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VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


Mayor Mitch Touts Rec Renewal


by Megan Pearl

Along with a new ad, Mayor Mitch and other city officials gathered for another end-of-year press conference on Thursday. Never one to shy away from a slide, da Mayor gathered city officials corporate sponsor representatives and a few strategically placed children to speak about the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's programs and funding.

 

“It’s about investing in meaningful opportunities for our youth,” Landrieu said. “Bring people together and get things done.”

 

City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson, a perennial rec department champion who is also running for a seat in the February elections, said that youth recreation programs such as NORDC are where the city should begin for the prevention of crime. Landrieu said recreation programs are where youth learn to resolve differences peacefully.

 

NORDC is a citywide program, and Mayor Landrieu said that they intend to reach every part of New Orleans.

 

According to the City, the 2014 budget adds about $1 million to NORDC's coffers. That comes two years after Mayor Mitch doubled the commission's budget. The City is also using a $65 million bond issuance for new streets and NORDC facilities, according to figures released by the mayor's office.

 

For example, Tremé received $5.6 million renovation for a gym, pool, and locker room. St. Roch built a new playground. Pontchartrain Park received a new scoreboard for the football field and repairs to the high mast lighting on playing fields.

 

“There is no neighborhood that has been or will be left behind,” Landrieu said.

 

Algiers is the last neighborhood to benefit from the program. Clarkson said that's not because of its location across the river, but because damage from Hurricane Katrina was not as severe as the rest of the city that was flooded. Projects such as a soccer stadium this year will begin in the West Bank neighborhood this year.

 

Chevron representative Sakari Morrison said the energy company is committed to the endeavor and happy to be part of the team. Chevron underwrote a strategic five-year plan to make NORDC a nationally accredited program by 2016. The Pelicans and Red Cross are also sponsors of the program.

 

Landrieu said they hope to make NORDC a model recreation program for America.

 

NORDC has summer camps for youth, and Landrieu said 900 teens participated in this past teen summer program where they receive career mentoring and have opportunities to make money. Furthermore, 57,000 nutritious meals were served during the summer programs.

 

NORDC programs are not just for young people. According to Landrieu, 5,400 people of all ages utilized the program for swimming lessons this past summer. Landrieu said he believes it’s important that every child learns to swim.

 

NORDC funds programs and also rebuilds infrastructure such as gyms, playgrounds, fields, concession stands, locker rooms, etc. A goal of the program is to build proper infrastructure for every neighborhood to have a good recreation program. This year, they are also moving the committee into a headquarters, whereas the committee was spread throughout the city in previous years.

 

NORDC CEO Vic Richard said the infrastructure management alone costs $144 million.

 

Richard said the city improvements come from a conscious decision made by the citizens and commitment from the administration.

 

“Let’s continue what we’ve begun,” Richard said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”




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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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