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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

 

 

A Cut Above: Seersucker Day


by Liz Davas

Happy National Seersucker Day, y’all! Today, we celebrate one of New Orleans’ greatest gifts to the fashion world, the seersucker suit. While we did not invent it, we damn well perfected it—we pretty much had to. New Orleans sits in a subtropical climate, and a dark-colored suit just doesn’t work in the 90-degrees-with-90-percent-humidity lifestyle. Without the seersucker suit, the CBD would have been scattered with businessmen knocked out from heat, instead of long, cocktail-fueled lunch meetings.


Pipe Dreams: La. Colonial Trade Explored in French Quarter


In the early years of our great city, tobacco cultivation was the order of the day. The French Company of the Indies had this hardcore belief that the humid bayou was the place to upstage Britain's tobacco concern in Virginia, thus eliminating the need for France to import the plant from its colonial rival. Scheming Scotsman John Law (no relation) engineered the plan, which failed horribly, but ended up increasing the Company's influence in the young colony. A new exhibition at the Historic New Orleans Collection, "Pipe Dreams," explains this story in rich detail. 


A Company Man

Newly Edited Memoir of 18th Century Clerk Offers Rare Peek Into Historic New Orleans



In 1730, Marc-Antoine Caillot arrived in New Orleans to record his observations about Louisiana, or 'New France,' as he knew it. In 'A Company Man,' modern Crescent City residents get a peek into their hometown in the 18th Century and see that much of the lure of 18th Century New Orleans persists into the 21st.


Cabildo Fire Revisited


On May 11, 1988, plumes of black smoke draped the French Quarter as the Cabildo - one of those historic buildings that flank St. Louis Cathedral - burst into flames. The blaze destroyed the cupola and the entire third floor, both of which would not be reopened to the public until 1994. The dramatic scene brought crowds to the Quarter, who were eventually banished behind the fence once the blaze was under control. It was, in fact, the second time the Cabildo caught fire. The original structure was destroyed in the Great New Orleans fire of 200 years earlier - 1788. To look back the Louisiana State Museum has some pictures here. 


Steamboat Saturday in Jackson Square


The year eighteen hundred twelve was not only the year of its namesake war, nor was it merely the year that Louisiane gained her place among these United States. In 1812, the first steamboat completed traveling the length of the Mighty Mississippi to make port in New Orleans. The journey, undertaken by the steamboat's architect and Teddy Roosevelt's great uncle Nicholas Roosevelt, took more than four months to completes.


Balls & Brawls


Ah yes, the life of a senior editor. Over at The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates was, for whatever reason, looking into the history of our city''s masked balls today. Yet, in his perusing, Coates stumbles upon  a  description of a time when balls dominated the social scene, and the origin of bloodlines was reason to fight. He quotes from old articles about the balls that describe walking sticks getting raised at fiddlers, blows and pocket-pistols out in the open and a brawl that resulted in people being "more or less dangerously wounded." Perhaps things haven't changed that much, as the mayhem is described as going down "without any interruption from police."


Carrying the Torch

Flambeau Barers Shed Light on Early Mardi Gras Traditions



Between the colorful floats and raucous marching bands, a humbler – yet no less staid – Mardi Gras tradition slips between the cracks in the marching order. Keepers of the light are known to lead the way for those lost in the dark and that is a perfect way to describe a flambeau carrier.


The Crescent's Cattle Call


Before Brad Pitt and Drew Brees, the only Grade A meat we had passing through these parts was running in herds. Often known as a port town, New Orleans was also a destination for cowboys driving cattle toward the meatpacking mecca of Chicago. As Murphy Givens relates in today's Corpus Christi Caller, the journey over the Cajun Country swamps was treacherous for famed driver Shanghai Pierce, among others.


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