downtown music and arts festival
Thursday through Saturday
Music and art will celebrate the revival of the Crescent City’s downtown area in a variety of locations and events as part of the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival. The Music Business Institute presents the celebration with live music, film screenings, comedy shows and tapings. Gallier Hall will have a wide array of events, as well as the Lafayette Hotel, Irvin Mayfield’s Iclub, the Hyatt Regency and Lafayette Square, plus other venues in the city. noladowntown.com.
Solange makes another high impact visit to New Orleans for the Make It Right benefit Saturday at House of Blues. The artist brings with her a coterie of special guests, including DJ Soul Sister, Christian Scott and more. Tickets for the benefit are $60. Doors open at 8 p.m. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. (504) 310-4999. makeitright.org.
“Big Charity —The Death Of America’s Oldest Hospital” is a documentary on the story of the iconic health care facility that has been shuttered since the winds and water of Katrina bashed the city. Two showings of the film are slated. $15 and up. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 528-9569. thejoytheater.com.
‘9th ward improv opera’
Thursday and Friday
Creative Alliance of New Orleans presents the “9th Ward Improv Opera,” a performance of a mixed-media work that expresses the struggle of 9th Ward citizens to rebuild and return after Katrina, using spoken word, music, dance and visual arts. The event will take place in two separate locations, both at 7 p.m. $15. The Friday performance is part of the Lower 9 Resilience Festival. Thursday, St. Maurice Church, 605 St. Maurice Ave., New Orleans; also Friday, Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., New Orleans. cano-la.org.
katrina 10 commemorative parades
New Orleanians celebrate the things which make the city unique and strong when Katrina 10 Commemorative Parades roll. The first will start at 5:15 p.m. at Booker T. Washington High School, 1201 S. Roman St., while the second will have a 5:30 p.m. start at Louis Armstrong Park, Basin and S. Peters Streets, New Orleans. The dual second-lines will meet at Charity Hospital on Tulane Avenue, proceed to the Smoothie King Center on Dave Dixon Drive then second-line to the Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd. for a block party. katrina10.org.
trinity artist series
OperaCréole!, Grammy Award winner Donnie Ray Albert and the U.S. Marine Concert Band will present a musical evening to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina during the Trinity Artist Series. Albert, a Louisiana native and world-traveled opera singer, will sing the opening to a new opera about the storm which is slated for a September run at Loyola University. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. (504) 670-2520. trinityartistseries.com.
‘hurricane katrina — the history that influenced movements for a culture of preparedness and environmental activism’
Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army retired), a fixture and source of leadership after the flooding of the city, will mark the 10th anniversary of the storm at “Hurricane Katrina — The History that Influenced Movements for a Culture of Preparedness and Environmental Activism.” Honoré will provide remarks on the history of events immediately before, during and post Katrina that have shaped his activism in both preparedness and environmental causes. 1:30 p.m., Human Development Center, LSU Health Sciences Center, 411 S. Prieur St., New Orleans.