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DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films

LUNDI

May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all

 

Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin

 

WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots

 

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre

 

Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 

 

 

MARDI

May 2nd

Collison

Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference

 

United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists

 

GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band

 

Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir

 

Gojira

House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 

 

Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM

 

Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour

 

The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers

MERCREDI

May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 

 

Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio

 

Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin

 

Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show

 

Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott

 

The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'

 

Pixies

Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons

 

Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville

 

Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support

 

New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass

 

Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends

JEUDI

May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off

 

May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party

 

Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 

 

Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance

 

Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion

 

Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health

 

Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation

 

AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who

 

Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious

 

Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste

 

Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp


  Opinion

Promotin’ the General Welfare

Symbolic Gestures Are Not Enough



As different as we like to think we are here in New Orleans – one of the wonderful self-styled slogans we don’t deny is visiting here is like coming to another country – we are very very American. In fact, we may be the most quintessentially American of cities precisely because we flaunt our love of the provincial and quaint alongside our loyalty to larger tradition and culture. Patriotism is big here. We pretend we are so dangerously laissez-faire while strictly adhering to unofficial, but understood, codes of conduct that have been passed down through the generations. You can talk crazy all you want, but acting crazy is a whole ‘nother thing that might get you locked up, or worse, left out.


Promotin’ the General Welfare: The Day After (The Monuments Come Down)



Well, it sho’ looks like it’s for real this time. According to an edict from on high – at least as high as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – the imposing embarrassment of Confederate riches has been approved for removal, and much to Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser’s chagrin, there won’t be much anyone can do about it. (Word on the street was that our esteemed Lt. Governor was so upset by the City’s disrespect toward the legacy of the illegitimately formed Confederate government, he would personally appeal to the POTUS to pause Mayor Mitch from disgracing those sickening odes to things that once were…) So, with the coming down of these monuments, whenever that will be accomplished, here’s one significant concern: what will come on the day after? 

 


Coffee Shop Talk: An Impending Depression

Is New Orleans Headed Back into the Economic Depressions of the Past?



Each week, Joseph Santiago explores the issues of today over a cup of coffee. Check out his previous installments here

 

I’m having my coffee reading about a bomb being dropped and how Trump is serving the insurance companies by reducing benefits for the poor, making it harder to get insurance, and threatening to remove additionally protections if Democrats don’t see things his way. From my seat in the café, I listen to one person console another about recently becoming homeless. I interviewed two people last week who were opposed to the civil rights of the American people being infringed, and how greed has made its way into politics. I am having a difficult time shaking all this negativity off.


Promotin’ the General Welfare: Segregation in New Orleans Schools



Earlier this month, Tulane University's Education Research Alliance for New Orleans declared that the city's public schools are as segregated as ever. Tulane's study found that post-Katrina education reforms affected segregation — particularly among high school students.  


Promotin’ the General Welfare



Well, we may have just gone and done it, finally. 

 

Not that the city hasn’t been up for sale before, but this time it’s a wholesale takeover.  These folks have come here and turned some of the most sacred N’Awlins traditions into a common cavalcade of quirky Americana.


Coffee Shop Talk: Presidential Protestors

A Conversation With a Trump Voter-Turned-Activist



I’m one of those coffee shop writers. Over the years I have met individuals who have expanded my awareness and become connections for new jobs, events, and experiences, whilst enjoying the caffeinated brews. As a writer with an insatiable curiosity, I decided to use my networking skills to become the Coffee Shop Storyteller of New Orleans. All the stories shared here are from consequential strangers and newfound friends that I meet over a cup of joe. 


Coffee Shop Talk: Hypnotic Gurus

A Discussion on Sex, Mind Control, and More With Joseph Crown & Damien Atropa



I’m one of those coffee shop writers. Over the years I have met individuals who have expanded my awareness and become connections for new jobs, events, and experiences, whilst enjoying the caffeinated brews. As a writer with an insatiable curiosity, I decided to use my networking skills to become the Coffee Shop Storyteller of New Orleans. All the stories shared here are from consequential strangers and newfound friends that I meet over a cup of joe. 

 


Mailbag: No More Strip Clubs on Bourbon


Bourbon Street and strip clubs have become synonymous, but many residents do not view that condition as a plus. The City Council is set to consider the state of affairs at the end of the month. Reader William Khan wrote to NoDef to argue why the Quarter does not need any more strip clubs.


Mailbag: Frenchmen Poet's Plea for Help


This fall, the growing safety concerns on Frenchmen Street resulted in the creation of the Frenchmen Street Patrol. While many locals applauded the move, street poet Heath Stevens is concerned that the stepped up police presence is stifling artistic expression. He explains his view in a letter to the editor.


Mailbag: Meter Made--FQ Workers Respond to Parking Compromise


Mayor Mitch’s plan to make public parking downtown more expensive was met with outrage from French Quarter service industry types. So, a compromise was offered. In response, three leaders of the opposition, Nick Detrich, Mark Schettler, and Chris Lane penned an open letter calling for more attention to root issues such as public transit.


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Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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