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August 28th

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.
This week ft. Troy Sawyer ($10)

 

Mark Powell: The Sheltering
Maple Street Book Shop, 6p.m.

Southern author reads from his new thriller

 

Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens
Superdome, 7p.m.

Pregame the preseason in Champions Square at 4

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Bug
Allways Lounge, 8p.m.

Darkly comedic play written by Tracy Letts—final performance

 

Bishop Allen
the BEATnik, 8p.m.

Lovable indie pop band on tour from NY ($10)

 

Terence Higgins, Cliff Hines
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Two local powerhouses join forces ($10)

 

1st Annual Positive Hip-Hop
Cafe Istanbul, 9p.m.

Freestyle battle with a $500 grand prize

VENDREDI

August 29th

Mad Decent Block Party
Mardi Gras World, 2p.m.
Ft. A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis & more ($45)

 

Friday Nights At NOMA
NOMA, 6-8p.m.

Art historians speak on Hale Woodruff’s murals, plus music by Arpa Quartet

 

Beach Day, Ben Polar One Man Band
Siberia, 6p.m.
Surf-punk from Hollywood, Florida—early show

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.

Local baseball in Metairie

 

The Producers
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.

The 80s new wave band, live! ($20)

 

Underdogcentral HeadPhones Release Party
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Ft. Lyriqs Da Lyraciss, Dappa, Kaye the Beast, No Suh, Kash Akbar

 

Amanda Shires
Freret Street Publiq House, 9p.m.

Texas singer and violinist (and wife of Jason Isbell)

 

Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Ft. Gravity A’s tribute to the Talking Heads

 

TNM Presents: The Match Game
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.

The New Movement resurrects the ‘70s game show for laughs ($8)


Audubon's Avenger Becomes Berger Field


After years of jumping through hoops, NORD has finally installed a sign marking the David Berger- Avenger Field in Audubon Park.  More than just a “place to play ball,” the field commemorates Berger, one of the 11 victims of the 1972 Munich Olympic bombings. 

 

“Our young people are going to understand that this Berger Field, not Avenger Field, is an honor of a hero,” said City Councilmember-at-Large Jackie Clarkson.  “It states the name, and children will ask and they could be told about a hero.  There has to be a message.”  Clarkson reminiscences on the somewhat overlooked trend of naming parks after heroes like Mickey Markey Park in the Bywater. 

 

“The new NORD is doing it right.  How hard could one sign?   It took a village,” said Clarkson laughing. 

 

Although a Cleveland resident, Berger attended Tulane University where he excelled in both academics and weightlifting.  Despite his short stature, Berger could lift more than twice his own weight, a feat that would eventually land him a place on the Israeli Olympic weightlifting team. 

 

“When they use their field they’re not just going to a field,” said Rabbi Ed Cohn of Temple Sinai.  The field symbolizes Berger’s struggle to not only achieve his goal in weightlifting, but also his strength in the face of terrorism.  The field “memorializes something that is eternal: what David stood for.”  

 

Berger’s brother, Fred Berger, gave a teary-eyed account of the athlete’s life— from his first pull-up to his last performance on the world’s stage.  His friend from Tulane also retold stories of the typical college student with extraordinary talent, passion and tenacity.  Although cut short at 28, Berger takes comfort in the idea that he accomplished his ultimate Olympic goal.       

 

“We dedicate an honored place here in the Crescent City to the memory of David Berger, a son of Tulane and a pride to all who ever knew him and with the ten other Israeli athletes who were robbed of a fullness of life,” said Rabbi Cohn.  

 




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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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Anna Gaca

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock