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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.
The New Orleans Film Festival started yesterday and continues through next Thursday. Here is the full schedule. The venues this year are Prytania Theater, The Theatres at Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, NOMA, the CAC, and The Porch. There is also a lecture series at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. Also, this year they are offering a handy shuttle service.
There are so many offerings that it can be a bit daunting. After combing through this year’s film, I’m particularly excited about certain films, these documentaries: Waiting for Superman (about Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone), John Kennedy Toole: the omega point, Walker Piercy: a Documentary Film, Life 2.0 (which follows some people through their virtual lives in the video game Second Life), also, if you didn’t get a chance to see it, The Big Uneasy. Also, there is the Mardi Gras Indian documentary by local boy Aaron Walker, Bury the Hatchet. And, in the “special presentation” category, the Pennebaker documentary about Bob Dylan, Don’t Look Back is a “must have seen.” In the narrative category: Todd Solondz has a new one (if you dare) Life During Wartime, also Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch has Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci owning a Nevada Brothel which employs Gina Gershon and Bai Ling (!), as well as the latest in The Girl Who…franchise, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and Howl, with James Franco playing a young Allen Ginsberg. And, in the “oldie but goody” category, Hitchcock’s masterpiece Strangers on a Train, based on the work of the devilish Patricia Highsmith.
That oughta keep you busy!
So pretty much everyone knows that tonight is Art for Art’s Sake, the annual gallery opening and CAC fundraiser. It’s from 6-9. Ground Zero is Julia Street, but the action extends all the way Uptown and into the CBD.
Before heading up that-a-way though, check out a little Octoberfest event happening over here in the Bywater. From 2pm-8pm, the “Little Saxony” Octoberfest is happening at 612 Piety St. Beer-boiled bratwurst form Sheboygan, Wisconsin! Beer! Stuffed cabbage! And The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars play at 4pm. Entrance is free, and everything is around $5.
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)
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.
This evening from 6-8, in the CAC‘s cafe, there will be a book signing and artist talk for Before (During) After. The book is a visual and literary exploration of how Hurricane Katrina has transformed the lives and work of 12 photographers. “Five years in the wake of the storm, we discover Katrina’s imprint on the creative expression of each artist. Adding depth to the pictorial representation, each photographer has written an intimate account of how Katrina changed his or her life, work and vision of the future. The photographers include: Eric Julian, Elizabeth Kleinveld, Rowan Metzner, David Rae Morris, Thomas Neff, Sam Portera, Frank Relle, Jennifer Shaw, Mark Sindler, Zack Smith, Jonathan Traviesa, and Lori Waselchuk. Additional written contributions provided by John Biguenet, Dr. Tony Lewis, and Steven Maklansky.”
At today’s signing will be: John Biguenet (who is a local author whose work I really like. See: The Torturer’s Apprentice, Oyster), Thomas Neff, Jennifer Shaw, Zack Smith, Eric Julien, Sam Portera.
Also, if you want to support locally-owned bookstores, but also like to shop online (like me) you can do so at Octavia Books’ website. Pretty cool, eh?
It’s White Linen night again, the Warehouse District’s art walk and fundraiser which has become the biggest annual art event in New Orleans. From 6pm-9pm, the myriad galleries along the 300-800 blocks of Julia Street will be open to the public. There is so much amazing work to see, but I am particularly excited about seeing Bunny Matthews “Nint’wardica,” a 16’x8′ homage to Picasso’s La Guernica, but starring his iconic Vic and Nat’ly characters in the fallout from the BP oil disaster. It’s at the Arthur Roger Gallery. Here’s a little pic:
Along the stroll there will be treats for sale from 5 Fifty 5, Aloha Sushi, Ben and Jerry’s, Bombay Club, Broussard’s, The American Sector, Crepes a la Cart, E&E Catering, Greg Davis Catering LLC, GW Fins, Le Citron Bistro, New Orleans Ice Cream Company, Nirvana, Pinkberry, Sun Ray Grill, Superior Grill, Wolfe’s in the Warehouse, Ye Old Kettle Cooker and more.
Also, there will be four stages along six blocks with local bands, brought to you by The New Orleans Indie Rock Collective.
The Contemporary Arts Center has a show, too, and hosts the official after-party. FREE for CAC members, $10 general admission, with music by the Mod Dance Party DJs & their Mod Dance Squad. More food and drink will be available for purchase.