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The Vie Side: Francophiles, Jazz Education, Food and Art Bazaar

FRIDAY / La Nouvelle-Orleans: There’s no denying that New Orleans’ culture is inspired by the French. Architecture, street  names, wine at any time, just to name a few aspects. This Friday, the Alliance Francaise of New Orleans is throwing its annual soiree, this year celebrating France in the Roaring Twenties. The evening will feature music, food, wine, a silent auction, and, of course, champagne. Don your best flapper attire and make your way to the JW Marriot to party like Hemingway in Paris.

SATURDAY / 76 Trombones: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is primarily known for Jazz Fest. However, they do so much more than that. They also have a program called Class Got Brass to support music education in schools and promote the brass band tradition. In addition to a competition that closes March 1, they are holding a clinic for students and band directors this Saturday from 12:30-3PM at Perseverance Hall in Armstrong Park. Who better than Dr. Michael White and members of the Stooges Brass Band to teach about the history and technique of New Orleans brass bands?

SUNDAY / Keep on truckin’: Culinary entrepreneurship is alive and well in New Orleans, best exemplified by the food truck movement and My House, an organization empowering the creative culinary community. This Sunday, they come together for the St. Claude Food Truck and Art Bazaar. The bazaar, supported by T-Lot, St. Claude Main Street, and the St. Claude Business Association, features local art, music, alcohol, and food. Support community organizations with a food truck Sunday fun-day.

SUNDAY / Vogue: New Orleans fashion and retail is growing at a rapid pace, with independent designers garnering national attention. This Sunday, the Fashion Institute of New Orleans and LACE present Fashion Noir, a fashion show highlighting African American designers in honor of Black History Month. Proceeds benefit One Vision One Voice and the Fashion Institute of New Orleans who are working together to promote entrepreneurship and support young talent in fashion, retail, and music.

Anna Shults is associate editor of NolaVie.