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Today in NOLA 5.15.17

Today, get your theatre fix with Dillard’s student showcase. Or, check out the offerings in the Marigny as the Theatre at St. Claude announces their new season. After, walk across the street to see NOLA all-stars hit up the Hi-Ho. Learn the what, how, and why behind dairy fermentation. On this day in 1915, Huey Long passed the Bar and became a “full-fledged lawyer.” Now, more to do tonight.

Trayvon Martin’s Parents to Speak at Dillard University

It has been over five years since the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed on February 26, 2012, by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Martin’s death sparked a national outrage and a renewed dialogue across social media and countrywide leaders about the reality of racial injustice in the United States. Martin’s parents, activists Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will appear at Dillard University on Monday (4.24) to discuss love, injustice, and the impact that their son’s short life has had on the international civil rights movement. 

Denzel Washington to Deliver DU Commencement

In 2012, Denzel Washington raised the heart rate of many New Orleanians when he posed for photos in the R-Bar. Aside form voguing in NOLA, Denzel has been an active supporter of Dillard University, specifically the theatre program at the historic school. On May 9, Washington will elevate that support by delivering the commencement address.

Dillard's Culinary Showdown

There are few things that Louisianans love more than debating the finer points of cooking. On March 7, Dillard will give locals a chance to settle the score. DU will be hosting their “Taste of Dillard,” a cook-off open to chefs and home cooks alike.

Extra Credit

Theatre Reviews: The Lion and the Jewel, 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

I hate to think what the New Orleans theatre scene would look like without its student shows. Yes, you have to make allowances for talent that’s still maturing, also squint at twenty-somethings playing characters twice or more their age, but there’s an adventurousness in the university theatre departments – in presenting new material, and works that are commercially unviable, particularly from other cultures – that we’d be much the poorer without. Serious theatergoers have to add the halls of edication to their itineraries.

FLOTUS to Deliver Dillard University's Commencement Speech

Not long after President Obama expressed his gratitude for the City of New Orleans, FLOTUS is showing her love. On Saturday, May 10, First Lady Michelle Obama is making a stop in New Orleans. Mrs. Obama is giving Dillard University’s 2014 Commencement Address at 10 a.m., at the Rosa Freeman Keller Ave. of the Oaks.

Crime Bits: French Quarter Fight, Stabbing, Nov. 24-Dec. 1

In this week's list of lawlessness, a man was hurt in a French Quarter fight, a trio of robberies occurred, and a pair of women lost their purses in a Mid-City carjacking. Click through for more from NoDef's Mary Kilpatrick: 

MLK Speechwriter to Kick Off Dillard Lecture Series

Dillard University is welcoming a national civil rights icon tomorrow night. Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s former speechwriter and advisor, will kick off  “Brain Food,” a lecture series beginning tomorrow, September 24, at 7p.m. 

Dillard Presents 'A Soldier's Play' for Project1Voice

Between Plessy Day and the Juneteenth observance, Dillard University is offering another opportunity for New Orleanians to reflect on racial disparities and inequality. Dillard presents Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play, which won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize. Tomorrow, June 17, the staged dramatic reading will take place in 27 theaters, 12 states, and 17 cities throughout the country simultaneously, as well as in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 

Today in New Orleans 5.14.13

This morning, make groceries in the Riverbend. Later, see some student-produced plays, or a film screening on St. Claude. On this day in 1928,  the late Will “Dub” Jones, the bass vocalist on tracks like “Yackety Yak” who sang the famous line “Why’s everybody always picking on me,” was born in Shreveport. Now, more to do this Tuesday.

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