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Civic Theatre, 5PM
Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers
Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM
40 chefs compete for top taco prize
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Bob Malone
Local artists celebrate each other in their work
The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM
To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library
Blue Nile, 7PM
Folksy local singer-songwriter
Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM
Worship and yoga in one
The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM
Music of the Beatles
Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM
A night of angelic sounds
Bar Redux, 8PM
NOLA funk, trad and electric blues
Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
Red Bean hosted stand-up show
Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM
Papa grows funk and so much more
Saturn Bar, 9PM
Café Negril, 9:30PM
All genres of NOLA music fused
Le Bon Temps, 11PM
6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop
LIFE Yoga, 7AM
An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri
Adler's New Orleans, 11AM
Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'
Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM
Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest
The Broad Theater, 7PM
Short film showcase
Blue Nile 7:30PM
Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen
House of Blues, 8PM
Hebrew hip hop
Cafe Istanbul, 8PM
Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!"
Joy Theater, 8:30PM
Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister
One Eyed Jacks, 9PM
Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball
Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM
Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party
Bar Redux, 10PM
All-British dance party
Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM
Party like it's 1999
Crescent Park, 10AM
Eat to benefit LA/SPCA
Fair Grounds, 12PM
Family day at the grounds
The Yum Yum, 6PM
NPR faves come home from tour
St. Mark's Church, 6PM
Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill
The Saenger Theatre, 7PM
Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA
House of Blues, 7PM
80s vs. 90s - decades collide
One Eyed Jack's, 8PM
FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland"
The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes
The Willow, 9PM
Masquerade ball with live music
The Circle Bar, 10PM
Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty
Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM
Free show to move and groove
Howlin' Wolf, 12PM
Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food
Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM
Free female-led discussion and open house
Playmakers Theater, 2PM
Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko
Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM
5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician
Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM
Live music, drinks, water slides, more
Audubon Park, 5PM
LPO Woodwind Quintet performs
Local trad jazz masters
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 6PM
Bring games, or join one at the store
Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM
Mix of brass standards and funky covers
Spotted Cat, 10PM
Boundary pushing fusion jazz
Maple Leaf, 10PM
Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington
J.P. Morrell to Hold Hearing on Potential Mardi Gras Police Brutality Case
State Senator J.P. Morrell has set a special hearing to review information about a Mardi Gras weekend altercation caught on video between state troopers and two young men.The hearing is scheduled to take place March 5 at 5 p.m. at the Southern University New Orleans, the senator said in a statement. The event will be held in the university gymnasium.
The hearing will examine a Feb. 10 French quarter beating caught on tape, which allegedly shows white law enforcement agents attacking two black men. In the video first seen on Fox 8-TV, the two black men sit on a building when nine plainclothes State Police officers approach them. The tape then shows the officers begin to beat the men.
One state police officer slings one of the men across the sidewalk as the rest then pile on top of both men. The incident took place in the 700 block of Conti St. after a parade, according to Fox 8.
The men, 18-year-old Ferdinand Hunt, and 17-year-old Sidney Newman, were waiting for Hunt’s mother, a former New Orleans police officer, to return from getting food when the police approached them, Fox 8 reported. When Hunt’s mother came back, the police left the scene, according to the station.
Morrell has invited representatives from the State Troopers, the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP to attend the event. Members of the House Judiciary and Administration of Criminal Justice Committees will also join Morrell in examining the incident.
In a statement issued Feb. 20., Councilwoman Susan Guidry said she was also concerned by events depicted in the video.
"It does not appear from the video that the young men posed a threat to the officers or to the public," Guidry said.
Guidry also said that the State Police and the FBI are investigating the case.
She said that a New Orleans Police officer was part of the plain clothes police team, but that the cop “appeared to have no direct involvement” in the incident “other than being physically present.
Guidry also said that she hopes to address the events of the show in tape during a future meeting of City Council’s criminal justice committee.
Update: 3-7-13: For more information on what transpired at the hearing, read Brutality Hearing Puts Pressure on LA Law Enforcement.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz