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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…

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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…