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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Gang Roundup Nets 3NG


Authorities rounded up the second score of alleged gang members in as many months on Thursday. Beginning at 6 a.m., police fanned out to pick up members of the 3NG gang as part of a 30-count racketeering indictment filed today in state court. Authorities have pinpointed as many as 21 people in connection with the gang, which counts its boundaries as S. Galvez St., S. Claiborne Ave., Washington Ave. and Jackson Ave.

 

Two of the 21 members remain at large, according to NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas. They are Kentrell "Black" Hickerson and Kevin Lynch, who is also known as "Weefus," or "Pee Wee."

 

"We are on them. Turn yourself in," Cannizzaro said of the fugitives.

 

3NG members are accused of responsibility for 10 murders since October, 2008, including the death of 2-year-old Keira Holmes just before Christmas in 2011, said Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. Gang members Tyrone "T-Bone" Knockum and Terrioues "T-Red" Owney are accused in the murder, which occurred outside the B.W. Cooper Housing Complex while children were playing. Police later determined 19-year-old Emmett Allen, who was walking in the area at the time, was the itended target.

 

Investigators tracked the gang's operations to May, 2005, according to Cannizzaro. 3NG members trafficked in drugs and violence to maintain control of their territory, Cannizzaro said.

 

Local authorities traced the group using the recently formed Multi Agency Gang Unit, which pools resources between the police, feds, district attorneys office and other local law enforcers. The 3NG roundup follows the recent state indictment against the 110ers gang, which was found responsible for the death of five-year-old Briana Allen. Last week, members of Allen's family were charged in a federal drug indictment.

 

Even as the arrests are piling up, the strength of the case against the various gang members remains to be tested in court. Cannizzaro was asked whether the complexity of the cases is a drain on an already overloaded state court system.

 

"If you're telling me these are too complicated cases for the courts to handle, I say that's too bad," Cannizzaro said. "We're not going to modify our standards for what may be the least common denominator in that building."

 

Orleans Parish in particular has seen many high-profile arrests fail to result in convictions. Cannizzaro said charging all of the gang members in one indictment allows prosecutors to paint a clearer picture of criminal activity to the jurors. By trying the members all at the same time, the DA's office can now detail the "whole story," including sagas including drug sales, murders and retribution killings.

 

"We can give the jury the entire picture of how dangerous those individuals are for that particular Uptown neighborhood," Cannizzaro said.

 

Here are pictures and names of the alleged 3NG members, provided by NOPD:

 




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