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Jeudi

December 18th

TRAP ft Grandtheft

Republic, 9p.m.

Custom made eclectic house to slay your eardrums

 

Tales of the Toddy

House of Blues, 6:30p.m.

The City’s best bartenders spin up takes on the classic winter drink

 

Roman Street

Ogden After Hours, 6-8p.m.

New flamenco rhythms from Mobile based band

 

Homegrown Night Concert Series

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

Featuring Deltaphonic, The Fake Carls and Noisewater

 

Christmas Organ Spectacular

St. Louis Cathedral, 6p.m.

Featuring Karol Mossakowski, Young Artist in Residence

 

Baroque Christmas

First Baptist Church New Orleans, 7:30p.m.

Glorious holiday music in the Cathedral following the concert series

 

 

Big Deal Burlesque

Siberia, 9p.m.

Roxie le Rouge presents May Hemmer, Nikki LeVillain and more

Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

Gulf Gas Leak, Big Oozy Sheens Revisited


These are sheen times in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent appearances of oil and natural gas on the surface of the water have created both mystery and intrigue, but a pair of Tuesday developments might help to answer some questions. Crews continued work to permanently seal a well that leaked natural gas last week, while scientists pinned the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon as the culprit in a series of mystery sheens during 2012.

 

The Talos Energy well that crews lost control of last week has been temporarily sealed off by a bridge plug, and is no longer discharging any chemicals, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Energy Enforcement. Crews will continue work to permanently kill the well this week, which was leaking natural gas condensate that produced a four mile by 3/4 mile sheen. The well is located about 70 miles southwest of Port Fourchon.

 

By the end of the leak, which lasted from Monday, July 7, through Thursday, July 11, company officials said "less than 10 barrels" of natural gas condensate had flowed into the Gulf. According to the Bureau, the sheen was no longer visible when the U.S. Coast Guard flew over the site over the weekend, according to the Bureau.

 

"The discharge from the well was mainly water, with small amounts of gas and light condensate.  Although the discharge levels were low, we take any release of hydrocarbons into the environment very seriously and, in an abundance of caution, decided to take aggressive action," Talos Energy CEO Tim Duncan said in a statement.

 

No one was injured when the crews lost control of the well. The workers were attempting to permanently plug and abandon the well, which had not been active since 1998.

 

Meanwhile, over at the site where the Deepwater Horizon blew in 2010, a set of mystery sheens bubbled up from the Gulf in the fall of 2012. Initial fears held that the Macondo well, which was capped in the fall of 2010 to end the monthslong oil disaster, could still be leaking. However, a team of scientists traced the oil to BP-owned wreckage at the bottom of the Gulf, according to an article published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

 

Using a patented method of "fingerprinting" the oil sheen, the researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) traced the oil to the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig itself, rather than the well. The oil was trapped inside the sunken rig, the researchers concluded.

 

The crews analyzed 14 sheens skimmed from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. While confirming the oil was from the Macondo well, the researchers also found industrial chemicals called olefins that are used in the drilling process, but not found in crude oil. The leaks likely came due to corrosion, as the metal in the rig sprung holes over time while sitting on the seafloor, the scientists said.

 




Erin Rose
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