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Stars of the American Ballet continue New Orleans Ballet Association’s Main Stage Season

Stars of the American Ballet continue New Orleans Ballet Association’s Main Stage Season

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

The New Orleans Ballet Association welcomes the exquisite Stars of American Ballet to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for one performance only on Friday, November 7 at 8 pm. This glamorous classical ballet evening is a rare opportunity for audiences to see some of today’s most remarkable dancers hand-picked from New York City Ballet (NYCB) and Houston Ballet. They will perform a stylish, tailor-made program of works by some of the most important dance makers of our time including icons George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Jerome Robbins.

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht directs and performs with this elite ensemble of top stars from NYCB, including principal dancers Teresa Reichlen, Amar Ramasar, Sterling Hyltin and Jared Angle, soloists Georgina Pazcoguin and Craig Hall, and Houston Ballet principal Connor Walsh and soloist Lauren Strongin. Local audiences will enjoy another performance by New York City Ballet super star Wendy Whelan, who bid farewell to a 30 year career with NYCB on October 18 in front of a packed house that sold out within minutes. Whelan last appeared in New Orleans for the NOBA commissioned duet with Desmond Richardson choreographed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden to the music of Nicholas Payton.

The program will feature Whelan and dance partner Hall in two Wheeldon masterpieces created especially for her, This Bitter Earth (2012) with music by Max Richter and Dinah Washington, and After the Rain (2005), music by Arvo Pärt. Both works will be performed with live violin and piano. The first half of the evening’s program features more intimate and virtuoso duets, including two Balanchine classics, Duo Concertant (1972) with music by Igor Stravinsky and The Man I Love from Who Cares? (1970), to music by George and Ira Gershwin. Ulbricht will rock the house with his bravura solo, Tango, set to music by Astor Piazzolla, and Houston Ballet’s Walsh and Strongin charm in Stanton Welch’s Sons de L’âme (Sounds of the Soul), set to Chopin.

The grand finale is Robbins’ beloved master work about the escapades of three footloose sailors on shore leave in Manhattan, Fancy Free (1944). As Robbins’ first ballet and his first collaboration with the then up-and coming composer Leonard Bernstein, Fancy Free is the brilliant precursor to the full-length stage and screen productions of On the Town and “a classic that both captures the time of its creation and stands as timeless.” (The New York Times) A per-performance talk with director and dancer Daniel Ulbricht will be at 7:00 pm on Mezzanine M2 of the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Tickets for Stars of American Ballet start at $24 and may be purchased through the New Orleans Ballet
Association Box Office at (504) 522-0996 or online at www.NOBAdance.com, and through Ticketmaster
(800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups.

 

*press release*

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Southern Design Week S/S ’15

Southern Design Week S/S ’15

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Past | 0 comments

Recently rebranded Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design (SCFD) is hosting the first biannual Southern Design Week featuring an array of industry-oriented events. Spring/Summer 2015 collections will distinctly focus on both established and emerging designers based across the Southern region NOVEMBER 03 – 09, 2014.

Founder Andi Eaton spearheads SCFD with high priority on both the individual as a designer and the process of creation. The end goal is to support southern makers and the design community in growing sustainable roots. From a reservior of Southern creativity, the following designers have been confirmed as the Spring / Summer 2015 lineup for Southern Design Week.

Schedule Here.

SCFD Membership Passes are available now both on the SDW site and on the SDW blog. Individual
Designer Passes are available now as well. Students receive special pricing.

 

 

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Basquiat and the Bayou!

Basquiat and the Bayou!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

*Basquiat and the Bayou will be on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during the run of Prospect.3 from October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2014. While admittance to the exhibition is included in the Museum’s general admission price, timed ticketing will be in effect for entry to Basquiat and the Bayou. All individuals, including Ogden Museum members, or groups wishing to enter the exhibition are advised to reserve a ticket in advance to ensure they are able to view the exhibition at their desired date and time.

 

Visitors who arrive without a reservation, including Ogden Museum members, will be admitted to the museum, but will be asked to wait for the next available time slot if they wish to enter the Basquiat and the Bayou exhibition.

 

Individual reservations can also be made by calling the Museum Store and Admissions Desk at 504-539-9650. Group sales reservations may be made by calling the Education Department at 504-539-9608 (Adult group tours are $8 per person with a minimum of 10 adults).

 

There are NO REFUNDS on any ticket orders. An unexpected closure of the Ogden Museum is the ONLY time tours may be re-booked. All other orders are final and cannot be changed once payment is completed.

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Exhibition to highlight Andrew Jackson’s role at the Battle of New Orleans

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

Two hundred years ago on a battlefield just outside of New Orleans, a frontier general and his motley force of regulars troops and volunteers defeated a larger, more experienced British army intent on capturing the port city. The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new exhibition, presented inconjunction with the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, sheds light on Andrew Jackson, the leader of that improbable American victory. Opening Nov. 5, “Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans” will be available to the public at 533 Royal St., Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., through March 29, 2015.

 

“Jackson was the 19th-century equivalent of a rock star,” said Jason Wiese, exhibition curator and associate director of THNOC’s Williams Research Center. “He was one of the United States’ most famous heroes, as well as one of its mostpolarizing figures.”

 

Before he became the seventh president of the United States, Jackson was a relatively unknown Tennessee militia general. His success in battles with Creek Indians introduced him to a national audience, but it was his triumph at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 that launched him to stardom.

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The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk Invites Public to Enjoy Free Oktoberfest and Halloween Events, October 25-26

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is celebrating the best parts of fall in one weekend! The downtown shopping destination will be host to two seasonal events – Brews and Brats on the River and Boo Dat: A SpooktacularSunday – on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, respectively.

 

Brews & Brats on the River

In the spirit of Oktoberfest, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is treating shoppers to live music, food and fun at its inaugural “Brews & Brats on the River” festival. Sponsored by Paulaner Beer, Bratz Y’all, Auntie Anne’s and Great American Cookies, this celebration in picturesque Spanish Plaza is open to the public and fun for the whole family. Free admission for all guests; food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Boo Dat: A Spooktacular Sunday

Who Dats of all ages are invited to start their game day and Halloween celebrations at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s Boo Dat event. The family-friendly affair will offer trick-or-treating bags to those dressed in black and gold or Halloween costumes. Bags can be picked up in the food court and will include special deals. A few lucky shoppers will receive the ultimate treat – Riverwalk gift cards! Select Riverwalk retailers will be delighting costumed shoppers with candy from IT’SUGAR. Great American Cookies and The Cupcake Fairies will also have festive decorating stations setup in Riverwalk’s food court.

 

For more information about The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, please visit www.RiverwalkNewOrleans.com, and connect with us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/OutletCollectionatRiverwalk), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/RiverwalkNOLA), Instagram (@RiverwalkNOLA) and Pinterest (www.Pinterest.com/RiverwalkNOLA).

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Historic Home Tour in Central City accompanies Central City Festival and OCH Art Market Nov. 15th

Historic Home Tour in Central City accompanies Central City Festival and OCH Art Market Nov. 15th

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

The Faubourg Lafayette Neighborhood Association is happy to announce a celebration of the historic, residential charm of the neighborhood with the third Faubourg Lafayette Historic Home Tour on November 15th.  This nationally recognized central city historic district  is home to many architectural gems, eight of which will be showcased on the tour including one designed by Henry Howard.  The self guided walking tour with map is being planned with support from the Preservation Resource Center.

 

The tour begins at the OCH Art Market / Church Alley coffee bar where visitors can stop in and pick up their maps and home buying information.  The Preservation Research Center will be on site providing a history of the neighborhood  plus information on tax credits and other financial incentives to purchase and to renovate in the neighborhood.  A full listing of all properties for sale in the area will also be available.  The tour is free and open to all.  Two dollar donations are accepted for the costs of the tour maps.

 

The Faubourg Lafayette section of Central City is bounded by St. Charles Ave. , Simon Bolivar, Clio and Jackson Avenues and is one of the first neighborhoods of New Orleans.  Dryades (Oretha C. Haley Blvd.) and Nayades (  St. Charles Ave.), both named after Greek nymphs were two of  New Orleans’ first commercial corridors.

 

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ESYNOLA, Chevron and Saenger Theatre partner for educational cooking challenge

ESYNOLA, Chevron and Saenger Theatre partner for educational cooking challenge

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Past | 0 comments

This week nine 7th graders at Samuel L. Green Charter School will compete in Green’s Cooperative Kitchen, a cooking challenge created by Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) with the support of Chevron.  This in-class competition is open to students who selected a pilot cooking class as an elective.  ESYNOLA chef educators at Samuel L. Green Charter School created this elective class as a “pre-professional track” for middle-school children who show promise and interest in the culinary arts.

 

Winners of Green’s Cooperative Kitchen will have the opportunity to meet Food Network chef Alton Brown before his show Alton Brown Live! at the Saenger Theatre, thanks to a collaboration with Chevron and the Saenger Theatre. Chevron supports Edible Schoolyard New Orleans as a sponsor of its annual fundraiser, “An Edible Evening,” and most recently as a key funder of ESYNOLA’s expansion at FirstLine’s newest campus, John Dibert Community School at Phillis Wheatley in Treme.

 

“We are thrilled that Chevron and the Saenger Theatre have created this opportunity for our culinary students to see the famous Alton Brown in person. They will enjoy his quirky humor, his culinary science antics and maybe even be chosen to help cook onstage!” said Claudia Barker, ESYNOLA’s executive director.

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Free screening of Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing Oct. 25 at THNOC

Free screening of Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing Oct. 25 at THNOC

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

The Historic New Orleans Collection continues its free film series of productions made or set in Louisiana on Saturday, Oct. 25, with a 10:30 a.m. screening of “Miller’s Crossing” (1990) at 410 Chartres St. This will be the sixth installment in THNOC’s seven-part series presented in conjunction with the current exhibition “From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film http://www.hnoc.org/lainfilm.”
Directed by Academy Award–winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Miller’s Crossing” is a prohibition-era mob thriller starring Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney. Although the film is set in the northeast, the production was filmed in New Orleans for its old-world architecture.

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Girls on the Run Celebrates 5 Years in New Orleans with Record Participation

Girls on the Run Celebrates 5 Years in New Orleans with Record Participation

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

 

Girls on the Run of New Orleans (GOTR NOLA), a 501 (c) non-profit organization, is celebrating its five-year anniversary this fall with over 250 girls participating in the international program that teaches young girls to be healthy and confident through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games.
GOTR NOLA will begin the 10-week character-building program on September 15 and it will culminate with a celebratory 5k event (where all the girls wear the race number 1) on December 6 in Audubon Park.
“In 2010, GOTR NOLA launched its first season with programming in two schools serving 22 participants,” said Jody Braunig, executive director of GOTR NOLA. “This Fall, we have 22 sites participating and 26 teams totaling over 250 girls in 3rd – 8th grades.”

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MOMIX opens NOBA’s 2014-2015 Season with stunning new show – Oct. 17

MOMIX opens NOBA’s 2014-2015 Season with stunning new show – Oct. 17

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

Back by popular demand, the New Orleans Ballet Association is thrilled to open the 2014-15 season with one of the most requested and popular companies, MOMIX, in its stunning new production Alchemia on Friday, October 17 at 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. A multimedia spectacle, Alchemia is a brand new creation by the irrepressible artistic director Moses Pendleton and is bursting with the company’s trademarks of whimsical invention, wild illusion, enchanting beauty, daredevil thrills and playful humor. Inspired by the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water, the show is all about the art of alchemy and the alchemy of art. 


Performed by the ten dazzling dancer-illusionists of MOMIX, this spectacular, full-evening work
features an eclectic score that ranges from nature sounds and Yo-Yo Ma to Ennio Morricone’s score from the 1986 film The Mission. It also features stunning costumes by Phoebe Katzin, extraordinary lighting by Michael Korsch and special effects that create gravity defying visuals that leave audiences speechless.      


Alchemia
was hailed by the Philedlephia Inquirer as “a brilliant journey into a surreal otherworld where earth, water, air, and fire – in the form of dancers, music, lighting, and props – do their thing.”

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