Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

FOC 2017-2018 Film Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Avenue
Screenings at 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (7 p.m. films will have commentary)

The Friends of Cabildo Film Series will bring some of the best films and documentaries that highlight New Orleans and Louisiana people, places and culture. Join us for an educational experience in the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s at the Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Single film tickets: $15 General Admission, $12.50 FOC/LMF Members.

February 28: Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital
April 26: 1970 Jazz Fest Movies

FOC 2017-2018 Concert Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Ave.
All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

Created in 2013, the Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series has brought together some of the best musicians from New Orleans and Louisiana to perform and archive their music for the Louisiana State Museum’s music collection. Join us for a unique musical experience at the intimate 150-seat, state of the art Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Single concert tickets: $25 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $20. Series Tickets: $150 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $120. A cash bar will be available at all concerts.

March 16: Beausoleil

April 12: Marcia Ball (Tickets Limited)

The Stranger Disease Immersive Theatre

Performances: March 23rd – April 15th, Thursday-Saturdays 6 & 8 p.m. showings, Sunday at 3 p.m.
Madame John’s Legacy (632 Dumaine Street), Runtime: 60 Minutes
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 FOC/LMF Members

Set in 1878, The Stranger Disease follows seven people who live in, or orbit around, Madame John’s Legacy, as rumors of what would be one of the city’s worst yellow fever epidemics begin to spread. Navigating post-Reconstruction New Orleans, as well as a romance that crosses the color line, the characters must decide whether to stay or leave the city.

Created by the Goat in the Road in collaboration with LSM historians, The Stranger Disease features an amazing ensemble of performers and designers who will use theatrical tools to immerse the public in the rich and complicated history of the French Quarter in a unique way, and generate a renewed interest in the historic property.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Saturday: February 10th | 11 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: 1850 House Museum Store (523 St. Ann Street)

The Battle of New Orleans was a defining event in America’s national identity. The Friends of the Cabildo Battle of New Orleans tour offers a fascinating look at the battle away from the battlefield, from lost locations of forts that protected the city, to Jackson’s headquarters, to events in the French Quarter related to the unfolding battle. First developed for the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, the tour continues to draw historians, locals and guests for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

Treme Cultural Tour

Sundays: February 18th & March 25th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Basin Street Station (in front of the building, 501 Basin Street)

The Friends of the Cabildo walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally known as “back of town,” the old Creole feel of Treme makes it easy to imagine the early 1800s multicultural community formed by immigrants, free people of color, and refugees from Saint-Domingue. An important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture, Treme is the cherished home of fourth and fifth generation residents who strive to maintain the area’s cultural and social traditions. We will trace the origin and development of Treme through the amazing nineteenth century architecture (including Creole cottages, townhouses, and shotgun houses), geography, and urban influences dating from the subdivision of this land by Claude Treme in the 1790s to the present day.

Creole Neighborhoods Tour (Marigny)

Sunday: February 25th | 10 a.m.

Wednesday: March 7th | 10 a.m.

Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue gates)

Faubourg Marigny was one of the City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land subdivided from the plantation of Bernard Marigny de Mandeville, one of New Orleans most colorful historical figures. Today, the Marigny is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-designated historic district, due to its preservation of Creole cottages and many ornamented shotgun dwellings.

Initially, Esplanade Avenue was designated by the French as a commons. In later years, both the French and Spanish built fortifications there. After the Louisiana Purchase, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard.

New Orleans Jazz

Saturdays: February 24th, March 31st | 10 a.m.

Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue gates)

This tour starts with the birth of Louis Armstrong in Black Storyville in 1901, and explores what influenced him during the early years of jazz. Then we explore how jazz continued to develop in New Orleans after Louis left in 1922. We will focus on the New Orleans jazz men and women who stayed in the city and continued to play here. This will include the “revival” of jazz in the 1940’s, the advent of Preservation Hall in the 1960’s, and will bring us all the way to the present. This tour combines several important, historical sites like George Lewis’ home, Preservation Hall, and the George H. Buck Foundation (the largest catalog of authentic jazz in the world) with a great playlist. The tour includes tunes from Louis Armstrong’s early recordings, recordings from New Orleans jazz greats from the past, and tunes from some of our greats that are alive and swinging in New Orleans.

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues

Fridays: February 23rd & March 30 | 2 p.m

Saturdays: February 17th & March 24th | 10 a.m.

Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Corner of Royal & St. Phillip streets (McDonogh #15 corner)

Between 1947 and 1965 Cosimo Matassa recorded 250 national charting singles, including 21 gold records in his three different recording studios in the French Quarter. This tour visits all three former studios and enjoy a huge playlist of best New Orleans rhythm and blues hits. Great history, great stories and wonderful tunes. Everything from Good Rockin’ Tonight by Roy Brown in 1947, to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard in 1955, to Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville in 1966. And, of course, lots of Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. We’ll explore how R&B developed in New Orleans, and follow Cosimo’s career, all the way to the Matassa Market, the family business on Dauphine Street where he retired in the 1980s. Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and his first studio, the J&M Music Shop, on Rampart Street is the 11th historic American rock ‘n’ roll landmark.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturdays: March 24th & May 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House (1507 Magazine St.)

Most New Orleanians have enjoyed a sloppy roast beef poboy at a legendary Irish bar off Magazine Street, or caught cabbages, potatoes and carrots at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But not everyone has stopped to consider the history of the immigrant populations who lived and worked near the docks along the Mississippi River, their culture and traditions forming the foundation of the area we now know as the Irish Channel. The Friends of the Cabildo’s Irish Channel Tour explores this diverse home of working class immigrants, natives and free people of color. From famous churches to Irish bars, unique architecture, famous historic figures and notable festivals, the Irish Channel Tour reveals the many facets of this neighborhood beloved by locals and visitors alike.

South Market District Tour

Sunday: March 18th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Rouse’s Parking Lot (Corner of O’Keefe & Girod Street)

A booming area of revitalization of the Central Business District, Medical District and sports/entertainment corridor of downtown, the South Market District is experiencing a renaissance placing it squarely in the up-and-coming areas of the city. But what was the historical significance of the South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartment, condominiums, hotels, and restaurants? Join the Friends of the Cabildo as we examine the fascinating mix of adaptive reuse, historic preservation and new construction in the “Old CBD.” The unique tour of rapid transforming South Market will provide a snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Faubourg St. Mary (Central Business District) Tour

Thursday: March 8th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Julia & Camp Street (Riverside of 800 Camp St. Parking Lot)

Walking along the busy concrete sidewalks of the Central Business District today, it is difficult to imagine that the streets now shaded by skyscrapers were originally part of Belair, the plantation of city founder Bienville — part of his 1719 land grant which stretched to the present-day Jefferson Parish line. The Friends of the Cabildo Faubourg St. Mary walking tour reveals the history behind the present day commercial district, from the plantation beginnings through the explosive American growth during the 1800s, to the present day revival. This tour provides a historic backdrop for a new appreciation of the American Sector.

Garden District Tour

Sunday: March 4th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania Street)

Most residents and visitors alike know of the Garden District as a stunning neighborhood full of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, bounded by Jackson, St. Charles, and Louisiana avenues, and Magazine Street. But do you know who established the Garden District? What part did the NO & Carrollton Railroad play? Why do we always hear tour guides reference “Lafayette” and “Livaudais?” Discover the answers to those questions and more when exploring the Garden District with the Friends of the Cabildo. As we unveil the Garden District’s incredible architecture, and the influence of culture, climate, political events, and famous figures on the area, you will see these grand residences as more than just beautiful houses; they are the enduring statements of mid-nineteenth century Americans in New Orleans.

Lower Garden District Tour

Sunday: March 11th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania Street & Terpsicore Street)

Nineteenth century residential life in New Orleans comes alive through the Friends of the Cabildo Lower Garden District Tour! The district’s extensive collection of 1800s residences—primarily side hall, double-galleried homes in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles—will capture your imagination with both the romance and realities of life in these grand homes in the age before modern conveniences. Bounded by the Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it is known for its many irregularly shaped parks. You will gain a new understanding of the history and culture of the area through a review of its architecture, geography, and famous residents.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

6-8 p.m. | New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

March 8 (2PM): “Fest Before the Fests” — Dave Thomas & Al Jackson

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.

Yoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am NOTE TEMPORARILY AT THE PRESBYTERE (751 CHARTRES)

$15 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $10 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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