Beads of Hope

Six months after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed New Orleans, photographer Elliot Snedden headed to the tortured city during its world-famous Mardi Gras celebration, intent on capturing the celebration amid the gloom and sorrow. This week he'll be presenting photos from his visit, which also include shots of the surrounding cities of Houma and Slidell, Louisiana, in a special photography exhibit titled Côte à Côte: Mardi Gras in the Wake of Disaster. The exhibit opens at the Van Ditthavong Gallery, 830 Exposition Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and runs through September 13. For more information, visit
Aug. 23-Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.


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