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Vendredi

May 22nd

NOWFE

Convention Center & assorted locales

Eat and drink the South

 

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance, and drink wine from a tiny cup

 

Rush

Smoothie King, 8p.m.

Getty Lee, Neal Peart, Alex Lifeson step into the limelight

 

This is NOLA

Joy, 9p.m.

Arts mashup features Khris Royal this wee

 

 

Samedi

May 23rd

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance and drink wine from a tiny cup

 

Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Swampy southern folk rock plus opening band Strange Roux

 

Papa Roach

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Hard rock with heavy metal influence

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with vocals by Elizabeth DeShong, Alfred Walker, Lori Guilbeau and Paul Groves

 

Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBT Youth

Ashe Powerhouse Theatre, 7p.m.

BreakOUT presents stories of transgender youth

 

Woodenhead Forty Year Itch

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Instrumental rock on Canal

Dimanche

May 24th

Tom Leggett

30-90, 5p.m.

New Orleans based singer songwriter jazzes up the new Frenchmen St. venue

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Regular show featuring the “Wolfman” and Russell Batiste

 

Geoff Clapp Organ Quartet

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Clapp is joined by Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto sax

Shrimp Scam: DOJ Nails Company for Counterfeit Crustaceans


Texans take their state seriously. Heck, Texas Governor Greg Abott, Senator Ted Cruz, and icon Chuck Norris are concerned that the U.S. government is going to engage in a military takeover of the state this summer. Here, in Louisiana, we take our seafood seriously. On Thursday (5.07) U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite secured a guilty plea from a Texas company that tried to pass off foreign shrimp as a Gulf product, a violation of the Lacey Act.


Enchantment Under the Sea

LA Seafood Fest Open Today



Crawfish, and catfish, and crabs, oh my! The 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival is this weekend (October 10th-12th) and it promises to be a delicious affair. The annual festival will be returning to its stomping grounds at City Park for a celebration of Louisiana’s seafood heritage and famous cuisine. 


National Ceviche Day

Recipes & Tips from Emeril, Peche, Bourbon House, and More



Saturday (6-28) is National Ceviche Day, kicking off a week long celebration of the popular fish dish. The simple cuisine, consisting of seafood cooked in citrus-y acids and then flavored, originated in Central and South America, but has found a home in New Orleans. Some of the city's top chefs talked to NOLA Defender about their versions of this classic and even offered up some recipes.


Landrieu, Vitter Call on POTUS to Help Pregnant Women Eat More Seafood


Mary Landrieu, David Vitter and 18 of their U.S. Senate colleagues have a message for pregnant women that anyone in South Louisiana could understand: Eat more seafood. In turn, the U.S. Senators from the Gulf seafood capital are urging President Barack Obama to update FDA standards that urge pregnant women to satisfy those cravings with more food that once swam.


Geaux Fish!

Audubon Aquarium Deals LA Seafood an Ace



New Orleanians are all well-acquainted with the many methods for getting Louisiana seafood from the market to the mouth, but a new exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium is looking to show what happens before the feast.


Details of Oil Disaster Settlement in Front of Judge, Public


Remember that settlement BP said they reached with the people of the Gulf? Well, it still hasn't technically taken effect yet. But, just in time for Friday's two-year anniversary of the Big Oozy, the two sides filed papers in court to get the whole thing approved, BP said. The filing simultaneously is the first time the public has been able to get a look at what's in the settlement with its own two eyes.


Gettin' Sassy

Creole Seafood Favorite Expands



 

The Lakefront and Gentilly areas will soon be getting some Sass in their lives.

Sassafras Creole & Seafood Restaurant will be opening in February in the Lake Terrace Oaks strip mall on the corner of Leon C. Simon and Franklin Avenue


Big Oozy Still in da' House


Do y'all remember when we had that oil spill in the Gulf? You know the reason, they're handing out those checks? And, then remember when everything was magically alright?

Surprise! Apparently, everything is not alright!

We watch some quality footage in which a Cajun fishermen demonstrates the oil's staying power with only outboard motor. [VIA] And then we take a look at some folks a lot smarter than us at MIT usin' science to make us even more concerned about the seafood. [VIA]

Watch for yourself after the break...


Gulf Seafood Tested for Oil, not Oil-Eating Chemical Dispersants


Sniffing sardines aside, we have to assume that The Powers That Be have been doing some serious checking up on the seafood being brought out of the Gulf. But so far nobody has been doing anything about the highly unknown chemicals used to attack the spill. I say unknown but of course they are known, to the people who invented them. The recipe used most extensively in the Gulf, the optimistically named Corexit, is kept secret under strict trade laws.

 

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Sniff Sniff BOOM


by Arielle Schecter

Seafood safety testing in the Gulf region has taken a turn for the stinky. Ordinary citizens had presumed that scientists were behind the inspections of oysters, shrimp, and other fishes originating in the oil-tainted waters, but it turns out that anybody with a nose can qualify for the job. Managers of the testing facilities urge the olfactory workers to sniff "like a bunny," according to an NPR report that aired this morning on WWNO. Driving this technology is the belief that people can tell when something's gone bad in their refrigerators. So by extension, they should be able to tell when something's spilled 55,000 gallons of oil on a single catfish.


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