Art for Arts’ Sake, the annual city-wide art opening, is this Saturday, but there are all kinds of free things going on tonight as a sort-of kick-off. Firstly, this evening from 5-7pm, La Cote Brasserie is having a Happy Hour consisting of FREE appetizers + FREE Rain Vodka cocktails (while they last, of course)
Then, at 7, over at the CAC is the FREE inaugural Louisiana Composers Forum. Here’s what they have to say about it:
The Louisiana Composers Forum is a first-time concert of new original works of music by local composers from Louisiana. The performance will feature compositions for a 20-piece orchestra comprised of New Orleans’ finest classical musicians, including several musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This event will be free and open to the public. The Louisiana Composers Forum will feature 7 new works of music by 7 different composers. This year’s featured composers are Jonathan Freilich, Steven Sweetwyne, Brian Hanson, Bryan Fusilier, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Kevin George, and Barry Blue Jr.
The Louisiana Composers Forum is being funded through grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the City of New Orleans, as well as the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, with additional support from the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.
So, what are you doing all night tonight, all day tomorrow, and into tomorrow night? Well, for at least part of that time, you have to stop by Trinity Episcopal Church for the 12th annual “Bach Around the Clock.” From tonight at 7, until midnight tomorrow, an eclectic group of New Orleans performers will be bringing 29 continuous hours of Jo Seb. Here’s a link to the line-up. And, here is a delightful clip of Glen Gould playing Bach’s “Partita #2,” from the documentary The Art of the Piano.
Personally, I think the late night hours of this thing must be the most fun–like a totally weird slumber party. At some point, though, one will need to get away and find some late-night eats. It is really a shame that, since Katrina, New Orleans has never really bounced back to its old 24-hour glory. There are hardly any 24-hour food joints anymore. Here is a good list. So, if you want breakfast at 3 a.m., your best bet would be taking a little walk down to St. Charles Tavern. It’s recently under new ownership. And, every time I pass by, it seems full of people, which is a good sign.