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July 6th

Sidewalk Sale of New Work

Old Marquer, 6p.m.

NoDef critic Michael Martin produces 3 short ones


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Treme trombone man brings it on a Mondays ($5)


King James & the Special Men

Sydney’s, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


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

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. 

Butt of the Joke: Jesters Fall to Atlanta, 0-1

By Andrew Mullins, III

The Jesters lost a key game in their hunt for a playoff spot 0-1 to the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves. The loss sends the Jesters into 5th place with five points, just two points above bottom dweller Knoxville. A fourth-place spot secures a trip to the Southeast playoffs. With three division games left, New Orleans is currently five points behind fourth-place Georgia Revolution with the Revs set to visit Pan American Stadium this Saturday. 

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. 

Drolldums: Jesters and Knoxville Draw in the Heat

By Andrew Mullins, III

The New Orleans Jesters grinded out a 1-1 draw against the Knoxville Force Saturday night in the slimy humidity at Pan American Stadium. The Jesters (1-3-2) gained a crucial point in the quest for a spot in the NPSL Southeast division top four and a trip to the playoffs. During the next week, the Jesters play two games for a chance to solidify a playoff ticket with games against the Peach State duo: the Georgia Revolution and the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserve Team. 

NFL Looking Into Alleged Junior Galette Beach Brawl (Video)

Junior Galette is once again at the center of scandal off the gridiron. A man looking a lot like the Saints linebacker appears in a 2013 Youtube video (below) at the center of a beach brawl, throwing several punches as well as whipping a man, a woman, and a crowd with his belt.

Feathering the Nest

The NBA Finals just ended, but the Pelicans are busy planning for next season. (This a familiar position for New Orleans hoops). The team just announced that Eric Gordon exercised a player option to stay on for another year, and newly crowned head coach Alvin Gentry will hold his first presser on Monday (6.22).

Exotic Prancer: Summer at the Fair Grounds Includes Quarter Horses, Camels, & Ostriches

Thanksgiving may be months away, but the Fair Grounds still have more opportunities to bet on the ponies in store. Today, the track released a summer schedule for some crowd favorites. Street food, quarter horses, camels, and ostriches will all be coming to NOLA during the hot months.

Gleason Wins Again

Steve Gleason’s football career may be over, but he continues to win awards. Today, the National Football League (NFL) awarded the Saints icon the George Halas Award for overcoming adversity and succeeding.

Soccer Storm: Jesters 3-Hurricanes 2

By Andrew Mullins III

Coming off a shellacking from Chattanooga FC last weekend, the New Orleans Jesters badly needed a reboot. A previously scheduled friendly with the Houston Hurricanes provided the team an opportunity to catch their breath. The Jesters defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a wild game Saturday night at Pan American Stadium. 

Not Funny: Jesters Lose 0-4 to Chattanooga FC

By Andrew Mullins III

Chattanooga FC demolished the New Orleans Jesters 4-0 in front of a visibly disappointed home crowd at Pan American Stadium Saturday night. The loss starts a 5 game home streak for the Jesters who need to use the extended stay in City Park to dig themselves out of a 4th place hole. 

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