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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Mascot and Anonymous: Salacious New Orleans Newspaper's Scandals, Duels Revisited

by M.D. Dupuy

Many New Orleanians have been less than pleased with the Times-Picayune’s recent shift from daily publication, but no one challenged Steven Newhouse to a duel or even staked outside of his office to beat him with a cowhide. Disgruntled readers reacted differently in the late 1800’s, when The Mascot, which will be the subject of a Wednesday night presentation, was still active.


From 1882-1897, the tabloid served as the South’s largest and most vilified illustrated journal. Tomorrow night at the Old US Mint, (400 Esplanade Avenue) “Notorious! More Tales from the Mascot, New Orleans’ famed scandal sheet!” brings viewers new insights into the risqué world of 19th century journalism in the dirty South.


Local photographer and history buff Sally Asher has been steadily researching the long lost journal for nearly two years.


“There were multiple duels between some of New Orleans’ most prominent citizens and the editors of the publication,” Asher explains. “There were three deaths total attributed to The Mascot.” 


The tabloid was unapologetic to say the least, erring everyone’s dirty laundry as front-page news, complete with unflattering cartoons. 


“It’s like it’s been written out of history,” Asher muses.


The paper had a huge following within Louisiana as well as in neighboring states such as Alabama and Mississippi.


“They were taking their lives into their own hands any time they published anything,” says Asher.  


Haunted History tour guide Andrew Ward, costume designer Veronica Russell, and Burlesque artist Trixie Minx will rework The Mascot back into New Orleans literary history with tomorrow’s dramatic readings. Asher says the trio is the perfect group for the comedic and shocking homage to Louisiana history. 


Asher says her timing of the reading has nothing to do with the current state of New Orleans journalism.


“It does seem to fit, everybody kept seeing the connection and saying, ‘Oh, it’s such great timing.’ I didn’t realize when I started,” says Asher. “It’s interesting because so many local newspapers at the time would write out against The Mascot. The Chief of Police seized and destroyed the newspaper two months after it had been out, and this was a weekly,” explains Asher. 


One former Times-Picayune writer suffered from a case of misidentification, a common occurrence during The Mascot’s lifetime.


“There are a lot of court cases of assault where writers and artists would be misidentified through the Mascot. There were no bylines,” Asher explains. “Some women carried cowhides around in their purses for six months waiting for one artist, and they waited for him outside one day and started beating him when he came out of the building,” explains Asher. “He was actually an artist for the Times-Pic.”  


Don’t miss the reception before the show at 6:30, with free cupcakes donated by Cake Café, rum cocktails from Perestroika at Pravda, and some free copies of The Mascot for viewers to take a trip back in time. The event is free and open to the public, and it begins at 7 p.m.

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