News + Notes November 2021
32nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival
While many fall festivals have been sadly canceled, the New Orleans Film Festival plans to return in 2021 with a hybrid format. In-person events will be held Nov. 5-14 and virtual screenings will take place Nov. 5-21.
This year’s centerpiece and spotlight films have not been announced yet, but previous festivals have included future Best Picture winners like “Green Book,” “Moonlight,” and “12 Years a Slave.” Individual film and event tickets are available for purchase at NewOrleansFilmFestival.org. New Orleans Film Society members will receive discounts on tickets and passes.
All guests will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event. Masks will be mandatory regardless of the attendee’s vaccination status.
If any changes are made to events, festival goers will be notified via email and the NewOrleansFilmFestival.org website.
“Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds”
The New Orleans Museum of Art is showcasing the first comprehensive museum exhibition for pioneering multimedia artist Dawn DeDeaux now through Jan. 23. DeDeaux’s art comments on a world facing an uncertain future due to climate change and population growth. NOMA.org
Fans of the blockbuster 1982 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman will want to check out the musical version at the Saenger Nov. 9-14. Michael Dorsey is an out-of-work actor who dresses as a woman to land a soap opera role that will help finance a friend’s play. He’s then thrown for a loop when his soap opera character becomes an unexpected sensation. SaengerNOLA.com
“Whiskey, Women And War: How the Great War Shaped New Orleans” by Brian Altobello
This new non-fiction book is a snapshot of the Crescent City during the turmoil of World War I. Because of New Orleans’ rich French heritage, the city had strong cultural ties with the Allies. French speakers from New Orleans provided crucial assistance to the war effort, but German New Orleanians found themselves harassed by volunteers from the American Protective League.
The book analyzes how the local population was mobilized through war bond sales and enlistments. It addresses the anti-vice crusade meant to assist the war effort, including prohibition and the closure of Storyville. It also examines the women’s suffrage movement in New Orleans, as well as race relations in the city and the Black population’s contributions to the war.
On Nov. 6, Christian music superstar Lauren Daigle will be performing at the Smoothie King as part of her rescheduled world tour from spring 2021. All tickets purchased for the original date are still valid. SmoothieKingCenter.com
Try This: Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic dealt New Orleans’ hospitality industry a crushing blow. It’s also easy to take your city’s most famous neighborhoods for granted when you’re a local. So, with cooler (but not too cold) weather in November, why not take a day and explore the city’s historic Vieux Carré and thriving Warehouse District? Take a stroll on the historic streets or along the Mississippi River and stop for a bite to eat at one of the area’s many fine restaurants.
There are also lots of shopping choices in the French Quarter/CBD. There’s the Shops at Canal Place and the Riverwalk. There are great antique shops on Royal Street and lovely art galleries on Julia Street. If you’re bringing your kids, the Aquarium of the Americans and the National WWII Museum make for a fun, educational day for the whole family.