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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town


Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler


One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil


Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band


What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all


Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin


WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots


Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre


Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music



Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 




May 2nd


Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference


United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists


GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band


Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir



House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 


Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM


Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour


The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers


May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 


Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio


Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin


Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show


Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott


The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'



Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons


Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville


Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass


Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends


May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off


May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party


Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 


Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance


Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion


Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health


Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation


AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who


Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious


Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste


Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp

Drilling for Answers

Pols, Academics, & Industry Weigh In at Gulf Energy Forum

The Atlantic Magazine flew south to host “An American Town Hall” on energy and the midterm elections yesterday.  Industry representatives, academics, and politicians sat on four small panels and discussed fracking on the Northshore, commuter trains to Baton Rouge, Mary Landrieu’s senate race, and many things in between.


Louis Finkel, the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, which underwrote the forum, began by marveling at his childhood memories of long lines at filling stations in the seventies, when Americans were anxiously unsure about the flow of oil and power.  


Gone, apparently, are those days, according to most panelists, because the United States has become the world’s largest natural gas producer and will soon become the world’s largest oil producer.  One panelist remarked that some of Louisiana’s liquid natural gas terminals, built in the last ten years to prepare for dwindling domestic resources, have needed to be converted to export natural gas to other countries. 


The new state of fossil fuel abundance was clear. 4,000 active production platforms dot the Gulf. Two billion dollars for an offshore drilling project was considered a lowball number, according to Dr. Eric Smith of the Tulane Energy Institute. Over seventy-five percent of the nation’s offshore energy production comes from the Gulf. 412,000 Louisiana residents are employed by the oil and gas industry, and their wages bring $24 billion into the state, according to Finkel from the API.  


Atlantic’s Washington editor-in-chief Steve Clemons made efforts to steer the conversation into a broader field of energy options than those of oil and gas, but few would veer away from oil and gas, and none denied that the industry is fundamental to Louisiana’s economic future.  


Clemons had asked Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne about renewables and likened the oil and gas boom in Louisiana to that of North Dakota, where republican Senator John Hoeven encourages the aggressive development of wind and energy resources alongside his state’s booming fossil fuel extraction.  Dardenne said that renewables were “a big component of what needs to take place.”  He mentioned that Louisiana’s timber resources stand to benefit from skyrocketing European demand for wood pellets that fuel renewably fired power plants.


But Dardenne was steadfast in his support of the energy sector. And he, like panelists Eric Smith and Chris John, the President of the Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association, warned against any regulations that could drive away Louisiana’s golden industry. Asked what a “smart, cohesive energy policy” would look like on a federal level, Dardenne said it would be free-flowing: “A state like Louisiana that has the God-given natural resources that are beneath our soil should be recognized and taken advantage of from a policy standpoint for a country and not be punitive towards a state that has those natural resources.”


He said, “I think the state has done a fairly good job” at regulating the oil and gas industry."


From the audience, Steve Murchie, director of the Gulf Restoration Network, challenged the statement, saying, “In the time that the forum takes this morning, we’re going to lose three football fields of our coastal wetlands, and the oil and gas industry is responsible, conservatively, for 400 square miles of the coastal (land) that’s already been lost…The state is choosing not to exercise it’s existing jurisdiction over wells and other drilling activities in the coastal zone that are no longer in production - to require them to remove their spoil banks, fill in the canals, and mitigate those sites.  So my question is, why aren’t you enforcing the law?”


Dardenne, who has declared his candidacy for the 2015 Governor’s race, said, “I don’t know specifically which one you’re talking about and what they’ve done.”


Walt Leger, speaker pro tem of the Louisiana House of Representatives and vocal advocate for the coast, remarked that the state and the oil and gas industry are “inseparable.”  The forum did its best to untangle that relationship and what it means for a place that has been both incredibly enriched and grossly battered by the energy industry.


Mayor Landrieu, another potential candidate for the 2015 governor’s race, said, “What Louisiana people have tried to do and struggled to do is to find the appropriate balance between drilling and restoring and also being environmentally sensitive, and there’s no greater issue to reflect that than the disappearance of the coast.”


In explaining that balance, he walked a thin line between coastal advocate and oil and gas enthusiast, saying, “The answer is not drill baby drill or stop drilling at all. Those are not opportunities that are going to be seized in any real way.”


“If we’re gonna restore the coast, we have to stop doing the thing that’s destroying the coast, and we have to take the money that the coast is producing and put it back into restoration efforts. And then, through technology, we have to find a way to drill in a balanced way and to drill more rather than less.”


“The thing that’s destroying the coast,” it is presumed, is the damming of replenishing freshwater behind levees, as well as the creation and abandonment of oil canals that starve wetlands throughout the coastal zone.


Regarding the controversial Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority lawsuit that seeks punitive damages from 97 oil and gas companies that dredged canals in the region, Landrieu said, “This is pretty simple.  If you broke it, you should fix it.” But, he added later, “A lawsuit is a nuclear option.  You could go through years and years of litigation - or the oil and gas companies could come to the table and, in a very thoughtful and progressive way, say ‘Listen, if we’re producing wealth, we’re going to peel a piece off of the top and direct it back to restoring the land.’”


At the end of the Mayor’s segment, Linda Stone, director of Global Green New Orleans, stood in the audience, a little perplexed, and said, “We’re in a climate crisis.  I had expected more discussion of climate change and how we are going to address it.”  Later, in an email, she said, “I was pretty disturbed about all the oil and gas talk and all the justification of why we need oil and gas development, while every day there is news about climate related problems.  Today in fact there was an article on the front page of the TP saying that United Nations climate scientists put out an alert because atmospheric carbon is higher than its ever been. The lack of awareness or concern in that room was awful.”


Clemons seemed timid in his approach to the climate change question, and he approached the subject cautiously by way of Katrina or the coast.  Once he said, “Louisiana does not pop up at the forefront of many people’s (minds) of being a kind of leader in that area.”


And, to laughter, Walt Leger said, “I do have one of my colleagues who says that climate change is a hoax.”

He could be referring to State Representative Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, who won national media attention when she released a video that called climate change “the greatest deception in the history of mankind” and told viewers that any ten-year-old with a thermometer could disprove the science.  David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report called Whitney, who is running for a US Congressional seat in the 6th District,  “the most frightening candidate in seven years interviewing congressional hopefuls.”


There did seem to be consensus that a move towards renewables was necessary, but only after we settled into the era of natural gas and deep drilling.  Bob Thomas, director of the Loyola University Center for Environmental Communication, acknowledged that the new gas boom was unavoidable and beneficial to the state, but he worried that this “low hanging fruit” would distract research and development of renewables.  “We will hit that peak.  You can debate it all you want,” he said, “and we need to prepare for the future.”

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