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Defender Picks



March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air


Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening


Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle


Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 


Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work


Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head


Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night


They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause


Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 


Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!


Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo


Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts


A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south



March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders


Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain


Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume


An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden


RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show


Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show


The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock


Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret


Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars


Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support


Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers


Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party


Demo Aims to Improve CBD Transit Hub

Aside from the iconic street car, New Orleans is not known for her public transit options. Ride New Orleans organized a demonstration yesterday to help residents envision better buses. The local nonprofit is teaming up with transit riders, community members and leaders, and public officials to open up a discussion focusing on improving the city’s transit system, namely in the CBD.


RNO held a grassroots press conference on Tuesday, April 15, to unveil the upcoming release of their report, “Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub,” said Executive Director of RNO, Rachel Heiligman.


Over 200 chairs were set up at various bus stops that encircle the neutral ground at Elk Place between Tulane Avenue and Canal Street. The point was to give riders a comfortable place to wait for their transportation.


Heiligman stated the report was written to call attention to the lack of  infrastructure in the city’s regional transit system, and to set a foundation for dialogue.


Providing additional seating, shading structures, lighting, and more maps and schedules are among efforts in the works. RNO will work with locals to help the city create a CBD Transit Hub that NOLA can be proud of, long-term.


Councilwoman Palmer said the only way this endeavor will be successful is if the city leaves no one behind.


“This is not a city that I feel is reflective of our value system, where we treat everybody the same way and with dignity,” said Palmer. “We want to make sure that everybody has equal access in a way that is decent and a way that we can ensure they get from one place to another, and a way that is not just fast, but also one that reflects where our values lie.”


Palmer gave RTA a nod by stating they have made significant progress in the past few years installing more bus shelters throughout the city.


Councilwoman Guidry said that citizens must speak up if they wish to see improvements. 


“Sometimes you’ve just got to keep pushing on us public officials until it starts to work,” said Guidry.


Guidry stressed timeliness as a central goal for transportation. “If a mother fails to get her child to the daycare, and then to arrive to work on time, is our failure,” she said. 


Councilman Gray was also present, and spoke of the efforts discussed to improve transit systems in New Orleans East.


Being in her own district, Councilwoman Cantrell was especially concerned with the consistent complaints she received regarding safety and conditions of the transit area.  


“We have seen some improvement, as well as the seating that is here now, but it is not good enough. And so having a hub in this area will affect the quality of life,” said Cantrell, hoping for safer conditions.


Currently, more than 20 regional bus lines converge at the CBD Transit Hub, making it the busiest transfer point in the regional system, serving between 5,000 to 7,000 riders a day.





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