Saturday, August 28, 2010

Remembering that B**** Katrina

Happy Saturday Everybody,

It looks like it's going to be a damp Saturday, so make sure to confirm your outdoor events before you head on down!

Let's see what's happenin' today!!

It's the Saturday Art Market at Palmer Park....The monthly open air festival of creativity hosted by the Arts Council of New Orleans featuring local artists, live music, and good food is today from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m..  In the Kids Tent at 10:30 am- Heal 2 Toe second-line dance class with Dancing Man 504; afterwards the Craft Project of the Day will be Second-Line Fans!  Vodou priestess Sallie Ann Glassman will have a ceremony blessing New Orleans as it continues to recover after Hurricane Katrina at noon in the Music Tent.  In the Music Tent, Eve's Lucky Planet will perform world music at 1:00 pm, then reggae by The Revealers at 2:30 pm.

Drink some beer for a good cause!!!  RARE BEER AUCTION and BEER TASTING - Benefiting the GULF RELIEF FOUNDATION......The event starts up at 1:00 pm at the Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles).....Rare and extraordinary beers create the basis for this benefit to help fishers and other families suffering financially due to the BP spill, with ALL proceeds donated to Gulf Relief Foundation (the folks who orchestrated the Gulf Aid concert).   Admission is only $35 which includes 4 beer tickets and access to very special beers on tap especially for this event.  Cash or checks preferred for admission and auction. Again, EVERYTHING collected from tickets, beer auction and raffles, Pub beer purchases, and even right down to the servers' tips are being donated to this worthy cause!!!!!  If you can't attend but would like to bid in the auction, please contact Polly at 504-586-9243 or prior to the event.

There's also quite a few block parties today....

The Upper 9 Block Party today from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the New Salem Baptist Church Communicty Resource Center (Corner of N. Claiborne and Alvar) with LIVE MUSIC New Orleans Drum featuring Ken Afro Williams FREE Blood Pressure Screenings COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE Free Food Face Painting New Orleans Musician's Clinic Art Activities for Kids Free Acupuncture Free Snoballs Mental Health and Diabetes Screening Project Rising Sun River of Hope New Salem Baptist Church and don't forget to BYOC (chair)!!

Celebrate Rebuilding Together with the Fifty for Five Community Celebration at Lafayette Square (500 St. Charles) from 2:00 to 8:00 pm...It's a party celebrating the rebuilding in Gentilly with music from Germaine Bazzle, Treme Brass Band, and The World Classic Rockers, food and fun!!!

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) hosts a weekend of events, all of which are FREE and open to the public.

American photographer Richard Misrach will premiere an exhibition: UNTITLED [New
Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 2005]: Photographs by Richard Misrach. The exhibition will be open to the public starting on Saturday, August 28, at 10 a.m. in NOMA's first floor Bay Gallery. Saturday evening is a members-only reception with the artist. The exhibition will be on display until October 24, 2010.

HBO's Grammy-nominated series Treme will screen in the Stern Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.

NOMA Katrina Remembrance Weekend Schedule
Saturday, August 28:
10:30 a.m. - HBO Treme Episode 1
11:30 a.m. - HBO Treme Episode 2
12:30 p.m. - HBO Treme Episode 3
1:30 p.m. - HBOTreme Episode 4
2:30 p.m. - HBO Treme Episode 5
3:30 p.m. - HBO Treme Episode 6
4:30 p.m. - HBO Treme Episode 7

Sunday, August 29:
10:30 a.m. - HBO Treme Episode 8
11:30 a.m. - HBO Treme Episode 9
12:30 p.m. - HBO Treme Episode 10
1-4 p.m. - Family art-making activity in the Great Hall
2 p.m. - Misrach's lecture in Stern Auditorium
3 p.m. - Misrach's catalogue signing in the Museum Shop

Don't forget it's the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras with the Krewe of Oak.....the crowd meets up about 8:00 pm on Oak Street right in front of the Maple Leaf Bar.....This parade is more of a participant event, not really a spectator sport. Each year the parade is larger and more outrageous and is lots of FUN!  Be sure to wear a cool costume!!!  There's a post-party at the Maple Leaf afterwards, but it's invite make other after parade fun plans by checking out the WWOZ livewire below.

After the parade you should head over to THE 5th ANNUAL KATRINA ARTISTICALLY REVISITED (on the 5th Anniversary Eve of Katrina) about midnight at the Canal Place Theatre (333 Canal).....The lobby opens at 10:30 pm and about midnight the Theartre will open up 11:30 pm.

The Katrina Artistically Revisited special commemorative multimedia events are annually produced by Patty Lee and Armand St. Martin and have been held every Anniversary Eve of Katrina, since Katrina, at the Theatres at Canal Place, "to remember all those we lost and to honor those who survived."  Each year this special event is personally dedicated, by the producers, in memory of "Mom" Nona Lee, 88 1/2, and William "Uncle Bill" Ulmer, 99 - - neither survived the first year of Katrina's aftermath.
The meaningful date and time for Katrina Artistically Revisited was purposefully created to begin every August 28th before midnight "when our lives were normal" and to end after midnight on August 29th, "when our lives were changed forever." - P.Lee

**In the Theatre Lobby from  10:30 pm - 11:30 pm there will be a Katrina photo display, and a chance to meet the artist, award-winning staff photographer at the Louisiana State Museum, Mark Sindler; a book display of published Katrina books, offered for sale by the manager of Garden District Books, Amy Loewy; oral story sharing; food and drinks available for purchase at the lobby cafe, Gusto Restaurant, by Chef Adolfo Garcia.

**In the Theatre, 11:30 pm - 12:45 pm....the event begins with a brief introduction by Armand St. Martin; music and original Katrina songs performed solo, by award-winning zydeco and blues recording artist, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes; by legendary rockabilly Hall of Fame recipient and Louisiana troubadour with his official Katrina Recovery song, Jay Chevalier; by jazz orchestra leader, Orange Kellin; and by recording artist, New Orleans roots rock 'n roll pianoman and entertainer, Armand St. Martin; oral stories from Gisela Chevalierand several first responders and audience; a bxw short film by New Orleans photographer Dennis Couvillion, titled, Stillness. . . the Aftermath of Katrina; commercial short trailer for the documentary, "Katrina's Children" produced by Richard Colton and Babs Johnson; photo-slides by the New Orleans Kids Camera Project, produced by Joanna Rosenthal and Ariya Martin, with live music; backdrop photos on screen by New Orleans photographers Donn Young (Port of New Orleans photographer), Mark Sindler (Louisiana State Museum photographer), and Patty Lee (creator/producer of Katrina Artistically Revisited).  As always, entrance is Free to the public (over the age of 18 admitted only)

For more things to do be sure to check out the WWOZ Livewire...have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. This 5th Annual Katrina Artistically Revisited special commemorative event on the 5th anniversary eve of Katrina was really very special. The theatre was completely filled, every seat taken. The short films with Katrina subjects were heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time. Katrina affected all of us. And this special event really brings that home to all of us. We shared in this experience as a community, collectively and by ourselves. The live music by top musicians with their own original Katrina songs were interspersed throughout the program to give that multimedia feeling that the evening was billed as. It really delivered in every way, and more. Everybody was so nice, as if meeting long lost relatives, all of us with a Katrina experience of our own. Folks were willing to talk with each other about their own Katrina experiences before the actual theatre portion of the event began right before midnight. In the meantime, the lovely new lobby at the Theatres at Canal Place had three tables put together, full of Katrina-oriented coffeetable books on display or to buy from the Garden District Book Shop. And there was an amazing photography exhibit of Katrina photos by the staff photographer of the Louisiana State Museum, who was also there to answer questions. In fact, every musician of course was there to meet, as well as the filmakers of the short films. There was even poetry in French and English called "Evacuation" by the author, and some excerpts read from a new book by that author as well. Everything was Katrina-themed but with such good taste, extreme sensitivity, and excellent pacing. Nobody moved from their seats for the whole evening's presentation of music, film, poetry, book excerpts and even a first responder who greeted the audience first in Spanish, then English. Quite an array of New Orleanians that represented every area of the city affected by the Katrina tragedy. Truly "Katrina Artistically Revistied!" The producers, Patty Lee and Armand St. Martin (who by the way are a married couple) were applauded by the audience for having the foresight to produce their special multimedia event every Katrina eve to help us remember those who perished and to honor those who survived, including the people attending that night! Me included. Definitely a "must do every Katrina anniversary eve".