Some Katrina Events
- LEVEES.ORG to observe Anniversary of the Worst Engineering Disaster in U.S. History
4:00 p.m., Poydras Street Courtyard, Hale Bogg's Building, Magazine at Poydras to release a report card on the performance of the U.S. Corps of Engineers since August 29, 2005/ Hurricane Katrina and release a commemorative poster made from photos of flag-draped flooded homes.
For more information contact Sandy Rosenthal at 504-616-5159 or email@example.com, or visit www.levees.org___
Friday the 25th:
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Loyola University College of Law, Broadway Campus, 526 Pine St.
Four panel discussions sponsored by the Loyola Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. Info: 504-865-2011
- Modular home demonstration
10:00 a.m. Frenchmen's Hope, Elysian Fields and Florida avenues.
Southern University at New Orleans shows off this project.
- "Remembering Katrina Observance"
7:00 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
With former Mayor Marc Morial and friends. For more information, contact Gail Glapion or Mtangulizi Sanyika, 504-242-8353 or 713-376-3364, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Katrina and Its Meaning for Black Americans and the Nation
7-9:30 p.m. McDonogh No. 35 auditorium, 1331 Kerlerec St.
A discussion by panelists including former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, District E City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis and economist and author Julianne Malveaux.
Saturday the 26th:
- Rising Tide Conference
- 8 - 9:00: Keynote Address: Christopher Cooper and Robert Bloch, authors of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security.
- 9:15 - 10:15: Panel Discussion: Personal Viewpoints moderated by Mark Moseley, including bloggers who stayed through the storm.
- 10:30 - 11:30: Think New Orleans by Alan Gutierrez.
- 1:00 - 2:00: Panel Discussion: New Orleans Politics moderated by Peter Athas.
- 2:15 - 3:15: Panel Discussion: Influence of Journalists and Bloggers moderated by Maitri Venkat-Ramani and Mark Folse, with NOLA.Com editor Jon Donley.
- 3:30 - 4:30: Panel Discussion: Bloggers & Neighborhood Associations moderated by Morwen Madrigal and Peter Athas, with blogger/neighborhood activists representing the Gentilly, Mid-City, Northwest Carrollton and B neighborhoods.
For more information, contact: Mark Folse 504-872-0091.
(I'll be at this one.)
Noon - 3:00 p.m., Louisiana Superdome, Plaza level Gate C
Ceremony sponsored by the African-American Leadership Project to honor Katrina deaths, people who suffered after evacuating to the Superdome and the Convention Center, and those who risked their lives to save others. Followed by a march to the Convention Center.
- ACORN Tour of Hope
2:00 p.m. Leaves from ACORN office, 1024 Elysian Fields Ave.
A bus trip through hurricane-devastated neighborhoods being rebuilt with help from nonprofit groups and others. Tour is free but reservations required; call (800) 239-7379, ext. 114.
- United Nations Hurricane Katrina report
A discussion of the report is sponsored by the African-American Leadership Project.
Sunday the 27th:
- "My New Orleans is the Soul of Her People"
4:30 p.m. St. Louis Cathedral
Featuring local composer and pianist Davell Crawford and his ensemble of gospel singers, Louisiana poet laureate Brenda Marie Osbey and authors of recent books about Katrina. Sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, St. Louis Cathedral and the Louisiana State Museum.
- White Buffalo Day and Katrina observance
Featuring Cyril Neville and his Katrina songs, drums of healing and Mardi Gras Indians.
Monday the 28th:
- Katrina lecture series
7-9:30 p.m. Xavier University Science Building lecture hall
Speakers and their topics are: Dr. Alan Colon, African world studies chairman at Dillard University, on "What Happened to the People?"; Dr. Ivor Van Heerden, deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Research Center, on "What Happened to the Levees?"; and University of Pennsylvania professor Michael Eric Dyson, author of the Katrina book "Come Hell or High Water," on "What Happened to the System?"
- Candlelight vigil
7:30 p.m. Levee at 9600 Hayne Blvd.
Sponsored by City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis.
Tuesday the 29th:
LGTB community marks Hurricane Katrina anniversary with a seven-day festival beginning with a reunion Tuesday evening and continuing through Monday, Sept. 4, with theater performances, a film series, special literary and political colloquies, and myriad New Orleans tours.
For more information, contact Melinda Shelton, Communications Director, at 504-458-9761 or email mshelton@DecaFest.org.
- "Share Our Strength: Restaurants for Relief"
Hours vary. www.strength.org
Several well-known local restaurants will join thousands of others nationwide to support Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts by donating a percentage of their Aug. 29 sales to the relief program, sponsored by American Express. A list of participating restaurants can be found at www.strength.org
- Early Thanksgiving community picnic
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Crescent City Farmers' Market, Uptown Square, 200 Broadway.
A chance for storm survivors to count their blessings, get free massages and record oral histories for UNO's Hurricane Archive.
- "In Loving Memory" photograph exhibit
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Mississippi River Heritage Park, 1100 Convention Center Blvd.
Exhibit of photos submitted by New Orleanians of family members and friends who died during Katrina, along with short essays about each person. The display will later move to the New Orleans Public Library. The project, led by City Council President Oliver Thomas, is sponsored by WWL radio, the New Orleans post office and the library.
- Ringing of the bells & wreath layings
9:38 a.m., City Hall
To signify the first levee breach.
Mayor Ray Nagin and other community leaders will ring ceremonial bells to mark the time of the first levee breach. Simultaneously, five City Council members will lay memorial wreaths: James Carter at the St. Roch Playground at St. Roch and North Prieur streets, Shelley Midura at the 17th Street Canal breach on Bellaire Drive, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell at the London Avenue Canal breach, Oliver Thomas at the eastern New Orleans home of his deceased brother Renaldo, and Cynthia Willard-Lewis atop the Claiborne Avenue bridge over the Industrial Canal. Councilman Arnold Fielkow will lay a wreath during a 9 a.m. memorial ceremony outside Gate A of the Superdome. Councilwoman Stacy Head will attend a commemorative prayer service with her family.
- Memorial ceremony and march
10:00 a.m., 9th Ward Levee Break, Jourdan and N. Galvez Sts. www.peopleshurricane.org
March to be sponsored by a coalition of grass-roots organizations, which includes the African-American Leadership Project, the Causeway Concentration Camp Foundation, the Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association, New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition, the People's Hurricane Relief Fund, Common Ground and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond.
- Ogden Museum activities
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.
To celebrate New Orleans' culture, art, cuisine and music, the museum offers free admission and a 4-6 p.m. concert by Wanda Rouzan and Kermit Ruffins.
- Jazz funeral requiem march
11:30 a.m., from the Superdome to Congo Square.
- Commemoration Program
1:00 p.m. Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, N. Rampart St. www.peopleshurricane.org
Culmination of march from site of the Lower 9th Ward levee break.
- One New Orleans jazz funeral procession
2:00 p.m., Convention Center to the Superdome
Led by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré and honoring first responders, lives lost in Katrina and the rebirth of New Orleans.
For once, I am not going to hide inside and drink.