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November 25th

Pelicans v. Suns

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 8p.m.

Pheonix takes on New Orleans



Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Jon Cleary

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

British-born keyboardist’s groove is all New Orleans


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early


November 26th


Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games



Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

American indie film


Ed Volker

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

The Radiators lead man


The Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Ft. Johnny Vidacovich and special guests


Cornhole Thursdays in the Courtyard

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Celebrate Turkey Day with cornhole


November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque

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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