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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Lawsuit Silences Live Music at Mimi's in the Marigny


Live music was silenced at Mimi's in the Marigny Friday because of a lawsuit filed last week against the bar by neighbors. Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris ordered the Franklin St. spot to cease live music and entertainment. In the lawsuit, a group of neighbors of the bar claim that live music and dance parties like DJ Soul Sister's Saturday Night Hustle is not permitted at the bar because it lacks a permit for live music.

 

Permit troubles gained attention in September, 2012, when the City and the bar went through a series of actions that ended up halting live music. Circle Bar and Siberia also saw live music halted during that time. After a public outcry including meetings organized by trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, live music was reinstated at the bar. In the meantime, however, the City said Mimi's would work with the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy on straightening out their permit situation.

 

The recent suit was brought by Lorelei Cropley, Jeanne F. Turnipseed, Daniel Harris, Diane Lease and Kenneth S. Witkowski. All live on the 2600 block of Royal St., or the 700 block of Franklin St., in the direct vicinity of the bar, and say noise from the bar can be heard in their house.

 

The neighbors claim that Mimi's still lacks a permit for live music. Office of Cultural Economy head C. Scott Hutcheson and City spokesman Ryan Berni did not immediately return questions seeking clarification.

 

In addition to permitting, the suit claims Mimi's violated noise ordinances that regulate maximum sound in the area, as well as state alcohol and tobacco regulations.

 

For their part, Mimi's issued a statement, but did not respond to request for comments about the the facts of the case.

 

"Because of the lawsuit, we are not able to discuss the details of the case," the bar said in a statement. "In addition, we choose not to slam our neighbors. Do not mistake that for an admission of guilt."

 

UPDATE (4:55 p.m.) City Hall cultural economy advisor released a statement this afternoon indicating his office is working with Mimi's to get a mayoralty permit, which would the venue to have live music. Currently, the bar has a permit as a cocktail lounge.

 

"Judge Michael Bagneris made a request that the owners of Mimi's in the Marigny suspend live music until they have obtained the appropriate live entertainment permit The owners have begun that process with the City of New Orleans. It is important for live entertainment businesses to be in compliance with the City's regulations to protect the quality of life of our citizens and the interests of the music community. As always, we're committed to striking a balance that so that both can exist harmoniously."

 




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