

By Camille Barnett, Mid-City Messenger On Canal Street at Norman C. Francis Parkway, the “Freedom Drum” stands in place of the controversial statue of the former Confederate States president, Jefferson Davis. The vibrant art structure — designed to represent unity, change and justice — was a group effort by five local artists who form the Read More…

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Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park drops its admission charge

Beginning Monday (July 12), the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is free and open to the public seven days a week, the New Orleans Museum of Art announced. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated loss of revenue, NOMA asked visitors to pay an admission fee of $5 to the Sculpture Read More…

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Neighbors gather despite rain for Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party

A few raindrops didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered Saturday night in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon for the 14th annual Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party. Neighborhood residents sported lots of red and blue, along with some black satin and lace, for a contest recognizing the best Marie Antoinette Read More…