New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend!
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"After Ogden After Hours" on April 23!

On Thursday, April 23, Ogden After Hours will kick off Jazz Fest season with the Ponderosa Stomp Preview performance featuring Bobby Rush from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


Kohlmeyer Circle members and Ivy League School alumni will get a guided tour of the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Meet in the front atrium at 5:30 pm after checking in to receive your BLUE sticker.


Bobby Rush is a 50-year veteran of the stage who continues to be one of the most creative artists in the R&B/blues arena. The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival (April 28 & 29, 2009) dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, and soul. Go online for more information about <>Ponderosa Stomp Foundation.

Members of local Ivy League alumni clubs will be the Kohlmeyer Circle’s special guests at the museum that evening.  You’ll know who they are because they’ll be wearing BLUE admission stickers.  Please be sure to welcome them to the Ogden!

"AFTER OGDEN AFTER HOURS" at The Ritz-Carlton, 8 p.m.

 Members and prospective members of the Kohlmeyer Circle are invited to an “After Ogden After Hours” reception at the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton (921 Canal St).  The Ritz-Carlton is generously providing a selection of sweet and savory Creole canapés, 2 for 1 drink specials on select martinis, and complimentary valet parking.  In addition, guests will enjoy live jazz from headliner Jeremy Davenport.

Don’t forget to come to Ogden After Hours first to hear Bobby Rush and to get the sticker required for entry to the party!


 The Kohlmeyer Circle, an auxiliary membership group of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, is made up of young art and culture enthusiasts that creatively support the mission of the museum by actively fostering events and programs, encouraging volunteerism and cultivating membership.

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel welcomes visitors with genuine Southern hospitality and singular flair.  Located at 921 Canal Street, the hotel features a newly-renovated 25,000-square-foot destination spa with 22 treatment rooms and Spa Café, a new signature restaurant, two lounges, and 35,000 square feet of meeting space.  <>

For more information or to join the Kohlmeyer Circle, please contact Stephanie Spicer, Manager of Member & Visitor Relations, at 504.539.9618 or <>



Plus Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Anders Osborne, Terence Higgins
& Many More Special Guests


Date: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Time:     Doors open at 7:30pm
Place:     The Studio at Colton Theatre, 2300 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans
Tickets:     Advance tickets are $20 available through

Please join us on Thursday, April 23rd at The Studio at Colton for a special all-star benefit concert for The Roots of Music!
The Roots of Music is a free music education program for middle-school students in New Orleans run by Program Director Derrick Tabb of The Rebirth Brass Band, Band Director Lawrence Rawlins, and Instructors Shoan Ruffin, Allen Dejan, and Edward Lee. Through a hands-on music curriculum of history, theory, instrumental instruction, field trips and performances, The Roots of Music encourages middle-school children, ages 9-14, to develop their musical talents and skills, while providing them with a positive alternative to street life. The Roots of Music program is committed to preserving New Orleans’ musical heritage, provide the essential musical element in New Orleans national tourism campaigns and most importantly, getting kids off the streets.
The Roots of Music All-Star Benefit concert will showcase the talents of the program’s very own students in a performance by their marching band, The Roots of Music Crusaders. Joining The Roots of Music Crusaders for this special evening will be one of the newest and most happening brass bands in New Orleans, the Free Agents Brass Band followed by the raw, soulful, and powerful voices of Mississippi gospel singers The Como Mamas. Also unleashing their talents for the cause will be New Orleans’ funk legend Ivan Neville, trombone powerhouse Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), guitar sensation Anders Osborne, the internationally known drummer of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Terence Higgins, and many more special guests. All proceeds will benefit The Roots of Music after school music program.
Put your dancing shoes on and come party for a cause on Thursday, April 23rd at The Studio at Colton Theater!
And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, 7:00 PM

WHAT:           The photograph literally reflects its subject, inscribing its trace onto a light-sensitive surface. This fact forms a unique connection between the photograph and that which it describes. This panel considers the indexical nature of photography by looking at contemporary projects in a discussion with photographers Jerry Spagnoli, Deborah Luster, duo Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, and freelance curator Eva Diaz; moderated by photographer Stephen Hilger. To what extent does photography’s indexicality–its link to what is real–remain as the medium continues to evolve away from traditional photographic materials toward digital technologies?
Suggested Donation $3.00.
WHEN:           Panel Discussion will take place on April 28th, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
WHERE:        Louisiana ArtWorks
            725 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA
                         (at the corner of Carondelet Street, just off Lee Circle)
WHO:             Moderator Stephen Hilger, Photographer
                        Jerry Spagnoli
                        Deborah Luster
                        Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick
                        Eva Diaz, PhD, Freelance Curator
This program is made possible by the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

InterContinental New Orleans  Partners with SRI Entertainment & Active Music
 To Host Jam Session in the Lobby Lounge    

 Featuring Artists from the "Friends and Family Celebrate Ella’s Birthday" Concert What: The InterContinental New Orleans, in partnership with SRI Entertainment and Active Music, will host a free live jam session in the hotel lobby lounge. 
 From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local jazz musician John Royan will be playing in the lobby lounge and will be joined throughout the evening by various artists playing at the "Friends and Family Celebrate Ella’s Birthday" concert. 
  Artists participating in the jam session at the hotel may include:
     – Maria Muldaur          – Sophie B. Hawkins
     – Evie Sands                – James Moody
     – Kim Hoyer                – David Somerville
     – Sally Kellerman         – Terry Gibbs
     – Dawn Bishop            – Billy Vera
     – Paul Williams            – Haylee
  When:           Thursday, April 23rd                      8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
   Where:         444 St. Charles Ave., Hotel Lobby Lounge
  "Friends and Family Celebrate Ella’s Birthday" Concert 
  The "Friends and Family Celebrate Ella’s Birthday" Concert is a one-time-only benefit concert paying homage to America’s "First Lady of Song" – Ella Fitzgerald. The concert will take place at historic Generations Hall on Fitzgerald’s 92nd birthday, Saturday April 25th, during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
  The show will reunite nearly all of the world class vocalists and musicians who appear on Ray Brown Jr.’s album "Friends and Family".
  The event – headlined by Ray Brown Jr., Ella Fitzgerald’s son – is being presented by SRI Entertainment in association with non-profit Active Music, and will raise money for America’s Wetland Foundation. There will also be a free "People’s Concert" at Heritage Park on Friday April 24th immediately following the conclusion of Jazz Fest’s opening day.

Jazz Fest’s ‘Outside the Tent’ Exhibit to Showcase 2009 Crafts Participants

Opening Reception to be Held Wednesday, April 15, at the
Jazz & Heritage Gallery
1205 N. Rampart St.
6 pm to 8 pm

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will present the first-ever "Outside the Tent" exhibit, showcasing the amazing artistic talent scheduled to take part in the 40th anniversary Festival.  "Outside the Tent" will kick off with an opening night reception on Wednesday, April 15. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Jazz & Heritage Gallery (1205 N. Rampart St.).

The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, May 1.

The Gallery’s regular opening hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The exhibit will offer Jazz Fest fans an early opportunity to view the spectacular artwork that will be part of the upcoming Festival, slated for April 24 – 26 & April 30 – May 3, 2009 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

"Outside the Tent" will feature the unique talent and craftsmanship of local craft participants, while the work of all artists taking part in the Festival will be available for review. 

Open to the public, the opening night reception will be a festive evening celebrating the wealth of talent presented by the Festival in a gallery setting.

Annually attracting hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world, Jazz Fest boasts four unique crafts areas; the Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, Louisiana Marketplace and Folklife Village.

For information about the "Outside the Tent" exhibit or the opening night reception, please contact Kelli Welch at (504) 410-4100 or at


Seminars and special events to tempt all levels of wine and food lovers NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – The 18th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) brings together the best in local food with over 1000 wines, May 19 – 23, 2009.  Inspired by world-class, local ingredients and culinary talent, NOWFE will present wine dinners, food and wine seminars, and many special events during its five-day extravaganza. 
"Wine is the heart of NOWFE, and food is the pulse," states Joyce Godbold, NOWFE Executive Director. "Our ever-popular wine and food seminars are what NOWFE is all about- showcasing our acclaimed local chefs while creating exciting discussions about the latest trends in the wine world."  On Wednesday, May 20th over 30 chefs from some of New Orleans most celebrated restaurants will create 5 course dinners paired with many of the world’s best wines at wine dinners around the New Orleans area (for a full listing of participating restaurants and wineries please visit, followed by the newest event, FEASTiVAL – featuring wine notables and celebrity chefs on Thursday, May 21st.  The Grand Tastings (Friday, May 22nd & Saturday, May 23rd), featuring 75 New Orleans restaurants and over 1000 vintages, will bring the extravaganza to a close. Specialized and intimate wine and food seminars will take place throughout the week, as well.
NOWFE’s wine seminar series will inform, inspire and challenge the palate of both the novice and expert connoisseur, with in-depth information from leading experts in the wine world.   “In addition to the educational aspect of NOWFE, we strive to provide exciting and entertaining events, including VINOLA, our premium wine tasting event added two years ago,” says Godbold.  Riedel will sponsor VINOLA and attendees will take home a Riedel glass as a special gift. Returning again, the Krewe of Cork—a Mardi Gras style group of wine lovers who gather to celebrate wine, food and fun—will parade during the Royal Street Stroll.

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WHO:                Disney On Ice
WHAT:              Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
WHEN:              Show Times:
                        Thursday, April 30
                        7:00 pm

Friday, May 1
10:30 am and 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 2
11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 3
11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
WHERE:           UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Avenue
HOW:                Ticket Prices: $15, $22, with a limited number of VIP and Rink side seating available.
WHY:                Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four exciting destinations all in one fun-filled ice production!  Pack your bags and get ready for globe-trotting adventures in Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey performing at Lakefront Arena. Audiences will be transported straight from their Lakefront Arena seats into the magical worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan in this passport-to-adventure spectacular created for the entire family!