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MARDI

May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone

 

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

 

Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA

 

Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden

 

LOGAN NOIR

Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow

 

Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati

 

Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs

 

Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels

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

 

 

"and yes I said yes I will Yes"

Irish House Ready for Bloomsday



To most, today, June 16, might just be another Tuesday. But for James Joyce fans around the world, June 16 marks the ever-important literary celebration, Bloomsday. In commemoration of the Irish writer’s novel Ulysses, The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) will be hosting a reading of the epic story. Writers and literary enthusiasts from across the city will come out to narrate excerpts of the famously dense, Ulysess. 


NOLA Lore: The Unknown Communities of New Orleans

The Grunch, Pukwudgies, and Pookas



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the legends of the Grunch people, and their outcast ancestors the Pukwudgies and the Pookas.


Mexcellent: Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


We here in New Orleans are never short on reasons to celebrate — whether festivals or second-lines, we've got the whole party thing down. Still, perhaps given our French roots in the Crescent City, it's tricky to find a place to party for Cinco de Mayo, which marks Mexico's defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla.

 

NoDef offers a run down of the best events around town honoring the holiday this Friday. 


Louisiana Ranked Most Fun State in the Southeast


We here in New Orleans have always known that we are particularly skilled at having a good time — but now, it’s a scientific fact. According to a new survey, Louisiana is one of the top ten most fun states in America. 


NOLA Lore: A Real American Horror Story



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the horrors perpetrated by a society woman in the French Quarter, Madame Delphine LaLaurie.


NOLA Lore: The Real Vampires of New Orleans



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. For the fourth installment, Lloyd continues with her experience meeting the real vampires of the Crescent City. 


Living in the New New Orleans

Salty on All Sides as Airbnb Legalization Changes Flavor of NOLA Tourism



In 2015, a record-setting 9.78 million visitors travelled to the Crescent City, contributing over seven billion dollars to the New Orleans economy. It was a 3.5 percent increase in tourist spending in comparision to the record set the year prior, according to numbers released by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. With all of that traffic in and out, and the Big Easy's reputation as a welcoming — if somewhat lawless — playground, long-term residents often get left holding the bag. One area of particular concern has been the rise of vacation rental platforms like Airbnb across the city, designed to give travelers a more “authentic” experience. Following many months of public forums, the oft-debated series of city ordinances are now in place.


Promotin’ the General Welfare



Well, we may have just gone and done it, finally. 

 

Not that the city hasn’t been up for sale before, but this time it’s a wholesale takeover.  These folks have come here and turned some of the most sacred N’Awlins traditions into a common cavalcade of quirky Americana.


Spin Cycle

NOLA Residents Sound Off On Bike-Share Program



Wednesday night (3.29), the City of New Orleans and Social Bicycles (SoBi) hosted the second outing in a series of workshops on the upcoming bike-share program. Held in the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center, the evening saw residents of the 7th Ward, Treme, and Esplanade Ridge came out to discuss the program and sound off on possible bike station locations.


Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in New Orleans


A new report finds that immigrants make outsized contributions to the economy of New Orleans. “New Americans in Greater New Orleans,” released by think tank New American Economy (NAE) and the City of New Orleans, notes that immigrant households tremendously impact the city through large tax contributions, support for federal social programs, as well as higher rates of education and entrepreneurship in comparison to U.S.-born citizens. 


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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