Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by The Roamin’ Jasmine

July 29 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

This Friday night at NOMA, check out a cooking demonstration in Cafe NOMA, live music by The Roamin’ Jasmine, and a film screening on designers Ray and Charles Eames, whose work is featured in the current exhibition The Essence of Things – Design and the Art of Reduction: An Exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum.

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by The Roamin’ Jasmine
  • 6:30 pm: Artful Palate in Cafe NOMA: “Simplifying Sorbet” with Brett Gauthier, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group corporate executive pastry chef
  • 7:30 pm: Film: Eames: The Architect and the Painter

About The Roamin’ Jasmine

Forged out of the lively street music scene in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the members of Rhe Roamin’ Jasmine found one another busking under the swampy Louisiana sun, along the banks of the Mississippi, or after hours in storefronts on Royal, Frenchmen and Decatur Streets. Inspired by the city’s history of ethnic and musical diversity, and fresh out of music school at University of Miami, bassist, vocalist, and bandleader Taylor Smith began to collect some of his favorite old blues, jazz, and country tunes, while also composing some of his own songs.  Arranging this collection for a six piece jazz ensemble and giving them a healthy dose of New Orleans flavor, he decided to share his work with some like-minded colleagues, and bring it to the streets of New Orleans. The Roamin’ Jasmine repertoire explores 1920’s era speakeasy blues, vintage calypso from Trinidad, seminal 1950’s New Orleans rhythm & blues, and original compositions, all set to traditional jazz instrumentation with original arrangements.

About Café NOMA’s 2016 Artful Palate Summer Cooking Series

Chefs of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group will soon demonstrate their own culinary masterpieces at Café NOMA’s Artful Palate, the fifth annual summer cooking series featuring nine artfully inspired demonstrations at the historic New Orleans Museum of Art. Friday evenings are FREE for all café guests and patrons to partake in the presentation, and savor samples as each artful dish is created.

In conjunction with the launch of NOMA’s exhibition The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction, the talented executive chefs, sous chefs and mixologists of Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Brennan’s, and Napoleon House will share their culinary vision inspired by the exhibits focus on the art and practice of minimalism. The Artful Palate demonstrations will take a minimalist approach to cooking; featuring local seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables with simplistic recipes highlighting the core of their natural essence.

The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group is proud to operate Café NOMA, one of the “Best Museum Restaurants in America” according to Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine magazines. Artful Palate is held every Friday night at 6:30 pm from July 15 to September 9. It is free of charge and open on a first come, first served basis. Come early for an evening of enlightening art appreciation — in the very best of taste!

About Eames: The Architect and the Painter

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.  (85 minutes)


Neighborly Art

detweilerFaubourg St. John neighbor Jeannie Detweiler has an art show through January 6th.

New art work, Sketches in Felt, up at Bao & Noodle Restaurant in the Marigny from Saturday, December 12 through Wednesday, January, 6. 

Jeannie says, “This is my first solo exhibit in a while so I am very excited about it! ”

Bao & Noodle Hours:

Closed Sunday and Monday

11:30 am-2:00pm Lunch

5:00pm-10:00pm Dinner

Jeannie hopes to see you!

Community Invited to Funnel Tunnel

tunnlfunnelFaubourg St. John neighbor Sarah Hess wrote that she and her children were able to work with Patrick (an artist from Houston) on the Funnel Tunnel located on Poydras by the Claiborne overpass.

Sarah says you too can enjoy the opportunity to take part in a public art project by showing up at 10 a.m. on Poydras by the Claiborne overpass. More lath is needed to complete the project and, with your help, the project will be completed today.


Where: On Poydras at the Claiborne overpass.

When: 10 a.m. until, Saturday, June 20th

Who: You and all your friends!

More info at:

Sculpture for New Orleans applied with the city’s Design Advisory Committee earlier this month to install a rather large and unique sculpture called “Funnel Tunnel”. The sculpture is approximately 180 feet long and is composed of lots of reclaimed parts.

 “Sculpture for New Orleans” is an on-going sculpture exhibition placing monumental sculptures throughout New Orleans, from the well-traveled areas of Downtown, Uptown and the Garden District to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Central Business District will be the starting point of the exhibition with James Surls’ monumental bronze and stainless steel sculpture, “Me, Knife, Diamond and Flower” in front of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

The concept of the project is to bring national and international attention to the visual arts and the artists of post-Katrina New Orleans. With the support of an international field of artists, the sculpture exhibition will give local artists a chance to assist and install artwork, as well as the opportunity to network with the visiting artists. In addition, the show will give the local artists a much-needed support structure. Plans are in place for artists to lecture at local universities, including University of New Orleans, Tulane and Xavier.

tunnelfunnel2Funnel Tunnel will be located on the block of Poydras directly north of Claiborne. Here’s a street view of the particular block now:




More info at:

Neighborhood Artist in Drawing Show


Cynthia Scott singing "La Marseillaise" (the French National Anthem) at Bastille Day in Faubourg St. John... in french of course!
Cynthia Scott singing “La Marseillaise” (the French National Anthem) at Bastille Day in Faubourg St. John… in french of course!
Cynthia Scott singing “La Marseillaise” (the French National Anthem) at Bastille Day… in french of course![/caption]Faubourg St. John neighbor Cynthia Scott is part of a drawing show called Medium Density.  Medium Density is a show of the varied styles expressed by Ms. Scott and such artists as Ron Bechet, Kathleen Loe and Lee Deigaard.

Medium Density can be seen at Staple Goods gallery on St. Claude – an artist collective of which Scott is a member. The show assembles 30 works on paper by 16 renowned New Orleans artists, including abstract and figurative pieces from very small to very large, some framed, some not, providing a wide selection for local collectors at reasonable cost.

Located two blocks from the new St. Roch Market, a visit to the gallery could be accompanied by a plate of oysters and an artisanal cocktail.

Staple Goods is located at 1340 St. Roch Avenue.   Staple Goods is open Saturdays and Sundays 12-5.

Medium Density is on view through July 5 (the gallery will be closed July 4).


Staple Goods is a collective of artists with a gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.  Their diverse membership includes painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, photographers, printmakers, videographers and an architect dedicated to innovative programming of contemporary art. In addition to showing their members’ work,  Staple Goods showcases selected artists from locations outside New Orleans as well as themed local shows.  Staple Goods is proud of their location within the close-knit St. Roch neighborhood.  Staple Goods strives to have programming that reflects collaboration with the community.

Staple Goods
1340 St. Roch Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 908-7331


Bodacious on the Bayou

The Bayou Boogaloo will take place on the banks of Bayou St. John May 15, 16 and 17, 2015.

photo by Susan Roth
photo by Susan Roth

Music, art, food and lots of fun.

It’s a bodacious party you don’t want to miss.

Get a daiquiri at the Bayou Daiquiris booth manned by your Faubourg St. John neighbors!


The Bayou Boogaloo connects neighbors, neighborhoods, and businesses while celebrating the heritage, culture, and diversity of New Orleans.

The official 2015 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival poster artist is Becky Fos. This is the official commissioned piece, now available for pre-order on Get that 10th annual poster now before they sell out!


Bicycle Pub Crawl May 16th

  • 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM: 2ND STOP. “LIUZZA’S BY THE TRACK” 1518 N LOPEZ ST
  • 10:35 AM – 11:20 AM: 3RD STOP. “PAGODA CAFE” 1430 N DORGENOIS ST
  • 11:25 AM – 12:10 PM: 4TH STOP. “OOH POO PAH DOO BAR” 1931 ORLEANS AVE
  • 12:15 PM –  1:00 PM. 5TH STOP. “THE BROAD THEATER” 636 N BROAD ST

Mid-City Volleyball Group is planning another outrageous bicycle pub crawl in association with the Bayou Boogaloo.  This is the seventh year of a Saturday morning pub crawl to get primed for the Bayou Boogaloo.  It’s a joint fundraiser for Mid-City Volleyball Group and the MotherShip Foundation with a suggested donation of $20.00.  You’ll have to buy your own drinks at most, but not all, stops, and you’ll get a little swag at one of the stops.  Please sign up for this fun-filled event at their website so they can get an accurate head count:


Friday Nights at NOMA

5-9 p.m. April 17, 2015

Tonight, Grey Gundaker gives a lecture in the Stern Auditorium: “Ancestors, Remembrance, and Moral Force: Flashes of Spirit in Burial and Residential Settings.” Enjoy live performances by N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company, plus NOMA has free art activities, a cash bar, and of course, great art!

*5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
*5-6, 7-8 p.m.: Music by N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company
*6 p.m.: Lecture by Grey Gundaker, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at William and Mary College
*6 p.m.: Youth Poetry Slam Open Mic
*7 p.m.: Poetry Slam hosted by Slam New Orleans

About N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company
N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company was founded by Mariama Curry out of the pure love and passion of African traditions. N’Kafu is dedicated to the research, historical documentation, preservation, presentation, and promotion of African folklore. Mariama has taught and performed in New Orleans area schools for over 20 years. Her company performs annually for events throughout the state.

About Slam New Orleans
Slam New Orleans is a spoken word grass root initiative whose goal is to promote spoken word and slam poetry competitions to all ages, genders and races. Founded in 2008 by a group of local poets that believed that this medium of expression could save lives, and wanted New Orleans to be represented nationally, because they were not since hurricane Katrina in 2005. Each year Slam New Orleans organizes a team of adult poets, named Team S.N.O. to go to regional and national poetry competitions to represent the New Orleans poetry scene. Since its inception, Team S.N.O. has won three national poetry slam titles, placed second at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 2010 and 2012, and third place at Southwest Shoot Out Poetry Slam and 3rd at the National Poetry Slam 2014.

About Grey Gundaker
Grey Gundaker is Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of American Studies and professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary. She began studying and writing about African American religious and philosophical knowledge that informs designed landscapes, burial and ancestral tributes, and the arts 25 years ago, while a graduate student at Yale, where she worked with the anthropologist John Szwed and art historian Robbert Farris Thompson. Her publications include numerous articles and the books Signs of Diaspora/Diaspora of Signs: Literacies, Creolization and Vernacular Practice in African America, Keep Your Head to the Sky: Interpreting African American Home Ground, and with co-author Judith McWillie, No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yard Work.

Ancestors, Remembrance, and Moral Force: Flashes of Spirit in Burial and Residential Settings
In the African Diaspora legacies of Kongo join the traditions of other peoples and American Christianity in a rich repertoire of commemorative symbols and practices that show respect for those who have transitioned recently and in the more distant past. For many African peoples rights in land were demonstrated by material signs showing ancestral connections to the landscape. When groups migrated they planted these signs in new terrain. For African Americans enslaved in the United States, it remained essential to show respect for the dead, but it was especially important to transcend the rupture of the Middle Passage by asserting rights in a new and hostile surroundings. This talk follows a transatlantic thread which links flashing and white substances with transition across water and continuing spiritual presence in the world of the living, showing how these signs move back and forth between burial and home landscapes of commemoration.