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MERCREDI

August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint

 

The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health

 

Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert

 

Trainspotting

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show

 

Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party

JEUDI

August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ

 

Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band

 

Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group

 

Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman

VENDREDI

August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

Feat. The Pfister Sisters

 

Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels

 

More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets

 

Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne

 

Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster

 

Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers

SAMEDI

August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments

 

New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head

 

Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series

 

Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers

 

Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace


  Opinion

Promotin’ the General Welfare

For Whom Is America Really?



Since Donald Trump began his run for President, he signaled clearly that he was willing to target minorities of all kinds, immigrants from all parts of the world, and, in particular, sanctuary cities.  


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Stop and Frisk for All!



Recently, U.S. Senator John Kennedy opined on the Times-Pic’s website about the current state of the crime problem in New Orleans. Yes, we have one. Sadly, we’ve had one for quite some time and lately, it’s worsening. Near the close of his sobering sermon, the Senator offered up an oh-so-novel solution to stem criminal activity in New Orleans’ streets – what he refers to as a “stop-question-and-frisk program”, and what T-P Columnist Tim Morris later clarifies in a “he meant to say” column addressing Kennedy’s “stop and frisk" suggestion.

 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

The Race Is on - Ready, Set, ... Wait A Sec!



The contenders vying to become mayor of New Orleans are now set. Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell, Desiree Charbonnet, and Troy Henry are just four of the 18 people interested in leading the city into the next decade of this 21st century, a city struggling to reconcile its movement forward with its complicated past – and who better to do that than candidates with ties to the old political orders of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, right?  

 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Summertime Blues



There is a point at which the brain shuts down upon hearing news of another murder, gunshot victim, kidnapping, carjacking, or drug overdose. It is necessary to block out the madness, the sadness, the grim prospects that stand in opposition to those principles which comprise the “good life” we cherish thanks to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Born on the Fourth of July



There was something magical when everyone began Louis Armstrong’s story with, “He was born on the Fourth of July.”  

 

More than the symbolic birth of the United States, that Louis Armstrong was said to be born on that day and eventually became America’s great cultural ambassador: there was something quintessentially American about that whole myth.  


Promotin’ the General Welfare

New Orleans, Toward Becoming A More Sustainable City



“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” was the ominously comical punch line delivered by the mock-maternal figure in Chiffon Margarine commercials of the 1970s.

 

For the folks living in denial regarding rising sea levels and similar issues related to climate change, maybe the message should be, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.”


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Ladies First



As a father of two daughters who knows there can be no shortage of successful role models for young women, I am not going to exploit the recent, clichéd Wonder Woman analogy when I say it’s a good sign that two of the city’s declared candidates for mayor are women.  Rather, I’m going to yank out a line from one of my favorites, The Matrix. Near the end of the original film, as he holds Neo’s head close to the subway rail, Agent Smith asks, “You hear that, Mr. Anderson? It’s the sound of inevitability.”

 

That, New Orleans, is now your reality.

 


The Shooting of Steve Scalise: Gun Control, Partisanship, and the State of Affairs


Louisiana representative Steve Scalise, along with two other Republican Washington cohorts, was shot Wednesday morning near the nation’s capitol, in Alexandria, Virginia during practice for the annual Republican-Democrat baseball game. Although reported to be in stable condition and good spirits after the shooting, he is now in critical-but-improving condition, having undergone three surgeries in as many days. The shooting suspect is the only one involved in the shooting to have died from his injuries so far, although others are in critical condition.


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Time to Handle This 'Crime Thing'



New Orleans has a crime problem. New Orleans has a problem dealing with crime. New Orleans is in denial about its crime problem. New Orleans has long been in denial about its crime problem. If New Orleans was serious about solving its crime problem, it would have addressed the systemic issues which contribute to the persistent crime problem long ago.


Who Comes Next?

A Call for New Civil War Era Monuments



Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes during the Civil War era who could serve as positive replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. Keep up to date here

 

In the midst of the public fight over the removal of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans, relatively little was asked about what would replace Jefferson Davis, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee. On May 19th, just before Lee came down, Mayor Mitch Landrieu answered that question. The answer was underwhelming.


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