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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



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

Locked Down: Gusman Announces Opening Date for Phase II

After years of fighting between the Feds, the City, and the Parish, a replacement for OPP is almost ready to open. On Thursday (8.06), the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) announced that the new inmate housing facility will be ready to open in mid Septemebr.


OPSO spokesperson Phillip Stelly that the Phase II building is on schedule for safety testing and then operation in about six weeks. 


Several old buildings will be closed at that point. Specifically, the Conchetta jail facility (a converted motel), Templeman V,  the temporary housing units ak.a. “The Tents,” and the city-owned Old Parish Prison will all be replaced by the new building.


Today, the federal monitors cited tremendous improvement at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office since their last visit.


Stelly added that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to actively recruit new Deputies.


The fight over the controversial Phase III continues. While today’s release notes that “The Phase II facility… can accommodate any type of prisoner as contemplated by the 2011 conditional use ordinance.” However, Sheriff Marlin Gusman advocates the construction of a separate Phase III building for special needs inmates. Mayor Landrieu vehemently opposes that plan and is pushing for the conversion of one floor of the Phase II facility into a special needs area.

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