By David Lee Simmons, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Filmmaker Spike Lee, whose documentaries “When the Levees Broke” and “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” examined Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, will provide a keynote lecture to close out the Tulane Black Arts Festival on Monday (March 16) at McAlister Auditorium.
The festival, which opened March 6 and is sponsored by the Tulane Black Student Union, speaks to the theme “A Celebration of Black Arts, Culture & Entertainment.”
This final weekend of events will include a performing arts showcase Friday (March 13), featuring Katey Red and the Yisrael Trio from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kendall Cram lecture room, and a visual-arts showcase featuring Big Chief Demond Melancon & the Young Seminole Hunters along with the Original Pinettes Brass Band at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.
Lee will close out the festival with his keynote lecture on Monday at 8 p.m. According to the event website: “Free for anyone with a Splash ID (limit two free tickets per person) and $5 for everyone else. You will need to register for an account if you are a first-time user. Email TulaneBlackArtsFest@gmail.com for info on community organization discounts.” Or visit the Tulane Black Arts Festival website, for more information.
Lee’s most recent theatrical release, 2013’s “Oldboy,” was filmed around New Orleans.