10 New Orleans Events For Black Professionals This Week

There’s always something to do in Nola! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in New Orleans this week.

1. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH ERIC BENET
Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
NOJO’s 18-piece big band, led by Adonis Rose, has an ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of Jazz as the grandfather of all modern American music. Benét’s captivating voice lends a sound that is memorable, vintage, and pure to R&B and Neo-soul music. The blended sounds construct a smooth swing into the spring season that will leave a lasting impression from both Grammy-nominated artists. Learn more HERE.

2. NEW ORLEANS BOURBON FESTIVAL 
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:30 p.m.
Kicking off the New Orleans festival season 2018, the Second Annual New Orleans Bourbon Festival will provide attendees with an opportunity to enjoy exceptional Bourbon and cuisine surrounded by the charm and culture of New Orleans. The festival will have the finest Bourbon distilleries and restaurants, provide the most experienced and relevant speakers and highlight the family business with “Bourbon Generation.” Learn more HERE.

3. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FILM SCREENING
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
International Women’s Day is on Thursday, March 8th and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The Global Shapers New Orleans Hub is hosting a film screening of Miss Representation and inviting everyone to join us at The Shop shared workspace. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Learn more HERE.

4. MAKING NEW ORLEANS HOME: A TRICENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – Sunday, March 11, 2018, 4:00 p.m. 
The Historic New Orleans Collection will join the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission’s Cultural and Historical Committee to present “Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium.” Featuring lectures and cultural programming throughout the city, the four-day event will explore the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city. Comprising individual lectures and panel discussions, the symposium will be held at locations throughout the city. Learn more HERE.

5. BUKU MUSIC & ART PROJECT
Friday, March 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 11, 2018, 1:00 a.m. 
In a nutshell, BUKU Music + Art Project is a quirky boutique event that delivers a big festival punch without compromising its underground house-party vibe. From the signature BUKU Graffiti Wall to the classic New Orleans food to the dozens of pop-up street performers and art exhibits brought on-site, BUKU blends the rich traditions of New Orleans with the progressive attitude of our attendees, and has become a reflection of the creative, youthful culture that is fueling the new New Orleans. This year’s lineup includes SZA, Migos, Jay Electronica, Flatbush Zombies and more acts that you may never have heard of but can leave this event with a new underground fave.  Learn more HERE.

6. THE TIPPING POINT
Friday, March 9, 2018, 11:00 p.m. 
Created by DJ RQ Away it began with the idea of giving those seeking a good time an alternative to what he and his cohorts had come to know as a “regular” night out. With no lines, no cover, no enforced dress code, and a laid-back vibe The Tipping Point has become a “to do” for Good People looking for Good Music on Friday nights. With the emotionally driven music selections of RQ Away, Good Vibes are always guaranteed at The Tipping Point. Learn more HERE.

7. MEMORY AS ACTIVISM 
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Attend a special community conversation about the state of Black LGBTQ archives and for a special presentation by Steven G. Fullwood, founder of the In the Life Archive (ITLA); a project documenting Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, same gender loving, queer, questioning and in the life culture and history at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Learn more HERE.

8. PARTY AT THE POLL
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In a city known around the world for its parties, it’s time we make voting part of that tradition. Join everyone at Duncan Plaza across from City Hall to kick off Early Voting Week. The Party at the Poll is where New Orleanians will gather to get their vote on. Vote at City Hall, then step on over for music, community, and fun. Bring yourself, friends and family to get everyone involved and your voices heard. Learn more HERE.

9. THE REVOLUTION
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. 
Celebrate the opening of THE REVOLUTION with 1SocialNola and THE REVOLUTION Family! Bring your friends and check out the venue and meet new people or reconnect with familiar faces. Learn more HERE.

10. 14 PARISHES SUNDAY BRUNCH 
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Named for the 14 parishes of Jamaica, this venue is a family-run Central City joint that dishes up homeland classics like beef patties and jerk chicken paired with sides like sweet plantains and cornbread. Their casual space features colorful artwork and reclaimed wood tables that create a laid-back, rustic vibe. This Sunday brunch is sure to leave your belly feeling irie. Learn more HERE.

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