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June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Holding Ground

State To Begin Construction on Lower Mid-City Hospital Without Full Funding

Upated 12:15 p.m.

Next week, state bigwigs will don the ceremonial shovels  to break ground for the new Louisiana State University Teaching Hospital. They will be looking out at cleared land that might appear at first glance to be a blank slate. 


Less than a year ago, there was a neighborhood there. For months, crews have been clearing Lower Mid-City of houses and commercial buildings to make way for a new medical complex that will house the replacement to the shuttered Charity and VA Hospitals. The Teaching Hospital, which is funded by the state, will include 424 beds, and take up roughly more than half of the so-called footprint - an area bounded by S. Claiborne Ave., Canal St., S. Rocheblave St. and Tulane Ave.Crews moved more than 70 of the hundreds of houses, many of which were fully renovated after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Among the commercial properties lost were the home of New Orleans' German heritage soceity, the Canal St. Guest House, and the Outer Banks Bar. The clearing of the land has not been drama-free, but, today, only a few buildings remain on the swath of lifeless, dust-ridden land, which appears parched for activity.


Despite the preparations that have already taken place, the state still lacks full funding for the Teaching Hospital. Those close to the process say the $1.2 billion project remains about $400 million - or one third - short. So far, the state has set aside $300 million in FEMA settlement money that was issued because of the damage to the original Charity Hospital structure in the CBD, and made arrangments to pony up $474 of million of its own money. A second FEMA settlement for Charity is expected soon, but that won't be enough to cover the rest of the costs. Acquiring the rest of the federal money involves going through the Department of Housing and Urban Development for insurance. Through a program known as Section 242, HUD provides mortgage insurance for hospital builders. With the mortgage insurance backed by the government (which is in turn backed by taxpayers), the state can offer better insurance when trying to coax private financiers to put up money for bonds. The bonds would in turn pay for the hospital.


With the razing of a neighborhood, and passing over of an existing hospital structure embedded in the plan, critics of the project are many and vocal. They include historic preservationists, social justice activists and David Vitter, among others. Vitter, the junior U.S. Senator from Louisiana, is perhaps in one of the most influential positions of any of the critics. He appears to share many of the characteristics of the opposition, as he showed Monday with his willingness to express biting opposition to the project. Groundbreaking or no, he wrote a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan discouraging HUD from funding the mortgage insurance.


"I support a modern teaching hospital in New Orleans so that we can provide state-of-the-art medical care to all citizens and educate and train an exceptional medical workforce," he wrote. "But I believe that Louisiana’s current $1.2 billion Charity Hospital proposal is an extravagant, unsustainable plan.  This assertion is substantiated by the very fact that the state cannot get private financing at a reasonable cost without taxpayer support through HUD’s 242 Program."


Vitter went on to endorse the renovation of the original Charity Hospital structure. While Vitter's opposition is nothing new, his continued grandstanding shows that the state cannot put all of the issues surrounding the project to bed by throwing around a little dirt. Perhaps, if they're looking to be tasteful, the organizers will leave the traditional golden spades in Baton Rogue, and go with a more neutral metal. 


A state spokesman did not respond to a request for comment about Vitter's criticisms.


UPDATE 12:15 p.m. WWL posted a statement from state administration director Paul Rainwater responding to Vitter's concerns.



“HUD-backed financing is one several options the administration is pursing to pay for the construction of the University Medical Center, " the statement said. "The state opted to pursue this particular HUD guaranteed loan program because it will reduce the cost to the State and its citizens. Ultimately, we hope HUD will look at the merits of our proposal – and not the politics of the situation – as it makes the important decision of if it should back the University Medical Center, which will bring world class health care and medical education to our region."

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