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VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 

SAMEDI

February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose


Budget Battle Cry

GOP Treasurer Sideswipes Jindal Over 'Fond Illusion'



When it comes to the state's huge budget hole, John Kennedy isn't pursing his lips.
 
 
Louisiana lawmakers continue to debate and grind out the best ways of balancing the state budget, and State Treasurer John Kennedy released a public statement on the current proposal heading to the State legislature's floor, calling it, "A Fond Illusion."
 
 
Kennedy, a Republican now serving his fourth term as the State's Treasurer, oversees the $10.6 billion of investments held by the State of Louisiana. He is the man responsible for the safe keeping and disbursement of public money. This might be why Kennedy felt compelled to release a statement on March 4, detailing his professional opinion of the Jindal administration's proposed budget. It wasn't good.
 
 
"Call this budget what you like: a fond illusion or smart accounting," Treasurer Kennedy wrote. "The result will be the same: mid-year budget cuts for the sixth year in a row, because the budget is not balanced. Why should we care? Because making a college cut $10 million with six months left in the fiscal year is like a $20 million cut from day one. That shreds muscle, not fat."
 
Kennedy, who is no stranger to criticizing the Gov, paints a vivid picture of the current attempts to balance out budget deficits, by comparing the tactics being used by Government to poor finance choices when attempting to pay off a car loan—ideas such as taking out a cash advance, asking your school aged children to pay rent, or attempting to sell a boat (or bond?) for far more than its estimated value.
 
"Your plan may work-for a while," Kennedy says. "Then, as sure as 'eggs is eggs,' you'll go broke, just like Louisiana eventually will if the legislature passes the Jindal Administration's proposed— yet again—unbalanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1."
 
This analysis is in stark contrast to the images Jindal has been creating of the Louisiana economy in the national press—citing, "incredible progress growing our economy." Even more so because of Jindal's proposal to cut the private and business income taxes for the State.
 
Kennedy wrote out, in five points, the overarching plan for balancing out:
 
"1. Pretend the state will have an extra $800 million to spend as a result of the yet-to-be realized savings from leasing state hospitals to private hospitals, even though the leases have not been negotiated (a reference to the ongoing attempts to get the Mid-City Hospital in gear and properly funded).
 
2. Refinance the state's tobacco bonds (good idea) but dump the $90 million one-time savings into the operating budget and spend it next year (bad idea).
 
3. Propose to sell state real estate at inflated prices well above appraised value and spend the money before they sell.
 
4. Borrow $100 million from the New Orleans Convention Center to keep our colleges open while promising to repay the loan with the proceeds from future bond issues that will exceed the state's constitutional debt limit.
 
5. Raise college tuition 10% for Louisiana students, who already owe $900 million in student loans, despite the fact that education is the new currency of our global economy and 8% fewer Louisianans have a college degree than the rest of America."
 
Kennedy them surmised his argument by saying, "There's a better way. It's not complicated: don't spend more than you take in, and when you do spend money, spend it on things you need, not things you simply want. Louisiana families know that. So do Louisiana businesses. Why can't government figure it out?"
 
All the more ironic really, given how much Jindal has been sniping up at the White House and President Obama (both in the press and in social media) about uncontrolled spending and an unwieldy and growing government.
 
"...the Obama years will be remembered as the Era of Government Greed," Gov. Jindal recently wrote. "There isn’t a problem President Obama thinks can’t be solved by more taxes and more spending. His solution is always to take more money out of the American economy and put it into the government."
 
"It’s time for [the President] to send to Congress a list of reductions that preserves critical services," Jindal wrote in the National Review. "Every governor has had to balance budgets during tough economic times...It’s time for the president to stop campaigning, stop deploying scare tactics, and do his job."
 
Like he's been doing with his plan to axe the state income tax, Gov. Jindal deployed the Division of Administration to respond Treasurer's statements, the Division of Administration has.
 
 
The Division of Administration performs a wide-range of tasks, including general management of all state finances, preparing the Executive Budget and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Commissioner of Administration, Kristy Nichols, responded the Treasurer's statement, detailing and dismissing each of Kennedy's arguments and analogies, point for point.
 
“The reality is that the budget is balanced, makes state government more effective and less expensive for taxpayers and continues to help foster an environment where businesses want to invest and create jobs," Nichols said. "At the same time, our budget also protects K-12 schools, colleges and universities and healthcare services.”
 
 
And keeping it above the belt, Nichols almost right out the gate pointed out that the Treasurer is showing his political motivations in some of his points (in this case the Hospital bond funding issue) and Nichols also alleges the treasurer's incompetence.
 
"Treasurer Kennedy reveals himself to be an opponent of reforming the old Charity Hospital model, not to mention that he apparently does not know how to read the budget."
 
Nichols goes on to detail the figures the administration has on the Hospital funding, which is far less than the $800 million Kennedy cites. She also defends several of the other ideas ridiculed by Treasurer Kennedy, including selling assets above the appraised value.
 
 
"Again, the Treasurer exposes himself as a big government defender of the status quo who would rather keep underutilized property in government’s hands instead of downsizing government’s footprint and returning the property to the private sector."
 
 
As the budget is continually hashed out between now and July (when the next fiscal budget kicks in) funding, bond sales, and tax cuts will continue to cause debate on how best to improve the state of the State.
 
Here's the full documents, as released by Kennedy and Nichols:
 

First, the Treasurer:

And, the Jindal Administration:

 

    

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