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February 2015

Clementine Hunter Sketchbook Book Launch
February 5, 2015

Special Event

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Ogden Museum and UNO Center for the Book celebrates the launch of Clementine Hunter Sketchbook. The book contains twenty-six previously unseen oil-on-paper works by Louisiana folk artist, Clementine Hunter. These paintings are unique in her body of work, as they were the first group of sketches ever made by her, and show a very personal and thoughtful approach to her subject matter. $25, for sale in Ogden Museum Store.

Contact: Museum Store, 504.539.9650, store@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - 101 Drummers featuring Big Chief Juan Pardo
February 5, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The 101 Drummers was formed by members of the 101 Runners as a subsidiary which focuses on the percussive roots of the Mardi Gras Indian culture.

The Mardi Gras Indian music of New Orleans developed over the course of a century before Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles teamed up with Willie Tee and the New Orleans Project in 1970 to begin fusing the traditional Indian chants and percussion with modern instrumental street funk, and created a new musical form of unprecedented rhythmic and spiritual power.

For 40 years, Mardi Gras Indian funk has forged its course in the world of contemporary music and now reaches a new stage with the emergence of the 101 Runners, a remarkable ensemble fronted by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, a formidable singer, powerful moral presence and fearless leader of men, as well as emerging master singer, War Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanches, on Wild Indian vocals.

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OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Leyla McCalla
February 19, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Leyla McCalla finds inspiration from a variety of sources, whether it is her Haitian heritage, living in New Orleans or dancing at Cajun Mardi Gras. She is a multi-instrumentalist and singer whose distinctive sound is impossible to replicate.

McCalla's music reflects her eclectic and diverse life experiences, projecting a respect for eloquent simplicity that is rarely achieved. Born in New York City to Haitian immigrant parents, McCalla was raised in suburban New Jersey. As a teenager, she relocated to Accra, Ghana for two years. Upon her return, she attended Smith College for a year before transferring to New York University where she studied cello performance and chamber music. Armed with Bach's Cello Suites, Leyla moved to New Orleans to perform on the streets of the French Quarter.

It was the move to New Orleans that signaled a journey of musical and cultural discovery for Leyla. "New Orleans always felt like home to me," she recalls. "The more I learned about the history of Louisiana, its ties to Haiti and French speaking culture, the more sense of belonging I felt and continue to feel." Most recently, Leyla has fallen in love with the late Louisiana Creole fiddlers Canray Fontenot and Bébé Carrière and has explored their fiddling styles on the cello.

In New Orleans, McCalla was introduced to renowned African-American string band Carolina Chocolate Drops and appeared on their GRAMMY-nominated album Leaving Eden. She toured extensively with the group until deciding to focus on her solo career.

McCalla's debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was released in February 2014. The album consists of compositions she has written to Langston Hughes poetry, Haitian folk songs and original pieces.

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OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Lynn Drury
February 26, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

New Orleans-based rocker Lynn Drury has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Neil Young and Van Morrison by AllMusic for her twang, grit, and autobiographical lyrics. Since Lynn Drury picked up the guitar at age 26 she has never stopped working. She relocated from her birthplace of Yazoo City, Mississippi to New Orleans in the mid-1990s. She has toured in Europe and coast-to-coast across the U.S. and has been a regular at French Quarter Fest and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for years.

Drury released her first CD, Crossing Frequencies, in 2001 and over the next two years released both Blackberry Winter and Spun, earning her the title of Offbeat Magazine's "Best Emerging Singer/Songwriter" award in 2004. In 2006, Drury's album All You Need produced by Jimbo Mathus was nominated for "Best Roots-Rock Album" at the Big Easy Awards. In 2008, Drury moved to Italy and toured Europe with Italian guitarist Roberto Luti which led to the release of a live recording titled Dal Vivo in 2009.

Drury's 2011 album, Sugar On the Floor, represents a mixture of her Mississippi grit and New Orleans groove with horns and strings arranged by Matt Perrine and recorded and engineered by Jacques DeLatour. In 2014, she celebrated the release of her latest album Come To My House, produced by John Porter and featuring Shane Theriot, Casandra Faulconer, Chris Pylant, Trevor Brooks, Chris Adkins and Alex McMurray to name a few.

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OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

March 2015

Ogden Museum Book Club
March 3, 2015

Education

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Education Gallery, 3rd floor

MOISE AND THE WORLD OF REASON 9 By Tennessee Williams

At the center of Moise and the World of Reason is the need of three people for each other: Moise, an impoverished and quixotic young painter with a gift for unfinished canvasses; the narrator, a young man from Thelma, Alabama, who is determined to be a distinguished writer; and Lance, the man whose intensity, strength and sensuality held them all together while he lived, and whose absence gives the novel its strange and haunting power and pathos. For the subject of Tennessee Williams' novel is the need for love - a need which Lance once filled in the narrator and his new lover does not, and which Moise's never entirely fills for her. It is this need that propels them through a long and restless night in Greenwich Village - a night in which Moise gives a party to announce her retirement from "the world of reason"; in which the narrator loses his roommate, the "second love of his life"; and in which a lifetime of experience, hope, the loss of innocence and the rekindling of desire is exposed in a series of scenes and encounters so dramatic, moving and precise that only Tennessee Williams could have written them.

Contact: Ellen Balkin, 504.539.9608, ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Colin Lake
March 5, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Part songwriter, part blues singer, part slide guitar phenomenon, Colin Lake is paving a musical road all his own. At the beginning of 2009, that road brought the Pacific Northwest native to New Orleans and it wasn't long before his powerful voice could be heard regularly at venues throughout the city and over the airwaves of WWOZ radio. Marked by soulful, pleading vocals, Lake's music incorporates elements of the blues, rock and folk to create a sound and feel that is strongly original and disarmingly familiar.

Shows with his band have become known as high-energy, gospel-infused house-rockers, while Lake's poignant solo performances can silence audiences of any size. In 2011, Lake recorded and released the album The Ones I Love which was soon named one of the top ten local releases of the year by Keith Spera of the Times Picayune. As his reputation for authentic, down-home presentation continues to grow, Lake can be found on a variety of stages performing for captivated audiences and alongside some of the biggest names in New Orleans music.

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OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Maggie Koerner
March 12, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Louisiana native Maggie Koerner is a singer/songwriter with a soulful, powerful and captivating voice. Koerner released her debut LP Quarter Life in 2011 at Blade Studios in Shreveport, LA. Her sophomore album, Neutral Ground, is a tribute to her transition from her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana to New Orleans and its beautiful and bittersweet effects. The album is drenched in the hybrid of soul, alt pop and rock ‘n' roll for which Koerner has become known. On Neutral Ground, she cuts straight to the underlying honesty and supernatural vibes of each song with the slap of a steel drum and the howl of a lyric.

Koerner has spent the majority of 2013 and 2014 on tour with funk, instrumentalist band Galactic as their lead singer and front-woman. "Hey Na Na," performed by Galactic, is a song she co-wrote with The Revivalists' lead singer David Shaw and is currently the theme song for Bravo's "Top Chef: New Orleans". It's not uncommon to find her performing on stage with a list of other iconic acts that has included Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule and Charles Bradley, to name a few.

Koerner is currently writing and in the studio recording her untitled upcoming project, set for a release in 2015. Collaborating with a roster of talented artists that includes esteemed producer Fin Greenall (Amy Winehouse, Banks, John Legend, Fink), the project is poised for success.

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OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Carolina Story
March 19, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Married music-duo Carolina Story adhere to none of the married-duo cliches. The duo (Ben and Emily Roberts) writes and performs songs that evoke the blue collar man and woman, knowing that there are enough love songs on earth. They are from Arkansas and South Dakota respectively, meeting and falling in love in Memphis, Tennessee, settling down in East Nashville and making a name for themselves in every state in between.

Since they began performing together, Carolina Story have been hard at work touring, writing and putting out music they believe in; each release astonishingly better than the last. They have crafted their sound to be a perfect mix of the lyrical grit and wit of Hank Williams Sr. and the tender atmosphere of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams.

Carolina Story have played hundreds of shows in 43 states since 2009 and debuted Home at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in November of 2011. Following Home in 2013, they released the EP Chapter One, consisting of 6 songs produced by Grammy-winning producer, Blake Chancey (Dixie Chicks) & involved the talents of many greats including Dan Dougmore (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor), Chad Cromwell (Joe Walsh, Neil Young, CSN&Y), Darrell Scott (Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, Hayes Carll, Steve Earle), Michael Rhodes (Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris) & others. It debuted at #6 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts and climbed to #7 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Chapter Two was released in June of 2014 and in the same month Carolina Story made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage, followed soon after by multiple appearances in August and September. They have also performed in the Listening Room Cafe at the Americana Music Association showcase.

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Sarah McCoy
March 26, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Sarah McCoy was born in New York and moved to South Carolina with her family at the age of five. When McCoy was 11 years old, she began taking piano lessons and became seriously grounded in classical music. She attended the Charles County School of the Arts from 8th through 11th grades where she focused on piano and theater. She has since traveled all over the US, hitchhiking and busking from coast to coast until finally settling in New Orleans.

McCoy found her musical home in New Orleans when she scored a regular gig at the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street. She says, "New Orleans is endlessly inspiring; there's just so much - the look of it, the smells, the rusty ironwork, the music everywhere, like hot butter pouring out of the doorways. The people; the delusions; the madness, how it comes and goes. Always someone dancing or making a new friend. There's a sound track behind everything in New Orleans; someone's dancing, laughing, a brass band. It's a painting in movement. It's inspiring to someone like me. It gives me a lot to write about in my music."

She combines her deep, distinctive, blues soaked voice with original music that evokes ragtime and cabaret sounds which she sometimes combines with songs of Aretha Franklin, Fiona Apple and even Tom Waits.

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $10 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Exploring SAORI: weaving for all ages and abilities
March 28, 2015

Special Event


Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Artists:
Nancy Rhett & Jenny Pelc

This 2-hour weaving taster will provide students with a background of the SAORI weaving philosophy and history as well as the opportunity to explore the SAORI approach through the creation of a handwoven piece of jewelry. Bolstered by a no rules, no requirements, no mistakes philosophy, all are free to immerse themselves in this non-technical, non-intimidating approach to handweaving. We encourage everyone to design at the loom while weaving, using your warp as a canvas.

Age |Experience Level:
High School through Adult. Aspiring through Experienced Weavers welcome.

Supply List:
Students should bring: Notebooks, pens. Optional: Camera. Instructor will supply: 6 Warped Looms (2 floor looms & 4 Rigid Heddles) Personal weaving tools (Scissors, shuttles, tape measures). A variety of weft yarns (primarily silk). Books for inspiration. Venue will supply: Chairs or stools for each student. Table for instructor use.

Contact: Museum Store, 504.539.9650, store@ogdenmuseum.org

April 2015

Ogden Museum Book Club
April 14, 2015

Education

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Education Gallery, 3rd floor

Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader
by Harry Crews

Collected here is the best of Harry Crews: his astoundingly beautiful memoir "A Childhood: The Biography of a Place; " two of his most memorable novels, "Car" and "The Gypsy's Curse; " and three masterly essays, "Climbing the Tower, " "The Car, " and "Fathers, Sons and Blood, " as well as a new introduction to these works by Crews himself.

Contact: Ellen Balkin, 504.539.9608, ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org