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MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


Google Street View Doesn't Show Current New Orleans Landscape, Locals Say


New Orleanians saw FEMA trailers and ever-present dumpsters and many of the houses that looked like they were about to fall over disappear over the last six years of recovery. But there's a version of New Orleans where the remnants of the Federal Flood are still ever-present. Google Street View, the Google Maps feature that offers block-by-block browsing via photographs of the street, hasn't been updated for New Orleans since 2007, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. In order to show Silicon Valley how far we've come, newly up-and-running local blog NOLA Street View is setting out to document what's changed.

 

Carrying the unequivocally clear message: "Update Google Street View in New Orleans!" the blog, which shows photos of New Orleans properties on Google Street View side-by-side with what the lots look like now, is the brainchild of locals Hunter King and Annalisa Kelly. Aside from casual browsing - of which Kelly is a devotee - the Google tool is used largely for apartment hunting and exploration of the city from afar. The pair argues that the outdated photos do a disservice to those involved in those activities, as well as the general perception of the city and the recovery.

 

The dissonance between what was shown on Google and what was in the real world was evident to King, a 26-year-old New Orleans native, a mere two blocks from a former apartment where he stayed in Mid-City. Located on S. Scott Street, the home now stands as what he sees as a testament to remodeling in the city.

 

"When you look at it on Street View there's a big honkin' dumpster there and you can't even see the house, " he said in a recent interview.

 

For the past few weeks, King and Annalisa Kelly have been taking to the streets mostly by bike, taking pictures of what's changed. In some photos, houses that looked destroyed are replaced by new houses or businesses, or at the very least repairs that make them look new. One picture from Bunny King Park in the 9th Ward shows a park that used to house FEMA trailers. Now, it's a baseball field.

 

And it's not only the changes that are unequivocally viewed as a good thing that they're documenting. The blog points out housing projects that have since been torn down amid controversy are also still shown on the Google feature. Same goes for the area inside LSU-VA Footprint, where houses are still standing on Google Street View, but not in the blog's more current photos. Kelly said they want Google to show what New Orleans looks like now "whether it's in positive or negative ways."

 

Most of the local images now appearing on Street View are dated 2007 (Google says some are dated 2007, as well), when the team came through and updated in the wake of the Federal Flood. But the same care that they took to show how the landscape changed then should also be applied now, the duo said.

 

"There's still tons of blight in this city," Kelly said. "That said, five years after a natural disaster is a huge amount of time for change. And there has been a lot of change."

 

Strikingly, the Street View maps don't always line up with other Google features. King said browsers are able to take a "virtual tour" inside of Kajun's Pub and see what it looks like today.

 

But, on Google, "as soon as you go out into the world it's 2007 again," he said.

 

Similarly, the Google trike was also recently spotted in City Park and at Tulane University updating the search engine's features that allows virtual exploration of paths.

 

King said that while documenting the change is an interesting project,  the ulitmate goal is to see an immediate update to the Street View feature.

 

"If they update tomorrow, it's been fun," he said.

 

Google spokeswoman Deanna Yick said Google plans to update "over time."

 

"I'm not able to share details about our Street View schedules or timing, but we're aware of many areas throughout the U.S. including New Orleans that have outdated imagery, and do plan on refreshing it over time," she wrote.




Glad someone's doing

Glad someone's doing something about this. BTW, Google Earth and Google Street View show different images of my house and block, and I'll bet that's true of other locations. Google Street View is clearly several years outdated, but the Earth view is more recent.

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