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November 26th


Uptown Get Down

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Tony Skratchere, Unicorn and DJ Matt Scott $5


Mistress Kali’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Siberia, 6-9p.m.

Free monthly show featuring vaudeville and sideshow acts


Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Snug Harbor, 8-10p.m.

Somehow Delfeayo Marsalis’ orchestra fits on Snug’s intimate stage


Soul Project

Blue Nile, 8p.m.

Got soul?


Johnny Sansone Band ft. John Fohl

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Electric harmonica, accordion and lyrics that take you back to the meaning of home


Hump Day SIN

The Country Club, 10a.m.

Half off pool admission for service industry employees; bring proof (bar card or check stub)!


Shot & Haircut

Circle Bar, $20

Punk thrash London rockers, the Noise Complaints, play at 10p.m.


The Tin Men

d.b.a., 7p.m.

Sousaphone, washboard and guitar trio hit the stage prior to the Wolfman


Water Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Teeth pickin’ local guitarist appears on Frenchmen for his weekly show; $5 at the door


Frank Warren: The World of Post Secret

Garden District Book Shop, 6-7:30p.m.

Enter a world of strangers’ secrets as author discusses this collection from the award-winning PostSecret blog


Lagniappe Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Six horns and a whole lotta sweaty funk



November 27th

Opening Day at the Track

Fair Grounds, 11a.m.

Celebrate turkey day with a $29.99 buffet at the Grandstand and 10 thoroughbred races


Bayou Classic Smoke-Free Thanksgiving Day Parade

Superdome, 3:30-6p.m.

Starting at the dome the parade marches all the way to the French Market sponsored by #SmokeFreeNOLA


Thanksgiving: Dine-In or Pre-Order Take-Out!

The Country Club, 11a.m.-7p.m.

Full course family-sized options made to order hot and fresh on turkey day


Micah McKee and the Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7p.m.

Folksy local singer-songwriter


Turkey Day Race

Tad Gormley Stadium, 8:30 p.m.

107th Annual five mile & half mile races benefitting Spina Bifida


Celebration in the Oaks

City Park, Open thru Jan 3

View the magical display of lights by foot or by train


Thanksgiving Throwdown 

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Free Comedy Gumbeaux show (8:30p.m.) followed by Rebirth Brass Band and Glen David Andrews ($15)


Thanksgiving Zydeco with Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie

Rock ‘N’ Bowl, 8:30

Celebrate why you’re thankful for Louisiana roots with nouveau zydeco from da bayou


Reggae Night with DJ T-ROY

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Roots reggae with local dreaded DJ


The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11p.m.

Brass heros take on their regular gig this Thanksgiving



Siberia, 10p.m.

Celebrate Black Thursday on St. Claude with local spinner



November 28th

The New Orleans Suspects feat. Paul Barrere of Little Feat

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Also with special guests Ed Volker (The Radiators) and John “Papa” Gros


Tank and the Bangas “Stone Soul Picnic”

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Rhythmic soul and spoken word from locally formed group led by singer Tarriona Ball


Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station, 10p.m.

Raw bayou blues done right + Lauren Murphy; $2 Rolling Rock


Luke Winslow King w/SamDoores (The Deslondes/Hurray for the Riff Raff)

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Fresh Americana from Nola rooted musicians $10


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Blue Nile, 7p.m.

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen ($10)


Brass-A-Holics vs. Mainline

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Dueling brass


DJ Black Pearl

Blue Nile Balcony Room, 1a.m.

Two nights of EDM from the princess of Indian dj’s


Teairra Mari: All Black Affair

House of Blues, 11p.m.

Presented by Tscolee & Loft 360 Society she's sung w/ Gucci Mane & Soulja Boy


Lalah Hathaway, Najee, Anthony David

Saenger Theatre, 7:30p.m.

Grammy-winning singer brings soul to the Saenger


Bayou Classic Golf Tournament

Joe Bartholomew Golf Course (Pontchartrain Park), 10a.m.

Test your driving and putting skills in this bonafide local tournament


Career & College Fair

Hyatt Regency Hotel, 10a.m.-3p.m.

Part of Bayou Classic’s events helping companies and graduates connect


Battle of the Bands And Greek Show

Superdome, 6p.m.

A decades long rivalry features a battle of school marching bands in preparation for tomorrow’s big game


Marc Broussard

Southport Music Hall, 8p.m.

Son of Boogie King’s Ted Broussard this cajun’s voice is full of well-placed soul


Black Friday Fiasco

Banks St. Bar, 10p.m.-3a.m.

A tribute to the Ramones with sideshows by lydia Treats, Pope Matt Thomas and burlesque from Xena Zeit-Geist




November 29th

Water Isaacson - The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers Geniuses, and Geeks Created a Digital Revolution 

Newman, 1-3p.m.

Hear author of Steve Jobs speak about pioneer of computer programming Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter and other innovators of the digital age


Cedric Burnside Project ft Garry Burnside and Gravy

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Catch this Blues Hall of Famer uptown


Little Freddie King

The Beatnik, 9p.m.

Join this class act local bluesman in Central City


FKA Twigs

Republic, 9p.m.

The sexiest electronic R&B show you’ll probably ever go to


Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

The Country Club, 10a.m.-3p.m.

Do it how you live it + $10 bottomless Mimosas every Sat and Sun


DJ Black Pearl

Blue Nile Balcony Room, 1a.m.

Two nights of EDM from the princess of Indian dj’s


Hustle w/ DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 9p.m.-1a.m.

Get ya hustle on to humble resident DJ who spins it how she lives it


John Boutte

d.b.a., 8p.m.

Witness local jazz vocalist’s voice floating on Frenchmen ($10)


Funk Monkey

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Second-line funk and dank boogaloo groove made to make ya move ya feet


Eric Lindell

d.b.a., 11p.m.

San Franciscan native turned Cajun sifts through elements of blues and soul $15


Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

Siberia, 10p.m.

Authentic N.O. honky-tonk rockgal



Southport Hall, 7p.m.

Philip Anselmo's local metal cult 


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 1:30p.m.

Rivals Southern University and Grambling State duke it out for the 41st time in this annually played game


Fan Fest

Champions Square, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Music outside da dome featuring 5th Ward Weebie and more



Homeless People, Occupy NOLA Protesters Converge at Duncan Plaza

Last week at Occupy NOLA, more people from around the country arrived at Duncan Plaza in steady numbers. And, as the tent city bustled with more people opposing the makeup of the country's financial structure, an influx of the faces that slip through the cracks of a capitalist system arrived at the Plaza, which is an old stomping ground, as well.


On Thursday, the city permanently shut down the area beneath the Pontchartrain Expressway near Calliope and Baronne Street, where the homeless often took shelter. The area was just one of the city's many makeshift homeless encampments since the federal flood. The largest tent setup was underneath the I-10 overpass on N. Claiborne Ave. But before that spot existed, many homeless were living in Duncan Plaza, where they drew both symbolic and vocal attention to the city's post-K homeless population, which nearly doubled in the wake of the levee failures. Former Mayor C. Ray Nagin cleared that encampment in late 2007 to make way  for the demolition of a couple buildings . As it happened, the NBA All-Star game and Mardi Gras were just around the corner on the city's calendar. But now there is a new mayor, and a new tent city already present in Duncan Plaza. 


While the Mayor’s office heralded the shutdown of the Calliope site as part of the administration's promise to reduce homelessness in New Orleans, one Occupant sees more of a circular motion.


“All it does is reshuffle the homeless around the city," he said. "Now they’re coming back to Duncan Plaza.”


In a press release, the City claims to have housed about 100 of the homeless people formerly living under the Pontchartrain Expressway last week.  Approximately 85 homeless people were moved into respite housing to await admission to permanent supportive housing, 20 were placed in shelters, and 10 were sent on buses to be reunitied with family or friends in other cities.


In a report released over the summer by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a non-profit set to end homelessness in New Orleans, there are more than 9,000 persons meeting the HUD definition of homelessness in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish on any given night. Two days before Mayor Landrieu’s orders, UNITY sent out an “urgent call to action” for those living under the overpass (You can donate to UNITY by clicking here.). When Duncan Plaza wsa cleared in 2007, the homeless population was hovering around 12,000.


Occupiers and homeless people would seem to fall in natural solidarity. What better face is there for a movement that says too little people control too much of the wealth? 


Bill, an older homeless man from Chicago that now lives his life by, “If I can get a cup of coffee in the morning, then it’s a good day to me,” has lived in Duncan Plaza for three weeks. Before living in Duncan Plaza, Bill slept among other homeless living under the I-10 on Claiborne near Canal St. until that encampment was shut down in July. Though Bill watched the City help almost 300 homeless people relocate to shelters during the shutdown in July, he had to relocate to other streets throughout the city to make his home.


“It’s a shame there’s still so many abandoned buildings in New Orleans,” he said. He thinks Duncan Plaza is now the safest place for him to take refuge because the Occupants keep watch around him. He finds his own food, and goes out every day looking for work through the Labor Department, or even offering to help people maintain their yards.


“There’s a big cry for tents, especially since winter is coming,” he said with a worn voice. Bill also believes in the Occupy movement, and attends every General Assembly.


But the coexistence between the homeless people and protesters has not always been peaceful. In the first two weeks since the Occupy NOLA movement began on October 6, theft occurred within the camp most nights. The nightly parliament formed a security patrol to keep a night’s watch, but accusations that the security patrol became power hungry lead to a camp-wide practice of self-awareness, which dramatically reduced theft in the last two weeks


“There are more eyes around the camp at all hours,” a veteran named Bobby said.


One Occupant, who denied to give his name, said it is the homeless to blame for theft. “They hang around the camp by day, and steal from the communal pantry at night.” Opening his coat to reveal a hunting knife, the Occupant said he has taken matters into his own hands. “If I catch any of them stealing something from my tent, I’ll cut their hand off. Won’t be the first time, and won’t be the last.”


Two young women who have been at the camp since Day 1, who go as Possimist and Iris, noticed an influx of the City’s homeless coming to Duncan Plaza after the area under the Expressway was shutdown last week. Over Halloween weekend, many “travelling kids” arrived to the camp as well, the pair said. Possimist and Iris believe the “self-proclaimed crusty kids” are here to party, not to protest. The Occupation movement as a whole, the two believe, have given travelling kids havens to squat around the country. “They probably won’t stay long,” Iris said.


Iris related the influx of travelling kids in Duncan Plaza to the deterioration of other encampment-style protests in recent years. She said there must be a balance of people who bring food and supplies, and those who come with nothing but are willing to work in order for the society to function. Over recent years, however, there have been an influx of travelling kids to the Rainbow Gathering that do not bring anything, and are not willing to work, Iris said.


Though they do not contribute to the work that needs to be done in the Occupation, Iris said the travelling kids did bring a coincidental benefit to Duncan Plaza. “They’re louder and take up more room, so I think they scared off a lot of the homeless,” Iris said.   

Peter, a veteran from Baton Rouge that always wears an “I Love Jesus” hat, has been with the Occupy NOLA movement for the last three weeks, and has become disheartened by the theft that the homeless brings to the camp that he said he has witnessed. Peter stopped volunteering to protect the communal pantry because he believes theft got out of hand in the first two weeks, and now finds food for himself. He also stopped eating from the camp’s kitchen because, as a Cajun, he believes jambalaya without sausage is “sacrilegious.”


While he fends for himself now, Peter believes there should be more social services for the homeless in New Orleans, like the New Orleans Mission. Two weeks ago, the New Orleans Mission, located a block away from the overpass on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., launched “Make A Move”, the largest public assistance event for the homeless in New Orleans’ history. Gathered in the Convention Center, professionals provided a range of services for the homeless, including medical checkups, foot care, legal services, grooming, and employment assistance. About 1,000 people participated, organizer Sean Walker stated.


Earlier this year, Mayor Landrieu signed an executive order establishing the Homeless Services Working Group – an official Mayoral Advisory Committee – tasked with developing systemic solutions to ending homelessness in New Orleans. The Group is expected to deliver a report to Mayor Landrieu in the coming weeks.

This explains alot. Above I

This explains alot. Above I posted my own take on what I saw near the end of October.

I would like to see more

I would like to see more coverage of this. Well done.

Whatever motivation some may

Whatever motivation some may have to want to move people out of homeless camps or to keep them in homeless camps, UNITY’s only motivation is to assist homeless people to have the same thing all the rest of us take for granted: a permanent apartment of one’s own. Day in, day out, that is what we are about: helping vulnerable people access the human right to housing if they want it (and nearly everyone does). This article seems to be criticizing the fact that we ask the public for donations, but we cannot do our work without donations because the government grants we have are narrowly focused on specific things and do not pay for everything homeless people need to be housed. The biggest thing right now we need is gently used furnishings and household goods for people’s apartments, funds to pay for mattresses (which we do not accept used) and food, and funds for hotel vouchers for people who are too ill to stay on the streets or in emergency shelter while we search for housing for them. We hope those who care about the vulnerable people whom society largely ignores will help us.

UNITY has a long proud history of opposing the moving of homeless people from place to place, and opposing the criminalization of homelessness, which has been a longstanding problem in our city. We are actively investigating reports that some of those things may have happened when the city closed the Calliope homeless camp. We have always stood up for the human rights of homeless people and will continue to do so.

Homeless people were living at Duncan Plaza long before Occupy Nola moved there, so we sincerely hope that the two groups can co-exist peacefully.

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