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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


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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