Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

FOC Concert Series 2018-2019 Season

December 19th | Professor Longhair 100th Birthday Show with Jon Cleary
January 25th | Sonny Landreth
February 15th | Cha Wa
March 15th | Deacon John & the Ivories
May 1 | Sweet Crude
All Concerts 7 p.m., Doors 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members, $25 General Admission 

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 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 New Orleans Jazz Museum 3rd Floor Performance Hall.

FOC Film Series

December 12th | Forever Waves (Musician and Actor from the Film will be on hand for the discussion)
January 16th | Piano Players (LSM Jazz Curator will be on hand for the discussion)
March 20th | Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital (Former Employees of Charity will on hand for the discussion)
April 25th | 1970 Jazz Fest Films
All Films are shown at 5:30 & 7 p.m. (Discussion w/Vivian Norris after 7pm Showings)
Tickets: $10 Members, $15 G.A.

The Friends of the 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 movie-watching experience in the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Dr. Vivian Norris a filmmaker (Obama Mama) and adjunct professor at Tulane University will lead discussions after all 7 p.m. showings.

FOC Annual Symposium

300 Years of Women’s Influence on New Orleans 
Friday-Saturday: December 7th – 8th
Friday: 6:30 p.m. – Keynote: Dr. Rachel Devlin
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
All Talks at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Auditorium (938 Lafayette Street)
Tickets: $75 Members, $85 General Admission 

Our fifth annual symposium will explore the progression of women’s influence in New Orleans from the early 18th century colonial era over the ensuing 300 years, spanning the arrival of the Filles a la Cassette to the impact of United State Representative Lindy Boggs in our nations capitol. Two days of experts will address the pivotal role women have played in promoting social justice during the Civil Rights Movement, providing educational opportunities for women and people of color, and confronting the issues of poverty.

Schedule of Events

Friday Keynote: Dr. Rachel Devlin (Rutgers University) – 6:30 p.m., reception to follow

“A Girl Stands in the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools”

Saturday: Registration from 9 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.: Dr. Virginia Gould – Tulane University “Bienville’s Brides: Virgins or Prostitutes in French Colonial Louisiana

10:45 a.m.: Dr. Emilie Leumas – Archdiocese of New Orleans “One Heart, One Soul: The Life and Legacy of Henriette Delille

1 p.m.: Dr. Shalene Sinegal-Decuir – Xavier University of Louisiana “Katherine Drexel: The Heiress Who Became A Saint”

2:10 p.m.: Dr. Shannon Frystak – East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania “Hardly the Southern Lady: New Orleans’ Female Civil Rights Activist”

3:15 p.m.: Dr. Pamela Tyler – University of Southern Mississippi “Sweet & Shrewd: The Complex Career of Lindy Boggs”

2018 Creole Christmas Home Tour

December 27-29, 10am – 4pm (Final Tickets Sold at 3pm)

Tickets: $20 Members, $25, GA, $20 (Seniors) $15 (Students up to 22), Under 12 Free

Take a festive stroll through the French Quarter with Friends of the Cabildo and visit five historic houses dressed in Creole Christmas decorations, followed by the Creole Christmas story and refreshments. Self-guided tours begin at the 1850 House Museum Store.

Annual Rex Den Float Showing

Saturday | January 12th | 1pm – 3pm | 2531 S. Claiborne Avenue

Tickets: $20 FOC/LMF Members, $25, GA

The historic Rex Organization opens its door for a special viewing of its float den before Mardi Gras Day 2019. See the 2019 floats up close and enjoy a tour of the den, Rex Museum and Rex Mart. This venue is not open to the general public so don’t miss this opportunity. All funds raised go towards Friends of the Cabildo and the Rex Organization’s Pro Bono Publico.

Neighborhood & Cultural Tours

Garden District Tour

Sundays (10am): January 6th, Fridays (10am): December 14th, January 18th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania St.)

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.

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 (2015) the tour continues to draw historians, locals and tourist for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Sunday: December 9th (11AM), Saturday: January 12th (11am), 2.5 hour Tour
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 (2015) the tour continues to draw historians, locals and tourist for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

Lower Garden District Tour

Sundays (10AM): December 9th, January 27th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania & Terpsichore Streets)

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.

South Market District Tour

Saturday (10AM): December 16th, Monday (10AM): January 21st
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Pythian Market (Corner of Loyola & Gravier Street)

A booming area of revitalization at the intersection of the Central Business District, Medical District, and the 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 South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartments, 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.” This tour of rapidly transforming South Market will provide a unique snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturday: January 19th (10am)
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Sophie B. Wright Park (Intersection of Magazine & St. Andrews Street)

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.

Faubourg Marigny Tour

Friday (10am): December 21st
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

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

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.

Treme Cultural Tour

Friday: January 4th (10am)
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Treme Coffeehouse (1501 St. Philip Street)

This 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.

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Tour

Fridays (3pm): December 28th, January 25th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Corner of Royal & St. Philip Streets (across from CC’s Coffee House)

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 enjoys a huge playlist of the best 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 J&M Music Shop on Rampart Street, is the 11th historic American Rock ‘n’ Roll landmark.

New Orleans Jazz Tour

Saturday (10pm): December 29th, January 26th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

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

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 play list.  We include 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.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

December 13 (6PM): “The Incomparable Magazine Street” – John Magill

January 10 (6PM): “The Remarkable Friendship of Grace King with Mark Twain & Family” – Dr. Miki Pfeffer

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. Due to exhibit construction at the Cabildo all classes will be at the Presbytere (751 Chartres Street). The building opposite side of the cathedral from the Cabildo.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am at the Presbytere

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

Mats are provided

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