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October 6th


Mardi Gras World, 8p.m.

Latch, Help Me Lose My Mind musicians



Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Flick about child assassins


Night Bus to the Afterlife

Columns Hotel, 7p.m.

Mortality and the Gulf South


Tommy Malone

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Nola native guitarist


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

This week ft. WATIV


October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Civic Bigwigs Push for Daily Newspaper in Times-Picayune Citizens' Group

If all the Twitter comments and people in coffee shops looking a bit forlorn as they read the morning paper wasn't enough of an indicator that the community isn't happy about the cutbacks at the Times-Picayune, today's shipment of outrage should do the trick. A group called Save the Picayune is gearing up for a tailgate at Rock 'n Bowl, which will start at 4 p.m. and run til sundown, and feature music from Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, The Iguanas and Alex McMurray. Then, there's this statement from civic leaders that says they want to preserve a seven-days-a-week newspaper for New Orleans.


Known as the Times-Picayune Citizens Group, a statement released today said the group is looking "to open discussions with the current owners as well as other interested parties to achieve its purpose." 



"...the Citizens Group believes that it is important to clearly state its desire for The Times-Picayune to remain a daily newspaper, and that any possible future change be conducted in a more effective and considerate transition than what was announced to take effect beginning in September."


In the statement, Tulane President Scott Cowen cites the number of nationally-watched events coming up over the next few years as a reason the newspaper should remain a daily.



“In the next several years, the city will host an unprecedented amount of national and international visitors and media, including the NFL Super Bowl, NCAA Women’s Final Four, NBA All-Star game, commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and celebration of the city’s 300th birthday,” said Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University. “These events, along with the downtown opening of two new $1 billion-plus hospitals, deserve a more robust approach to news delivery.” 


Was that a dig, or is there just no other way other than "more robust" to describe a large flow of original reporting?


In any case, if the quotes in the statement don't have enough power behind them, try the list of people who have signed onto the Citizens' Group. Here's the preliminary list:


Jay Altman
Chief Executive Officer
FirstLine Schools


Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond

Archbishop of New Orleans


John Barry

Kent Blackwell


Burtheville Association of Neighbors


Ralph Brennan

James Carville and Mary Matalin


Tod Chambers, President

Mavis Early, Executive Director

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association


Henry Coaxum


New Orleans Business Alliance


Michael Cowan

New Orleans Crime Coalition


Scott Cowen

Tulane University


Flozell Daniels, Jr.

President & CEO
Foundation for Louisiana


Norman Francis

Xavier University of Louisiana


Ruthie Frierson

Founder & Chairman
Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans


Melissa Gibbs, Chair

Tommy Faucheux, Vice-Chair
GNO, Inc. NextGen Council


Leon Giorgio

Jefferson Business Council


Rafael C. Goyeneche III

Metropolitan Crime Commission


Julie Graybill

Faubourg Marengo Neighborhood Association


Lucien Gunter

Executive Director
Jefferson Economic Development Corporation


Stan Harris

President & CEO

Louisiana Restaurant Association


Michael Hecht, President & CEO

Dale Benoit, Chairman

Greater New Orleans, Inc.


William H. Hines


Walter Isaacson


Tamara Jackson

Executive Director


Leslie Jacobs


Ben Johnson

President & CEO
New Orleans Chamber of Commerce


John Little

New Orleans Regional Leadership Insititue


Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr.

Interim President
Dillard University


Nancy Marsiglia


Chassity McComack

Executive Director
River Region Chamber of Commerce


Ed McGinnis

Irish Channel Neighborhood Association


Reid McLellan

Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry


Suzanne Mestayer

Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region


Anne Milling

Women of the Storm


Todd Murphy

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce


Thom Pepper


Lower 9th Ward Stakeholder Coalition


Stephen Perry

President & CEO

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau


Wendell Pierce


Debby Pigman


Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association


Dr. Patrick Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer

Warner Thomas, President & CEO
Ochsner Health System


Larry Rase

Executive Director

Northshore Business Council


Julia Reed


Stephen Reuther

Chief Executive Officer
St. Bernard Parish Chamber Of Commerce


Charles Rice

President & CEO
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.


Toni Rice

New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network


Howard Rodgers

Executive Director
New Orleans Council on Aging


Nolan V. Rollins

President & CEO
Urban League of Greater New Orleans


Greg Rusovich

The Southeast Regional Coalition of Business Councils


Harry Shearer


Nick Spitzer


Mark Vicknair


Dr. Thomas R. Warner


Nunez Community College


Dr. Joe Welch


River Parishes Community College


Alyssa Wenck

Young Leadership Council


Brandy Whisnant

Junior League of New Orleans


Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

Loyola University New Orleans


Tim Williamson

Co-Founder & CEO
The Idea Village




The Foundation for Historical Louisiana


French Quarter Citizens, Inc.


Lafayette Square Association


Louisiana Landmarks Society

Smart Growth for Louisiana


Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates, Inc.


Diana Lewis, 1992 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient


Leah Chase, 1997 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient


Herschel L. Abbot Jr., 1999 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

Alden McDonald, 2000 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

Fran Villere, 2003 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

Ruthie Frierson, 2006 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

Bob Brown, 2007 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

R. King Milling, 2008 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

Scott Cowen, 2009 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient


Tommy S. Cvitanovich, 2010 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

WIlliam Goldring, 2011 Times-Picayune Loving Cup Recipient

Why don't they raise the

Why don't they raise the price, make more money and then if that does not work, they can go to 3 days a week. Seems like business 101 to me

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