Here’s What’s Cookin’: The Southern Food and Beverage Museum offers a weekly cooking series and lunch demonstrations.
SoFAB is resuming its weekly cooking series and lunch demonstrations with the return of Taste of New Orleans (focusing on traditional New Orleans fare), plus a new Creole Italian Cooking Class (focusing on the cultural and historic traditions of Creole Italian dishes). Both classes take place weekly in the state-of-the-art Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air through the rest of the year and into the spring.
The Taste of New Orleans class takes place on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a menu of fresh tomato salad with Creole remoulade sauce; Creole jambalaya with chicken, sausage and vine-ripened tomatoes; Bananas Foster flambé with vanilla ice cream; New Orleans French bread with butter; and iced tea and coffee.
Meanwhile, the Creole Italian Cooking Class takes place on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In this new weekly program, you’ll learn about the origin of Creole Italian cuisine when Sicilians came to New Orleans in the late 1800s. The menu features Italian olive salad with fresh lemon; Creole red gravy with sweet Italian sausage and pasta; made-to-order sno-balls; garlic bread and iced tea.
During each class, you’ll learn how to prepare these traditional dishes in your own kitchen, while learning all about the history and culture that has evolved over time. The classes are available for private group reservations with additional add-ons or specialty menus upon request. $40 per person (includes museum admission and lunch), 1609 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., (504) 267-7490, sofabinstitute.org
Through Her Eyes: Celebrate local female artists this fall.
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, a historic art-centric hotel in the Warehouse District, and Where Y’Art, a community that cultivates emerging artists, recently debuted their fourth collaborative exhibition at the hotel. Fairer Sex, Set One is on view through TK and includes over 30 total works from three local artists, curated by Catherine Todd and Collin Ferguson (the visionaries behind Where Y’Art). The exhibition explores what it means to be a female artist, showcasing the works of Ember Soberman, Saegan Swanson and Lori Sperier.
Soberman, a Louisiana native, draws inspiration from New Orleans and the spaces where man-made and organic forms intersect. She uses encaustic painting to create multilayered, dimensional art works through a process in which wax, resin and pigments are heated, mixed and applied in layers to plaster.
Meanwhile, Swanson, who emerged on the New Orleans’ art scene after making her way to the Big Easy in 2013, uses photographs as source images for her collection of figurative paintings. She focuses on subjects who are both personal acquaintances and anonymous strangers found in old photo albums discovered at flea markets.
Lastly, Sperier — a Louisiana native born with a passion for art — creates figurative and landscape paintings, as well as abstract works. She employs a number of mediums in her works, from oil and acrylic paints to compressed charcoal, pencils and molding paste.
Fairer Sex, Set One is the first half of a dual-location all-female group show. The second half, Fairer Sex, Set Two, is currently on view through TK at the Where Y’Art Gallery on Royal Street in the Marigny. 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 527-5271, old77hotel.com
Dance Matters: The New Orleans Ballet Association announces its 2016-17 Main Stage Season of Dance.
Stellar performances are on tap for The New Orleans Ballet Association’s 2016-17 season, featuring five brilliant and world-renowned dance companies. Brazil’s premier contemporary company, Grupo Corpo — an ensemble of “arguably some of the best dancers on the planet” (The Globe and Mail) — kicks off the season Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Founded by a team of two visionary brothers, artistic director Paulo and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, this performance revolutionizes contemporary dance with an exotic fusion of ballet, modern dance and sizzling Brazilian styles.
Also included this season (at a glance):
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE – Jan. 27 & 28 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall (co-presented with The NOCCA Institute)
Stars of American Ballet Encore! – March 18 at 8 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
Complexions Contemporary Ballet – April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
Jessica Lang Dance – May 13 at 8 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
Single ticket prices for Grupo Corpo, Stars of American Ballet Encore!, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Jessica Lang Dance begin at $24. The single ticket price for Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE is $50. Ticket packages start at $63. nobadance.com