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March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"


Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop


Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness



The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music


Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees


Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke


Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM


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



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


Bus Stop

Citizens Group Reacts to End of NOLA-BR Swift Bus

The State Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced they would not renew the LA Swift bus service contract at the end of June. Representatives from the Department of Transportation and Ride New Orleans’ Rachel Heiligman respond to the news. 


Unitl last week, LA SWIFT provided inter-city bus service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge for $5, a substantially lower price than is currently offered by other bus transportation companies.


Started in 2006 as a post-Katrina recovery transportation service to help displaced residents rebuild their homes and livelihoods, it has transformed into a transit connection carrying more than 12,000 riders monthly, the majority of whom use this to commute to work.


But in yet another mark of New Orleans' transition away from post-disaster operations in the wake of the Federal Flood, the service was cut as part of the budget passed this year by the Louisiana legislature. The buses will stop running on June 30.


The service was allotted strictly for hurricane relief, said Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development spokeswoman Jodi Conachen. The agency is no longer in charge of the LA Swift’s operation, she said.


“The State has already finalized and passed their budget so the State is no longer involved in helping the service continue,” said Conachen. “The Federal grant requires matching local funds so those local funds will now have to come from the City/Parish level.”


Conachen also mentioned that the City of New Orleans and the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce have discussed coordinating with Greyhound to offer a discounted NOLA to BR service. The $15 round trip would be a $5 increase of the current LA Swift ride if established.


But a transfer isn't cutting it for Rachel Heiligman, Executive Director of local public transit advocates Ride New Orleans.


“At a time when we should be expanding connectivity between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the elimination of LA SWIFT service will have devastating impacts for its regular riders," Heiligman said.


A survey of more than 300 LA Swift conducted in April by Ride New Orleans, AARP Louisiana and the Center for Planning Excellence showed that about 51 percent of riders use the service to get to work. The industries include health care, construction, hospitality and educational services. One-third of the riders surveyed said they do not have access to a car.


Another 44 percent of riders said they use the service to visit family and friends, and 14 percent of riders use the service to access health care services. 


This data corroborates recent studies showing the increasing connectivity of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metropolitan areas in terms of economic synergy and a shared workforce. According to a study by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, in 2010, over 26,000 workers commuted on a daily basis from the Baton Rouge metro to the New Orleans metro, while 22,000 workers commuted in the opposite direction making our super region a place where “labor is pooled, and innovation and production are concentrated.”


“Older adults who can no longer drive or choose not to drive often face isolation from family, friends, and supports and services. LA SWIFT provides a critical connection between Baton Rouge and New Orleans for older adults and allows them to remain engaged and live independently.”


Heiligman, expressed the organization’s frustration with the state’s decision to terminate service without trying other options. After all, the survey showed that more than half of the riders surveyed are willing to pay a higher fare than the current $5. Instead of cutting the service all together, Heiligman said it should be expanded.


“It does not appear that the current State administration took into consideration any of the compelling reasons to keep this service running, from steadily increasing ridership, to greater inter-regional economic ties and connected labor pools, to growing congestion along the I-10 corridor," she said.

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