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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

Mayor Landrieu Speaks Shortly Before the Final Monument Comes Down

Update at 4:30PM


Shortly before the take down of the Robert E. Lee monument, Mayor Mitch Landrieu shared an impassioned explanation for his work to remove four controversial statues honoring the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” from the city’s landscape, and how the city can move forward. 


Speaking at a private event at Gallier Hall, near Lee Circle, the location of the final monument, Landrieu told the crowd, “We cannot be afraid of the truth.”


The Mayor opened his speech by quoting George W. Bush’s famous statement, “A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them.” Landrieu then acknowledged that the four statutes were representative of “the cult of the lost cause,” and did not singularly signify the lives of the men depicted. Instead, the monuments functioned to “rewrite history and hide the truth.” 


At the same time, crowds gathered on each side of the monument at Lee Circle, which was secured by metal fencing, police tape, and NOPD officers. Pro-monuments advocates and Take Em Down NOLA supporters alike stood in silence as they watched the crane enter into the site of the final monument. 


Though Robert E. Lee had no notable connections to New Orleans, the statue has been the crux of the monuments debates. Lee Circle recently was the meeting place for Take Em Down NOLA protesters and pro-monument activists on May 7th. 


After the press conference, Landrieu took to Twitter to expand on his points. He advised peeling away the “grip on a false narrative of our history” that is honoring the south’s Confederate past with monuments outside of historical context. 



In his speech at Gallier Hall, Landrieu stated that the take down of the four monuments offer a chance “for healing and understanding.” The Mayor resounded that plea on social media. He encouraged New Orleanians to be more open and understanding with one another, in their perspectives and experiences, stating that if the city’s residents don’t change then the monuments’ take down would be “in vain.”



Updated at 4:30PM

As of 4:30PM on Friday (5.19), the crane has been hooked to the Lee monument. 


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