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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town


Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler


One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil


Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band


What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all


Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin


WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots


Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre


Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music



Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 




May 2nd


Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference


United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists


GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band


Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir



House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 


Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM


Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour


The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers


May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 


Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio


Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin


Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show


Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott


The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'



Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons


Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville


Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass


Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends


May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off


May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party


Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 


Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance


Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion


Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health


Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation


AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who


Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious


Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste


Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp

Green Army's First March

Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré Leads Enivro Group Aiming to Influence Legislature

Retired Lieutenant General Russell Honoré got famous after Katrina for restoring a semblance of order to the streets of New Orleans.  Mayor C. Ray Nagin called him “one John Wayne dude,” and he was branded “the Ragin’ Cajun” for his bravado.


On the steps of the capitol on Saturday (March 8), the praises -- and the rage -- continued. Instead of looting and evacuations, he yelled about sinkholes and contaminated lakes. Then he played washboard to a Cajun band’s rendition of “Don’t Mess with my Bayou.”


It was the first ever Louisiana Water Festival – a rally to mark the beginning of the 2014 Legislative session, as well as a roll call for Honoré’s newly dubbed “Green Army.”  He taught the crowd “hooah” and hollered to the hundreds assembled. He dubbed speakers from various corners of the state’s environmental community “brigadier commanders” of the army. 


“Baton Rouge water is under attack!” Honoré yelled as he introduced Hayes Town, Jr., of Baton Rouge Citizens to Save Our Water, which contends that industry there has induced saltwater into drinking water aquifers. “The industry around Baton Rouge uses 80 million gallons of groundwater a day.  That’s 80 million,” said Town.  “It’s not really necessary.  They could get the water out the river just as the plants do below Baton Rouge.”


The goals of the groups varied with their geography, from the Baton Rouge aquifer to the salt caverns of Assumption Parish, but, in most cases, the focus was on the state’s historically cozy relationship with industry. 


“The influence of the oil and gas bidness brings a lot of jobs to Louisiana,” Honoré conceded between speeches by the Ouachita Riverkeeper and Sandy Rosenthal of Then he went on the offensive, apparently against Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) who has filed bills to halt recent legislation against 99 oil and gas companies that plaintiffs allege have caused damage to the coast. 


“A law of recusal would not allow this man to do his bidness on the senate floor!,” Honoré hollered.  “That must stop!  He is the CEO of a gas company that will do everything to kill anything in every committee that might threaten him and his buddies from getting richer and richer and richer.” 


That sentiment was echoed by many of the speakers, including Byron Encalade of the Louisiana Oystermen Association. 


“If we don’t have clean water coming down this river, these coastal communities can’t survive and then we’re going to have to change the name of our state. It’s no longer gonna be the Bayou State.  They gonna call it the earl company state. Because this building may be owned by us, but it’s being run by earl and gas companies. Make no mistake about it,” he said.


Both John Barry, a former officer with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, and Steve Murchie of the Gulf Restoration Network, used the podium to advance the oil and gas canal lawsuits. 


“400 to 600 square miles of wetlands have been lost due to the oil and gas industry,” Murchie said. “And instead of our governor and our state legislature expecting the oil and gas industry to fix the coast they broke, we are going to spend 61 million dollars of our taxpayer money this year as part of the annual plan to plug oil and gas canals.  Those oil and gas canals, those companies ought to be fixing (them), not us taxpayers.”


The three hundred in the crowd came in buses from Lafayette and New Orleans, as well as the Baton Rouge area.  A few waved “green army” versions of the Louisiana state flag.  One man’s sign said, “Fix dat coast.”


Katrina-level emotions ran high when Glo Conlin, a resident of Bayou Corne, talked about her displacement due to the ongoing sinkhole disaster in Assumption Parish, which began in 2012. “I want to tell you as a Mimi.  I’m a Mimi, with rose colored glasses…When you leave, and you go home tonight, just imagine if you your children and your grandchildren could never go back to your home again.  Just imagine that.  And that’s where we are.  And any help would be appreciated,” she said in tears.


Representatives of Louisiana’s energy sector haven’t ignored the efforts of Honoré’s Green Army.  Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, recently said at a luncheon in Lafayette, “We are under attack from these people, and we have to push back.”


Tulane environmental law professor Oliver Houck calls the Green Army’s presence “new and impressive.”


“Starting with the BP blowout and continuing with the levee board case and a series of oil and chemical mishaps, the god-like status of the industry is waning,” Houck said.  But, recognizing the history of the state, he says it could take years for the legislature to shift its attitude towards natural resources.  He says that realistically, the change “may be driven forward as much by economic imperatives as environmental ones, including saving New Orleans and getting a fair share of now-exempted and squandered oil and gas revenues.”


The legislative session began Monday and ends June 2.  

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