NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival.
Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in this week's No. 1 film, "Think Like a Man," will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Eve.
The festival drew more than 422,000 attendees last year.
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu, will be an honorary co-chair of an upcoming small business conference in Baton Rouge, along with Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican Sen. David Vitter.
The two-day event, set for May 3-4, in Baton Rouge will be the Louisiana Women's Leaders Conference on Small Business Entrepreneurship. It's sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third in a series of international art exhibits, has been officially postponed from 2013 until fall 2014.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/I2zTi4 ) consulting director Jane Farver says the later date will steer P.3 clear of competition with other international art exhibitions in Venice, Istanbul and Pittsburgh in 2013.
She says the extra year also will allow Prospect to better "regroup and rebuild" before pushing on.
Three thousand sailors are in New Orleans for Navy Week, marking the start of the nation’s bicentennial of the War of 1812. Some seeing the city for the first time will be getting pointers from sailors coming home for the celebrations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Navy is kicking off its celebration of the War of 1812 in New Orleans in a big way.
The event, which is the first of four years of festivities around the nation, begins Tuesday with a parade of tall ships and modern Navy ships sailing up the Mississippi River into the Port of New Orleans
A 21-gun salute fired by the National Guard's Washington Artillery at the old Navy pier in Algiers will welcome them.
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