The City of New Orleans and its citizens commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with myriad events, some mournful and some thankful, but all with the memory of the lives we lost. The hosts of these events range from Mayor Ray Nagin and the city to cultural ambassadors, such as Wynton Marsalis, from private groups, like the African American Leadership Project, to houses of worship, such as Trinity Episcopal Church. Below is a compilation of many of these events.
Listings by David Winkler-Schmit Friday, Aug. 25 New Orleans One Year Forward: The City CouncilÕs View. Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave., 658-1020 Ñ Councilmember Stacy Head will lead a presentation on the cityÕs progress in the past year. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
National Dialogue. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-9070 Ñ A panel of speakers, including Marc Morial, Juliane Malveaux, Ron Daniels and George Curry, will discuss lessons from Katrina. Contact African American Leadership Project at www.aalp.org or 242-8353 for more info. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 The Art of Healing. Young artists will express their emotions through painting, poetry, dance and theater. Call 658-1000 for details. 9 a.m. to noon.
Hands Around the Dome. Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, 587-3663 Ñ Members of the community will join hands to remember the suffering and lives lost from Katrina. Afterwards, a march will take place ending at the Convention Center. Contact African American Leadership Project at www.aalp.org or 242-8353 for more info. Noon to 3 p.m.
Bus Tour. 1024 Elysian Fields Ave., (800) 239-7379 ext. 127 Ñ The community group ACORN will lead a bus tour displaying progress made in New Orleans neighborhoods. Reservations required. 2 p.m.
Katrina Memorial. Location TBA Ñ ACORN members and friends will memorialize those lost to the storm. Call (800) 239-7379 for more details. 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 Silent Auction. HarrahÕs Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6000 Ñ Kazanjian Jewels will be up for auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rebuild the Soul of American Charitable Trust, a non-profit entity focused on rebuilding New Orleans cultural economy. Contact Karen Hales at email@example.com or 949-3999 for details. Noon to midnight.
Katrina Victims Tribute. Intersection of Claiborne Avenue and Tennessee Street, 658-1000 Ñ Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood Council will pay tribute to the victims of Katrina. 1 p.m.
Katrina Memorial Concert. Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, North Rampart Street, 589-4841 Ñ Free concert to memorialize the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina featuring Cyril Neville. Contact Mtangulizi Sanyika at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gospel Concert. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., 582-3000; email@example.com Ñ Free gospel concert. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Katrina Memorial Concert. Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1235 Louisiana Ave., 891-1906 Ñ Free concert memorializing the first anniversary of the storm with performances by singers Phyliss Treigle and Thais St. Julien, flautist Louis Hackett and others. 3 p.m.
Prayer/Music Service. Christ Church, 2919 St. Charles Ave., 895-6602 Ñ A prayer service featuring music by Irvin Mayfield Jr., members of the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Shades of Praise Gospel Choir. 4 p.m.
Commemorative Concert. Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, 103 Baronne St., 529-1477 Ñ The church hosts a free concert featuring singer/songwriter Trish Foti Genco, accompanied by pianist Dreux Montegut. Contact Hilary Suthon at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 6 p.m.
Candlelight Ceremony. Algiers Point Ñ Candles will be lit for every life lost due to Katrina. Call 658-1000 for more information. 8:30 p.m.
Talent Search. HarrahÕs Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6000 Ñ HarrahÕs Casino hosts the Ambassadors of Swing talent search. Contact Karen Hales at email@example.com or 949-3999 for details. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 Silent Auction. HarrahÕs Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6000 Ñ Kazanjian Jewels will be up for auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rebuild the Soul of American Charitable Trust, a non-profit entity focused on rebuilding New Orleans cultural economy. Contact Karen Hales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-3999 for details. Noon to midnight.
Cooking Class for Kids. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., 582-3000 Ñ Emeril Lagasse and Wynton Marsalis present ÒCooking with Music.Ó Contact Karen Hales at email@example.com or 949-3999 for details. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Exclusive Food Experience. Various local restaurants Ñ Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 658-4943 for details. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 Anniversary Mass. Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Rd., Chalmette, 254-5193 Ñ The church holds a mass to remember the first anniversary of Katrina. 7 a.m.
Day of Reflection Breakfast. St. Bernard Unified School, 1100 East Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 301-2600 Ñ The school holds a breakfast to mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 8:30 a.m.
Bell Ringing Ceremony. Frederick J. Sigur/ St. Bernard Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette Ñ The time is to be announced.
Prayer Breakfast. Asia Baptist Church, 1400 Sere St., 283-9293; email@example.com Ñ Mayor Nagin will be the special guest for a free breakfast hosted by the National Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. Contact 658-4943 for details. 8:30 a.m.
Ringing of the Bells. City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., 658-4000; firstname.lastname@example.org Ñ Bells will be rung and wreaths placed at each levee breach in the City Council districts. Contact 658-4943 for details. 9:38 a.m. (time of first levee breach).
Desire Street Remembrance. 3600 Desire St. Ñ The former ministry and school headquarters hosts a gathering for a time of prayer, remembrance and thanksgiving. Contact Marcia Peterson at email@example.com or (866) 633-0070 for more details. 10 a.m.
Historic New Orleans Collection. 533 Royal St., 523-4662; www.hnoc.org Ñ The HNOC hosts a free event featuring presentations by Times-Picayune staff and a lecture and book signing by Richard Campanella, author of New Orleans: Urban Fabrics Before the Storm. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Ceremony and March. Ninth Ward Levee Break, Jourdan Street and North Galvez Street Ñ A ceremony and march sponsored by numerous grass-roots organizations will memorialize the victims of the storm, concluding with a commemoration program at Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park. Contact www.peopleshurricane.org or 301-0215 for more info. 10 a.m.
Shell Beach Memorial. Shell Beach, St. Bernard Parish Ñ A steel cross and stone monument will be dedicated to 129 St. Bernard Parish citizens lost to the storm. Contact www.sbpg.net for more info. 10 a.m.
Monument Dedication. Mississippi River Heritage Park, 1100 block of Convention Center Boulevard, 658-4943; firstname.lastname@example.org Ñ Mayor Ray Nagin and City Council members dedicate a monument called ÒA Place of RemembranceÓ for the victims of Katrina. 10:30 a.m.
Hospice Memorial Service. Ochsner Foundation Medical Center, Building A, 1221 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 975-7878; jpesses@coxnet Ñ The hospital holds a free bereavement activity for the terminally ill who were evacuated. Free counseling also available. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Back to the 9th on the 29th. Shirley Landry Benson PACE Center at St. Cecilia, 4201 N. Rampart St., 592-5691 Ñ The center holds a free lunch to recognize Catholic Charities dedication to all of the New Orleans neighborhoods. Noon.
early Thanksgiving Picnic. Crescent City Farmers Market, 200 Broadway Ave., 861-5898; www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org Ñ The farmerÕs market hosts an early Thanksgiving lunch featuring live music, massage therapy and a gigantic picnic table on KatrinaÕs anniversary. Purchase lunch or bring your own. Noon.
Katrina Observance. Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium, McAlister Drive, 865-5196 Ñ TulaneÕs president gives a talk, along with members of the student government. Call Carolyn Barber-Pierre at 865-5181 for details. Noon to 2 p.m.
Katrina Vigil. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., 522-0276; email@example.com Ñ The church will be open for prayer and meditation. Short prayer services will be held at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Daylong event, noon to midnight.
Prayer Service. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., 582-3000 or 658-4943; firstname.lastname@example.org Ñ A free ecumenical prayer service is open to the public. Noon.
Silent Auction. HarrahÕs Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6000 Ñ Kazanjian Jewels will be up for auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rebuild the Soul of American Charitable Trust, a non-profit entity focused on rebuilding New Orleans cultural economy. Contact Karen Hales at email@example.com or 949-3999 for details. Noon to midnight.
Jazz Funeral. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., 582-3000 ÑThe procession honoring first responders and the victims of Katrina will proceed from the Convention Center to the Superdome. Contact 658-4943 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 2 p.m.
Gospel Concert. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., 582-3000 Ñ A free gospel concert memorializes the victims of Katrina. Contact email@example.com or 658-4943 for details. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-Concert Community Event. Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive 658-4943; firstname.lastname@example.org ÑThis free gathering will be held prior to the ÒRebuilding the Soul of America: One Year Later.Ó 3:30 p.m.
Instruments A CominÕ Presentation. TipitinaÕs, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477; www.tipitinas.com Ñ TipitinaÕs Foundation will donate $500,000 worth of new instruments for school music programs. Live music performances by Troy Andrews, Soul Rebels, Ivan Neville and others will follow. 5 p.m.
Katrina Memorial Service. Holy Angels Center, 3500 St. Claude Ave., 947-2210 Ñ The Marianite Bywater Project hosts a service to mourn those who died during the storm, honor those who saved lives and share hopes and dreams for the future. 6:30 p.m.
Interfaith Prayer Service. St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square Ñ Archbishop Hughes will host a prayer service for 12 faiths including Catholics, Jews, Hindus and Muslims. The Louisiana Philharmonic will play in the Square afterwards, and the Katrina bell will be rung following the music. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Celebrating the Healing Power of the Arts. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 452-1216; www.cacno.org Ñ The museum commemorates Katrina with numerous exhibits, a childrenÕs workshop, dancing, music by Rebirth Brass Band and refreshments. Tickets $10 and $5 for members; $10 for childrenÕs workshop. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Rebuilding the Soul of America: One Year Later Benefit Concert. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 522-5555; www.ticketmaster.com Ñ A concert featuring Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Earth Wind & Fire and others benefits a nonprofit charitable trust for rebuilding the cityÕs culture. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Wynton Marsalis perform as the Rebuilding the Soul of America: One Year Later Benefit Concert.