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Samedi

April 19th

Booksigning with Arita Bohannan

Gallery Burguieres (7 p.m.)

Author reads and signs copies of crime drama ‘Docket 76’  

 

Crescent City Classic

Loyola Ave. and Poydras (8 a.m.)

Annual 10k Ends near City Park 

 

Easter Keg Hunt

NOLA Brewing (1 p.m.)

?Scavenger hunt beginning at the taproom, to benefit Gulf Restoration Network 

 

Gaynielle Neville

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

CD Release Party  

 

Mystikal

Howlin’ Wolf (9:30 p.m.)

Plus YMCMB Flow, G Unit’s Kidd Kidd, 5th Ward Weebie, and 3D Natee

 

SwampGrease feat. Nigel Hall & Terence Higgins 

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Andrew Block, Eric Vogel, Erica Falls, Kendrick Marshall, plus John Lisi and Delta Funk

 

Shoebox Lounge

Shadowbox Theatre (8 p.m.)

Shoes, booze, and prostitutes

 

Earth Day Fest

Armstrong Park (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Green Business Expo, music, and more from La. Bucket Brigade 

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.- 3 a.m.)

Rare grooves from the '70's every Saturday 

 

Corey Henry's Treme Funktet

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Local trombonist and his band play traditional NOLA music, from blues, to jazz, to gospel 

 

Dimanche

April 20th

Gay Easter Parade

Armstrong Park (4:30 p.m.)

Official Gay Easter parade rolls through the French Quarter

 

Goodchildren Easter Parade

Press & St. Claude (1:30 p.m.)

The Social Aide & Pleasure Club throws their annual parade through the Bywater

 

Todd Snider 

Tipitina’s (7:30 p.m.)

Folk-rock and Americana 

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

Krown, Batiste, and Washington every Sunday 

 

French Quarter Easter Parade

Canal & Bourbon St. (1 p.m.)

Chris Owens leads the charge            

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf- The Den (10 p.m.)

Premiere NOLA brass with hip-hop, R&B and more 


New Vote Called on Crescent City Connection Tolls


Updated 3.6.12, 3:45 p.m.

Crescent City residents will have to go to the polls for the tolls once again this spring. On Tuesday, a Baton Rouge judge threw out the results of the November, 2012, election that extended the tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge for another 20 years. Until the do-over, save your dollars. Toll collection was immediately suspended on the bridge Tuesday, until further notice.

 

The Stop the Tolls group took their case against the CCCB toll vote to an East Baton Rouge Court earlier this year. As of now, the Judge has struck down the vote, and set another election for Saturday May 4. When delivering the news about nullifying the vote, Judge William Morvant said that the outcome of the election was impossible to tell.

 

The original result of the November 6, 2012 vote showed an eight vote victory in favor of extending the tolls a further 20-years, along with all the new proposed regulations on how the toll money was to be used.

 

In their case for recounts and for this nullification, The Stop The Tolls organization—lead by Michael Teachworth— has alleged discrepancies in the reported election results at various times, that "electioneering" took place, and that some provisional ballots were simply not counted properly. These facts lead to several legislative and Court ordered recounts of the provisional ballots in Jefferson, Plaquemines, and Orleans Parishes, but all recounts seemed to confirm the yes vote (some of the votes even expanded the margin of victory).

 

Following the order, issued late afternoon on March 5, toll workers left the booths on the bridge, and Rep. Pat Connick (Marrero) announced to his constituents that as of 6 p.m. that day, no further tolls would be collected.

 

Patrick Hand, the attorney on the case for Stop The Tolls, said that the final written order, which could provide further details on the nullification and new vote, could take up to a week to be officially filed.

 

Update (March 6, 3:45 p.m.): As a result of the judge's ruling, the state will fire 31 temporary workers that staffed the CCC's tolling operation, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development. The workers were hired pending the outcome of November's vote, and are now no longer needed, DOTD said. They will be terminated effective Friday.

 

"More personnel adjustments may be needed based on budget availability and workload needs," DOTD said in a statement.




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