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Lundi

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

Mardi

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

BMC, 8PM

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

  

FLOW

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

The Fake Ladies Of Wrestling are back for another round

 

MERCREDI

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

 

Scatterjazz

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

JEUDI

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

 

VENDREDI

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

NOMA, 7PM

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 

 

Bloodsick

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 


Loyola Streetcar Opens


by Sarah Esenwein

Just in time to carry hordes of Super Bowl revelers and dignitaries, it’s a streetcar celebration today in New Orleans as the Loyola Ave. Streetcar line was officially opened by government officials from city, state and federal entities. On Monday morning, all channels of government representatives convened at the Amtrak Train station in tribute to this corridor that will reconnect the community, spur job growth and economic development.

 

The new line will start at the Union Passenger Terminal and run down Loyola Ave., connecting with the existing Canal streetcar line in both directions.  Funding for this project faced a competitive and arduous grant process, and the staunch efforts from the Mayor’s office to Capitol Hill were auspiciously tireless.

 

The timeliness of this project’s completion was of utmost importance to Mayor Landrieu as the some 5,000 members of the media ready to come to New Orleans for the Super Bowl this weekend.  

 

“We want the world to see that this isn’t just some red box on a rail, it is a pathway to prosperity.” said Mayor Mitch.  

 

He spoke on the situation of ‘talk being only air passing through lips’ and that this streetcar line was evidence that something tangible can be created, from conception to completion.  “Our Loyola Street Car line is Ground Zero for the Nation” in concerns of being able to rebuild and rebuild successfully, Landrieu said.

 

In the words of Jackie Clarkson, VP of the City Council, “It took a village of villages” to move this seemingly daunting paradigm into reality.  Playing "Godfather" to the Loyola Streetcar project is the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. If for not his investment in and belief in the city, the more than $45 million needed to move this car down the tracks, hell, to get the track themselves laid period, would be but a financial fantasy.  

 

Thanks to his personal advocation, funding for the project was secured from Obama’s Stimulus Package through the TIGER transportation grants, and became the first ever street car grant given to a city. With this money allotted, city officials of the Regional Traffic Authority, Justin Augustine and Barbara Major wanted to show Washington just exactly what New Orleans was capable of.

 

“When New Orleans wants something, New Orleans builds it,” said Congressman Cedric Richmond.

 

And build it they did.  Built it so well, New Orleans streetcars could soon be found across the nation, servicing a resurging ‘Streetcar Renissance’, said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff.  He impressed that the Loyola Streetcar project “Is doing exactly what the Recovery Act was intended to do; which is to spur immediate job growth and continued economic development.”  

 

Drawing parallels between the challenges faced by New Orleans after Katrina and the North East after Hurricane Sandy; he applauded our city as being a blueprint for recovery and rebuilding.




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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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