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April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  


Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize


Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  


Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales


The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton


Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!


April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  


Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more


Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  


Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  



House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  


Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   


House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws

After making it through committee last week, the bill to amend the state’s Crimes Against Nature law died in the House of Representatives. Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) authored the HB12, an attempt to get unconstitutional legislation off of the state's books.  

The Louisiana Approach

Breakdown of Louisiana's Same-Sex Household's Tax Return Process

Tax Day has soured the moods of millions of U.S. citizens, but marriage laws in certain states make the process particularly burdensome for many same-sex couples. In the 12 states that use the “Louisiana approach,” each spouse must file “as if” returns that estimate individual income for state returns, after both members have filed their federal returns jointly.   

Sen. Landrieu's New Ad Breathes Energy Into Campaign (VIDEO)

Healthcare has been a central focus of Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Senate fight, but incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu is steering her campaign towards oil and gas in her new ad. Landrieu released the latest commercial today. The one-minute video shows news clips of Landrieu on various TV screens, each scene depicting Landrieu as an advocate for oil and gas jobs.   

Petition Seeks 'Dunces' as State Book, Not Bible planted their placard in Louisiana with a billboard that drew a lawsuit from the lieutenant gov. Now, at least one of the left-leaning netroots org's many advocates is spinning Fortuna's wheel when it comes to our books, too. A petition recently posted to the site calls for John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces to be the official book of Louisiana.

Public Demo Aims to Improve CBD Transit Hub

Public transportation is not currently one of the Big Easy's strengths, but a local nonprofit is helping riders imagine a better transit system this Tuesday. Ride New Orleans is providing a demonstration of their most recent report,  “Smart Transit for a Smart Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub” by placing 200 chairs along the city’s busiest transit hub. 

Melissa Harris-Perry Moving from Tulane to Wake Forest

Melissa Harris-Perry is heading to North Carolina. The current Tulane professor and MSNBC host will join her alma mater of Wake Forest University, according to a news release from Wake Forest.

Domicile Law Expands NOPD Job Pool

One recruitment barrier for NOPD and other public agencies was broken yesterday. An ordinance to amend the city’s domicile requirement for first responders was passed in the City Council chambers after being introduced last September. The ordinance opens up employment opportunities in EMT, NOFD, and NOPD for those outside of Orleans Parish. 

Pols Reeling Over Shortened Red Snapper Season

In the midst of the pressure cooker of a U.S. Senate race, it's rare that political rivals agree on anything. But in Louisiana, red snapper fishing is having a rare unifying power for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy. Over the last two days, the opponents in the fall election have spoken out against the great injustice that looms with the potential of the shortest red snapper fishing season ever recorded in the Bayou State.

Crimes Against Nature Bill Passes Committee

A bill to repeal the unconstitutional portions of Louisiana’s Crimes Against Nature law passed the House’s Criminal Justice Committee this morning. HB12 by Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) passed 9-6, and it is headed for the House of Representatives. 

La. Legis. Tackles Crimes Against Nature

In addition to wine ice cream, common core, and abortion access, Crimes Against Nature are also on Louisiana’s 2014 legislative session. HB12, a bill to repeal pieces of the state’s existing law, goes before the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.. Advocates of the legislation say that laws currently on the books, which classify sodomy as a Crime Against Nature, are unconstitutional and have been used to target the LGBT community.

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