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July 1st

Jon Cleary
Wednesdays at the Point, 5:30p.m.
Keys man plays popular free, outdoor concert


Gasa Gasa, 9p.m
Chapel Hill string band


Treme Brass Band
Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.
See the legendary band on their home turf


Dinky Tao Poetry
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.
Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson

Gustings Takes Manhattan

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
On September 17, the storied James Beard House in New York City is going to get a taste of Louisiana—literally. The folks at Broussard’s are packing up shop, heading to the Big Apple, and serving up some SoLa fare at the culinary mecca. Given the importance of drink to NOLA’s culture, bartender and iconic curmudgeon Paul Gustings will be leading the charge.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.01-7.15

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Compiled by Michael Martin

Save for the fifth anniversary of Debauchery, Pat Bourgeois’ much-loved monthly soap opera parody, July is filled with all-new productions. The Princess and the Pea and Pinochio will entertain audiences of all ages. Shakespeare is well represented Uptown and a "sidewalk sale" at the Old marquer celebrates smaller works. Click through for complete listings.

Sending the Old Man Home: Margaritaville's Last Night

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

It's 5 o'clock somewhere...but not at Margaritaville on Decatur anymore. After 22 years of serving up cheeseburgers in paradise, the French Quarter staple locked up the doors for the very last time on Tuesday (6.30) night. Margaritaville  hosted many national acts including Jimmy Buffett, Jared Niemann, Zac Brown, Mac Mcanally and Thom Sheperd. Likewise, the local acts have had a great run at Margaritville and will be looking for other gigs in the area.  

Woman Missing After Repass

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Funerals are emotional affairs and sometimes familial tensions boil over. A woman is missing after one such incident this past week. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are now reaching out to citizens for help finding 22-year-old Ashley Mitchell (pictured).

Fest Lineup Pops

Satchmo SummerFest Schedule Reveal

Satchmo Summerfest, the perennial summertime music festival in the French Quarter, released their 2015 lineup today. As the name suggest, the festival dedicated to New Orleans native musical deity, Louis Armstrong. The event will be held from Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd on the grounds of the old U.S. Mint at the corner of Decatur St. and Esplanade Ave.

Revelator 6.37

Coffee Mecca Opens in Warehouse District

A few years ago, some New Orleanians were talking about coffee, the South, and cuisine. From that conversation, the Revelator Coffee Company was born. Shortly thereafter Revelator was operating successful shops in Birmingham, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee. On Tuesday (6.30), Revelator is coming home to NOLA, and opening a location at 637 Tchoupitoulas. 

Monumental Mistakes?

The History Behind New Orleans' White League, Lee, and Davis Monuments

This past week Mayor Landrieu delivered a speech to the “Welcome Table New Orleans” event, co-sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. In that speech he publicly apologized for New Orleans’ history as a hub of domestic and international slave trades and called for Confederate monuments in the city to undergo review.

Today in NOLA: 7.01.15

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Before the holiday, check out some music. Wednesdays on the Point is getting rolling and North Carolina’s Mipsho is in town. Hometown heroes are playing a regular gig in the Treme and Uptown, it’s poetry night. On this day in 1912, Louisiana officially adopted the pelican flag. The mother pelican and her three chicks form a stylized fleur de lis. Read on for details tonight:

ACLU: Jindal's "Religious Freedom" Not Free & Really Dumb

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Bobby Jindal on Tuesday (6.30). The legal action is aimed at blocking Candidate Jindal’s May 19 executive order on “religious freedom” which allows business owners to deny services to same sex couples.

Police Search for Quarter Purse Snatcher

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

As the old maxim goes, summer is purse snatching season. The New Orleans Police Department are looking for a suspect wanted for Suday (6.28) French Quarter purse snatching.

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Today in NOLA: 6.30.15

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Tuesday has a little something for everyone. Jon Cleary and Sasha Masakowski will entertain music lovers. Jose Torres-Tamas is tackling immigration through art. For those staying in, stop by the Crescent City Farmers Market for some groceries. On this day in 1870, the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez embarked on a steamboat race; the Lee won. Read on for details tonight:

Pressure Drop: Audubon Edition

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Uptowners have been struggling with construction detours and noise for several years in the name of improved drainage and waterlines. On Tuesday (6.30), Audubon residents will experience low water pressure for reasons that have nothing to do with Boh Brothers or water main replacements.

JP Leads Way on Same Sex Marriage

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Jefferson Parish is rarely cited as the model of progressiveness. However, on Monday (6.29), JP issued the first same-sex marriage license in the State of Louisiana. Until the wedding, the Boot held the distinction of being the only state in the Union with no same-sex marriages.

Bounty Fare

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Lots of locals gripe about the need for more public transportation. However the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) says that on Sunday (6.28), one ne’er-do-well caught the bus and then made off with more than a 1.25.

Today in NOLA: 6.29.15

Monday, June 29th, 2015

As NOLA slouches towards the holiday weekend, today is a great opportunity to check out some local favorites. Bluegrass, Nevilles, and King James are all on the bill. Up at Zeitgesit, a SNL doc is screening. On this day in 1956, LSU’s original tiger mascot Mike I passed away. Read on for more details tonight:

Jindal on MTP: Iowa, Marriage,& Poor Polls

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

For a change, Bobby Jindal is angling for some national publicity. On Sunday (6.28) morning, da Gov’ appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press to push his presidential bid. Jindal talked a lot about same sex marriage, polls, and even Buddy Roemer got a mention.

Clowns Down: Jesters Blow Must-Win To Georgia Revolution, 1-5

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

By Andrew Mullins, III

Facing a must win game to enter the playoffs, the Jesters lost 1-5 to the Georgia Revolution after bad weather, bad play, and bad referees. The loss almost surely eliminates the Jesters from the NPSL Southeast Division playoffs, even with two road games to spare. 

Letting It Fly

Red, White, and Butterflies Returns

For those looking an alternative to burgers and beers this Fourth of July, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium might just be the thing for you. For Independence Day weekend (7.3-7.5), the garden is hosting its annual Red, White and Butterflies event, which will feature a patriotic display of butterflies. 

Decision Day

SCOTUS Legalizes Marriage for All, NOLA Celebrates

In a landmark decision this morning (6.26), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling, which makes it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all states, was won with a 5-4 majority. In the wake of the historic decision, many New Orleanians will celebrate tonight at the Decision Day Rally for Marriage Equality at Jackson Square. 

Drinking Culture

Plotting a Course at the Chart Room

Gentle reader, the sun had set on a day so humid I could have taken my betta fish for a walk. An old street magician in a weathered top hat sat on my right stroking a wild beard. A drunken Australian sat on my left looking quite sober, but I knew damned-well how much he’d had to drink. A Frenchmen Street record store manager teetered nearby a French Quarter waiter. A conventioneer squinted one eye, gripping a Budweiser like he’d forgotten it was in his hand. We were talking global monetary policy – the Financial Crisis. Typical as taxes, really, for the Chart Room. 

Corset Crawl

Freret Street Gets Risqué for Charity

Some say that fashion is pain. But can fashion also be philanthropy? On Saturday, July 25, The Creativity Collective will host its first ever Corset Crawl. The crawl will benefit the Collective’s project, Gradeuxity, and will travel to the various food and drink establishments along Freret Street.

Too Tango

Photos from the Fest

Photos by Andres Delmonte

The New Orleans Tango Festival returned last weekend (6.18-6.21) for its second year. The festival featured world famous Tango dancers along with twenty-four workshops, four social dance events called milongas and teacher performances. Andres Delmonte checked out some of these classes camera in hand. 

Moving Mountains

NOLA Gets a Climbing Gym

On belay? Not exactly. On July 18, New Orleans Boulder Lounge, the first climbing gym in the city, will open its doors to the public. The lounge, which is located in the historic cotton press building in the Lower Garden District, will feature a yoga studio, a café and a fitness room in addition to its 2,500 square feet of bouldering. 

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Frack Your Brain

This week, the Louisiana Lazarus ponders the Northshore's fracking-filled future.

Second Line Alert: Uptown Swingers (Route)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

The Uptown Swingers are set to step out once again as the annual second line season winds down. The club is set to step out at 3:30p.m. from 4622 Loyola Ave. Click through for the full route:

Out of the Frying Pan: OPSO Search for Con After Resto Shift

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Kitchen work is tough. If it pushed Jamarr Smith over the edge, he wouldn’t be the first. Unfortunately, Jamarr Smith is a convict working in transitional program and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) does not take kindly to no-call, no-show.

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