Throw Me Somethin’: Gus Bennett photo exhibit chronicles New Orleans lives _lowres

Photo by Gus Bennett -- This photo, titled 'Gabrielle,' is one of the images by New Orleans photographer Gus Bennett Jr. that will be on display at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery beginning Jan. 28.

Black History Month events are approaching, including an exhibition celebrating the life and work of local photographer Gus Bennett Jr., The show opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the Delgado Community College City Park campus, 615 City Park Ave. The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 5.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Bennett is a fine arts photographer who has documented the lives of the city’s black citizens for more than 25 years.

His most recent series, “The New Orleans People Project,” was recognized by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and featured at Essence Music Festival.

Bennett’s photographs enlist a nonjudgmental perspective. He encourages the viewer to consider human form and shape through a stripping away of individual identities. Each photograph offers the concept of beauty in a different way, stripped of negative historical connotation.

The opening reception will include lectures by Bennett, curator Myesha Francis and museologist Redell Hearn. For information, contact Francis at (504) 931-1915 or myesha@mfrancisgallery.com.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Admission is free.

Bus service changes

A public hearing about proposed citywide bus service changes will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Regional Transit Authority Board Room, 2817 Canal St. Proposed changes would affect dozens of routes.

Public comments also are being received through 5 p.m. Feb. 5 by writing to RTA, Attn: RTA Service Changes, 2817 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119; by calling (504) 248-3900; by fax at (504) 827-8423; or by email at servicechange@norta.com.

For information, visit www.norta.com.

Danny Barker remembered

The second annual Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival is wrapping up after a mix of school clinics, workshops, panel discussions and performances with a tribute concert to Barker and his beloved wife, Blu Lu Barker, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Palm Court, 1204 Decatur St.

The concert will feature Maria Maldaur, Solid Harmony, Detroit Brooks, Chris Atkins, Roland Guerin, Herman LeBeaux and Mike Esneault. Ticket sales, $25 at the door, will support the festival and its recognition of Barker, a jazz master and raconteur who entertained for more than 70 years and served as a mentor to artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Michael White and Lucien Barbarin. For information, visit www.dannybarkerfestival.com.

Carnival talk

Enjoy talk and traditional tea with Carnival historian Arthur Hardy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans.

Explore Carnival traditions, view costumes worn by Longue Vue’s founders and enjoy a Carnival-time cocktail by Max Messier, of Cocktail & Sons. Reservations are required. Cost is $40 for members, $45 for others. For information, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com. For year-round information and listings, visit www.longuevue.com.

Wieners can be winners

Registration is open through Feb. 16 to enter your wiener dog, as in purebred dachshund, for racing events starting at 1:25 p.m. March 5 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.

The registration fee is $30, and top finishers will receive cash prizes and goodie baskets valued at $100. The overall winner will take home $500. All participants will receive doggie bags filled with treats.

Applications are available at www.fgno.com and at Double M Feed, 3212 W. Esplanade Ave. General admission to watch the wiener races will be $5, free for children 12 and younger. For information, visit www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.