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Vendredi

July 21st

Friday Pop Up

Drifter Hotel, 1PM

By Lucille’s Roti Shop

 

Louisiana Sportsman Show

Superdome, 3PM

Back in NOLA after 12 years

 

Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Moana

 

Summer Nerd Movie Nights

Tubby & Coo’s, 7PM

A showing of The Neverending Story

 

John Waters Film Festival

NOMA, 7PM

A showing of Pink Flamingos

 

Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

Great food, great music

 

Comedy F#@k Yeah

The Dragon’s Den, 8PM

Ft. Shane Torres

 

New Rebel Family

House of Blues, 8PM

Ft. AYO, The Other LA, Akadia, and Ventruss

 

Mia Borders Trio

Foundation Room, 9:30PM

Open to the public

 

Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Crunchin’ on those notes

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington + The Fortifiers

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Ft. Mikel Douglas + Dozal

SAMEDI

July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food

 

National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more

 

Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party

 

Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes

 

Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green

 

New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now

 

Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots

 

HOUxNOLA

Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more

 

Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche

 

Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support

 

Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto

 

DIMANCHE

July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic

 

Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book

 

Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books

 

Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting

 

Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all

 

Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager

 

Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars

 

Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl

 

Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim

 

Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era

 

Church*

The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic


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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