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Vendredi

June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17

 

¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer

 

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course

 

Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album

 

Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light

 

Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night

 

Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's


Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby

 

The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange

 

SPEKTRUM

Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils

 

Samedi

June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market

 

Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap

 

Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale

 

NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city

 

Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party

 

Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants

DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto

 

The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven

 

Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen

 

Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series

 

Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth

 

Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show

 

Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas

 

Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


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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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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