Tonight, NOMA is proud to host the launch of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas with co-authors Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker. Amanda Walker performs as well, so don’t miss out!
- 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot: Free art activities with NOMA
- 5:30 p.m.: Music by Amanda Walker
- 6 p.m.: Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas book launch with Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker
About Amanda Walker
With her sensuous, bluesy vocals, classically trained piano chops and warm, intelligent, original songs, Amanda Walker is emerging as a unique contemporary musical voice. Her talents have put her onstage and in the studio alongside many of the Crescent City's finest.
Born into a musical household in rural Dexter, Missouri, Amanda was singing and playing piano by the time she could walk. Her mother was a professional pianist and music instructor, and the constant exposure to music and musical education imbued Amanda with prodigious instrumental and vocal skills, as well as an immaculate ear. She began performing classical piano recitals at festivals by age 10 and she continued to perform throughout high school. Amanda put music aside when she entered college to make time for her career as an NCAA Division 1 tennis player, but resumed performing professionally while living in New Orleans and attending Tulane Law School. Her work at French Quarter night spots quickly earned her the respect and recognition of other musicians and landed her an offer to record her debut CD for Rabadash Records. Many of the songs from the all-original CD have received airplay nationally and overseas, and her song "Paul McCartney" was chosen for spins by the BBC on Sir Paul's birthday.
In addition to her musical career, Amanda is now practicing law in the New Orleans area, with a career in the juvenile justice system, in addition to providing legal help for musicians and music industry professionals. Amanda can be seen performing regularly in New Orleans as a solo or with her full band.
About Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices, including geographers, scholars of sugar and bananas, the city’s remarkable musicians, prison activists, environmentalists, Arab and Native voices, and local experts, as well as the coauthors' compelling contributions. Featuring 22 full-color two-page-spread maps, Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination, pivotal scene of American history and culture and, most recently, site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.
The innovative maps' precision and specificity shift our notions of the Mississippi, the Caribbean, Mardi Gras, jazz, soils and trees, generational roots, and many other subjects, and expand our ideas of how any city is imagined and experienced. Together with the inspired texts, they show New Orleans as both an imperiled city-by erosion, crime, corruption, and sea level rise-and an ageless city that lives in music as a form of cultural resistance. Compact, lively, and completely original, Unfathomable City takes readers on a tour that will forever change the way they think about place.
Together with A Studio in the Woods (a program of Tulane University), NOMA will be partnering with Unfathomable City in creating a series of broadsheets, which will tie a selection of maps from the publication to a series of public programs, which will be unveiled in early 2014.