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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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Middle East Film Festival

The fourth annual Middle East Film Festival continues at Zeitgeist. This year the festival features over fifty new films from or about Middle Eastern countries. There is also Middle Eastern music, dance, food and more. Tickets for most events are $7 . Tickets for closing night are $9. Passes are $70 general admission (with discounted rates for seniors, students, members and kids).

Here’s the full schedule:

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Po Boy Preservation Festival

Ah, it seems like just yesterday that it was time for the annual New Orleans Po Boy Preservation Festival. This thing has blown up, so I recommend getting there early if you wanna get fed. Here’s a link to all of the vendors serving up their signature po boys, and other treats. There are some seriously A-List New Orleans musicians lined up to play. There are also a whole bunch of events including; po boy judging, french bread fighting, thoughtful panel discussions and kids activities.@ Oak St. and S. Carrollton. 11am-7pm.

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Mirliton Festival

One of my favorite events of the year is getting under way right now: the Mirliton Festival. This the 21st year of the Bywater Neighborhood Association’s party. The vegetable at its center is the mirliton, also known as chayote. It is a pear shaped member of the gourd family. I have always thought it resembled an old man. In fact, last year at the festival, I made and sold a Mirliton Chow Chow that featured a little anthropomorphized mirliton.

Beyond food, there are all sorts of arts and crafts for sale, kids activities, and of course, music. Here’s the line-up:

6:00 – Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
5:00 – Happy Talk Band
4:00 – R. Scully Rough 7
3:00 – Hurray for the Riff Raff
2:00 – Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
1:00 – The 101 Runners
Noon – New Orleans Jazz Vipers
11:00 – The Mirlitones

Admission is $5, for Bywater Neighborhood Association Members it is $3, and children under 5 are free. Markey Park.

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Remember Lilith Fair?–The late nineties women’s music festival founded by Sarah McLachlan? It was the target of a lot of jokes back in the day, some of them made by me. Somehow, now, I’m a little less cynical than I was at the end of college, and I am happy to hear about Ladyfest–which seems like Lilith Fair’s hipper little sister. A little less Indigo Girls, a little more Cat Power. Or, maybe a better metaphor is: a little more Eve than Lilith.

Anyway, the original LadyFest was started in Olympia, Washington in 2000, and has weathered the test of time, growing into a worldwide event over the last 10 years. You may be the sort of person who asks why is it necessary for ladies to band together based on gender, and to that I answer that–especially in the world of music–we ladies are still woefully underrepresented. SO, without further ado: LadyFest New Orleans 2010. Here’s the schedule for the next few days:

Wed 11/3 at St Anna’s
Danielle Wilson & The Truth

Thur 11/4 BMC
6:00 Zena Moses
7:00 Wendy Darling
8:00 Meschiya Lake
9:00 Jayna Morgan
10:00 Jenn Howard

Fri 11/5 Sweet Lorraine’s
6:00 Kat Walker
7:00 Amy Trail
8:00 Miss Sophie Lee
9:00 Holley Bentdsen and Amasa Miller
10:00 Charmaine Neville
11:00 Michaela Harrison

Sat 11/6 Lost Love Lounge Poetry Power Day
12:00 pm Lady Baby Miss
1:00pm Megan Harris (who will also emcee)
1:15 pm Laura Anne Baselar Brown
1:30 pm Melinda Palacio
1:45 pm Laura Mattingly
2:00pm Heather Tammany
2:15 pm Sunday Angleton
2:30 pm Laurie Wiliams
2:45 pm Melanie Leavitt
3pm Biljana Obradovic
3:15 pm David Leonard & Roselyn Lionhart music & Poetry
3:45 pm Katheryn Krotzer Laborde
4 00pm Robin Kemp
4:15 pm Beverly Rainbolt
4:30 pm Gina Ferrara
4:45 pm Liz Garcia
5:00 pm Monica Miller
5:15pm Lee Grue
5:30 pm Neti Vann & Hannah Kreiger-Benson
with a introductory poem by Esme Vaandager

Sat 11/6 Blue Nile Upstairs
6:00 Beth Patterson
7:00 Lil Red and Big Bad
8:00 Ingrid Lucia
9:00 Susan Cowsill
10:00 Mary Lasseigne
11:00 Lynn Drury

Sun 11/7 Ashe
1:00 Nattie
2:00 Margie Perez
3:00 MaryFlynn’s Prohibition Blues
4:00 Monica MacIntyre
5:00 Zion Trinity

Zeitgeist Multi Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. NOLA 70115
8:00 to 9:00 pm Films by Autumn Leonard & Jocelyn Marquis


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Today is the one day I can go to VooDoo this year, as I will be working my tookus off for the next few days. I also get to be the +1 of my husband who happens to be playing in the Bingo! tent this afternoon, and it is important for us rock n’ roll wives to take advantage of the perks every now and then.

Just as I was thinking that I will probably be spending a lot of time at the Bingo! tent today, as the big touring acts lined up for today aren’t quite doing it for me, I remembered that this is now the VooDoo music and art experience. So, I’ve been doing a little research as to the what and where when it comes to the art installations around City Park. There are 13 pieces by local and international artists, and you can create your own custom schedule on the VooDoo site.

Also, there is food. Food, glorious food. I’ve got my eye on some chargrilled oysters. Maybe a crepe. Also, the pressed sandwiches are looking good. There will definitely be a Natchitoches meat pie…

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The Deutsches Haus has been its current location since 1928. Its roots go back to the mid-nineteenth century, however, as a social aid organization for German immigrants to the area. It later evolved into more of a cultural preservation organization. This is the last year the Deutsches Haus will be in its current spot, as it has to make way for the big LSU/VA hospital project. They promise to be back next year, somewhere else in the city. So, this means this is the last Oktoberfest at the historic Deutsches Haus. It has been going on all month, but this is the last weekend. Today (Friday) from 4pm-midnight, and tomorrow (Saturday) from 1pm-midnight. Mmmm. Cabbage rolls, German potato salad, sausages, beer, schnapps!

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