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July 21st

Friday Pop Up

Drifter Hotel, 1PM

By Lucille’s Roti Shop


Louisiana Sportsman Show

Superdome, 3PM

Back in NOLA after 12 years


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Moana


Summer Nerd Movie Nights

Tubby & Coo’s, 7PM

A showing of The Neverending Story


John Waters Film Festival


A showing of Pink Flamingos


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

Great food, great music


Comedy F#@k Yeah

The Dragon’s Den, 8PM

Ft. Shane Torres


New Rebel Family

House of Blues, 8PM

Ft. AYO, The Other LA, Akadia, and Ventruss


Mia Borders Trio

Foundation Room, 9:30PM

Open to the public


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Crunchin’ on those notes


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington + The Fortifiers


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Ft. Mikel Douglas + Dozal


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

BZA Backs Bacchanal

City Board Clears the Way for Music to Return to Bywater Wine Outpost

After Bywater residents' pleas sounded off the halls of power Monday, live music is set to return to the courtyard at Bacchanal.


One business that fell subject to the city’s permit crackdown found a sympathetic ear in City Hall today, as the Board of Zoning Adjustments overturned the reccomnedations of city staff, and cleared the way for live jazz to return to the Bywater wine spot.


Bacchanal Fine Wine and Spirits, located at 600 Poland Avenue, had been operating since 2002 without a hitch until August of 2011, when police raided the business. The raid revealed alleged violations of the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, and Bacchanal fell under the scrutiny of the City Planning Commission for their lack of permits for off-street parking as well as for the live jazz music that often emanates from their courtyard. Murray Roth, attorney for applicant Mary Jayne and Chris, LLC, appeared before the board at February’s meeting to request a 30-day deferral and came back today with an army of neighbors to plead for permission to keep their beloved Bacchanal in business.


The request on the docket reads, “to permit the construction of an outdoor stage with outdoor seating/performance area with insufficient off-street parking,” but that language is misleading, according to Roth. He pointed out that there were never any plans to build an outdoor stage but simply to allow jazz musicians to continue to play in the courtyard, as they have been doing since immediately following Katrina. Roth also disputed the wording of “parking variance,” since he contended that the property was “grandfathered in,” and therefore never required to provide the 37 off-street spots required by city ordinance.


Bywater residents, including many that live adjacent to 600 Poland, were not taking these “violations” lying down. More than 20 people spoke at the hearing, each arguing the business was an integral part of the community. And it wasn't just about loving live jazz and fine wine; everyone who spoke today credited Bacchanal with improving residents’ safety.


Maurice Slaughter, owner of multiple properties in the area, said that the value of his properties would be reduced tremendously if Bacchanal were forced to shut down due to their lack of ability to provide off-street parking. According to Slaughter, Bacchanal is the primary reason that most of his tenants chose to live in that area of the Bywater, and they would no longer feel safe if it were to close. Slaughter was also one of many to call attention to the fact that parking has never been an issue on the block since many patrons of Bacchanal and residents of the area are bicyclists, not drivers. Some of his tenants spoke as well, as did Lauren Swinney, another longtime property owner that lives next door to Bacchanal.


As Swinney delivered her speech, onlookers at the meeting began to visibly tear up. She painted a portrait of her porch, where she likes to sit and enjoy the “twinkling lights of Bacchanal’s courtyard.” She praised the thriving community and spoke about attending wine tastings on Saturday afternoons. In her closing remarks, she referred to Bacchanal as a “good neighbor,” and said that it has brought her “safety, a learning opportunity, cheer, and music.” Property owners and tenants weren’t the only ones to come speak in favor of allowing Bacchanal to continue business as usual.


Ann Marie Coviello urged board members to “listen to the neighbors,” whose support was evidently unanimous. Alex Fleming presented more than 1000 signatures gathered in support of the motion from an online petition. Vocalist Emily Robertson spoke to thank Bacchanal for the opportunity she has had to perform there and said that business like Bacchanal are crucial for musicians and vocalists like herself to get on the map. Jessie Wightkin, representing the nonprofit Edible Schoolyards, said that Bacchanal’s employees were her “#1 volunteers.” People of different ages and backgrounds all appeared to persuade the BZA to save their community, and the BZA listened.


Before hearing the motion, The City Planning Commission’s staff recommendation was to deny the variance. Despite the widespread public support in favor of live music, the board was reluctant about the construction of an outdoor stage and also feared that the parking variance could backfire in the event that future businesses to inhabit the space weren’t as bike-friendly.


However, not one person showed to express their opposition, and the board was persuaded to reconsider. When the decision came down, applause rang out through the chamber.


In addition to music, the hearing also paves the way for Bacchanal's new indoor kitchen to begin operations. The old kitchen, which operated outdoors, was also cited by city officials in the late-summer raid. Since then Chef Joaquin Rodas has been cooking meals in food trucks, and Bacchanal began building the new kitchen. But Bacchanal still needed the parking issue resolved to ensure they would not have to make any further changes to the property to stay open.


Now mostly complete and without anymore zoning roadblocks, Bacchanal owner Chris Rudge said the kitchen and music should be poised to return within several weeks.

hurrah! great article.

hurrah! great article.

This is terrific news for New

This is terrific news for New Orleans.

Thanks for covering this.

Thanks for covering this. Just a quick clarification, Bacchanal is actually doing food through the truck 7 days a week. They just started that schedule right after Mardi Gras.

Of course they cancel sometimes because of rain or whatever, but generally speaking they're going to serve food every night from here on out.

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