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March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"


Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop


Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness



The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music


Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees


Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke


Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM


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



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


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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