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Defender Picks



July 24th

Service Industry Mondays

Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Drinks specials for all industry members, plus music and food truck


Happy Hour

Ace Hotel, 4PM

With SaudadeViVian


Happy Hour

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

With Justin Molaison


Not-So-YA Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 6PM

For adults who read young adult fiction


Stuart McNair

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Early blues and jazz


Tincture Making

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

Get the 411 on herbal healing 


Tap That Yoga

NOLA Brewing, 6PM

Yoga + brews


Reiki Chakra Cleanse

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 6:30PM

Start your week right


Blue Velvet

The Neutral Ground, 7PM

+ Kawaii AF + Chris Billiot


Gypsy Juke Box

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

A very special Monday Night Swing


Cure For The Mondays

Buffa’s, 8PM

With Antoine Diel + Sam Kuslan


Blind Texas Marlin

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

In the front lounge


Easter Teeth

Saturn Bar, 9PM

+ Landlocked Seas, Jonathan Brown, Raspy


Street Rat

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

+ Dolce, Blotchouts, Heaven Limosine, Sipalong


Pink Lion

Rare Form NOLA, 10PM

Enter a dreamy sonic world


July 25th

The Essence of Resurrection

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

An intro to flower essences


Songwriter Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Ft. Jim. McCormick


Thinkin’ With Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Eviction Second Line & Party

Frenchman Art Market, 7PM

Come say goodbye


Idina Menzel

The Saenger, 8PM

See the Tony-winning artist live


Dapper Dandies


Bringing back traditional jazz


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B + Jazz classics


Elvis DeLarge

The Circle Bar, 10PM

The songs of Elvis Presley



Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

The Fake Ladies Of Wrestling are back for another round



July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

An erotic reading


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

 Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of The Boondock Saints



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Lead, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 

LA Swift Supporters Seek Long Term Funding

Keeping the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge running will likely require private interests on both ends of the line to pony up, according to officials. On Thursday, the state announced it was extending operations of LA Swift for one more month to give local entities a chance to come up with enough money to fund the service. But that doesn't mean the service is funded. With City coffers tight both in the Crescent City and Red Stick, in-kind donations will be required to keep wheels on.


The bus, which runs between New Orleans' Union Passenger Terminal and Baton Rouge, was created in the wake of the Federal Flood to allow for transit between the two cities for displaced residents and commuters. However, the federal funding runs out at the end of the state's fiscal year on June 30.


By extending the service through July, the state Department of Transportation and Development also agreed to use one-time funding to cover the cost of the service. After that funding, the service is staring down a tab of $750,000 per year that must be picked up by locals. And due to regulations put in place by the Federal Transit Authority, even increasing the $5 fares wouldn't cut it. Local entities are required to match funding with the state, and the money for a ride cannot cover that money, according to the state.


For the short-term fix, organizations like the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, as well as local businesses from both cities, are looking to raise money that would cover the cost for the next year. The City may also kick in some money, said City of New Orleans communications director Ryan Berni.


"There may be an 'in-kind' local match given that the City owns the Union Passenger Terminal, where there is a pickup and drop off point," Berni said in an e-mail.


But that only solves the problem in the short-term. The bus service has the backing of Mayor Mitch and the New Orleans City Council, who passed a resolution Thursday calling on the service to remain in place, as well as leaders in the business community in both cities. The gap created when the state's one-time money runs out will also need to be filled. That could lead to fare increases, or contributions

of additional state money. In the meantime, the City has also asked the Regional Planning Commission to look into potential funding sources, Berni said.


The local transport advocacy group Ride New Orleans recently conducted a survey that showed 51 percent out 300 riders used the bus to get to work, and another 17 percent use the bus to access health care services. Organization director Rachel Heiligman is confident that the short-term fixes will fall into place.


Heiligman believes the new funding scheme could also be an opportunity for improvements to the bus line, said Rachel Heiligman, executive director of transit advocacy group Ride New Orleans.


"The service really could benefit from some refinement, and perhaps even some expansion," she said.


In Baton Rouge, the bus currently doesn't stop on LSU's campus, or in downtown Baton Rouge, Heiligman said. By adding stops, the bus service could expand into an even more realistic transit option that would reduce congestion on Interstate 10, Heiligman said.


Stephen Babcock contributed to this article. 

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