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May 23rd

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance and drink wine from a tiny cup


Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Swampy southern folk rock plus opening band Strange Roux


Papa Roach

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Hard rock with heavy metal influence


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with vocals by Elizabeth DeShong, Alfred Walker, Lori Guilbeau and Paul Groves


Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBT Youth

Ashe Powerhouse Theatre, 7p.m.

BreakOUT presents stories of transgender youth


Woodenhead Forty Year Itch

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Instrumental rock on Canal


May 24th

Tom Leggett

30-90, 5p.m.

New Orleans based singer songwriter jazzes up the new Frenchmen St. venue


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Regular show featuring the “Wolfman” and Russell Batiste


Geoff Clapp Organ Quartet

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Clapp is joined by Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto sax


Bobby J Vows To Enact "Religious Freedom"

Bobby J is continuing his fight against gay marriage, regardless of Louisiana's legislature. After a bipartisan vote on the legislature sank a controversial “religious freedom” bill, Jindal announced that he will enact the major provisions of the torpedoed legislation via executive order.

Rainbow Relief: Committee Kills "Religious Freedom" Bill

On Tuesday (5.19), the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure killed a “religious freedom” bill similar to controversial legislation passed and then partially reversed in Indiana and Arkansas. The bipartisan 10-2 vote put an end to one of Governor Jindal’s major talking points on the (non) campaign trail.

Jindal Forms Committee, DNC's Puppy Yawns

Bobby Jindal continued his flirtations with a run for POTUS today and Dems were not amused. Da Gov’ announced his intent to form an exploratory committee and the Democratic National Committee responded with a YouTube video.

David Vitter, Bi-Partisan Builder?

The Silent Senator is not so quiet these days. In a series of moves befuddling to beltway buffs, the once contrarian David Vitter is ferrying across the aisle with more regualrity than the boat serving Algiers and perhaps politically pivoting to the center. Last week, Vitter made significant progress on three bipartisan bills including one collaboration with liberal firebrand Elizabeth Warren.

Ink Stink: Mayor Mitch Takes to NYT to Rebut Gov

Bobby Jindal is not the only Louisiana pol who is flirting with the Old Grey Lady. Mayor Mitch took to the New York Times’ op-ed pages to rebut Jindal’s April 23 letter advocating “religious freedom” laws in Louisiana similar to the legislation rolled back in Indiana and Arkansas after public outcry.

Bobby J, Southern Scribe?

Bobby Jindal has not officially decided whether he is running for POTUS. But, gosh, he sure loves to visit Iowa and New Hampshire. He also likes addressing conferences filled with deep pocketed donors. Apparently, Jindal also likes writing books. This week, Threshold Editions announced that da Gov’ has a new tome set for release.

Orleans Parish Election Selection

New Orleanians are once again headed to the polls today. The Boot’s unique system of rolling elections makes many Louisianans feel like we vote weekly. The frequent lugging to levers also results in some confusion about just what we are voting on. The essentials follow:

Wendell Pierce Editorializes on Baltimore, NOLA

New Orleans is proud to call Wendell Pierce our own. But, his portrayal of the affable Baltimore Police Homicide Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on The Wire built a special relation between the actor and B’more. Now, with the Charm City looking more like Harm City, Pierce took to the op-ed pages of the WaPo to weigh on urban issues there and here in New Orleans.

Over the Rainbow: La House Slams Same Sex Marriage

Bobby J is not the only Louisiana pol who has problems with same sex marriage. On Monday (4.27), the Louisiana House of Representatives sent a Resolution attacking marriage equality over to the State Senate. HCR85 “requests that the United States Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Kagan recuse themselves in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges.”

Hawkeye of the Tiger: Jindal (Unofficially) Campaigns in Iowa

Bobby Jindal is taking the weekend off from LSU’s potential exigency and the state’s massive budget shortfall. Da Gov’ says that he has not decided whether a run for the Republican Presidential nomination is in his future. However, he did decide to visit Iowa (again) for a few days.

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