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January 26th

Kate Voegele

The Beatnik, 8p.m.

Now Nashville based, former One Tree Hill musical starlet brings her acoustic set to New Orleans

 

Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Sixers take on the Pelicans on their home turf

 

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring an instrument and join in (free)

 

Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor, 8p.m. & 10p.m.

Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen

 

Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)


AP: Local Activists Tracked by NYPD in NOLA


If you think one police force's activities are enough to be worried about, try adding some fuzz from America's largest city. Apparently, there wasn't enough crime up in New York City, so the Big Apple's force dispatched a few people down to New Orleans. According to an AP investigation, New Orleans activist-journalist Jordan Flaherty, who writes for Left Turn and organizes the annual local International Human Rights Festival, was in the crosshairs of the NYPD's intelligence division for opposing government policies.

 

According to the report, the NYPD officers kept an eye on Flaherty at the 2008 People's Summit, which was a gathering of leftist groups opposed to American economic policy. Flaherty apparently caught the NYPD's attention because as a "former member of the International Solidarity Movement Chapter in New York City." The NYPD appears to have also monitored Flaherty at that year's International Human Rights Film Fest, according to the report. 

 

"The only threat was the threat of ideas," Flaherty said of the Festival. "I think this idea of secret police following you around is terrifying. It really has an effect of spreading fear and squashing dissent."

 

Labor organizer Marisa Franco also caught the NYPD's attention, according to the report.

 

As has been well-trodden before, all of this was done in the name of counterterrorism. 




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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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