The V Side: Art appreciation on Easter weekend
We've hunted relentlessly for some "good eggs" -- fabulous arts and culture events in our vibrant city. As always, these tips will help you find fun things to do this weekend. And the best eggs are often on the road less traveled!
FRIDAY / Speaking up : Like a microcosm of the city of New Orleans, NOMA elegantly balances "hard truths" and good times during this Friday night's Where Y'Art. NOMA will screen "Mr. Dial Has Something To Say" and "Passionate Visions of the American South," investigating "the undermined nature of 'self-taught' or primitive art," and explaining the deserved recognition of such artists as masters in their own right. "The current movement toward recognizing and elevating great Southern African-American talents, such as Dial, is causing the artistic intelligentsia to reexamine its own prejudices," says NOMA. Dario Robleto's extraordinary exhibition, The Pre-Lives of the Blues, is also on view. Friday, April 6th, 5pm to 9pm, New Orleans Museum of Art. Art Making Activity; 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by DJ Kazoo; 7pm: Film: Mr. Dial Has Something To Say; 8pm: Film: Passionate Visions of the American South.
FRIDAY / i(nfinite)Pod: Curious modes and methods for art continue to develop on Carondelet Street in the CBD at Parse Gallery and Artist Situation. "Pods" curated by Ricardo Barba, focuses on sound as it own aesthetic experience. The show invites viewers to step within small handmade chambers to encounter deep reverberations and strange sound bearing mechanisms. "Pods" will open Friday night and run through April 27. Friday, April 6, 2012, 7:00pm to 11:00pm, Parse Gallery, 134 Carondelet St.
SATURDAY / A real festival's festival: In a "kick-off" to the festival season (seems to be 24/7 in NOLA these days, but who doesn't love a kick-off?), Freret Market hosts the Freret Street Festival this Saturday. The food list alone is enough to make you set up camp in the future food court the night before! The second item on its list of offerings, after "Over 200 Local Vendors" and before "Live Music On 4 Stages," is "Slightly Used Dogs and Cats For Adoption," deserves mention, as do "Bouncy bounces," also promised, and an after-event with roller derby girls and the Pussyfooters. Saturday, April 7, 12pm to 6pm, Freret St. between Napolean Ave. and Soniat St.
MONDAY / Color Guard: A group of female photographers joined by their love of the camera, the female experience, and the New Orleans roots they're all planting will be hosted by the May Gallery beginning Monday. "Southerly Gold," the four artists' collective moniker, will showcase over 40 recent photographs responding to CMYK, the four-color model used in color printing. Meet and greet the artists at a reception to kick off the appointment-only show. Monday, April 9, 2012, May Gallery located under the Claiborne bridge at 2839 N. Robertson St, Suite 105.