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30 Americans

Apr 25 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

Brass & Glass

Apr 25 - 25, 2014
Join us for the third annual Brass & Glass the first weekend of Jazz Fest!… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

Apr 25 - May 5, 2014
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

PINTS & PLAYS

Apr 25 - Nov 25, 2014
PINTS & PLAYS is a monthly play reading in the true spirit of New Orleans. … more

The Andrews Brothers

Apr 25 - 26, 2014
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and miscal treasures fill this… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 25 - 27, 2014
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Audubon Aquarium of…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Audubon Aquarium will host Party for the Planet, with events including live… more

Flowtribe

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Straight out of New Orleans and into your ear-holes, Flow Tribe brings the… more

Historic Saturday…

Apr 26 - Nov 22, 2014
One of the keys to understanding NOLA’s past, present, and future is to… more

MOGWAI + Majeure

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Must be 18 or older with Proper ID MOGWAI plus Majeure DATE: Saturday, April… more

Neighborhood Pet…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be… more

Shamarr Fest at…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
 A new and powerful addition to post-Jazz Fest revelry, Shamarr Fest… more

An Evening with The…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
Gospel/Blues/Rock supergroup The Word features John Medeski (Medeski Martin… more

Early Modern Faces: …

Apr 27 - Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Trinity Choir bass…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
Representing the Xavier Music Department more

WWOZ'S 26th Annual…

Apr 28 - 28, 2014
WWOZ 90.7 FM is ‘Jazzin' it up' to celebrate New Orleans' most talented… more

Cherub + Carousel &…

Apr 29 - 29, 2014
Must be 18 years or older with a Proper Id. Doors open at 8pm, Show starts… more

Dinner with a Curator…

Apr 29 - 29, 2014
Come and get it! Ever have corn willie or bacon ducks prepared by greasepots… more

Marco Benevento

Apr 29 - 29, 2014
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive… more

30 Americans

Apr 25 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

February forum features special guests from Treme’s underground Mardi Gras tribes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:

Jess Brown
Communications Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs
Loyola University New Orleans
Phone: 504.861.5882

February forum features special guests from Treme’s underground Mardi Gras tribes

After the overwhelming success of last year’s forum highlighting the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, Loyola University New Orleans extraordinary professor of video technology Jim Gabour returns to present “Treme’s Underground Carnival:  Baby Dolls and Skeletons.” The presentation highlights the deep subculture of some of Treme’s most renowned Carnival groups.

The event is free, open to the public and will take place Monday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. For those unable to attend in person, the forum will available via live streaming on Loyola’s website.

The forum will feature special guests, including filmmaker Royce Osborn of the downtown Skeletons and acclaimed musician Bruce Sunpie Barnes of the Northside Skull and Bones Gang. Also in attendance will be Millisia White, a representative of the New Orleans Society of Dance that is coproducing the upcoming Louisiana State Museum exhibit, “They Call Me Baby Doll: One Hundred Years of a Masking Tradition and Way of Life,” on display in the Presbytere this  month.

Gabour and guests, many of whom will be in full Carnvial garb, will discuss the past, present and future of the underground tribes and how the skull and bones clubs fit into the neighborhood carnival tradition. They will also pay tribute to the late, legendary Big Chief Al Morris of the Skull and Bones Gang and screen film clips of several tribes, including footage of the tribes parading on Super Sunday 2008 and excerpts from Osborn’s “All on Mardi Gras Day.”

An award-winning film producer and director, Gabour primarily focuses his work on music and the diversity of cultures. In the late 1970s, he began shooting interviews and footage of the various Mardi Gras tribes and chiefs, famous for their elaborate costumes and Carnival performances.

“These men and women are a deep cultural treasure for the city of New Orleans, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have been allowed to document their lives and art,” Gabour said. “This forum is an opportunity to wake up our students, and the community at large, to what is out there in this town on Mardi Gras morning, and why it is so important.”

During his career, Gabour has earned five Cable ACE Awards, as well as medals at the International Film & Television Festival of New York and the WorldFest Film Festival. Gabour was the featured director of the year at the International Broadcasters Conference in Amsterdam in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

He has produced multi-platinum DVDs for Norah Jones, documentaries on famed soul singer Al Green, and the 25th anniversary concert film for the mockumentary trio Spinal Tap. The DVD for Gabour's feature-length documentary film, “Flow: Living in the Stream of Music,” was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award. An official selection of film festivals around the globe, the film was added to the permanent collection of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882.