What's Up Downtown
24 March 2017 Issue

Arts Council New Orleans introduces an intimate outdoor market featuring fine art and crafts, food truck favorites, and local musicians from 4-9 pm during select First Saturday Art Walks at the intersection of Julia and Carondelet Streets.

"It is fitting that such a program should come to Downtown NOLA and we are excited to partner with the Arts Council on this project," said DDD President & CEO Kurt Weigle. "Downtown NOLA offers artists more inspiration than most any other city in America, in addition to many other desired amenities. And, through special initiatives and investments, the DDD is working every day to build and support a creative economy in Downtown NOLA."

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19th Annual Children's World's Fair

Travel the world in a single day at the 19th Annual Children's World's Fair - Saturday, March 25 at the Louisiana Children's Museum in Downtown NOLA. The Children's World's Fair is a daylong journey that explores what is unique and universal to countries and cultures around the globe. 
Travelers will have a full itinerary as they enjoy lively, cultural performances and explore the games, music, literature, native attire, crafts and flavors of destinations including Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland.
Click here for details.

Saturday, March 25, 5p-8p
For the last four years,  The National World War II Museum has partnered with the Young Benefactors to create a night full of generosity and good times. In 2016, Drafts for Crafts helped fund the final push in the decade-long restoration of PT-305, The National WWII Museum's WWII combat-veteran patrol-torpedo boat. In 2017, the party is relocating to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain for an official relaunch celebration. Proceeds from this year's Drafts for Crafts will support the boat's first year on the water.
Click here for details.

March 24 - 26

Kicking off the New Orleans festival season 2017, the New Orleans Bourbon Festival's mission is to provide attendees with an opportunity to enjoy exceptional Bourbon and cuisine surrounded by the charm and culture of New Orleans. The venue for the main event is The Sugar Mill, located in the historic Warehouse District of Downtown NOLA. It will feature an outdoor marketplace of Bourbon-centric products, two grand tastings of Bourbon from the world's finest distilleries, traditional New Orleans cuisine, and live classical jazz music.

A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School.

The Inaugural New Orleans Edwardian Ball 
Saturday, March 25 at Generations Hall
PARADOX Media and Vau de Vire Society, in partnership with LadyBEAST Productions, announce the Inaugural New Orleans Edwardian Ball, Saturday, March 25 at Generations Hall in Downtown NOLA. The first-ever New Orleans Edwardian Ball, described by the SFWeekly as, "Think vintage fetish meets circus theatrics meets industrial arts mayhem," blends live music, theatre, fashion and cosplay, circus, fine art, riveting stage shows, black comedy, science fiction, literature, ballroom dancing, and DJs into an enticing whirlwind extravaganza set in a romanticized, gilded and gentile Neo-Victorian and Edwardian-era gothic and steampunk-tinged distant past which intertwines with an elegantly re-imagined future.
Click here for details.


Marc Broussard will be the featured performer at the March 29 Wednesday at the Square Concert at Lafayette Square. Also performing will be Kristin Diable & The City.
The 12-week concert series will continue each Wednesday through May 24. The Young Leadership Council presents the free weekly event that features live music, food and beverages and arts and crafts. The DDD is a major sponsor. For a complete list of performers and to volunteer,  click here.

Salon Studio-E New Orleans Original Kerastase Salon is holding its Spring Hair Fling with specials running through Easter. Click here for more information.

Bike Share Preview 

NOW - March 31

The City of New Orleans, in conjunction with  Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi),  is offering a preview of the City's bike share program through March 31.  Click here for locations and details.
Bike Share Community Workshops

The City and Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi) will hold six community workshops to collect resident feedback on where to best place the initial 70 bike stations before the fall 2017 launch of the City's bike share program. Each workshop will focus on specific neighborhoods within the initial service areas. The City invites residents to attend a workshop to provide input.
The workshop in Downtown NOLA will be held Monday, April 10 at 6:30pm at the Hyatt Regency, 4th Floor, Imperial 5 Meeting Room located at 601 Loyola Ave.
To learn more about the program and/or share feedback, please visit www.nola.gov/bike-share.
 Art Downtown

Documentary Screening
UNDERFIRE: The Untold Story of Pfc Tony Vaccaro
Thursday, March 30
5:00 p.m. Reception  |  6:00 p.m. Screening  |  7:15 p.m. Q&A with filmmaker

Biloxi Blues
Now - April 22
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BB's Stage Door Canteen

945 Magazine St
Click here for listing of exhibits

Get Your Art On
A Community Art-Making Event
Saturday, March 25
 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Free Event | RSVP Encouraged

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures
Now - June 18
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen
Now - June 18
900 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries

Alan Gerson
Recent Works
Now - April 15
332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
"Color Correction"
Now - March 25
"Watercolor + Collage"
Now - March 25
400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits 

View Areas Impacted by Construction

The City of New Orleas and Sewerage and Water Board are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using a combination of local and federal funds, the $2.4B  program will be the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation. There will be several types of construction: Full Depth Reconstruction; Patch, Mill and Overlay; Patch Concrete; Incidental Road Repairs; Bridges; Non-Paving Incidentals; and Streetscapes. 

Click here to view area currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans.

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.


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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.