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"Run For It - Run For…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
“Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic… more

30 Americans

Apr 19 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

An Evening with Chita…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner who… more

Crescent City Classic

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
With top runners from throughout the world participating in previous years, the… more

Earth Day Festival…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Join us in celebrating Earth Day with music, food, art, local green vendors,… more

Family Workshop:…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Don’t touch that dial! In this fun-filled family workshop, kids and… more

Historic Saturday…

Apr 19 - Nov 22, 2014
One of the keys to understanding NOLA’s past, present, and future is to… more

Living History Corps

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
The Museum’s World War II re-enactors, collectively known as the Living… more

LIVING LEGEND CHITA…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
***Two time Tony winner and Broadway’s original Anita in “West Side… more

Southern Rep, Stage…

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Southern Rep, the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum and… more

The Andrews Brothers

Apr 19 - 26, 2014
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and miscal treasures fill this… more

Victory Corps Saturday

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
During D-Day on June 6, 1944, the Naval Construction Battalions called… more

Double Violin Concert…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Performing Bach's violin concerto and Vivaldi's double violin concerti. more

Early Modern Faces: …

Apr 20 - Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

Easter Brunch at the…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Join us on Easter Sunday, April 20th in the hotel's elegant Grand Ballroom for… more

Irving "Honey"…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Various Mardi Gras Indian tribes will line up  for the 1st Annual Irving… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 21 - 27, 2014
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Organ & Labyrinth…

Apr 22 - May 6, 2014
Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas on the 5000 pipe trinity tracker… more

"Run For It - Run For…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
“Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic… more

Friends of the Cabildo Debuts Mardi Gras Baby doll Exhibit at Presbytere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Jason Strada
Friends of the Cabildo
Phone: (504) 523-3939
Fax: (504) 524-9130
jason@friendsofthecabildo.org

 

Friends of the Cabildo Debuts Mardi Gras Baby doll Exhibit at Presbytere

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Friends of the Cabildo will celebrate the opening of the Louisiana State Museum's newest exhibit They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition with a night of events Friday January 18th. Located at the Presbytere, 751 Chartres Street, the exhibit highlights the preservation and resurgence of 100 years of the "Baby Doll" masking, song, and dance traditions in New Orleans.

All events are free and open to the public and kick off at 6 p.m., Friday night with a book release signing by Dr. Kim Vaz, author of The "Baby Dolls": Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. Guests will be able to interact with the author and see the exhibit for the first time, as well as purchase books. Dr. Vaz is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Education at Xavier University of Louisiana. The "Baby Dolls": Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition tells the untold story of one of the first women's street masking practices in the United States and will be released for the first time at the event.

Starting at 7 p.m., Dr. Karen Leathem will be moderating a panel discussion with several generations of Baby Dolls. Dr. Leathem is a historian for the Louisiana State Museum and is member of the Louisiana Folklife Commission.

Following the panel discussion, at 8 p.m., Friends of the Cabildo will host an exhibit opening and reception that will include Baby Doll performances by Millisia White's New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies and masks created by McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be on hand, as well as DJ Hektik. The party ends at 10 p.m.

For more information on the event contact the Friends of the Cabildo Office at (504) 523-3939 or visit the FOC website at http://www.friendsofthecabildo.org/.

Founded in 1956, the Friends of the Cabildo (FOC) is 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Louisiana State Museum (LSM). The FOC assist the LSM through a variety of functions including providing volunteers and financial support to all State Museum properties in New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. The Friends of the Cabildo are located on Historic Jackson Square in the Cabildo at 701 Chartres Street and can be contacted at (504) 523-3939.