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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
A Primer for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season officially started on Wednesday (6.01). That means that before we start thinking about the Saints, there is some work to be done. It’s time for federal agencies to issue forecasts, locals to stockpile water (as well as adult beverages,) and the tech savvy to download apps. NoDef offers this handy primer on the humid months ahead.
The feds are predicting an active hurricane or “near normal” season in the Atlantic. According to the official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast, there's a a 70 percent chance of 10-16 named storms. Between four and eight of those storms could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph plus), while one to four could be major hurricanes of Category 3 (winds of 111 mph plus) or higher.
“Near-normal may sound relaxed and encouraging, but we could be in for more activity than we've seen in recent years," stressed NOAA big-wig Kathryn Sullivan.
2016 has already seen two named storms. In January, Hurricane Alex formed and last Saturday (5.28), Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall in South Carolina.
Future storms will be named Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, and Walter as needed.
Locally, leaders are urging preparedness. “We’ve learned what best practices are, and it’s really important that not only we’re prepared but that the only way this works is for citizens to take personal responsibility and to have a plan,” noted Mayor Mitch.
Step one of that preparation involves stockpiling some supplies. It’s a good idea to get some basics together before the storms starts to form. At that point, stores start to run out of stock and some unscrupulous merchants raise prices. A basic, "official" list follows.
• portable self-powered light source
• portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio
• tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting
• any ground anchor system or tie down kit
• any gas or diesel fuel tank
• any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries
• any cellular phone battery and any cellular phone charger
• any non-electric food storage cooler
• any “storm shutter device” as defined in Louisiana Revised Statute 47:305:58
• any blue ice product
• any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage
• a first aid kit
All of the items above are critical for storm preparedness. However, the list doesn’t cover basics such as water, canned foods, snacks, or medicine (including alcohol). Anyone who has boarded up their windows for a three-day stretch inside understands a few things about beating the heat, including the right kind of fans for the job.
So, the mindful resident might want to stash away a few more items. For starters, pick up a few gallon jugs of water and put them in the back of your closet. Likewise, on your next trip to Cost-Co, grab your favorite canned foods. Another bulk item that will come in handy is a giant bottle of Advil. (When you’ve spent four days, sans power, sweating with your family and friends, headaches are common. That lifetime supply sized bottle will start to look small.) Some board games are also recommended. Eventually, the initial rush wears off and everyone needs something to do.
Cash is king, especially during a storm when no electricity means no credit card machines. Take a couple nights off from the bar now and stash away some hard currency in a waterproof bag. Don’t wait until the storm when a bad week of expenses or tips might leave you without food during a hurricane.
Finally, there is the crucial issue of booze. Drinking is fun. A little buzz also helps you drift off to sleep when the barometer is off the chart and the AC is broken. However, remember that no electricity may mean no ice. So, you want to opt for beverages that do not require chilling like whiskey or red wine.
When the weather does turn ugly, information is key. In New Orleans, residents can visit ready.nola.gov, or call NOLA 311 to get information about hurricane preparedness. NoDef also has a handy guide for hunkering.
For those partial to mobile apps and push alerts, the City of New Orleans also sends text alerts through the NOLA Ready system. Those looking for a more comprehensive smartphone tool kit should turn to the American Red Cross' hurricane app, which includes preparedness information, text alerts and a built-in strobe light.
FEMA also offers an app. The upgraded software offers resources for tracking disasters, preparation, and the aftermath. President Obama has been plugging the download recently and it is worth the download. However, anyone who experienced Katrina, the Federal Flood, or the early recovery can attest to the horrendous track record that the federal agency boasts.
Weather geeks can also check out dozens of apps designed to track storms, some specifically hurricanes.
Finally, leaders from Landrieu to the POTUS are extremely emphatic that should an evacuation order be issued, citizens should comply. “If your local authorities ask you to evacuate, you have to do it. Don't wait," Obama declared at a presser last week.
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