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July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Mid-Week Mindfulness 

Longue Vue, 6PM

Decompress from the stress


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

5th anniversary of Esoterotica's duets


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


The Boondock Saints

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A rooftop showing 



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


The Love Witch

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Free screening of the Anna Biller feminist flick


George Romero Retrospective

Bar Redux, 9PM

Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies, Night of the Living Dead  


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames


Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga


Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil


Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship


Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more



Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club


Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB


Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi


Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 


July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow


Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees


Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker


Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday


Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social



Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece


July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle


Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program


Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege


Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot


August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 


Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo


Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series

The Happiest Hour

Mama Maji Co-Founder Discusses Clean Water Initiatives at Wayward Owl Brewing Fundraiser

I wandered into Wayward Owl Brewing on Thursday night a little thirsty, considering the subject that had drawn many young and old, heartfelt philanthropists around the ales and saisons that dotted the chic esthetic of this gutted Mid-City movie theater turned hip brewery. A local group called Mama Maji hosted iNight at the brewery to raise funds for their programs that liberate Kenyan women by bringing safe and accessible water to their communities in tandem with Drink Local Think Global


New Orleans and Kenya's water problems are two very different sides of the same troubling coin, Kenya being too dry and New Orleans being overwhelmed by water. However, the solutions to effectively manage water are the same. Kenya's conditions reflect what many women experience in much of the developing world, where women collectively lose 152 million hours every day collecting water. Water collection is seen as a women’s task, and Mama Maji is not only dramatically reducing the length of a women’s work week, but is also supplanting this time with business and leadership skill-building programs and opportunities.


When I asked Brian Manning, Director of Operations and Co-Founder of Mama Maji, about the parallels of establishing water management programs in Kenya and New Orleans he awarded me with this lengthy response:


BM: To quote one of my favorite engineers in Kenya, when he was on a panel for us at one point, they kept asking him about different water systems, and asking him if things worked in Kenya. He covered the mic, and he turned to me,” Brian, can I just answer honestly?” And I’m like, "uh yes.” And he looks up and says, “fluid dynamics and physics are the same in Kenya.” It doesn’t matter what country you’re in. Water is water. Our systems here, the water filtration systems we use to filter water from the Mississippi, and to get the city’s water here — absolutely the same kind of a of system we’d like to see in a water treatment plant in Kenya. The wetlands program that we have here, learning how to manage a wetlands environment, are exactly the same as what you want to see on the shores of Lake Victoria. Gravity-fed water systems are one of the main things in the US. The Jefferson water tower, the huge water tower that’s out there-- we use that one as an example when teaching students about water systems. One of our biggest water projects in [Kenya] uses gravity and a pipe system to maintain pressure. It’s the same.


Mama Maji is much respected in halls of Tulane’s Payson Center for International Development, and addresses many concerns that are being brought to the forefront of international development debates. For instance, when attempting programs that are designed for women, what is the role of men? 


BM: Our main focus is the women. But we work with men as well, so they become women’s allies in the community. In Kenya, in particular, and a lot of African countries, it’s so patriarchal that if I went into a village, and said, “I’m going to teach these women how to learn this,” I would get so much pushback. Because that is going completely counter to what they believe is possible. But by saying that we’re working with the women around building a water business— water is something that’s already women’s responsibility. They get to learn the business. And there’s also men, about 50-50 for every workshop, that can come in and learn business as well. And they become the allies for those women in the community.


And to what extent should we be attempting to develop our own communities?


BM: So, the really interesting thing is that if you go to a university, and you start talking to a bunch of women, and say, ‘Well I’m working in Kenya and we’re training women in how to do public speaking, business skills, leadership skills’; at the end of the conversation there ends up being a whole bunch of women asking you “When do I get to learn that?” We’ve also worked with school projects [in NOLA]. Like Jefferson Parish has an overflow school, and we’ve actually worked with them to develop a water program for their students where they were learning about water management through the integration of a rain garden. And the flip side of that is they were also raising funds for a garden in Kenya. So, that worked out beautifully. They got to learn about water management in a New Orleans context, and then look at water management in a Kenyan context…. if we weren’t here physically building relationships and working with different groups, then communities [in Kenya] wouldn’t have that bridge that they need to people that actually care about making a difference there.


If you’re into drinking beer and talking with international development-nerds, iNights are occurring every second Sunday this summer. In this case, 10 percent of all beer sales went to fund Mama Maji. Mama Maji will be hosting another drink-for-water-management event in Septemer at Broad St. Cider & Ale. Learn more here

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