Places to go, people to see, things to do.by HILLARY GOLDENTyner time
Miss the soothing tones of John Coltrane from the 1960s? Fill the void with a concert by McCoy Tyner’s contemporary jazz trio Sept. 1. Tyner, who will be performing at the Contemporary Arts Center, is a noted pianist and composer and an original member of the John Coltrane Quartet. The good times are back again with the “NEA Jazz Masters on Tour” series. Information, 528-3805.
Help celebrate Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s 104th birthday at the fifth annual Satchmo SummerFest. The four-day event, starting on Aug. 4, will feature lectures by jazz historians and plenty of concerts. The event takes place throughout the French Quarter. Information, 522-5730.
Sit back on plush sofas and enjoy a series of short films on plasma screens at Altitude 33, located on the top floor of the World Trade Center. The screenings will showcase local film-makers. Sponsored by Renaissance Initiative and TimeCode: NOLA, the event will take place Aug. 16. Information, 895-9613.
Test your knowledge of World War II on Aug. 26 and see if your team could be the ultimate historians. The “Quiz Nite” competition at the National D-Day Museum includes prizes as well as food and spirits. “Quiz Nite” will have contestants pulling out old history textbooks! Information, 527-6012, Ext. 229.
Royal Street art galleries offer a taste of the dirty side on Aug. 13. Art patrons can even sip dirty martinis at the fourth annual “Dirty Linen Night.” About 40 galleries will participate, including Rhino (founder of “Dirty Linen Night”), Robert Guthrie Gallery, Off the Beaten Way, Sabai, Gallery Rinard and Riverstone Gallery. Information, 523-7945.
A decadent affair
Southern Decadence, the annual gay-pride party, takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 5 in the French Quarter. An all-star DJ lineup includes Warren Gluck, Kimberly S, Jayskee and Max Rodriguez performing at the Bourbon Pub. Information, www.southerndecadence.net.
Mixed-media artist Chris Guarisco will showcase his new works at Robert Bruno Gallery in collaboration with “White Linen Night.” Many of Guarisco’s works are on display in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Historic New Orleans Collection. Exhibiting with Guarisco is his longtime friend, painter Cheryl Hayes. Hayes describes her style as “referential abstract.” A collaborative piece by the artists may be on display as well. Information, 679-0001.
The New Orleans Saints start the 2005 preseason on Aug. 12 against the Seattle Seahawks. Keep the faith alive and support the team on Aug. 26 against the Baltimore Ravens. Catch the games at the Superdome and get excited for the start of football season. They just might go all the way! Information, 731-1700.
Get a sneak peak at English and Continental ceramics that are “seldom seen” in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art. “Seldom Seen” will showcase ceramics that are rarely seen by the public because of space limitations. The wide time frame of the ceramics ranges from 1560 to 1960, and the collection spans a variety of themes. Information, 488-2631.
Sweet at sugar
The Azucar Ball, one of the top fund-raisers of the local Hispanic community, will be held Aug. 27 at the Hotel InterContinental New Orleans. The 15th annual event will entertain under the theme “Sueños Caribeños” (“Caribbean Dreams”). Monies raised from the black-tie affair fund scholarships for outstanding Hispanic students. Information, 523-2600, Ext. 139.
As the Louisiana Carnival’s biggest parade, which starts in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood and heads through the Central Business District toward the Superdome, the magic happens on the floats, in the streets and beyond.