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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Go Back to the 80’s with HOPfest 2017

30th Anniversary Benefit for HIV Outpatient Clinic

New Orleans is no stranger to festivals — among the ranks of music, food, beer, and film themed happenings, the fourth annual HOPfest offers a fest for a cause. On Saturday (5.20), the one-night event will benefit the HIV Outpatient Program (HOP), a part of University Medical Center. 


For just $20, guests will get unlimited access to the open bar, food, and entertainment from some of NOLA’s top talents. 


Held at Cafe Istanbul within the New Orleans Healing Center, HOPfest will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the HIV Outpatient Program by throwing it back to where it began with an 1980’s themed party. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best 80’s finery and indulge in dancing, drinks, and a full-on feast with Lucky Dog donating all-you-can-eat food for the event. 


Organizer KJ Carstarphen is the President of Krewe du Santé, an arts-focused non-profit dedicated to financially supporting medical causes and healthcare-related community services in both New Orleans and abroad.


The clinic, said Carstarphen, has functioned as a safety net for HIV-positive people in New Orleans for the past three decades. 


Back in 2014, NoDef spoke with Carstarphen about the inaugural HOPfest. Then, she reported that HOP operates as a very high volume clinic, with over 50 patients visiting a day. Services range from pap smears, to psychological care, to comprehensive treatments. In the intervening years, the clinic has remained as vital to the HIV positive community as ever. 


“Now, more than ever,” Carstarphen said this week, “we need to come together as a community to support every person’s right to accessible and skilled medical resources.”


Though HIV/AIDS funding has not been directed affected by the Trump administration's proposed 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services, there does not seem to be any plan from the White House to support the battle against HIV — with the Office of National Aids Policy page entirely without content. Additionally, Vice President Mike Pence, whose defunding of public health spending during his term as governor of Indiana lead to a major HIV outbreak in the state, has been vocal in his support to divert federal money from the Ryan White Care Act, which supports HIV-positive low-income Americans. 


“[The clinic] believes that all people living with HIV deserve compassionate care from skilled, dedicated professionals, regardless of socioeconomic status,” said Carstarphen in a statement. In addition to medical services for HIV positive patients, HOP also works on research and education initiatives. This weekend’s HOPfest will raise money for the clinic’s diverse programming. 


Of course, no event in New Orleans would be complete without a sweet soundtrack. Live entertainment will be supplied by four local acts, including funk outfit Sexy Dex & The Fresh, rap royalty Delish Da Goddess, and two expressively punctuated bands, Sexual Thunder! and Volume Overload!


The team behind HOPfest stressed that the event is well worth the price of admission, offering a lineup of some of the top talents in New Orleans. Sexual Thunder! recently performed at Shorty Fest, while Sexy Dex himself, Dexter Gilmore, took to the Jazz Fest stage to perform with Naughty Professor. 


The party will kick off at 8PM, and goes until midnight. 


Tickets can be purchased from Krewe du Santé here

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