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Jeudi

March 5th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes

 

Bounce ft. Sissy Nobby

Republic, 10p.m.

Wobble, baby

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Rouler, 10p.m.

Enjoy these brass rebels and a game of pool!

 

Greensky Bluegrass

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

This Michigan quintet knows how to rock bluegrass

 

Taylor 2

Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.

Dance troupe of famous dancer Paul Taylor performs 3 nights in a row

Vendredi

March 6th

Six Years of Beers

NOLA Brewing Co, 5:30p.m.

Release of the 6th Anniversary Ale (a sour ale this year) ft. music with Tauk, Gravity A, New Orleans Suspects

 

Gogol Bordello

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Gypsy Punk band from the Lower East Side

 

Francisco Goldman

Tulane Auditorium, 6p.m.

Academic all-star chats about Interior Circuit

 

Celtics v. Pelicans

SKC, 7p.m

 

Mario Cart Challenge

Republic, Doors 10p.m., free before 12 w/ college ID

Multiple N64s set up for the annual Mario Kart Challenge - compete to win a section and bottle of booze; music by DJ G

Samedi

March 7th

Julia Street

Monthly art crawl, 6-9p.m.

 

Haiku With Ghosts

Foundation Gallery, 6-10p.m.

Opening reception for Demond Matsuo’s new show

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 1 of music, food and fun at the zoo!

 

Jim Roche: Culture Mechanic

Ogden, 6p.m.

Opening of acclaimed retrospective

 

Grizzlies v. Pelicans

SKC, 6p.m.

 

Katt Williams

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Popular comedian on his Born Again...Again tour

 

Tank and the Bangas

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Local spoken wordsmiths exude creativity through song

Dimanche

March 8th

Tobymac, Mandisa, & Capital Kings

Saenger Theater, 7p.m.

Grammy Award Winners on tour w/ electronic pop duo the Capital Kings

 

Bo Burnham (Sold Out)

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Wunderkind comedian wombed on the web

 

Glen David Andrews

Botanical Gardens, 4p.m.

Party in the Garden with Andrews and Swamp Donkeys

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 2 of music, food and fun at the zoo!


Healing Center Unwrapped

Inside a St. Claude Ave. Development



Ian Hoch turns in a dispatch and pictures from the forthcoming New Orleans Healing Center.

 

For decades, an empty Universal Furniture dominated the block of St Claude Ave. between St. Roch and Spain Sts. A boxy leftover from the dark ages of mid-century American architecture, the iconic-if-hideous diamond pattern facade concealed a trio of 19th-century buildings from the street. Sensing that the St Claude corridor, like Uptown's Freret. St., was ready for some new blood, developer Pres Kabacoff conspired with Vodou Priestess Sallie Ann Glassman to re-invent the space into something both useful and beautiful.
 

After delivering the Bywater Art Lofts, American Can Company, River Garden and many more developments, Kabacoff is now mighty close to cutting the ribbon on the 55,000 square foot New Orleans Healing Center, which will have Louisiana's first co-operative grocery store at its nucleus. The New Orleans Food Co-op will sell feel-good food that comes from local producers in a sustainable manner, and should be a significant draw for shoppers at all income levels seeking a source of healthy natural foods in the downriver 'food desert.'
 

Beyond the community grocery store, residents can look forward to taking classes at the Street University, where just about anyone who wants to can use nice new classroom space to teach any kind of course they like so long as it fits the Healing Center's mission of fulfilling and empowering the individual and the community by providing services and programs promoting physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, environmental and spiritual well-being (whew!). You could come in one day for a group discussion about violence in the community and be back the next day for a collegiate-style lecture about Louisiana history.
 

Priestess Glassman's Vodou shop, "Island of Salvation," is already stocked up with herbs, oils, candles, and Vodou art. The famed Maple St. Book Shop will be 'fighting the stupids' from a new location inside the Center. There is a cabaret-style performance hall, dine-in organic restaurant with juice barWild Lotus Yoga studios, street-level retail space and much more all waiting to be filled with goods and people.  In its current empty state, the star of the show is the building itself, which reminds this author vaguely of the Cloud City of Bespin from the remastered Empire Strikes Back with its natural light features and honeycomb-like floor plan.


The Healing Center is aiming for a mid-June opening, but there is still a portion of the project's financing that hasn't quite made it into the checking accounts. While you wait, you'll want to look into becoming a member of the Food Co-op; in addition to becoming part owner and earning voting rights in Co-op elections, you'll save 5% on groceries and get discounts from other businesses in the complex. And if someone from the Healing Center comes to your door asking for support on their petition to get a liquor license, don't object - that's all part of the nutritional wellness mission. 

 

Take a look at Ian's pictures of the Center below. To see descriptions, make the slideshow full screen, and click on the "Show Info"  button in the top right corner.


 

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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock