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August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Digging For Answers

Site of Royal Street Collapse Yields Archaeological Sandbox

New Orleans is a city that knows a bit about finding silver linings. So, when a historic building collapsed last October, the University of New Orleans’ Dr. Ryan Gray also received an opportunity. The urban archaeologist is now leading a team of students in a rare excavation within the French Quarter.


The owners of 808 Royal Street reached out to the professor and invited him to see what he could find. So, Gray and a team of students performed some tests on the site and then started digging today. 


As Gray showed NoDef around the dig, he clutched a ream of historic maps and overlays, noting that the area was previously home to several structures. He explained, “One of our goals is to identify remains from these 18th Century buildings that extended into this lot. The lot lines have changed over time.”


The UNO team believes that two formal constructions plus some temporary structures existed on the land. “The best case scenario would be to find really well preserved levels that we can differentiate between a 1731 structure that was here, a 1722 structure, and that earliest off-grid development when people were clearing the land.”


The expert says that the building that collapsed was built around 1800 or 1801, but “because it was in place for so long, we’re hoping that it actually preserved the 18th century components really well.” The collapsed building essentially acted like a cork on a wine bottle and the crew is in the process of decanting the artifacts.


The sinking City is not a recent phenomena, but in this case it is a benefit. “Historically, people had good reason to keep building up. That works very well for us as archaeologists. That means that when earlier buildings were demolished or were burned down or whatever, people tended to just spread out that rubble and build up. Everywhere that I’ve excavated in the French Quarter, there were at least three feet to four feet of levels from earlier structures and domestic debris.”


Gray has worked on other excavations in the Vieux Carré, digging at Madame John’s Legacy and by St. Louis Cathedral. He is hoping the new site will provide a continuation of the finds at those sites.


“At both of those projects, we found remains from when the land for the city was first cleared and the early colonists were living in what were basically palmetto huts. We found deep down in the colonial levels evidence of those palmetto huts. So, we’re hoping that we might actually find some of that early development preserved here,” elaborates the archaeologist.


Gray says that this building period in New Orleans’ history is a missing link of sorts. “Understanding that phase of development is important because that is when the documents were the sketchiest. It doesn’t sound that exciting in description, but it gives us a unique glimpse into the everyday life of the people that created the city.”


Asked what the assortment of broken pottery and other shards will yield, Gray’s excited answer betrayed archaeology’s place as a subset of anthropology. “We can know about what people ate; what people wore; what people traded; what type of economic activities people were engaged in. When we start to put all of those things together in context, then we can start to talk about things like power dynamics, surveillance and control, ideology, and how a new Creole identity was formed in the town.”


Gray adds that one of the more exciting finds has been Native American pottery, some associated with the Choctaw and the Appalachi, mixed in with the colonial items. The team aims to gain a better understanding the relationship between the settlers and the natives in the early years of New Orleans, a topic oft ignored in contemporary records.


UNO has a working lab and the pieces will initially be transported there to be cleaned, analyzed, dated, and written up. Because the land is privately owned, eventually the owners will determine what becomes of the finds. For now, they have created a website to share the progress


Gray also knows that some things in the Quarter stay the same. Pointing at one group of students working beneath a tent positioned near the front of the property, he says, “They’re also our public relations team. There will be a lot of people stopping an d asking questions.”

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