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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

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

 

VENDREDI

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


Mayor Mitch Endorses Cynthia Willard-Lewis in City Council Race


by Dana Bialek

MARIGNY -- With the race for the vacant NOLA-wide seat on the City Council down to two candidates, it's time for political heavyweights to answer the age-old refrain: "Which side are you on?" For Mayor Mitch, that answer seemed to be borne in a past campaign of his own. At the New Orleans Healing Center's Cafe Istanbul, Landrieu stepped up to endorse former state senator Cynthia Willard-Lewis - a political ally who worked for him in 2006 - at an afternoon press conference celebrating the candidate, the  Lord and the City. 

 

 

The Mayor described Willard-Lewis, the fiery scion of a NOLA political legacy who served on the Council for most of last decade as a representative of District E, as “a woman of great faith and dogged determination.” 

 

“It isn’t easy to go against the grain,” he said.  Mayor Mitch invoked his own political past in explanation for his decision, adding that Willard-Lewis stood beside him and “sweat” in his first run at the office on Perdido Street.

 

With the April 21 runoff election fast approaching, it is time to return the favor.

 

“There is a new day for New Orleans,” said Landrieu.  “We need to march toward that new day.”  

 

For Landrieu, a vote for Willard-Lewis is the first step in that march. Willard-Lewis, too, is confident that she can work with the mayor to realize a greater New Orleans. 

 

“We will do this. We will do this together,” said Willard Lewis. 

 

Since endorsements favor one candidate over another, the Mayor's endorsement of Willard-Lewis is a rebuke of the other candidate in the race, current District B Councilwoman Stacy Head.

 

The importance of Landrieu's endorsement is underscored by the tight race. In last month's runoff, Head polled about eight percentage points higher than Willard-Lewis. But that was in a race that featured State Rep. Austin Badon, who, like Willard-Lewis, relies on a mostly African-American base and is headquartered in New Orleans East. Endorsements from Landrieu, who swept into City Hall in a landslide, and Congressman Cedric Richmond give Willard-Lewis a clear advantage in the battle for high-profile supporters.

 

Nevertheless, Head pulls a strong base from her home in Uptown New Orleans, and is running on the same kind of reformer platform that put her in office in 2006.

 

 

As the band (yes, this is New Orleans, there is always a band,) broke out in the familiar tune of Oh When The Saints Go Marching In, Willard-Lewis ended the conference with volume, spirit and optimism. 

 

“The Saints will go marching in!” she said.




"A new day"? A new day that

"A new day"? A new day that sounds just like the old days of corruption. Why can't people like CWL and Jay Batt just go away.

"A new day"? A new day that

"A new day"? A new day that sounds just like the old days of corruption. Why can't people like CWL and Jay Batt just go away.

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