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MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


Jindal Signs Bill to Kill Big Oil Suit


Gov. Bobby Jindal's concerns about a bill that would kill a New Orleans levee board's lawsuit against Big Oil didn't last into the weekend. Going against the objections from the state Attorney General and other legal experts, the gov signed SB 469 into law Friday. Jindal's ink paves the way to end the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's unprecedented lawsuit, which the governor called "frivolous."

 

“This bill will help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment, and I am proud to sign it into law," Jindal said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

 

The massive lawsuit is seeking payments from 97 oil and gas companies for decades of environmental damages caused by industry drilling and infrastructure construction. The Authority says it needs money to fund operations.

 

In Baton Rouge this spring, a group of state legislators led an effort to kill the lawsuit in the legislature. The final bill, authored by Sen. Bret Allain, excludes local levee authorities from bringing legal claims under the Coastal Zone Management Act.  As a result of the bill, only parishes and the state can bring legal action. Both the state House of Representatives and Senate passed the bill last week.

 

Having passed the legislature last week, Jindal appeared set to sign the bill Monday. But during a signing ceremony, the gov announced that he wanted to give Attorney General Buddy Caldwell more time to study the bill out of an "abundance of caution" over the bill's potential to interfere with the rights of people to bring legal claims against BP for Deepwater Horizon oil disaster damages.

 

Caldwell advised the governor to veto the bill, saying the language was "vaguely broad" in the way that it limited entities from bringing legal action.

 

"In the coming year, perhaps the proponents of the bill can tailor legislation more narrowly drawn which does not portend such a vague and broad attack on the abilities of the state and, most importantly, local government entities, to protect their citizens," Caldwell wrote.

 

Meanwhile, Loyola University law professor sent a memorandum to Jindal urging a veto of the bill, which also criticized the bill's sweeping and vague language. As of Friday morning, 88 legal experts signed onto the memorandum, according to Verchick.

 

Jindal's lawyers swiftly announced that they disagreed with Caldwell's assessment, leading to the governor's signature Friday. In a memo issued by the governor Friday, Jindal Executive Counsel Thomas Enright wrote that the bill does not affect Deepwater Horizon claims because the explosion and oil disaster occurred offshore rather than in the Coastal Zone. He then lays out reasons that the bill does not affect state or parish legal claims.

 

Jindal's signature brought a swift rebuke from the Gulf Restoration Network.

 

"Not only has (Jindal) refused to ask the oil and gas industry to live up to their legal obligations, or contribute to coastal restoration in any meaningful way, he has actively blocked others from simply enforcing the law," said GRN Campaign Director Steve Murchie.

 

Meanwhile, the oil industry celebrated. In a statement released by the governor's office, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association president Don Briggs called the end of the lawsuit a "huge victory" for the industry.




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