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Battles of New Orleans

Today the Battle of New Orleans anniversary celebration continues at the Chalmette Battlefield. Oh yes, there will be reenactments and cannon firings, as well as stuff for kids to do, food and more. Starts at 9 am and continues throughout the day. Once the sun sets, the Battle of New Orleans Lantern Tours begin. Admission is $5. The first tour begins at 5:45pm.

Perhaps coincidentally with the anniversary of the big battle, perhaps not, Daniel Rasmussen author of Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt will be discussing his book from 1-3pm at the Garden District Book Shop. Rasmussen is a kind of a big deal scholar and journalist–C-SPAN will be televising the event. Free.


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Miracle on Fulton Street

The pleasingly garish “Miracle on Fulton Street” is back this year.

The “snowfall” inside the display is about the closest we usually get to a white christmas. There also face painters, balloon artists, stuff to eat and drink, and live music. There are also photos with Santa. If you donate a new gift to benefit the Friends of the Fishermen Foundation, you get a free photo with Santa. Open daily at noon through Jan. 2. Admission is free.

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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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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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Be My Bunny

To be honest, there’s not a whole lot of “family friendly” theater that interests me. That Fantastic Mr. Fox thing earlier this year was an exception (and I hear a rumor it’s coming back). I’m thinking Be My Bunny might be an exception, as well. I missed the production at last year’s Fringe Festival, and, luckily, it’s back for a few day run, starting tonight. Here’s what the creators have to say about it:

Come slide down the rabbit hole to a world of romance and realization. You will get to shake your bunny tail to the thump, thump, thump of looooooooove. Hold on to your ears and rears as you are transported to the underground for a sensory explosion with the rockin rabbits. The Tally-Ho Daredevils bring you love, chaos and brilliant stupidity.

$10. $5 children 17 and under. Thursday-Sunday 8pm, Saturday-Sunday matinee at 2pm. Marigny Theatre at the Allways Lounge.

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Ugly Dolls

I just liked the title of this event invitation so much, I had to repost it. Who doesn’t want to go to an ugly doll making workshop? I also wanted to post about the Martin Luther King branch of the New Orleans Public Library in the lower Ninth Ward, because it seems like they have some great people working there, doing some really great and free community events. Here’s the invite I got:

Come for an all-ages crafty event! Bring a pair of old tights or pantyhose and we’ll provide you with everything you need to make your perfect halloween companion! Have fun adding googly eyes, silly grins, fangs, funny hair, and anything else you can think of!

Today from 2:30-4.


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