The V Side: Books, jams, birds, and jazz, as always
FRIDAY / Book Arts: Get in touch with the child in yourself and meet a great mind. William Joyce, author of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, will converse with Susan Larson about his book after a showing of the film adaptation. Joyce is considered "one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature." The book's legacy? "In today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate." Presented by Octavia Books, WWNO and NOCCAThe Birds of America (1827-1838), a book of 435 images, portraits of every bird then known in the United States.. Friday, June 22, 6:00 pm reception; 6:30pm program. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Lupin Lobby, 2800 Chartres St, Bywater.
SATURDAY / Kings of Hip Hop: In the spirit of local music, NOLA SummerJam showcases Louisana arts and culture. Meanwhile, NOLA youth get an opportunity to intern and volunteer at the festival to see what running a festival is all about (after all, who's going to run the festivals when we're gone?). This year's jam will feature dance and music performances from the likes of ThΔ PyrΔKyd, DJ POPPA, and MONSTA BEATZ, graffiti artists, arts and crafts, a fashion show, illustrating "the true essence of hip hop culture." Saturday, June 23, 5pm - Midnight, 1600 Lafitte St, Treme. Tickets $15 Presale $10.
SATURDAY / Bringing it All Back Home: Even the greats still enjoy a neighborhood jam. Loyola University alumnus and noted jazz pianist Matt Lemmler ’90 will return to campus to perform with the New Orleans Jazz Revival Ensemble, featuring guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James Singleton and drummer Geoff Clapp. Special guest John Mahoney, Loyola’s coordinator of jazz studies, a mentor of Lemmler's along with Masakowski, will accompany on trombone. Lemmler recently released “UBUNTU,” featuring musicians Brian Blade, Evan Christopher, John Ellis, Sean Jones, Jason Marsalis, Mark Mullins, Kim Prevost, Bill Summers, Shane Theriot and the Ubuntu gospel choir, featuring George French and George Porter Jr. A New Orleans native, Lemmler was raised in the Lower Ninth Ward. Saturday, June 23, 7 pm, Loyola University, Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. Uptown. Free.
SATURDAY / Solar Power: Join Whole Foods Market for NOLA Solar Day 2012, perfectly aligned with the summer solstice. The store will celebrate NOLA Solar Day 2012 with an information-packed vendor fair. Attendees will meet the leaders and providers of Solar Energy in Southeast Louisiana. If you're toying with going solar, or would like to learn more, this is a great opportunity for the whole family. Whole Foods Market Arabella Station, 5600 Magazine St., Uptown. 10am - 2pm. Free. Directly following, take a trip to Whole Foods Market Veterans where Healthy Eating Specialist Caitlin Alverson will discuss the importance of healthy eating for children, how to plan meals and snacks, and crucial basic skills kids need to eat healthy for life. 3420 Veterans Blvd. Metairie. 2 to 3 p.m., $10 per child.
TUESDAY / Bird Watching: You have the rare chance of a bird's eye view at some of the rarest species in Louisiana State Museum’s impressive John James Audubon Collection. In an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing, Dr. Tony Lewis, Curator of the Visual Arts for the Louisiana State Museum will guide you through an in-depth look into the links of Audubon prints and some of the early works of the Louisiana landscape, usually off limits to the general public. Dr. Lewis shares technical details related to printmaking and considers the myth and historical evidence behind Audubon’s staggering accomplishments, including The Birds of America (1827-1838), a book of 435 images, portraits of every bird then known in the United States. Tuesday, June 26, tours 6pm and 7pm, Louisiana State Museum’s Collection Storage Facility, 1000 Chartres Street, French Quarter. $20, $15 Friends of the Cabildo members. Reservations required, and space is extremely limited.
Georgia Kennedy writes about people, places and events for NolaVie.