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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



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

New Orleans Ranks in Top 10 Leading Cities for Solar Power

According to a new study released by the Environment America Research & Policy Center, New Orleans is among the most progressive cities in the country for use of solar power. The report, titled “Shining Cities 2017: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America,” ranks New Orleans alongside cities like Honolulu, San Jose, and Phoenix in the top 10 list for installed solar power capacity per capita. 


In the study, New Orleans takes the ninth spot across the nation to be the regional leader for per capita solar capacity in the South Central region. Research also lists the Crescent City 14th in total installed solar PV capacity across the country. The cities highlighted in the report lead the nation in strong pro-solar public policies. 


In a follow-up statement from the Environment America team, New Orleans is unique in the country for introducing policies that will spur on solar growth. According to The Solar Foundation, the number of New Orleanians working in the solar field has jumped 36 percent from 2015 to 2016 — a testament to the developing economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. In 2015, city officials unanimously passed a resolution to “improv[e] overall energy efficiency in the city” via support for public policies encouraging the local solar industry growth.  


Challenges persist in introducing solar technology to the rest of Louisiana. Environment America noted that state lawmakers reduced solar tax credits in the last two years, taking away a major residential incentive to go solar — despite the fact that state and federal tax credits brought in onver $100 million to Louisiana state economy, with more than $33 million being attributed to the installations of solar technology. 

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