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June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


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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