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LUNDI GRAS

February 27th

Red Beans Parade

Marigny Route, 2PM

9th annual march celebrating NOLA's famous Lundi dish

 

Krewe of Proteus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

The second-oldest parading krewe offers a legendary look at Carnival festivities 

 

Krewe of Orpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Harry Connick Jr.'s superkrewe is joined by Westworld actors and an SNL comedian

 

Washboard Chaz

The Carver Theater, 7PM

Washboard Chaz takes a break from The Tin Men tonight to lead the Lundi Gras Blues Party

 

Igor and the Red Elvises

Siberia, 6PM

Russian surf rock comes to St. Claude

 

Big Chief Alfred Doucette

Bar Redux, 8PM

Flaming Arrow Warriors Chief is joined by JD Hill & the Jammers, Big Pearl, and the Fugitives of Funk

 

Alexis & the Samurai

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 11PM

Brass legends bring da funk

 

Galactic

Tipitina's, 11PM

Funk legends ($50)

 

MARDI GRAS

February 28th

Jefferson City Buzzards

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:45AM

The world's oldest Mardi Gras marching club kicks off the day's celebrations

 

Lyons Carnival Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7AM

Catch them at one of their 10 stops, or meet them for drink at Molly's at the Market at the end of their parade

 

Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club 

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM

Follow Mondo Kayo to be led to an all-day dance party on Frenchmen

 

Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM

Clarinet legend leads his walking krewe to wake up the city for its big party

 

Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 8AM

Storied African American krewe is set to dole out coconuts and joy 

 

Societe de Saint Anne

French Quarter Route, 10AM

Wander the Vieux Carre for this parade 

 

KOE

French Quarter Route, 10:15AM

A "cyber" krewe of Carnival enthusiasts from all over the world

 

Rex

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 10AM

Keep an eye out for the iconic Bouef Gras float 

 

Elks Orleanians / Crescent City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, Follows Rex

These truck parades let anyone with wheels join in on the Mardi Gras fun

 

Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra Memoria for Big Chief Roddy Lewis & Tim Green

Hi-Ho Lounge, 3PM

Featuring Jimbo Mathus' Overstuffed Po-boys

 

Fat Tuesday Fish Fry

Bar Redux, 6PM

Annual Mardi Gras fry with local catfish, handcut fries, and homemade slaw

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Organized Crime

30/90, 9PM

NOLA funk-jam band with a rotating cast of band members 

 

Smokin' Time Jazz Club

The Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10:30PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11:59PM

Member of the famed Neville clan leads his band

 

MERCREDI

March 1st

Dr. Seuss Celebration

St. Tammany Parish, all-day

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with crafts, snacks, and many fantastical tales

 

Opening Reception: "Waltzing the Muse"

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Ogden's newest exhibition is a Jmes Michalopoulos retrospective

 

New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The Maison, 6:30PM

Local trad jazz standard bearers

 

Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and Pistons go head to head

 

Tin Men

d.b.a., 7PM

The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio

 

New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom

Community Print Shop, 7:30PM

Volunteer and members monthly meeting, get involved! 

 

Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Nealand and McDermott have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra 

Snug Harbor, 8PM & 10PM

Traditional riff and blues sounds

 

Ash Wednesday Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Siberia, 8PM

Featuring Sam Doores, Alex McMurray, Julie Odell, and more

 

Niagara & The Asphalt Jungle

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of two films noir featuring a young Marilyn Monroe

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

Weekly improv from Chris Trew and Tami Nelson

 

Walter "Wolfman" Washington

d.b.a., 10PM

Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week


Badon Bill Seeks Reduced Prison Sentences for Pot


In November 2012, the latest round of elections put a number of politicians in office for another term or the first time. Now, as the start of the legislative session looms (April 8), NoDef is taking the time to look at the actual work these politicians are planning for this year -- what they hope to be the fruits of their labor. Once again, State Rep. Austin Badon (D-New Orleans) is proving himself to be in the weeds with HB 103, which sets to create more appropriate sentences for marijuana and cannabinoid offenses.

 

The sentences that could help boost the state's economy by collecting fines, and reducing the state's world-record prison population with more realistic sentencing guidelines.

 

The proposed changes to the law would amend the criminal penalties for, "second and subsequent convictions of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids and prohibits the application of the Habitual Offender Law to possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid offenses," the bill's abstract states.

 

For the first offense remains as a maximum of $500 fine or six months in jail. For the second offense, the penalty is reduced from a maximum $2,500 fine to a $500 fine or a year in prison. It would also repeal the provision in the current law that have special probation criteria for the second offense.

 

The new law also creates hierarchy, by distinguishing between the third and subsequent offenses, and also creates a distinction for these drug offenses and violent felonies that should earn someone decades in prison.

 

Penalties for a third offense comes down from a 20-year sentence and a possible $5,000 fine to a fine of $2,000, a prison term of no more than two-years, or both. Finally, any other violations would either be fined $2,000, no more than five-years in prison, or both. This brings down the potential penalty for offenders from the 20-years prescribed by the habitual offenders statute (commonly called three-strikes laws).

 

The proposed law also accommodates motions to reconsider sentencing for those who are or would have been forced to serve the previous maximums, or those serving under the habitual offenders statute. 

 

"Proposed law removes possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids as a possible offense for which an offender may be sentenced pursuant to the Habitual Offender Law," the abstract for HB 103 says. "[Also] proposed law authorizes a defendant who is incarcerated after having been convicted of and sentenced according to the provisions of [the] present law regarding possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids or present law habitual offender provisions, wherein at least one of the offenses which forms the basis for such sentence is a conviction for possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids... if the defendant has served at least half of the maximum term of imprisonment provided for in proposed law."

 

Essentially, if one of the felony convictions that would have had an offender serving life was handed down because of marijuana, that person could file a motion to have the judgement reconsidered under the sentencing guidelines outlined in the new law, as long as they have served half the maximum sentence.

 

As of 2012, Louisiana held the honor of having the highest prison population in the world, with an estimated 40,000 people locked up in the state's prisons. That number is cited as thirteen times times the total number of inmates in Chinese prisons. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that more than 12-percent of inmates at the state and federal levels are serving for marijuana offenses, costing Americans an estimated one billion dollars a year (that's with nine zeroes people).

 

The bill goes before the legislature this session, which commences Monday, April 8. 




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