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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Bounce House Emperor Frank Scurlock Arrested After Confederate Monument Police Scuffle

Local entrepreneur Frank Scurlock, mayoral hopeful and the man behind Jazz Fest's annual skywriting and a local bounce house dynasty, was jailed after an altercation with the police on Saturday evening, according to a YouTube video uploaded on May 7th. Scurlock was said to be protesting in support of the monuments. 


The video (view below) begins in media res at the Jefferson Davis monument, with Scurlock agitated at the presence of police barriers and attempting to report a group of NOPD officers to their supervisors.  But his requests to have the FBI dispatched ultimately fell on deaf ears, and he was left to accost a lone officer on the walk to his squad car.


Ignoring the officer’s admonishments, Scurlock soon found himself handcuffed and surrounded by NOPD.  In the video, his demeanor appears quite calm and unthreatened.  His inner state, however, was anything but.  He later posted on Facebook that, “As a white male, I feel violated by the 12 plus police officers that were African American that fought to put me in jail.” He also remarked that his efforts were him "trying to Stop Civil War 2." 


Before his second life as a figure in the pro-monument movement, many New Orleanians know Scurlock as the owner of Scurlock Entertainment Global, an “inflatable bounce house empire” he founded.  Scurlock also funds the skywriters who decorate the sky during Jazz Fest through his company Positive Sky.  In fact, it was a mere three hours after Saturday’s show that he found himself in the Orleans Parish Prison for the public disturbance.    


In recent months, however, Scurlock has taken on an increasingly public face in staunch opposition to the Take Em Down NOLA project, arguing in favor of keeping the confederate monuments in place.  Even his skywriting has been conscripted for the cause – a press release last week announced that his planes would write phrases like “Unity = History” and “Preservation” in the skies about New Orleans, Jackson, and Baton Rouge.


As of this weekend, he has set his sights even higher.  On Friday, he announced his candidacy for mayor of New Orleans in a series of publicity events he dubbed “Cinco de Scurlock.”  He spent the day preaching the need to “Fill potholes, save monuments” at a variety of locations – mostly Mexican restaurants – around New Orleans. 


Whether Scurlock’s pending legal charges will have any impact on his political ambitions remains to be seen.  Though his summons ordered him to appear at the NOPD Headquarters this morning, he says he arrived there at the appropriate time only to find the building was closed.   


Watch the video below: 

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