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May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

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May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Legislature Still Evolving on Science Ed


The ongoing effort to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act has continued to hit roadblocks this year in the Louisiana legislature. A pair of bills designed to deal a blow to the law that creates what some call a loophole in the education system allowing creationism to be taught in schools are moving through the Capitol, with one appearing to have more hope of reaching the floor than the other.


Jindal Talks Vouchers, Creationism at NBC Education Nation (VIDEO)


With his tax axe plan parked, Bobby Jindal had a few minutes to get out of the car in New Orleans and chat with NBC's Hoda Kotb on Friday. The one-time WWL-TV anchor and current Today Show host was in town for NBC's Education Nation, a summit on school systems that's traveling around the country. After parrying questions about his future and the income tax proposal, Jindal weighed in on vouchers and creationism in Louisiana schools.


Church and Statehouse

School Prayer, Creationism Focus of 2 Legislative Session Bills



As Louisiana's annual legislative session convenes Monday, our reps and sens are having visions of taxes, less pot prison time and, as ever, prestige license plates. But what the children are learning is also the focus of a pair of numbers set to be called in the House That Long Built. William Dilella takes a look at an effort to get the 'Our Father' into the classroom, and a renewed push to check creationism at the schoolhouse door:


Roger Ebert Pans Jindal’s Education Drama


Film critic Roger Ebert gave two thumbs down to Governor Bobby Jindal’s voucher program. The famed film critic took to twitter and his blog to pan what he considers taxpayer support of schools using creationist textbooks.


Teen's Campaign to Repeal 'Creationism in Schools' Bill Returns


This year, Zack Kopplin has a high school diploma in hand, a little cable talk experience and a few dozen more Nobel laureates. So the teen who tried to bring down the Louisiana Family Forum and NOLA-area Sen. Karen Carter-Peterson are bringing their fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act back to the state legislature this year. When the annual lawmaking session opens next week, Kopplin and Carter Peterson will be pointing out that 75 Nobel Laureates stand with him to bring down the law that many feel opens the door to teaching creationism in schools.


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