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MARDI

March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"

 

Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop

 

Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness

 

Laelume

The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music

 

Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees

 

Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke

 

Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM

MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


Lot or Not

Neighborhood Groups, Habitat for Humanity Weigh Options for Bywater Lot



The lot that sits across from the Bywater barbeque spot, The Joint, is currently an unoccupied area, but may not be for long. 

 

An apartment complex that once inhabited the spot, owned by the New Orleans Housing Authority, was torn down about 10-15 years ago. One corner is occupied by an undeveloped two-story apartment building.

 

John Andrews, the Vice President of Neighbors First for Bywater, said before Katrina, HANO had plans to build two-family double houses, with a variation of camelbacks and one-bedroom properties. The neighborhood was mostly in favor of the development, as the density level for those plans were more fitting to the neighborhood, said Andrews.

 

The HANO site in question, which is a green space, is encircled by Chartres, Royal, Mazant and France streets.  Habitat for Humanity was granted a request for proposal, and they say that they have every intention of buying the property. Their proposed bid was $1.8 million.

 

The City Planning Commission is allowing them to plan for high-rise construction up to 75 feet on the Chartres side of the development; however, the upzoning won’t just affect the HANO site-it may extend along the entire riverfront section of the Bywater.

 

The current zoning in the Bywater is an RD-3, which stands for a two-family residential district. The current height limit is 50 ft. The NFB wants the new zoning to respect the 50-foot height limit that has been cemented for non-industrial properties since the 1970s.

 

Andrews said there is not much buildable land left in the neighborhood, and many residents are opposed to any “upzoning.”

 

“We don’t want to do anything that jeopardizes Habitat’s redevelopment for the property or their moving forward with this process,” said Andrews.

 

Purchasing Director for New Orleans' Habitat for Humanity, Mitchell Danese, said the organization's current proposal is two stories high. The plans call for mixed-income development, with 62 units. Two units would be used for retail, 21 for affordable housing, and the remaining would be market rate housing units. 

 

"Right now as it stand with the proposal that we are awarded, once the CZO gets adopted, there’s no variances in this project," said Danese. "We’re still meeting with the neighborhood groups and getting their feedback. They’ve expressed [the desire for] more green space, and trying to save the trees that are there. We’re looking into the feasibility of those requests," said Danese. 

 

Andrews is not optimistic. “If there is a way to keep that green space, we are all for it, but realistically, I don’t think that will happen because there is so much money on the table,” he said.

 

NFB’s first draft for the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance called for low-density development.  

 

Co chair of the Bywater Neighborhood Association, Mary Ann Hammett, said the BNA is optimistic about Habitat's use for the space. “We are delighted that the site will be developed. We certainly like the mixed use and mixed aspect of it. And we think that Habitat will do a great job," she said. 

 

If all goes according to plan, Danese said that the timeline on the property's development is 2-3 years. 

 

The property is made up of four lots. The City Planning Commission suggested HMC-2 zoning for all four, which allows for commercial use while protecting the historic character of the area. An alternative presented by the NFB is to have two lots changed to HMC-2 and the remaining two lots be changed to residential zoning.

 

April 22, 10:10 a.m.: The original photo attached to the article has been removed.  

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