Monday, 16 January 2012 11:31
New Orleans Events: MLK Day, Movie Madness, John Barry
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Today is Martin Luther King day.  Here are the celebratory events in New Orleans as well as the various things to do throughout the city and area, courtesy of Frank Stansbury and LaFete News.



 Mayor Mitch Landrieu, along with the New Orleans Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Commission announced the schedule of events for the City's 26th annual MLK holiday celebration.

This year's theme is "United in times of Challenge." Mayor Landrieu said he's hopeful that in remembering Dr. King's legacy, the City can overcome its current challenges together as one. "We face many challenges today-violence, fear, division, but I know, together, we as citizens can overcome these challenges and act to improve the lives of our people."

All citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend the opening program on Martin Luther King Jr., Day events. The opening program will begin at Congo Square at Armstrong Park on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:30am, followed by the 26th annual MLK Memorial March at 10:00am.

The march starts at the entrance of Armstrong Park at N. Rampart and St. Anne. It goes down N. Rampart towards downtown. N Rampart turns into Oretha Castle Haley at Calliope. The parade continues down OC Haley and makes a right turn on MLK Blvd. It goes up MLK to S. Claiborne ends at MLK Monument on S. Claiborne and Felicity.

For more information, please call the Mayor's office at 504-658-4900 or visit

Opening Program

  • Monday, January 16, 2012
  • 9:30am
  • Congo Square at Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St.

26th Annual MLK Memorial March

  • Monday, January 16, 2012
  • 10:00am
  • (Begins at Congo Square and ends at MLK Monument at S. Claiborne Ave.)

MLK Commemorative Art Exhibit

  • Monday, January 16, 2012
  • 2:00pm
  • New Orleans African American Museum, 1418 Gov. Nicholls




The New Orleans African American Museum
1418 Governor Nicholls Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemorative Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Monday, January 16, 2012
2:00pm - 6:00pm

14 years of dedication from the National Conference of Artists has yielded an amazing collection of art that honors and commemorates the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The New Orleans Chapter of the NCA has been working tirelessly to create and
promote the historical and current relevance of the teachings of Dr. King and many other significant leaders of the African American community. This year?s theme is, "The Quest for Peace and Justice:
United in Times of Challenge, Speaking About Things that Matter." The exhibition will feature work from Reverend Samson ?Skip? Alexander,
Sheila Phipps, and Nathaniel Smith.

The reception follows the Citywide Annual MLK Day parade and will include free admission to all of the galleries at the New Orleans African American Museum in Historic Faubourg Treme.

NOAAM hours of operation are Wednesday - Saturday, 11am-4pm. Call
504-566-1136 or go to our website for additional information.



 'The Descendants' Wins Golden Globe

 For Best Motion Picture - Drama





Muses Dancing Logo 

Winning Bid $8899.20 


The recipient of the proceeds is the Young Survival Coalition (YSC).  YSC is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.  We are raising funds to enable New Orleans area women to attend the Coalition's Conference for Young Women (C4YW) in New Orleans in February of 2012 and to support the conference.




ServSafe® Classes


23 Acme Oyster House, 3535 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

30 Alack Culinary Super Store, 17429 Hwy. 190, Hammond

All ServSafe classes are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. LRA members pay $99 per employee, non-members pay $150. Classes fill up quickly! Please register two weeks prior to class by clicking here.

Louisiana's BEST© Classes (Responsible Vendor)


16 Azalea Bingo Hall, 925 Parc Helene Dr., Marrero, 2 - 4 p.m.

18 La Casa del Sol, 1257 Grand Caillou Rd., Houma, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

21 Drago's Seafood Restaurant, 3232 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie, 9 - 11 a.m.

23 Acme Oyster House, 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 9 - 11 a.m.

LRA members pay $25 per employee, non-members pay $40. Classes fill up quickly! Please register one week prior to class by clicking here.

Class schedules are subject to change at LRAEF discretion. The LRAEF can assist businesses with Spanish-speaking employees. To inquire about the types of classes available in Spanish, please contact Laurie Clement or call (504) 454-2277, ext. 522.

NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations within seven days, no-shows or any student that arrives 15 minutes after class begins.

DON'T FORGET! ServSafe® Food Handler Training

The LRAEF also offers a 2-hour, in-house ServSafe Food Handler Training, for those employees who need a basic food safety course. While this class does not meet the requirements of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals for the Food Safety Certificate, it does teach valuable food safety information that every employee should know. Please contact Laurie Clement or call (504) 454-2277, ext. 522.


For your convenience, the LRAEF offers in-house classes. Just guarantee 15 participants for BEST, 15 for ServSafe Food Handler training or 20 participants for ServSafe and we'll come to you!

Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation

2700 N. Arnoult Rd.

Metairie, Louisiana 70002

(504) 454-2277

(504) 454-2299 Fax



Spotlight Pics



Dwight 1

Frank Stansbury © Copyright 2012


 Dwight Payne 2

Frank Stansbury © Copyright 2012


Irvin Mayfield's 2012 MLK Jazz Awards



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Monday, January 16, 6PM


Please join us for a presentation and signing with author

John M. Barry

celebrating the release of his new book


Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

This event will be recorded for national broadcast by C-SPAN.
Please arrive early.


A revelatory look at how Roger Williams shaped the nature of religion, political power, and individual rights in America.


For four hundred years, Americans have wrestled with and fought over two concepts that define the nature of the nation: the proper relation between church and state and between a free individual and the state. These debates began with the extraordinary thought and struggles of Roger Williams, who had an unparalleled understanding of the conflict between a government that justified itself by "reason of state"-i.e. national security-and its perceived "will of God" and the "ancient rights and liberties" of individuals.


This is a story of power, set against Puritan America and the English Civil War. Williams's interactions with King James, Francis Bacon, Oliver Cromwell, and his mentor Edward Coke set his course, but his fundamental ideas came to fruition in America, as Williams, though a Puritan, collided with John Winthrop's vision of his "City upon a Hill."


Acclaimed historian John M. Barry explores the development of these fundamental ideas through the story of the man who was the first to link religious freedom to individual liberty, and who created in America the first government and society on earth informed by those beliefs. The story is essential to the continuing debate over how we define the role of religion and political power in modern American life.


John M. Barry is the prizewinning and New York Times bestselling author ofThe Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, among numerous other books. He lives in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.


Octavia Books

513 Octavia Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

504-899-READ (7323)





Monday Movie Madness Presents

Really Mad Movies


January 23th - "THE GROOVE TUBE"

January 30th-"JACKASS: THE MOVIE"




La Divina Café e Gelateria

621 St. Peter Street

New Orleans LA 70116504 306 2691






Bombay Club 1-15-12





 Irvin Mayfield Logo
(504) 553-2299


Monday, January 16
8pm  Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

Tuesday, January 17
8pm  Wes Warmdaddy Anderson

Wednesday, January 18
5pm  Kipori Woods
8pm - Grammy Award-winning Irvin Mayfield's NOJO Jam

Thursday, January 19
5pm  Roman Skakun
8pm  Treme Night featuring James Andrews

Friday, January  20
5pm - The Professor Piano Series featuring Joe Krown
8pm  Leon Kid Chocolate Brown
12 Midnight - Burlesque Ballroom featuring Trixie Minx

Saturday, January 21
8pm  Joe Krown Swing Band
12 Midnight  Brass Band Jam featuring Lagniappe Brass Band

Sunday, January 22
7pm - Tyler's Revisited featuring Germaine Bazzle and Paul Longstreth

Monday, January 23
8pm  Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band






Jon Cleary - Solo piano 8 p.m.

Cranston Clements & Sons 8:30 p.m.

Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott 8:00 PM

Happy Hour w/ Electric Yat String Quartet 5:30 P.M.
Creole String Beans 8 p.m.

Happy Hour w/Alexandra Scott and the Grapefruits 5 p.m.
Paul Sanchez 8 p.m.
Truckstop Honeymoon CD Release 10 p.m.

Gurf Morlix 9 p.m.

Jon Cleary - Solo piano 8 p.m.

Spinning Leaves 8 p.m.

Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott 8:00 PM





Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 949-0038





Maison 2011


Monday Jan 16th

6pm /Penthouse/ Swing Dance Lessons with the NOLA Jitterbugs

7pm Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses

9:30pm Super Jam


Tuesday Jan 17th

6pm The Gregory Agid Quartet

9pm Magnitude


Wednesday Jan 18th

6pm Roy McGrath

9pm The Upstarts

10pm /Penthouse/ Jazz Jam with the Mario Abney Quartet




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