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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



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


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



Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 




May 2nd


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



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


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'



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


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

Beta Network

Inside a New Orleans Office Space Where Creativity is King

Innovation and entrepreneurship are mainstays of New Orleans these days. Like any ecosystem, the enviornment is a key influence in determining success for startup companies. Today, we go inside a new space from architect Marcel Wisznia that provides its tenants with more than four walls and a desk.



New Orleans was recently referred to as “the Cinderella of business improvement,” by Chief Executive Magazine. The publication ranked the city 13th in the nation, which is a huge jump from their spot at #27 last year. Start up companies have caught wind of New Orleans’ new pro business image, and so has architect Marcel Wisznia.



The creator of the Union Lofts and the Saratoga building picked up on the new trend and laid a creative hand on shared workspaces. 



Wisznia is an expert in funky spaces with personality, as evidenced by the art that fills the walls of his buildings. Local artist Terrence Sanders curates all of their buildings, allowing a functional living spaces to double as galleries for contemporary artists.  In Saratoga, Wisznia has managed to revamp tired and outdated architecture without threatening the historic elements that make the building significant.



Wisznia’s latest project is on the second floor of New Orleans’ first skyscraper, the Maritime Building. Beta is approximately 5,000 sq. feet of creative space where companies can bounce ideas off of each other. The shared workspace model isn’t new, but Beta distinguishes itself with an aesthetic that blends historic architecture with sleek design.



The space blends a minimalist philosophy with inviting, colorful accents. Although it’s highly modern, classic arched windows that overlook the CBD keep the office modern and bright. Director of Operations Chris Brancato is optimistic about Beta’s appeal to new, techy tenants. 



“Marcel’s vision was to turn it into a private suite, private office spaces," he said. "We had an opportunity to approach it from the ground-up with a design driven workspace.”



The first round of companies on board with Beta all signed leases for a year or longer, and these tenants will be “the determining factor as to where it goes,” Brancato said.  A few tenants are Nola Fashion Council, Apptitude, Circa, and Zydeco Media.



Zydeco is a young company based out of New Orleans that manages social media communication for restaurants. They’re a small start up, but they’re growing rapidly with 35 restaurant clients in the city and 25 in Dallas. We spoke with them about what it’s like to work in such a sleek, modern workspace.



Social Media Director Bryan Davis is more than pleased with the environment at Beta.  



“Beta is beautiful, it’s comfortable, it’s bright,” Davis said.



He also emphasized how effective the coworking model is for young businesses in similar stages of growth.



“We can coalesce resources and work towards a common goal," he said. "There’s a camaraderie in that type of environment.”



Zydeco used to operate out of Launchpad, which Davis said was a positive experience for a young start up.


“It was like elementary school in the sense that we made mistakes, but we had a lot of teachers to help us get it right.” Davis views the transition to Beta as a kind of graduation. “It’s the type of space we definitely see ourselves growing in.” 



Brancato is pleased to have the long-term leasers like Zydeco, but the space is beginning to include more “transient” users as well.  



“At first we weren’t sure if we wanted the ‘daily’ user, we were thinking long term leases only,” he said.



Once the people at Beta considered the location of their business and its potential appeal to people on the go, they decided to be more inclusive. They’re even creating a mobile app that will allow prospective tenants to buy a space on their phones and walk right in to a concierge that will greet them and direct them to their space. 



“It’s going to be pretty slick. We’re trying to digitize as much as possible,” Brancato said.

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