Great Cities Listen to their Citizens- The Nature of Cities

My review of three books that encourage citizen-led design: Great Cities Grow from Great Spaces and Listening to their Citizens – The Nature of Cities

Navy Week in New Orleans

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Ships from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Great Britain and Canada will line the shores of the Mississippi River and you’re invited to join in on the action. Starting Friday, April 24th, the ships will be open for General Public Visitation – explore as many as you can! Hours for ships may vary by day, so take a look at our calendar or the individual ship’s pages and start planning. School and community groups are also invited to learn more about scheduling private group tours.

    Historic New Orleans Collection will have lectures for Navy Week

As part of New Orleans Navy Week 2015, The Historic New Orleans Collection will host a special presentation on April 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street just a few blocks away from the riverfront, where the visiting ships will be docked.

The program will feature two lectures moderated by Cyril Lagnavec, who teaches at Jesuit High School and the US Naval College.

William H. Forman, professor at the Naval War College in New Orleans, will open the program with his talk “The 1814 Battle of Lake Borgne: Prelude to Victory,” which will examine the naval engagement between US and British forces that preceded the monumental Battle of New Orleans.

Jason Wiese, associate director of THNOC’s Williams Research Center, will follow with his presentation “United States v. Andrew Jackson: The Fight over Martial Law in New Orleans,” which will explore Jackson’s decision to impose military rule in New Orleans in December 1814 and to keep it in effect after the war’s end, as well as the controversies that ensued.

New Orleans Navy Week will take place April 23–29, 2015, with a host of events at venues throughout the city. The program at The Historic New Orleans Collection is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling THNOC (504) 523-4662 or emailing

A Red Light Look at New Orleans History

Wednesday: THNOC librarian & curator Pamela Arceneaux, sheds light on the history of prostitution with library presentation in Gentilly
Wednesday, May 21 • 6 p.m.
Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Boulevard
Admission is free.

Pamela Arceneaux, THNOC senior librarian/rare books curator, will present a lively history of prostitution in New Orleans, including references to the “correctional” girls and the casket girls, quadroon balls and the system of plaçage, red light areas prior to Storyville, prominent personalities, the Blue Books, jazz, and the demise of Storyville.
She will discuss the popular topic again on Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

Concerts in the Courtyard returns at HNOC

Friday: Concerts in the Courtyard with Hot Club of New Orleans

Show: 6–8 p.m.; Doors: 5:30 p.m.
533 Royal Street
Admission is $10, free for THNOC members.

Now in its seventh year, Concerts in the Courtyard offers a fun, casual way to kick off the weekend with live outdoor performances by Louisiana musicians. The fall series opens Friday, March 14, with a performance by Hot Club of New Orleans.

Hot Club of New Orleans, whose performance at the November 2013 event was rained out, takes swing-era music and retains a classical groove, melding it with modern sensibilities. They count greats like Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, and Stephan Grappelli among their influences, and their tight but fun sound has led to performances at various festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Fellini Jazz Festival, and Jazz Ascona Festival in Switzerland. Band members include Christopher Kohl (clarinet), Matt Rhody (violin/vocals), Nathan Lambertson (bass), Larry Scala (guitar), and John Rodli (guitar).

All concerts this season will feature white wine from Republic National Distributing Co. and beer from NOLA Brewing Co. Republic National Distributing Co. is the second-largest beverage alcohol distributor of premium wine and spirits in the U.S. NOLA Brewing Co. was launched in 2008 by local entrepreneur Kirk Coco and Peter Caddoo, a former brewmaster at Dixie Beer.

Mark your calendars for the rest of the spring 2014 season:

Thursday, April 17: New Orleans Nightingales
presented in conjunction with the exhibition Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans

Friday, May 16: Viváz
presented in conjunction with the exhibition Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere

Friday, June 13: Africa Brass