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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

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

 

VENDREDI

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

Trump Tagger Hits Quarter


Political pundits have questioned whether G.O.P. frontrunner Donald Trump has an adequate ground game for the general election, but it looks like someone took a rebuttal too literally— and, too far. Residents of the Lower Quarter awoke on Thursday (3.31) to find graffiti using the candidate’s cause on cars and a home.


St. Roch Target (Video)


The St. Roch Market (2381 Saint Claude Avenue) has elicited a host of opinions and reaction since reopening. Some residents love it and others have labeled the establishment a “yuppie food court.” And, then there are the six people captured on camera trashing the new joint. 


Second Lines: Police Link Quarter Graffiti to Carnival March


Mardi Gras walking parades are a fixture of Carnival season. Graffiti is not a fixture in the French Quarter. In fact, a conviction for tagging a historic building carries jail time in Louisiana. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) now says that one “impromptu march” on Bacchus Sunday involved graffiti on a pair of well known Quarter buildings.


Curtain Closes on Exhibit BE

Goodbye to the Largest Temporary Art Gallery of the South



The final hours of Prospect.3 wound down with the grand closing of Exhibit BE (1.19.) On Martin Luther King Day, visitors packed into the once abandoned, now repurposed five-story De Gaulle Manor Apartment Complex in Algiers to celebrate the temporary exhibit intended to be open to the public for a single day (11.15). That day stretched out for over two-months.


Inside Project Be

Slamming the Door on New Orleans' Black Power Graf (PHOTOS)



One of the largest installations of black political art sits in the Bywater, but HANO's job is to keep you from seeing it. Before it's demolished, Skylar Fein spends some time at the Florida Housing Projects and Project Be.


Skateboarders Tag Broad St. Building (VIDEO)


Three men on skateboards were involved in a spray-painting incident in the 1400 block of N. Broad Street, according to NOPD. The incident occurred Sunday, August 18 around 10:15p.m., when the tagging trio marked a number of local businesses with the words “Tag” and “Meech.” 


French Quarter Crime Bits: Purse Snatching, Stabbing and Graffiti


Along with festin', crowds also brought crime to the French Quarter over the weekend. A trio escaped St. Peter St. with a woman's purse on Saturday morning, but they couldn't escape surveillance video later. On Sunday, a man was arrested for bringing a boxcutter to a barfight, while a cop cornered another in the act of graffiti on Bourbon. Click through for details:


The Grey Ghost Surfaces on YouTube


Fred Radtke, better known as the The Grey Ghost, may have fallen out of the news cycle, but the man and his mission to eradicate New Orleans of graffiti still lurk in New Orleans. Today, he appears in a YouTube clip filmed by Yacht Bounce and Gypsohphonic Disko purveyor DJ Quickie Mart. In the video, Quickie Mart approaches Radtke, and asks him if he is taking down a "Missing" poster for Lafayette woman Mickey Shunick. Radtke doesn't respond to any of Quickie Mart's questions over the 38-second video. Radtke is wearing an "Operation Clean Sweep" shirt, representing his nonprofit Operation Clean Sweep. Click through to view:


LA Guns Manager Who Knocked Out NOLA Graffiti Artists Shows No Remorse


There's no second thoughts in the L.A. Guns camp. In their recent NoDef interview with Skylar Fein, local graffiti artists The Bourghog Guild talked about a recent alteraction outside the Marigny club Siberia with the manager of hair metal band L.A. Guns after writing R.I.P L.A. Guns on the door of their tour trailer. "Next to some stickers," the Bourghog Guild told Fein. "It was clean, yeah. I understood why I got knocked out. I deserved it." Apparently Markham agrees. After seeing the article on a Facebook post by the band's singer Tracii Guns, the manager wrote, "Now you know why the second one got bitch slapped before i knocked him out." 


R.I.P. and Run

Skylar Fein Talks to Street Artists The Bourghog Guild About Tagging Banksy, Getting Punched Out By L.A. Guns and the USA



Marigny-Bywater residents mystified by the recent wave of R.I.P.-themed graffiti may find solace (or rage) in the following: the drippy messages that say things like "R.I.P. Cy Twombly," "R.I.P. Banksy" (on top of an actual Banksy), and "R.I.P. Swoon" (on top of a Swoon), messages that have declared the death of writers, politicians and food items, are the work of two young men, and perhaps more, who live in the 9th Ward and work under the name Bourghog Guild.


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