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October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

How a Bill About State Contracts Law is Designed to Discriminate Against LGBT Students

John LaBruzzo isn't around anymore to propose bills about sterilizing or drug testing welfare recipients. But it's the Louisiana legislature, so someone had to take the giant metal pole and stand in the middle of the rainstorm. Though he was trying to be subtle about his intentions, Sen. A.G. Crowe (R-Slidell) has taken up this year's mantle with a bill that is about contracting law on the surface, but actually permits discrimination in charter schools.


Crowe's bill, SB 217, would formalize nondiscrimination language across all state contracts. It would prohibit discrimination on the basis of "race, religion, national ancestry, age, sex or disability," which might all sound as it should be. But the contracts charter schools sign with states have specific provisions that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and ability to speak English. If Crowe's bill passes, those provisions would no longer appear in the contract.


The bills true intentions unravelled at a Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee hearing, where the bill was ultimately passed. From the Advocate:




Leslie Ellison, of New Orleans, testified she refused to sign a charter school contract with the state Department of Education because it required her company to promise not to discriminate against gays and others, criteria that are not listed in state law. The Louisiana Department of Education “doesn’t have the right to insert” its own opinions into a state contract, Ellison said.



Outside the hearing, the Baton Rouge newspaper discovered the real force behind the law:


Gene Mills, who heads Louisiana Family Forum, said after the hearing that “we’re sending a message” for Jindal to strip the provision from his Education Department’s contract criteria. Louisiana Family Forum is a coalition of religious groups that lobby the legislature on social and other issues.



And now the whole nation's watching.


Despite the exposure, there are no signs of the Senator eating Crowe. He's insisted the bill isn't about discrimination.


The bill still needs full Senate and House approval to reach Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.

This is a blatant attack

This is a blatant attack against students based on their English language level (read: national origin or origin of their parents), to access education in the State of Louisiana.

We must defeat this bill.

And so what can we all do to

And so what can we all do to defeat this bill?

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