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French Quarter Route, 1:30PM
Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM
Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM
An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM
A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws
Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM
A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)
Cafe Istanbul, 9PM
8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)
Bar Redux, 10PM
Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground
Gasa Gasa, 10PM
Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen
House of Blues, 10PM
A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders
Jazz Playhouse, 11PM
Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon
NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary
Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM
A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM
All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM
1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras
Mid-City Route, 4:15PM
One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night
One Eyed Jacks, 9PM
Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz
The Bombay Club, 8:30PM
Classic jazz trumpet
House of Blues, 8PM
Australian reggae rockers
First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids
Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM
Underground disco and rare groove dance party
Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM
Beloved brass band takes the stage
Blue Nile, 7PM
The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM
Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM
Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM
Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm
Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM
Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades
Rare Form, 4PM
NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing
Local trad jazz masters
Prytania Theatre, 6PM
Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)
The Allways Lounge, 8PM
Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)
Gasa Gasa, 10PM
European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)
Howlin' Wolf, 10PM
Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo
Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk
Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose
BP Tricks Out the Locals
Upon seeing this morning's AP report about two Lafourche Parish officials that used money from BP for tech upgrades, leaders of the Parish that's "feeding and fueling America" suddenly seem to have many hidden qualities. Not among those, however, is brand loyalty. Perhaps hoping to channel the wisdom of a visionary, Parish President Charlotte Randolph got herself an iPad, while Parish spokesman Brenna Matherne went with a $3,100 Dell. Those purchases are among tens of millions of dollars in BP money the AP found has gone toward buying local Gulf Coast officials cool stuff that didn't have much to do with cleaning up oil. Digest.
You Defile It, You Buy it
When BP's oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, little did they know they would eventually end up gaining a piece of real estate. Everyone's favorite oil company purchased a swath of land this week near Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi. The land, located on Cat Island, is apparently fouled with oil. BP intimated to the Sun Herald of Blioxi, Miss., that they bought it to make the cleanup easier. Upon news of the sale, three new watchdog groups were formed dedicated solely to keeping watch for Tony Hayward's yacht.
BP might face criminal charges for fouling up the Gulf of Mexico, but that's not stopping them from reaching a deal to start drilling again. Everyone's favorite oil company is set to begin production again in July, but they'll only be allowed to drill from wells that already exist. Speaking to ABC yesterday, NOLA's Congressman, Cedric Richmond, said the revamped permitting process and new regulator safeguards that have been put in place by the Interior Department since the Big Oozy is enough to stave off his concerns. "If BP can make it through that then I think they should be allowed to drill," he said.
Spillness Snow Job?
In the wake of the Big Oozy, there were questions about whether the pollutants in the Gulf were bound to make coastal residents sick. Last month, a study formally confirmed that residents were reporting widespread symptoms. But there was still a lack of proof to tie them to the BP blowout. Well, one influential doctor is alleging that there might be a reason for that. Over at La. CoastPost, coastal scientist Len Bahr turns his concerns from barrier islands to corporate roadblocks. He recounts the stories of Dr. Mike Robichaux, who has witnessed Ochsner Health employees deny that illnesses of certain people close to the coast have anything to do with oil. But who, we are left wondering, is beind Ochsner?
Tilting at Transocean
There's been much talk of the missing oil and the evasive claim checks. But whatever happened to the rig workers who were actually on the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded? Well, there's word from at least one such employee today. Charles Cochran is suing BP, Transocean and other companies involved in the expedition to drill oil from the Gulf. He is claiming the rig manufacturer had an "evil motive or intent" in putting the deepwater drilling rig together negligently. According to Courthouse News Service, Cochran filed a complaint in federal court stating that as a result of being thrown across his cabin as the rig exploded, he "permanently and totally physically, functionally and anatomically disabled, impaired and disfigured" as a result of the explosion.
Speaking of black menaces in the Bayou, we're again reminded today that the oil is still out there. As cleanup crews begin to think about leaving the Louisiana Gulf Coast, news of the oil that's continuing to wash ashore is apparently making its way to Baton Rogue. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham told the Daily Comet he would hold BP and feds accountable for finishing the cleanup. Oil continues to be found off the former tourist haven Elmer's Island, Bay Jimmy and Pass-a-Loutre.
Feinberg, Science Diverge
Earlier this month, oil spill claims overlord Ken Feinberg noted that payments to people affected by the spill were based on the expectation that the Gulf would be fully recovered by 2012. There was instant outrage, and the assumption that he was wrong. But the one-two punch of Southern time and academic time meant there was a little lag in someone coming forward to use, y'know, science to refute him. But, over the weekend, we got one. University of Georgia Professor Samantha Joye reported that on a recent trip to the seafloor in a submarine, she found more oil than expected.
Year of BP Bashing Ends with British-Themed Rex Parade
What with Tony Hayward wanting his life back and the $5 million in mid-Big-Oozy references to the Battle of New Orleans, it's been a rough year for British-New Orleanian relations. So, the patricians that control these things appear to have decided that it's going to take more than Jon Cleary and an afternoon tea to thaw relations. The big boys are getting the call, in the form of the self-appointed keepers of the Mardi Gras flame, the Rex Organization. The tradtional Fat Tuesday culmination that is the Rex parade will have an all-British theme this year.
Ken Feinberg to Make Much-Anticipated Bestie Announcement
The judge in charge of that other slick mess (the legal one) left by BP ruled late last night that BP Claims Czar Ken Feinberg shouldn't be considered a neutral party in the process of giving money to Gulf Coast residents. Instead, federal Judge Carl Barbier effectively said he should be considered in league with BP. If Barbier has his way, Feinberg, who is in charge of overseeing the distribution of $20 million, will also be forced to turn on the lawyers' code.
A Leak About the Leak: Feds to Lower Oil Flow Estimate
by Alexis Martinovich
The Macondo well leak might be plugged, but the flow of information from mid-level Washington officials keeps flowing unchecked. The EPA is said to be in the process of bowing to pressure to reduce the estimates of how much oil leaked into the Gulf this summer. The decreased estimate comes after the feds raised the estimate on the heels of independent reports that the flow was a lot more than initially projected. With current estimates around a 4.9 million barrel contribution to the Gulf ecosystem, BP seems to be buckling under the pressure of paying to clean up its mess. Meanwhile, BP stocks are on the rise today. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were rewarded for not finishing their chores?
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