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DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films

LUNDI

May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all

 

Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin

 

WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots

 

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre

 

Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 

 

 

MARDI

May 2nd

Collison

Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference

 

United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists

 

GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band

 

Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir

 

Gojira

House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 

 

Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM

 

Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour

 

The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers

MERCREDI

May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 

 

Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio

 

Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin

 

Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show

 

Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott

 

The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'

 

Pixies

Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons

 

Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville

 

Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support

 

New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass

 

Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends

JEUDI

May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off

 

May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party

 

Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 

 

Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance

 

Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion

 

Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health

 

Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation

 

AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who

 

Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious

 

Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste

 

Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp


Banned Together: Casa Borrega Hosts UNIDOS


Hugo Montero and Linda Stone, owners of Casa Borrega, are staying true to their promise to maintain a cultural center within their restaurant. Shortly after the Central City eatery’s (1712 Oretha C. Haley) July 4th opening, the pair invited  UNIDOS (United Non-Discriminatory Indivudals Demanding Our Studies) to speak against Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies, and to gather information about the unique problems facing New Orleans’ Latino community. 

 

UNIDOS formed in response to HB 2281, Arizon’s ban on ethnic studies throughout the state’s schools. The group joins students, alumni, and community members to spread awareness, advocate on behalf of Mexican American Studies, and empower students.

 

The legislation, passed in 2010 and enacted in January of 2012, calls for a ban on any educational materials in public or charter schools. Contraband includes all books that “promote the overthrow of the United States government,” “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

 

According to Schivone, the Mexican American Studies program came under fire for perceived social splintering, when it was actually beneficial to a diverse group of students. Schivone said the state saw students of all races experience higher graduation rates and academic success.  “Students who did take the classes were more likely to graduate, regardless of their race or ethnicity,” explained Schivone.

 

Montero and Stone hosted a similar event in November of 2012, when Libro-Traficantes leader and author Tony Diaz spoke on behalf of the movement to end censorship in Arizona. Diaz headed the caravan to smuggle banned books back into the state, which the author creatively coined “wet books.” Tonight’s presentation will focus on sharing information as well as spreading it.

 

“We want to gather video information to use as video training,” said Schivone. “We want to inform our community about what local communities in the cities we visited are facing—education crises, various injustices, austerity, the closing of schools,” Schivone went on, “There’s a lot of terrible things going on, but in all of the cities we’ve visited, there’s vibrant resistance.”

 

Tonight’s event will allow reps from UNIDOS to speak, beginning at 7pm. They will use a Power Point to guide the presentation, with ample time for audience feedback following their portion of the night. “We want to do a half-and-half kind of thing where we give our story and then open it up and ask people to share their stories with us,” said Schivone.

 

Casa Borrega is now open four nights week (Wednesday-Saturday) including happy hour from 5pm-7pm everyday. Next Sunday, check out their authentic Mexican brunch from 10am-2pm. 




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Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt


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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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