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Lundi

July 24th

Service Industry Mondays

Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Drinks specials for all industry members, plus music and food truck

 

Happy Hour

Ace Hotel, 4PM

With SaudadeViVian

 

Happy Hour

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

With Justin Molaison

 

Not-So-YA Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 6PM

For adults who read young adult fiction

 

Stuart McNair

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Early blues and jazz

 

Tincture Making

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

Get the 411 on herbal healing 

 

Tap That Yoga

NOLA Brewing, 6PM

Yoga + brews

 

Reiki Chakra Cleanse

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 6:30PM

Start your week right

 

Blue Velvet

The Neutral Ground, 7PM

+ Kawaii AF + Chris Billiot

 

Gypsy Juke Box

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

A very special Monday Night Swing

  

Cure For The Mondays

Buffa’s, 8PM

With Antoine Diel + Sam Kuslan

 

Blind Texas Marlin

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

In the front lounge

 

Easter Teeth

Saturn Bar, 9PM

+ Landlocked Seas, Jonathan Brown, Raspy

 

Street Rat

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

+ Dolce, Blotchouts, Heaven Limosine, Sipalong

 

Pink Lion

Rare Form NOLA, 10PM

Enter a dreamy sonic world

Mardi

July 25th

The Essence of Resurrection

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

An intro to flower essences

 

Songwriter Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Ft. Jim. McCormick

 

Thinkin’ With Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio

 

Eviction Second Line & Party

Frenchman Art Market, 7PM

Come say goodbye

 

Idina Menzel

The Saenger, 8PM

See the Tony-winning artist live

 

Dapper Dandies

BMC, 8PM

Bringing back traditional jazz

 

Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B + Jazz classics

 

Elvis DeLarge

The Circle Bar, 10PM

The songs of Elvis Presley

  

FLOW

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

The Fake Ladies Of Wrestling are back for another round

 

MERCREDI

July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint

 

Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds

   

Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

An erotic reading

 

The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

 Feat. The Whistles & The Bells

  

Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut

 

Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of The Boondock Saints

 

Scatterjazz

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky

  

Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Lead, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines

 

Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show

JEUDI

July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar

 

Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez

 

Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan

 

Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover

 

Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic

 

Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci

 

Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish

 

Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics

 

VENDREDI

July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks

 

Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

John Waters Film Festival

NOMA, 7PM

The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester

 

Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz

 

Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime

 

Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 

 

Bloodsick

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke

 

Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


NOLA Continues Take Down of Confederate Monuments


Two down, two to go. Early Thursday morning, the City of New Orleans removed the controversial Jefferson Davis monument from its location in Mid-City at the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway. It was the second take down in a series of four monuments honoring the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove from the city’s landscape, following the dismantling of the Battle at Liberty Place monument late last month. 

 

The monuments have been the source of controversy in New Orleans for months — leading to citywide defacements and vandalism, arrests of mayoral hopefuls, and public indictments against city departments and their leaders

 

“Three weeks ago, we began a challenging but long overdue process of removing four statues that honor the ‘Lost Cause of the Confederacy.’ Today we continue the mission,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement.

 

The Jefferson Davis monument, before Thursday located prominently in Mid-City, was installed in 1911 to commemorate the former president of the Confederacy. 

 

No stranger to controversy: Jefferson Davis Monument graffitied in 2004. Image by Bart Everson.

 

 

The remaining monuments set to be removed under Landrieu’s watch include the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the entrance of City Park on Esplanade Avenue and the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle. 

 

NoDef was on scene during the Take Em Down NOLA march on Sunday (5.7), a pro-removal protest that culminated in a confrontation with monument supporters at Lee Circle. Sunday’s protest — which some referred to as the second Battle of New Orleans — exemplified perhaps more than ever that this issue is not exclusive to the city alone. The discussion over the monuments’ removal has become a symbolic argument throughout the country.

 

 

The Take Em Down NOLA protest marched through the French Quarter. Images by NoDef. 

 

 

Over 700 demonstrators took part in Sunday’s protests, according to the NOPD. Many demonstrators had traveled from across the country to stand for their respective side. As one protester told NoDef, an individual’s stance on the issue is emblematic of their personal and political ideals. "This is about each person making a choice between honoring the past or honoring what we can do in the future,” 48-year-old New Orleans resident Kenneth, who chose to refrain from using his surname, stated to NoDef. 

 

Many other protesters, primarily those in support of the monuments, found the logic offered in defense of the citywide removals confounding. 

 

Trey Brennon, a 27-year-old man donning a Saints hat to shield his face from the sun, was just one of the monument supporters at Lee Circle on Sunday. He described himself as a preservationist — not a pro-Confederate. For Brennon, in a city where Airbnbs lead to claims of gentrification and cultural destruction, he does not understand how proponents of the monuments removal cannot see the parallels. “Those same people [who oppose Airbnbs] say we’re racists for not wanting our city to be stripped of our history,” he said. 

 

These two hotly contested issues in New Orleans as of late — the rise of Airbnbs and the removal of the monuments — reflect the delicate balance that the city must hold between preserving its rich cultural heritage and making space for continued growth and development. 

 

Following Sunday’s march, it seems increasingly inevitable that Landrieu will ensure the monuments are removed from the city’s landscape before he leaves office this fall. The monuments will first be moved to storage, after which the City will attempt to place the statues in a museum or other facility.

 

“These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it,” said Landrieu. "I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it. To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future. We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past.”




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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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