What's Up Downtown
2 February 2017 Issue

This week marks the 90th anniversary of a Downtown NOLA landmark: the Saenger Theatre, which opened on Feb. 4, 1927. The theater at the corner of Canal and Rampart streets was designed by architect Emile Weil as an "atmospheric theater," with a starry ceiling, marble columns and statues reminding patrons of a 15th-century Italian courtyard. After Hurricane Katrina, the theater closed for eight years, but celebrated its reopening in 2013 after a $53 million restoration. Happy Birthday!


Accepting Applications
Vendor, Artist Village, and Non-profit Showcase applications are now available for YLC's Wednesday at the Square 2017! Don't miss out on this opportunity for your organization or business to be seen by an average of 6,000 concert attendees each week.
All applications are due February 8 and selections will be done by February 17. WATS begins March 1.
DDD is a proud sponsor of WATS.
February 4 & 5

This year, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will be celebrating 20 Years Running. It all began in San Diego in 1998. 2017 will also mark Humana Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon's 8th year with the series since the inaugural race in 2010, and its 52nd year since the race began in 1965 as the Mardi Gras Marathon. Click here for a list of the weekend events and race details including course and road closures.

Create Louisiana, a partnership between Deep South Studios, the New Orleans Film Society, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, was created to champion filmmaking talent in Louisiana and celebrate the diverse cultures of the state. This year, Create Louisiana has partnered with TV5MONDE USA, America's only 24/7 French language entertainment channel, to offer a grant to a Louisiana-based filmmaker. The $32,500 grant will be given to a short-form scripted story or long-form documentary that will incorporate elements of French culture and history in Louisiana.
Info session is being held Monday, February 6, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 938 Lafayette Street.
Cookies & Cocktails 

Celebrate Cookies & Cocktails and All That Jazz with Girl Scouts Louisiana East Saturday evening, February 4 at club XLIV in New Orleans in Champions Square. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts right here in your community within the 23 parishes served. The evening features 20 or more local chefs and bartenders who put a new spin on your traditional Girl Scout cookie favorites. Click here for details.
DDD 5th Annual Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch

As a Strategic Partner of the Idea Village for the 2017 Entrepreneur Season, the Downtown Development District along with CANO and LCEF will host the fifth annual "Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch" during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2017, the premier annual business festival, on Monday, March 20.
Visit www.downtownnolaartsbusinesspitch.com for more details and to submit an application. The deadline for application submissions is TODAY, February 3.

Congratulations to The New Orleans Advocate on the opening of their prominent new office on St. Charles Avenue in Downtown NOLA. Located at 840 St. Charles Ave., it will house about 50 New Orleans-based journalists and advertising sales staff, as well as offices for the owners and publisher. 

The building opened in 1949 as the showroom of Klein Motors, which sold Kaiser-Frazer automobiles, with its metal façade and use of glass and spare decoration, the building was one of New Orleans' early examples of mid-century modern architecture. It was among the early works of Nathaniel Curtis and Arthur Q. Davis, who went on to design some of the city's modernist landmarks, including the Superdome, the Rivergate and the New Orleans Public Library. Click here to read the full story.

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, Hair Loft Studio would like to accommodate those who wish to have their hair and makeup done. Specializing in up-do's and makeup, whether you want a messy and effortless style or something smooth and sleek, Hair Loft is available to help. Click here for more information.

 Art Downtown
Please join the galleries in the Arts District Saturday, February 4 for the monthly First Saturday Art Openings from 6-9PM in the Arts District New Orleans. Click here for a member list and map of the Galleries, Museums, and Friends.
Arts District New Orleans and the Loews New Orleans Hotel will be hosting a free morning art gallery stroll Saturday February 4, starting at 10:30AM from the Swizzle Stick Bar at the Loews Hotel. Attendees will enjoy a guided tour of the Julia Street galleries and get up close and personal with the art and learn from the gallery curators, all while enjoying a special $1 morning Eye-Opener Cocktail (Bloody Mary or Mimosa) from Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar.The event is FREE and great for all ages.


Saturday February 4 is SweetArts 2017 - Black Tie Birthday Party celebration of the CAC's 40th Anniversary Season. The event is from 7pm - 11pm.

SweetArts 2017 Gala
The annual gala features food by local restaurants, an open bar, entertainment by T-Ray The Violinist and Twisted Dixie, and an art auction featuring more than 20 local artists.

SweetArts 2017 Late Night Party
The party continues starting at 9pm with DJ Riviera Slim (Ron Rona), dancing, and late-night eats. Tickets start at $50.

Mélange Exhibition
Now  -  Sunday, February 12   

Including films and recent works on paper, as well as the artist's vogue performance, this assembly of genre-bending works frames both Newsome's live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of formal material to investigate layered constructions of social identity, Mélange borrows from dance, technology, gaming, and hand-crafted collage for a transformative presentation of art in motion.
900 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Debra Howell
Now - February 24
Talk with the artist Saturday, February 4 at 5:30pm; reception to follow at 8pm

332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits

View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.


Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

Download the free Downtown NOLA Mobile App featuring the Downtown guide, SafeWalk and ways to communicate directly with the DDD about Downtown matters. Download now by clicking on one of the links below to have Downtown NOLA in the palm of your hand.


Downtown organizations may register and add their company and/or event to the site for freeClick here to begin your post. 


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Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime


If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 


The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  


Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.