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New Orleans Events

Celebrating 2012 Fourth of July in New Orleans

It’s about to be the Fourth of July.  Again.  Our town was here before the American independence from Britain, but we’re not counting that, because we weren’t in the country then anyway.  Heck, some people think we’re still not really American!  And we had our own war, in a way, here—the War of 1812, featuring the famous Battle of New Orleans.  That war in many ways made America a unified country, and we’re celebrating the bicentennial of that this year.

Nonetheless, we love the Fourth of July.  With the Mississippi River as the launching pad, we set off fireworks from dueling barges (we used to have duels here, too, under the famous Dueling Oaks in Audubon Park).  We call that one Go Fourth on the River, and you can get a terrific view from ACROSS the river in Algiers Point. But the official location is Woldenberg Park, and it’s free.  The fireworks show this year is Sunday at 9PM.

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New Orleans Music

“Joy” on Canal Street

Renewal of Downtown Theater Industry brings “Joy” to Canal Street.  As 2011 came to a close, the New Orleans’ entertainment circuit gained an exciting addition with the reopening of the Joy Theater, located at 1200 Canal Street. Its history as a popular movie theater, opening in 1947 with the screening of “Lover Come Back” starring Lucille Ball, ended in 2003, facing competition from multiplex cinemas and suffering damaging flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The $5 million renovations to the theater have kept close to the original exterior plans and include state of the art sound and light systems, as well as wider seats and elevators. The new Joy is a multi-purpose venue available for concerts, theatre arts, private events, and move screenings, and kicked off with an electrifying performance from the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” herself, Irma Thomas, on December 29. The New Year’s Eve celebration featured local favorite Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers.

In related news, plans for the reconstruction of the Saenger Theatre on Canal Street have been announced following financial approval. Construction will begin in the New Year, with plans to reopen in 2013 as a venue for touring Broadway productions, dance, and music. All of this good news points to a coming revitalization of the former downtown theater district where aesthetics and décor pay homage to the heyday of these historic buildings and the picture show culture of the past!

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