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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

'Katrina Girl' to Bring Her Rescuer to JROTC Ball


One of the most iconic images of Hurricane Katrina was the photograph of three-year-old LaShay Brown smiling widely as she hugged U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Mike Maroney, then a member of a pararescue team who lifted Brown’s family from the roof of their home they had been stranded on September 6, 2005. 


New Trial Begins for ex-NOPD Officer Convicted in Henry Glover Case


The ghosts of post-K chaos continue to linger at Camp and Poydras. Jury selection began Monday morning in a new trial for one of the former NOPD officers who was convicted in connection with the death of Henry Glover. David Warren, who shot Glover near a strip mall in Algiers on Sept. 2, 2005, was granted the new day in court by a federal appeals panel last year.


Danziger Convictions Overturned

Judge Orders New Trial for 5 NOPD Involved in Post-Katrina Killings, Cover-up



Updated 11:10 p.m.

There will be a new chapter in the case of the post-Katrina police shootings on the Danziger Bridge. In a blistering order issued Tuesday morning, a federal judge tossed out the 2011 convictions of five NOPD officers in the killing of innocent people, and resulting cover-up.  


Local Leaders Reflect on 8th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


New Orleanians are known for living in the moment, but when the calendar turns to August 29 the city is given to a day of reflection. Though it is now eight years since the destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina, the levee breaches and the response crisis, the events of 2005 continue to shape the City. The anniversary of the hurricane making its second landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi brought an outpouring from local leaders.


Hurricane Katrina, 8 Years On: Remembrances, March, Hip-Hop


Eight years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, setting off a chain of events that eventually left 80 percent of the city underwater, and killed more than 1,800 people. While the numbers of the annual Katrina Index offer a stark reminder of the daunting work surrounding the recovery, many New Orleanians will choose to find comfort away from the numbers. From the hip-hop rev to a backatown parade, a series of events are slated to mark the day, as well as remember all those who have yet to come home.


Mayor Mitch Floats Plans to Move City Hall to Charity Hospital


The much-talked about, yet still vacant, Charity Hospital could soon have a new use, if plans that the Landrieu Administration are putting in motion come to bare. Mayor Mitch's administration wants to move City Hall into the sprawling former public hospital on Tulane Ave., according to a budget request form issued by the City.


SCOUTS Rejects Federal Flood Case


The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to wade into the MR-GO. The highest court in the land opted not to hear the appeal of a case that blamed damages from the flood following Hurricane Katrina on shoddy work by the Army Corps of Engineers on the since-closed Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.


Hurricane Party

Bywater StormFest Eases New Season's Nerves



Saturday, June 1, marks the first official day of the time of year New Orleanians dread most: hurricane season.  While the city should always take a stirring cyclone seriously, why not combat the chaos and ring in the new season with what the city does best: a festival.  This Saturday from noon to 5 pm, the Goodchildren Social Aid and Pleasure Club hosts StormFest at Holy Angels (3500 St. Claude Ave., Bywater).


Rot and Bothered

Southern Rep Premieres John Biguenet’s 'Mold': Theatre Review



Though the city’s collective memory of the flood may not need sharpening,  the final play of John Biguenet’s Rising Water trilogy, Mold, transports audiences to New Orleans one year after the disaster, when the city stagnated in its quiet ruin.


Renovations Begin on Circle Food Store


Randy Hamilton worked at the Food Circle Store for 22 years until Katrina hit and five feet of water forced the downtown New Orleans one-stop-shop to shut its doors. Since then, denizens of the 7th ward have been asking one thing about the iconic building at N. Claiborne Ave. and St. Bernard Ave.: Are you coming back? Now, after years of waiting, residents finally get their answer. On Monday afternoon, the mayor, media, council members and loyal customers all gathered at the blighted corner store to announce its return.  


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