Springtime Concert & Black Storyville Baby Dolls Lecture Announced at Beauregard-Keyes

NEW ORLEANS (press release) –  Cultural aficionados are invited to dance their way into Spring at two very distinct events slated for April 3 and 14 the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden at 1113 Chartres St., across from the Old Ursuline Convent.

In Bloom with Bon Bon Vivant: A Springtime Courtyard Concert will take place Sunday, April 3, from 6-8 pm.  Doors open at 5:30 for the upbeat performance featuring songs to regrow to, as well as the indie band’s usual repertoire that draws fans from near and far.  As a special treat, Bon Bon Vivant will perform a new song written and played for the Dead Bean Parade, “Be By You”, planned to be released in time for JazzFest.

Although some refreshments and treats will be offered, this is a bring your own beverage event, and attendees are encouraged to supply extra cups and bottle openers along with their beverages of choice. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.bkhouse.org

On Thursday, April 14, historian and cultural preservationist Dianne Honore’ will share the history of the Baby Doll masking tradition in a program entitled, Dianne Honore’: The Black Storyville Baby Dolls. The lecture will be held from 6-8 pm and will focus on the history and present-day customs that center on this group.  The tradition, started by Black women circa 1912 in an area just outside the French Quarter known as “Black Storyville”, made a resurgence in 2004 and has grown to more than 14 groups today. After founding the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, Dianne saw the need to cultivate more educational outreach and community empowerment. It is through her guidance that the integrity of this practice is maintained as a community-driven tradition. Advance registration is encouraged at www.bkhouse.org; tickets are $5.

Affectionately known to neighbors and supporters as “BK House”, the historic property in the residential area of the Quarter has been inhabited by a variety of individuals and families since 1826. Programming has evolved far beyond guided tours and features lectures and demonstrations, crafting and art classes, concerts, cultural displays, and seasonal events.  Upcoming events include a Bubbles & Bordeaux Tasting with sommelier Daniela DaSuta on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm, French-focused programming in April-May,  and a week-long ArKIDtecture Summer Camp for children ages 8-13 in June and July. Visit www.bkhouse.org for details.

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