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Pastels: a Live Musical Painting

Now this sounds like something fun to do with the kids…

PASTELS: A Live Musical Painting

With music by The Cliff Hines Quintet
Directed by Zac Manuel

“Pastels” is an original song from local jazz/fusion/experimental band The Cliff Hines Quintet’s most recent album, Like Mystics of Old. The concept of “Pastels” is to create a music video in real time, a choreographed performance in which the band will be painted, literally, from head to toe. Ten New Orleans area youths, ages 10-17, will be responsible for painting the band as they perform the title song. This process will be filmed. To achieve a certain technical effect, the band will perform the song at half speed, giving the kids approximately twelve minutes to cover as much of the band and their instruments as possible. Before the filming of the video, the band will perform a set of their latest music off their upcoming CD, accompanies by some of New Orleans’ most talented dancers.

Expect great live music, drinks, loads of paint and tons of fun!

Where: CAC Warehouse

When: Dec. 16, 2010; 6pm – 9pm

$10 general admission
$6 students with ID
FREE children under 14

Tickets to be sold at the door ONLY.

Doors open at 6pm, show starts promptly at 7pm


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Caroling (and more) in Washington Square

It’s Christmas in the Marigny. Here’s what the neighborhood association has in store:

Join us for an old neighborhood tradition.  Our 36th Annual Caroling in Washington Square Park will be held Sunday, December 12, 2010.

Our annual Christmas Caroling event helps bring the holiday spirit to the Marigny. Marigny residents, visitors young and old as well as locals from around the city come together in Washington Square Park to sing Christmas carols, enjoy hot apple cider to get into the holiday spirit.

The Art Market, which will be from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, will host renowned local artists who will showcase and sell their work. While shopping listen to music from local musicians and get a chance to let Papa Noel know what you wish for this holiday season.


Art Market, Music and Kids’ Area – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Washington Square Park
Papa Noel: New Orleans Creole Santa Claus -1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Washington Square Park
Candlelight Caroling – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Washington Square Park

Music, too.


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Holiday Shopping @ the CAC

Have some holiday shopping to do? Need a drink? Check it:


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Black White + Gray

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe is about the lives of museum curator Wagstaff and his lover, photographer Mapplethorpe, of  70’s and 80’s New York art world fame.

Speaking of Robert Mapplethorpe, the book Patti Smith recently published about her and Mapplethorpe’s early days in New York, Just Kids, would make a great holiday gift.

The film screens tonight at 7:30 pm @ the Contemporary Art Center. $7. $5 for CAC and New Orleans Film Society members.

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The Angola Project

One of the exhibits in the art biennial Prospect 1‘s biennial Prospect 1.5 opens today at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center. Here’s the flyer with all the information:

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Multispecies Salon

So, I ran into a multispecies ethnographic artist the other evening, and after an enlightening conversation, I’m still not sure what that means. But the work looks cool.

Some local artists have teamed with artists from around the country and some visiting anthropologists from the Association of American Anthropologists and created Multispecies Salon 3: Swarm. This is how they describe themselves:

The swarm is a network with no center to dictate order. It involves a multitude of different creative agents. Collective intelligence emerges in the swarm through communication and cooperation. Swarming is the tactic, rather than the theme, of our proposed exhibit.

Tonight, in conjunction with the exhibit, is a lecture entitled: Hope for Frogs in an Era of Mass Extinction. Kawliga Studios. Free. 6:30-7:30 pm.

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St. Claude Arts Biennial Kick-Off Block Party

The St. Claude Arts District is really taking off, so much so that it has an acronym: SCAD. Today is a very special second Saturday art walk, in that it is a biennial. There are at least 8 locations hosting openings this evening, and it all starts with a big kick-off block party at from noon-6pm on the 1200 block of St. Roch Avenue.

Here’s the info for the block party:
The SCCA would like to welcome the New Orleans Society for Infectious Diseases Awareness, Inc. (NOSIDA) to our event. Due to scheduling conflicts the two organizations have come together to bring you  this celebration of our wonderful community. This is NOSIDA’s Second Annual HIV Awareness Music Project (HAMP).


St. Claude Celebrates the Arts Stage: Coco Robicheaux, Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson, South Paw Sound Agenda. Dominic, Cash Kendrick, the Reveners,
Goodchildren Carnival Club Brass Band

The New Orleans Society for Infectious Diseases Awareness, Inc (NOSIDA) Stage: Charmaine Neville, The Hot 8 Brass Band, JD Hill, Tuba Skinny, Meschiya Lake and Her ‘Lil Big Horns.

Plus DJ Tom Harvey, Jose Torres -Tama, Dante the Magician

For Kids of all Ages!!
NOLA Rising Paint Party – Art Cars – Pirate Wenches – Artist Fair – Sidewalk Chalk Contest – Children’s Art Exhibition – NOPD Mounted Police – Goodchildren Carnival Club Doll Making Party and Much More!

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