We've got your weekend: Where to music, where to film, where to art, and where to parade
Wednesday, February 15/St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley): On Wednesday, February 15, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present "Uniquely New Orleans: The Classical Tradition and Jazz," the 11th installment of Musical Louisiana: America's Cultural Heritage. Selections for the 2017 concert will highlight jazz's impact on classical music, as well as the classical training that influenced many early jazz masters such as Jelly Roll Morton and Manuel "Fess" Manetta. Featured composers include Cole Porter, Charles Gounod, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Morton. Carlos Miguel Prieto will conduct, and award-winning actor and singer Vernel Bagneris will serve as narrator. Guest performers include jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle, pianists James Dapogny and Ronald Joseph, clarinetist Christopher Pell, and organist and young-artist-in-residence at the St. Louis Cathedral Emmanuel Arakélian. The concert is free and open to the public, and it begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 16/Ashé Cultural Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd): Whether it is dance or talk about the colors and architecture, there is a strong link between New Orleans and Cuba. As part of a multi-year Diverse Arts Spaces grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Ashé Cultural Arts Center (Ashé) presents two film screenings featuring the work of Cuban filmmaker William Sabourin O’Reilly. The screenings, free and open to the public, will happen at Ashé, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA, on February 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Focusing on ties between New Orleans and Cuba, the project, One People, Many Voices: Afro-Cuban Connections, seeks to promote discussions leading to relationships between the two cultures. O’Reilly will attend the screenings and will lead a discussion following the films. The double-feature includes Color Code – Memories,as well as The Caterpillar and The Butterfly.
Thursday, February 16/Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre (616 St. Peter Street): The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) presents The First To Do It, a documentary on the life and times of Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA. The feature-length film includes interviews with current players, NBA legends, coaches, family members and historians – and recounts Earl’s journey, from growing up in deeply segregated Virginia, to witnessing the first black President of the United States. The First To Do It tells the story of how the modern game was formed, from the dominance of the Harlem Globetrotters to the introduction of the 24-second clock. The film also examines the legacy of desegregation in America, and the ongoing role that basketball has played in America’s inner cities. This is the official documentary of Earl Lloyd, made in full cooperation with him and his family. Doors open at 1:15 p.m., and the film starts promptly at 2:00 p.m. There will be a Q and A after the film, and everything will finish at 5:45 p.m.
Friday, February 17-May 21/New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle): The canals, the music, the nightlife, and the romance. It's Venice, and all its seduction is coming to New Orleans. “A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s”, is an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art opening February 17 and running throughMay 21. NOMA is the sole venue in the United States presenting this exhibition of objects providing a glimpse into the pageantry, ceremony and extravagance of Venetian life in the 1700s. Pageantry and extravagance sounds perfect for our New Orleans ways. Remember that on Wednesdays the museum is free to Louisiana residents, so bring your ID and head to Venice in the 1700s.
Friday, February 17/Woldenberg Riverfront Park: Nature and music are coming together, and not just on the streets for Carnival. Audubon Nature Institute and Abstract NOLA present Arts in the Park, a free, monthly concert series in Woldenberg Riverfront Park featuring music performances, live painting, food trucks, art vendors and more. Headliner T-Ray the Violinist & DTR along with Chase N. Cashe will perform Friday, February 17 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.Featured artists will create a large mural during each performance inspired by Audubon conservation programs that address wetlands education, sustainable seafood initiatives and efforts to decrease plastic pollution in the ocean.For more information about upcoming performances, please visit www.AbstractNOLA.com.
Friday, February 17/The Valiant Theater and Lounge (6621 St. Claude): See It All On Stage, the burlesque division of See ‘Em On Stage: A Production Company presents Deus Sex Machina: A Burlesque From the Gods. A Greek mythology-inspired burlesque and variety show. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the show will focus on love and romance. The show is hosted by Dionysus, the god of theatre, wine, and madness. He’s adding his personal touch to everyone’s favorite Greek myths with delightfully debauched results. Local burlesque beauties Lana LaFell, Sable Switch, Ember Blaize, Honey Tangerine, Dolly Debauche, Vincent Gallant, and Perse' Fanny will be shimmying their way across stage as the heroes, horrors, and gods of ancient Greece. The show begins at 10:00 p.m., tickets will run you $12, and you can purchase those tickets here.
And now for the parades!
Friday, February 17
Krewe of Cork: 3:00 p.m. French Quarter (Walking parade)
Oshun 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Eve 7:00 p.m. Mandeville
Excalibru 7:00 p.m. Metairie
Atlas 7:30 p.m. Metairie
Saturday, February 18
Adonis 11:45 a.m. Westbank
Nemesis 1:00 p.m. St. Bernard
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m. Uptown
Choctaw 2:00 p.m. Uptown
Freret 3:00 p.m. Uptown
Sparta 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Pygmallion 6:45 p.m. Uptown
Ceasar 6:00 p.m. Metairie
'tit Rex 5:00 p.m. Marigny (Walking parade)
Olympia 6:00 p.m. Covington
Chewbacchus 7:00 p.m. Marigny (Walking parade)
Titans 6:30 p.m. Slidell
Sunday, February 19:
Femme Fatale 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Carrollton 12:00 p.m. Uptown
King Arthur Follows Uptown
Alla Follows Uptown
Dionysus 1:00 p.m. Slidell
Barkus 2:00 p.m. French Quarter (Dog walking parade)
Tchefuncte 2:00 p.m. Madisonville
Rest up because you know what is coming next week (and the week after)! It's the most wonderful time of the year, y'all!