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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

Mayor Mitch Readies Budget Brigade for Public Meetings


Mayor Mitch is once again taking his entire City Hall team out into the community before they open up the books to do next year's budget. Landrieu and other City officials will be onhand at a series of public meetings in the coming weeks that allow residents to weigh in on City government and services. Full schedule:


NOPD Recruitment Drive Continues with Vets, Churches


The NOPD is renewing its push to recruit new officers to join the force. Over the next three months, the City will run a pair of 30-second ads on local websites, and target veterans who may be interested in becoming police officers. The City is aiming to grow the police department to 1,600 officers. Currently, NOPD numbers just over 1,100 officers.


City Strategy Aims to Connect People Leaving Prison with Jobs, Services


On Wednesday, Mayor Mitch formally announced a new comprehensive re-entry strategy to help ex-offenders return to their communities after time in prison. The new initiative will coordinate services as part of the Mayor’s NOLA for Life campaign, aimed at reducing violent crime and expanding opportunities for local youth.


Mayor Nixes Plan to Move City Hall to Charity Hospital


Mayor Mitch's plan to turn Charity Hospital into a new home for City Hall won't come to fruition. According to a statement issued by Landrieu's office this week, the City doesn't have the money to renovate the shuttered CBD hospital. Now, the Mayor's plans for the seat of City government include staying in the current building at Duncan Plaza, and completing repairs. Meanwhile, Charity Hospital will remain vacant.


NOLA Pools Open for Summer


by Meg Barbor

With the humidity increasing and school out for summer, Mayor Mitch started the summer rec season with a splash on Monday. Da Mayor was at Stallings Playground this afternoon to announce the opening of 13 New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) pools and the official start of summer programming for youth across the metro area.


Mayor Mitch Floats Higher Minimum Wage for City Govt. Workers


Though Mayor Mitch often talks about how the City is strapped for cash, Landrieu signalled Thursday that he's willing to find some money to pay the workers a bit more. Amid a raft of changes to civil service, Da Mayor announced a plan to raise the minimum wage for City employees to $10.10.


NOPD, Harrah's Figure Into City Legislative Agenda


Even with some unfinished local election business coming up next Saturday in New Orleans, the state's political attention is set to shift upriver this week with the kickoff of the annual state legislative session on Monday. Like most going concerns, the City has a legislative agenda in Baton Rouge. Late Friday, Mayor Mitch's office released the details of the bills he's backing, most of which are focused around public safety, blight and City Hall itself.


Mayors Gather in New Orleans to Launch Urban Anti-Violence Intiative


by Stacy Coco

City leaders have been meeting in New Orleans over the last two days to launch an initiative aimed at reducing violence among young African American men and boys. On Tuesday, Mayor Mitch was joined by Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia to discuss the efforts of Cities United.


Winter Storm Leon to Bring Ice, Closures


Fish bowls do not handle ice very well, and a series of local schools and events are closed or canceled in preparation for the midweek Wintry Mix. Mayor Mitch held a press conference today to alert citizens about the wintry storm that the Weather Channel has named Leon. 


New Terminal Planned at MSY (PHOTOS)


by Stacy Coco

Mayor Mitch and the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) announced their $826 million plans Thursday for a new 650,000 sq. ft. North Terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The site will feature two concourses, 30 gates and 2000 parking garage spaces. Included in the construction estimate is an on-site hotel, power plant project and a flyover addition from I-10 to improve access to the airport for travelers.


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