Announcements: Local Art and Culture, March 26

'-Local Dance Students to Perform with Houston Ballet this Weekend -Young Leadership Council Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Concerts -PATOIS: The Sixth Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival -Preservation Hall SCHEDULE

Local Dance Students to Perform with Houston Ballet this Weekend

Girls from NORD/NOBA Center for Dance Selected to Perform Children’s Roles in Marie

On March 27 and 28, students from the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance will appear alongside artists of the Houston Ballet in the company’s new ballet, Marie, based on the life of Marie Antoinette.  

           After auditioning on March 24, Destiny Billot (Harvey), Clydia Dean (New Orleans), Gabrielle House (La Place), Laine Leslie (Marrero), Aurora Troxclair (Waggaman) and Violette Walker (New Orleans) were selected to dance the children’s roles in the upcoming performances.  St. John, Jefferson, and Orleans Parish will be represented when the girls take to the stage alongside three children from Houston’s Ben Stevenson Academy. Destiny, Gabrielle, and Aurora are all part of the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance Pre-Professional Program. Clydia and Violette attend classes at the Annunciation center; Laine attends classes at Behrman.  With only three short rehearsals, the Center for Dance students will learn individual roles, and one will serve as an understudy.


           Choreographed by acclaimed artistic director Stanton Welch, the new three-act ballet features more than 70 dancers and recounts the life and times of history’s favorite villainess.  Famously known as the eighteenth-century teen queen whose excesses have become legend, Marie Antoinette was both idealized and vilified for her decadent yet turbulent lifestyle. Born an Austrian arch duchess in 1755, she married the future French King Louis XVI at the age of fifteen, and was executed by guillotine in 1793 after being blamed for instigating the French Revolution.


           The production also features elaborate costumes and sets by London-based designer, Kandis Cook, who will create over 150 costumes for the ballet based on the style and designs from 1770-1795 Austria and France with powdered wigs and perukes, corsets, panniers, silks, lace, jewels, braided waistcoats and jackets, jabeuxs, the strict formal dress of the ancient regime of France, and the rags of the public. The designs for the ballet were inspired by a visit to Versailles as well as portraits from the era painted by Jean-Baptiste Charpentier and Joseph Ducreux, among others. The score for Marie, arranged by Houston Ballet Music Director Ermanno Florio, features music by Dmitri Shostakovich and is set to be performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 7:00 PM

WHAT:           Louisiana ArtWorks presents part II of our panel discussion on the contemporary role of street art, examining its beginnings, trends, and why sometimes getting your work out there is as simple as literally "taking it to the street". Four artists whose work is performance-based will discuss the definitions of their artform and the different approaches they take to create their work and share it with an audience.
Suggested Donation $3.00.
WHEN:           Panel Discussion will take place on March 31, 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 Mia Kaplan, Co-Owner, Ammo Gallery
Lala Rascic
Alisoun Meehan
Matt Vis & Tony Campbell (Generic Art Solutions)
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.

For more information, call Karen Louise Crain at 504-571-7373, or 504-723-6593, email her at or visit the website at
Louisiana ArtWorks is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to inspire artistic growth, enhance technical skills, and provide marketing and economic development for Louisiana artists in a unique arts environment, while offering the public opportunities to see, enjoy, and explore the processes involved in the creation of the visual and applied arts.


NEW ORLEANS  –  Musicians of the "President’s Own" Marine Band from
Washington, D.C., will combine their talents with the New Orleans-based
Marine Forces Reserve Band for the third annual "Coats of Red and Blue"
concert at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday, March 28, at
2 p.m. 

The concert is FREE and open to the public.  Doors will open one hour before
show time. 

Special guest conductor Major Timothy J. Smith of Norwich University will
conduct Frank Ticheli’s "Blue Shades," a contemporary jazz composition for
concert band.

The program will also contain traditional symphonic wind band literature by
Gustav Holst, many patriotic favorites, and a special collection of the
popular James Bond movie themes.

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
At the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Music Performance Schedule ~ Spring 2009

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

******************************                                  IRVIN MAYFIELD LIVE  
                                  David Torkanowsky piano
                                        Neal Caine, bass
                                     Ed Petersen, saxaphone
                                      Jaz Sawyer, drums

Regular Performance Schedule

All Shows Begin at 8 PM

Thursday     March 26     Johnaye Kendrick

Friday         March 27     Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

Saturday      March 28     Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs

Thursday     April 2        Johnaye Kendrick

Friday         April 3        Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

Saturday      April 4        Ashlin Parker Quintet

Thursday     April 9        Johnaye Kendrick

Friday         April 10       Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

Saturday      April 11      Troy Sawyer

Thursday      April 16      Johnaye Kendrick

Friday          April 17      Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

Saturday       April 18      Rex Gregory Quartet

Thursday       April 23     Johnaye Kendrick

Friday           April 24     Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

Saturday        April 25     Irvin Mayfield

Thursday       April 30      Johnaye Kendrick

Friday           May 1         Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown

Saturday        May 2         Irvin Mayfield

Tales of the Cocktail Announces
The 2nd Annual Cocktail Film Fest

Tickets on Sale Now

Tales of the Cocktail and W New Orleans invite movie buffs and libation lovers to indulge in celebrating the cocktail in three films. Cheryl Charming aka Miss Charming™, cocktail author and founder of, plays hostess for the silver screenings.

Film Fest hostess, Cheryl Charming aka Miss Charming™ has been in the food and beverage industry since 1976, tending bar, authoring cocktail related books (9 so far), teaching bar tricks to Walt Disney World bartenders, and cocktail consulting. She is a member of The Bartenders Guild, and The Museum of the American Cocktail. She resides in Downtown Orlando and maintains the website

The Film Fest schedule is as follows:
• Saturday, April 11th, 4 p.m., King Creole
• Saturday, April 11th, 6-8 p.m., Dean Serneels is the Mad MXologist
• Saturday, April 11th, 8 p.m., Cocktail
• Saturday, April 11th, Midnight, Moulin Rouge

Seating for all films are dinner party style.
Tales of the Cocktail and W New Orleans invite movie buffs and libation lovers to indulge in an evening of celebrating the cocktail in three films. Cheryl Charming, cocktail author and founder of, plays hostess for the silver screenings.

The Film Fest schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 11, 2009
4 pm. King Creole
 6 pm. Meet-n-Greet Dean Sernells
 8 pm. Cocktail
Midnight Moulin Rouge

*Seating for all films are dinner party style*

Film Fest hostess, Cheryl Charming a.k.a. Miss Charming™ has been in the food and beverage industry since 1976, tending bar, authoring cocktail related books (nine so far), teaching bar tricks to Walt Disney World bartenders, cocktail consulting and teaching cocktail classes. She is a member of The Bartenders Guild and The Museum of the American Cocktail. She resides in Downtown Orlando and maintains the website
Chef Roberto Bustillo, Jr. of Zoë Restaurant will prepare inspired hors d’oeuvres for the day.  Chef Bustillo has won two Gold Fleur de Lis Awards from New Orleans Wine and Food Experience in 2006 and 2007 and a Silver Fleur de Lis Award in 2008.  Zoë Restaurant and Lounge is located on the second floor of the W New Orleans.

Saturday, April 11th

King Creole (1958)
4 pm.
This Elvis Presley summer hit of 1958 was filmed in New Orleans when he was 22 years old. The cast and crew blocked off the entire top floor of the Roosevelt Hotel (now Fairmont Hotel and soon to be Waldorf Astoria). King Creole was Elvis’ last B&W film and is considered by critics to be his best. Elvis plays a nightclub busboy turned nightclub singer and even though there are many bar scenes not one single cocktail is mentioned, so we will be serving famous New Orleans cocktails including the Sazerac, Hurricane, Scarlet O’Hara, Ramos Gin Fizz, and French 75. Retro candy and popcorn will be served and popular soundtracks to look forward include Trouble, Hard Headed Woman, King Creole, New Orleans, and Dixieland Rock.

Dean Serneels is the Mad MXologist
6-8 pm.
Come meet Dean Serneels as the Mad Mixologist! This Dean of Drinks is an Inventor, Hospitality Consultant, Entertainer, Motivator, Flipping Mixologist and owner of Dean will be sharing his skills in a hands-on bottle flipping workshop and will also entertain you with his magic and moves on the bar. Dean has won over 22 bartending awards, has appeared on the FOOD Network and as the bartender trainer on CMT’s Search for the Ultimate Coyote. Dean is also the creative mind behind all of the Flairco brand bartending products. Join Dean as he flips, spins and tosses the fictitious Blue Turquoise from the film, Cocktail, Pink Squirrels, and Sex on the Beaches. Landshark beer will also be available.
Cocktail (1988)
8 pm.
Cocktail finally turns 21! And what better way to celebrate this summer hit of ’88 than with dinner, drinks and a movie New York/Jamaican style! This film kick-started modern flair bartending worldwide and introduced three hit songs, Kokomo, Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Addicted To Love.  We celebrate the 21st birthday with Jamaican style food and birthday cake.
Special guest star, Dean Serneels will be present demonstrating the moves seen in the film.

Moulin Rouge (2001)
Can-Can you join us for a midnight enchanting screening of this lush and visually-rich modern musical that was nominated for 8 Oscars? The Green Fairy will be upon us as we serve Absinthe in glass blown fountains at each table. Nibbles, bottled water and French wine will also be available.
Tickets and Special Rates
Tickets are required for Tales of the Cocktail Film Fest and can be purchased online at>  as of February 15, 2009 for $25 per showing. Ticket packages are available through the website.  A special room rate of $99 at the W Hotel New Orleans available Thursday, April 9, 2009 through Monday, April 13, 2009.  Please use promotion code LIF.  For event guests, a rate of $12 per car will be available.  For questions, please call 1-877-WHOTELS for assistance. Book a room online at


Young Leadership Council Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Concerts

NEW ORLEANS ˆ March 11, 2009 ˆ The Young Leadership Council (YLC) is proud to
announce its 10th Annual YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series lineup, which
includes national act Letters to Cleo, as well as regional and local favorites like
Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Marcia Ball and Amanda Shaw. Full schedule follows

This year’s series will feature the New Orleans Saints as the title sponsor.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary. It’s amazing how far this event
has come. We’re talking about an event that started with a few hundred people
attending each week to one that consistently averages 5,000 people per week and has
become a rite of Spring in New Orleans," said Amy Boyle, Executive Director of the
YLC. "The fact that the hometown favorite New Orleans Saints are on board as our title
sponsor is lagniappe!"

"The Saints are committed to the total health of our community which includes cultural
initiatives throughout the region, and the Wednesday at the Square concerts provide an
outlet for everyone in our area to get together and enjoy themselves," said
Owner/Executive Vice President Rita Benson LeBlanc. "Our club and the Young
Leadership Council will be holding what is ultimately a weekly, free festival at Lafayette
Square with great food and great entertainment, and we invite everyone to come out
and have fun while celebrating living in New Orleans."

The free concert series runs every Wednesday from April 1ˆJune 17, 2009, 5:00ˆ
7:30 pm in Lafayette Square just off Poydras Street between St. Charles Avenue and
Camp Street across from Gallier Hall.

YLC Wednesday at the Square features one music stage with performances by two
different bands each week. There is food and treats from some of New Orleans’ most
popular names, including Plum Street Snoballs, plus beer from Abita Brewing Company
along with cocktails, soft drinks and more. Artists from New Orleans and the Mississippi
Gulf Coast will also be on hand in the Artist Village selling glass art, handmade jewelry,
ceramics, high art photographs, and other various items for the home.

YLC Wednesday at the Square has made it easier to purchase food and beverage
tickets. Fans can avoid the lines and pre-purchase tickets online at

To celebrate 10 years of free concerts, YLC Wednesday at the Square will sponsor
10 Ticket Giveaways. Follow YLC Wednesday at the Square at to get exclusive tips of where the tickets can be
found. The first hint will be posted March 12, 2009.

YLC Wednesday at the Square 2009 Schedule

April 1  Bucktown All-Stars + Soul Rebels
April 8  Ivan Neville’s DUMPSTAPHUNK + Shades of Praise
April 15 Jeremy Davenport + The Preservation Hall-Stars
April 22 Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers + Jake Smith
April 29 Marcia Ball + Marva Wright & the BMW’s
May 6  Big Sam’s Funky Nation + The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
May 13 Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys + Honey Island Swamp Band
May 20 Letters to Cleo + MaryAnne Marino
May 27 Bag of Donuts + The Figs
June 3 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + John Boutté and Paul Sanchez
June 10 The Boogie Men + Dr. Gonzeaux
June 17 GALACTIC + Hot 8 Brass Band

To receive weekly updates on the series, fans can sign up for YLC Wednesday at
the Square emails at

PATOIS: The Sixth Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

Festival returns with more than 50 films, performances, workshops, and other events at venues across New Orleans: March 26-April 5

WHAT:         The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival is back.  Running Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 5, 2009 this year’s festival promises a breathtaking line-up of films, performances, workshops and more.  The film festival presents films, speakers, and performers who offer concrete solutions and celebrate successes in the global struggle for human rights.  All of the nearly 50 films lined up this year are New Orleans premieres.


WHEN:          Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 5

The Festival opens on March 26 at 7 p.m. at Canal Place, with the New Orleans premiere of American Violet, starring Alfre Woodard.  Filmed in New Orleans, the film confronts racial profiling through the inspiring story of woman standing up to injustice in a small Texas town. Writer/Producer will be in attendance, will participate in a brief Q & A following the film.


WHERE:        Venues across New Orleans ranging from Canal Place to New Orleans Museum of Art.


OTHER:            Patois’ mission is to create accessible spaces at the intersection of art and social justice. In that spirit the Sixth Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival exists to support movements for social justice.


 Other highlighted screenings and events include:

Friday, March 27

9 p.m. Hip-hop concert featuring national and local acts, including Mohammad Al-Farra, from Gaza, and Wise Intelligent from the legendary hip-hop group Poor Righteous Teachers. 

Saturday, March 28

7 p.m. Medicine for Melancholy

A love story in the context of racism and gentrification told through two African-American twenty-something’s dealing with issues of class, identity, and being a minority in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco—a city with the smallest proportional black population of any major American city. Directed by Barry Jenkins.

Sunday, March 29

SECONDLINE: Blowout Consciousness


Films, speakers, and a street celebration of freedom, standing against the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Featuring the short films I Am Sean Bell and Moral Panic at Zeitgeist. Participants and speakers include rapper Wise Intelligent; filmmaker Stacey Muhammad; and members of Fyre Youth Squad. Secondline with brass band begins at Zeigeist. Free program.

Featured films at Blowout Consciousness:

I am Sean Bell                

Young Black boys speak candidly about police brutality as well as their fears and hopes as they approach manhood. 11m, documentary, directed by Stacey Muhammad.

Moral Panic: More Heat Than Light

An inside look into the minds of gang members and the social conditions that drive young people to become involved in gang life and criminality. 32m, documentary, directed by Akintola Hanif.

 Wednesday, April 1

New Orleans Museum of Art

6 p.m. Independent America

Examines the reconstruction of New Orleans with a focus on the challenges small family businesses face in the growing landscape of corporate retailers. Directed by Hanson Hosein.

Thursday, April 2

New Orleans Museum of Art

6 p.m.  New Orleans Tea Party

A locally-made documentary about the rebuilding of civil society in post-Katrina New Orleans. Directed by Marline Otte.

Sunday, April 5


Justice for All

An exploration of young people in the criminal justice system in the US, from Jena, Louisiana to California to New York.

 Directors and performers from many of the films are available for interview as well as members of the Festival staff and board. Promotional reels and press packets will be circulated upon request.  For more information on the Festival and a full schedule visit

Preservation Hall SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 24, 11:59pm
Zigaboo and Friends with special guest Marva Wright, $25 (early purchase price!)
Saturday, April 25, 11:59pm
Zigaboo and Friends with special guest Walter Wolfman Washington, $25 (early purchase price!)
Sunday, April 26, 8:30pm
The Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, $25
Sunday, April 26, 11:00pm
The Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, $25
Thursday, April 30, 11:59pm
Rebirth Brass Band, $15 (early purchase price!)
Friday, May 1, 11:59pm
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, $20
Saturday, May 2, 11:59pm
Feet To The Floor (featuring Eric McFadden, Leo Nocentelli, Mean Willie Green, Nick Daniels, and Glenn Hartman), $25

Please join us on May 1st and 2nd from 8:00 – 11:00 pm for
Two very special performances from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Celebrating the release of their new CD:  New Orleans Preservation, Vol. 1


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