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Jeudi

February 11th

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Republic, 10p.m.

Portland based cult rock favorites

 

Pelicans at Thunder

Chesapeake Energy Arena, 7p.m

Birds try for run before the break

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

3700 Orleans Ave., 3p.m.-7p.m.

Midcity edition of the city's prime local market

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week feat. music from Helen Gillet

 

NOLA Social Ride’s Happy Thursday Bike Ride

Parkway Bakery, 7p.m.

Valentine’s Day Lipstick Ride

Vendredi

February 12th

Chris Brown

Smoothie King, 8p.m.

Rihanna castoff tries to transform ya

 

Silk

UNO Lakefront, 8p.m.

Georgian R&B group brings Happy Days

 

Music of the Rolling Stones

Jazz Market, 8p.m.

NOJO performs Mick & Keith’s best, $27.24–522.95

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

NOLA brass with a touch of DC go-go

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Cajun classics from Bruce Daigrepont plus geneology night

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania, 12:15p.m.

Do the time warp again with Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Samedi

February 13th

Best Coast

Joy Theatre, 9p.m.

Indie rock, lo-fi favs, duo from L.A.

 

Funky Meters

Tip’s, 10p.m.

Funk from Neville, Porter, and Batiste

 

Martin Sexton

Republic, 8p.m.

Eclectic three part harmonies from New England, $25

 

Wavves

Joy Theatre, 8:30p.m.

Catchy indie-pop from L.A.

 

The Asylum Chorus

Siberia, 6p.m.

Team of pro pop and classical vocalists get creative

 

Little Freddie King

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Locally grown blues

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

700 Magazine St., 8a.m.-12p.m.

Downtown edition of the city's prime local market

            

Vietnamese Farmers Market

14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, 6-9a.m.

Produce, meat, groceries & more in NO East

Big Oozy on Trial

A Guide to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster's Day in Court



Barring an eleventh-hour settlement, BP is set to unleash another unchecked torrent on the Gulf Coast that will require many days to solve. This time, however, the action won't be at the bottom of the Gulf, but in federal court on Poydras St. And it might even be more gross.


BP Lawyers Hunker Down for Big Oozy Trial as Settlement Forecast Dims


BP and the feds will settle the rest of the Big Oozy blame game in the court. The British oil giant is sending signals this week that they're ready to go to trial with the U.S. government, and let a judge decide how much the company will have to pay for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The meat of the trial, set to begin Monday in federal court in New Orleans, will determine whether BP was "grossly negligent" in its operating of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.


Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Disaster Charges, Pays $400 Million


The owner of the Deepwater Horizon pleaded guilty in federal court today, marking the second Big Oozy culprit to stand before a judge and admit guilt in the 2010 oil disaster. In entering the criminal pleading, Transocean LLC agreed to pay $400 million in Clean Water Act, and submit to five years' probation.U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo formally accepted the settlement, and imposed the sentence on the Switzerland-based submersible rig company.


BP Pleads Guilty to Deepwater Horizon Charges, Judge Accepts


As of today, BP is officially guilty of federal crimes in the Big Oozy. In U.S. District Court, the oil giant entered guilty pleas to 14 counts stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent torrent of oil unleashed on the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010. The British company was officially "sentenced" to pay $4 billion in criminal, but the day was devoid of courtroom drama as the number was worked out beforehand as part of a deal announced in November, 2012.


Oil Sheen Mystery Plot Thickens as Robot Voyage Yields Few Clues


In the Gulf, sheen appears once again to be winning - at least for now. BP's underwater robots recently completed their latest mission back to the bottom of the Gulf, and this time they came up empty. The ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) were looking for the source of the latest mystery oil sheen that has persistently hovering about the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon since November, but found nothing on their expedition, which ended Saturday.


Vitter to BP: Cleanup Facts Don't Ad Up


Showing once again that he's well aware of the equal importance of perception and reality, David Vitter wrote a letter to BP today to urge the oil giant to make good on some of the post-Big Oozy promises they aired in the papers and on TV. In the letter, Louisiana's junior senator tells BP big shot Lamar McKay that the company shouldn't be hiring European contractors to do Gulf of Mexico work.


Harry Connick Jr., La. Musicians Let in Some Sunshine on PBS


We've seen troops and treasures unfurled to celebrate Louisiana's 200th birthday. But the bow on this bicentennial present to the Pelican State, as ever, will come in the form of a song that's near and dear to our hearts. And you can watch in on TV! Sunday night on PBS (LPB/WLAE, 7 p.m.). "Sunshine By the Stars" stretches Gov. Jimmie Davis' famed "You Are My Sunshine" into a full hour with some help from famed Louisiana musicians.


BP to Investigate New Oil Sheen in the Gulf


As any supermarket tabloid editor could tell you, sheen never goes away completely. Out above the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon, another oil sheen was spotted on the surface of the Gulf earlier in November. That means even after fixing the leaky dome, loose oil is still seeping out.


BP Banned From New Government Contracts


BP won't be doing any new business with the federal government in the coming months. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the oil giant won't be allowed to sign new contracts with the U.S. government. The temporary suspension comes as a result of a "lack of business integrity" the British company showed in the Big Oozy, according to EPA.


2 Missing After Explosion at Gulf of Mexico Oil Platform


Updated 7:30 p.m.

Not even 24 hours after BP admitted guilt for the Big Oozy, another oil facility explosion and fire was reported in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Plaquemines Parish officials, the explosions was reported at a shallow water platform owned by Black Elk Energy about 25 miles off Grand Isle at 9:15 a.m., and the Coast Guard dispatched crews to put out the fire. Two people are missing, according to the Coast Guard. It was previously reported that 


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