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LUNDI

July 28th

How We Got The Funk
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 6p.m.
UBW founder Jawole Zollar leads a social & historical dance class (donation)

 

Zephyrs vs. Omaha
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Louise Michel
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Fired workers plot revenge in this 2008 French film

 

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
Midcity Theatre, 7:30
Episode IV retold in iambic pentameter

 

Daughters of Dolma
Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.
Doc about daily lives of Tibetan Buddhist nuns

 

The Guru
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
With Fpoon and The Roses ($5)
 

MARDI

July 29th

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market

 

Zephyrs vs. Iowa
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.
See Kermit at home in the 7th Ward and get to bed early

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free standup comedy show

 

Lions, Big Awesome, All People, Tare
Hey Cafe, 9p.m.
Community Record’s DIY Summer Bummer Fest, part 3 ($5)

 

Open Ears Music Series
Blue Nile, 10p.m.
Ft. Trapper Keeper


Erin Brockovich Joins Cast of Assumption Sinkhole Saga


Tremors in the area recently forced work at the Assumption Parish Sinkhole to halt, but they aren't the only forces of nature blowing into town this week. Famed legal clerk and biopic subject Erin Brockovich will be in Pierre Part to address residents of the massive 9-acre sinkhole.

 

Brockovich is scheduled to be at the Pierre Part American Legion Hall (3336 Highway 70) at 4 p.m. on March 9. Not to be confused with Julia Roberts, Brockovich infamously spun a lack of legal education into a 1993 victory for residents of  Hinkley, California, who faced contaminated drinking water as a result of a nearby natural gas pipeline. After representing other Californians in environmental suits, the 52-year-old went on to do some screen time of her own. She was host of Final Justice, and Challenge America with Erin Brockovich.

 

About 250 residents of Bayou Corne remain evacuated since August, when an underground salt dome owned by Texas Brine LLC collapsed and pulled a huge swath of land along with it. The area continues to grow, having pulled in another 50X100 ft. section on Feb. 12. Video from a Friday flyover shows the sinkhole resembling a large pond, rather than the slurry area of rock, mud and debris that was once present. In the fall, scientists said the collapse of the 1,500 ft. deep salt cavern provided a potential pathway for oil and natural gas to the area's drinking water as the sinkhole continued to burp and shake. Texas Brine has since drilled vent wells to let the noxious chemicals out of the ground. There have also been concerns about toxic chemicals in the air.

 

Displaced residents are pushing for buyouts of their property, which the state is set to consider during the upcoming legislative session.




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