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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

Ambien Into History: Perricone Blames Sleeping Pills for Online Commenting


Henry L. Mencken1954 was the result of Ambien-fueled haze, says the former New Orleans prosecutor who was behind the nola.com handle. In a 13-page letter to a judge, Sal Perricone says that he doesn't remember making the online comments that eventually ended his long tenure in the local U.S. Attorney's office.


Nagin Trial Delay Denied


Judge Kurt Engelhardt's Danziger decision is still wafting through the federal courthouse, but the smell wasn't quite strong enough for the judge in charge of Ray Nagin's case to change anything. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan denied the indicted former mayor's request to delay his trial because of online comments in Jim Letten's U.S. Attorney's office.


Ex-NOAH Chief Wants DOJ's Comment Scandal Report, Too


When it comes to local public officials accused of corruption, the fallout from Judge Kurt Engelhardt's Danziger Bridge decision is now going two-by-two. Indicted former NOAH Director Stacey Jackson is now joining indicted former mayor Ray Nagin in filing for the release of documents connected to online commenting in the U.S. Attorney's office before any trial begins. Bringing another dimension to the scandal, Jackson is bringing race-infused comments into the mix.


Feds: Nagin Trial Delay Should Be No-Go


Ray Nagin is trying to get his paws on a government report about online commenting and delay his corruption trial in the process. But the feds hit back, arguing in court papers that while the indicted former New Orleans mayor may have taken plenty of heat from Henry L Mencken1951, the U.S. Attorney's office higher-up behind the alias wasn't working on his case.


Judge Rejects City's Motion to Halt Consent Decree


The federally-run reform plan designed to change the culture at NOPD will go forward, for now. On Friday, a judge denied the City's attempt to get out of the consent decree. After their motion was rejected, the City filed notice that it would appeal the entire consent decree.


Mann and Eweman: 2nd Prosectuor Dumped on Comment Boards, Heebe Claims


Since the storm, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten brought plenty of officials down from the heights of power, and even their big benches. Over the past few years, Letten has been finding that going all the way to the top of the landfill, however, is another matter altogether. Fed target and trash baron Fred Heebe already forced the resignation of longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone for commenting on nola.com as Henry L. Mencken 1951. Today, the River Birch landfill owner who is widely believed to be the target of a federal influence-peddling investigation is going after another commenter: eweman.


'Mencken' Recounts Redoubt


After he was outed by trash baron Fred Heebe as Henry L. Mencken1951, Sal Perricone came clean, and hung up his spurs in the U.S. Attorney's office, as well as the nola.com comment boards. This weekend, Perricone's words appear in a public forum for the first time in an interview conducted by New Orleans Magazine's Allen Johnson. Among other things, we learn that he actually uses "redoubt" when speaking, and that he also appeared on the nola.com comment boards as "legacyusa" and "dramatis personae." But above all, Perricone has a message: Don't use the Internet to blow off steam. Full story & statement here.


Letten's Office Sends Probe of Garbage Magnate Upstream


Jim Letten gets the Heebes in today's Friday afternoon news dump, brought to you by the local U.S. Attorney's office. In a statement releaed at the very end of business hours, Letten announced his office was recusing from the feds' investigation of the River Birch Landfill. The move, which is almost surely tied to the outing of one of the prosecutors on the case as a nola.com commenter, transfers the probe, which has already yielded indictments of a former state official and the landfill's chief financial officer, to the federal Department of Justice, which is based in Washington.


'Mencken' Marooned: Sal Perricone Resigns from U.S. Attorney's Office


Sal Perricone survived a spat with the Canal Street Brothel, and fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run. But the Internet proved to be too much for the now-former Assistant U.S. Attorney. The man who commented as "Henry L. Mencken1951" on nola.com resigned this morning, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.


Federal Prosecutor Trashed Fred Heebe Online


The sins at the center of the latest scandal to erupt from New Orleans' halls of power were not carried out in a back alley, or even on a yacht. Instead, they were simply the work of a man sitting down at his desk and writing out his thoughts. At the behest of trash tycoon Fred Heebe, NOLA.com commenter Henry L. Mencken1951 was outed today. The man hiding behind the curmudgeonly cloak was indeed one of the federal prosecutors figured to be leading the effort to bring Heebe down from the top of the landfill.


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