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Defender Picks



August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Promotin’ the General Welfare

Stop and Frisk for All!

Recently, U.S. Senator John Kennedy opined on the Times-Pic’s website about the current state of the crime problem in New Orleans. Yes, we have one. Sadly, we’ve had one for quite some time and lately, it’s worsening. Near the close of his sobering sermon, the Senator offered up an oh-so-novel solution to stem criminal activity in New Orleans’ streets – what he refers to as a “stop-question-and-frisk program”, and what T-P Columnist Tim Morris later clarifies in a “he meant to say” column addressing Kennedy’s “stop and frisk" suggestion.


Now, maybe I’m giving Sen. Kennedy a bit too much latitude on this one, more so than Mr. Morris might allow, but adding a new wrinkle to this plank of the “broken windows” strategy might actually allay concerns over racial profiling and, to the contrary, make allies instead of enemies.


Hmmm, I smell a thought coming.


See, and believe me, I have not one whit of insider info on this matter, but hear me out on behalf of the Estimable Senator. By questioning a person who has been stopped before you begin to frisk the individual, an officer of the law has a moment to exercise greater discretion and assess the “situation,” if you know what I mean. Of course, the person, er, “situation,” being stopped might well resent being delayed on her or his way to handling whatever business is at hand; but hey, what’s a little more inconvenience in your life when you’re suspected of being a card-carrying thug?


I mean, it’s not racial profiling if you mean well, according to Sen. Kennedy’s logic — which raises another opportunity to do good and do one better. Instead of stopping, questioning, and frisking only those “situations” (I’m getting the hang of it!) that seem to best exemplify members of Thug Nation, how’s about we stop, question, and frisk everyone, just like TSA reserves the right to do at an American airport?!


As a person of a color “situation” (by jove, I think I’ve got it!), I am always eager to join my fellow patriots when approaching TSA checkpoints because I know that it is more likely that we will be treated equally, regardless race, color, or creed (hopefully, right?). Sen. Kennedy’s brilliant modification works perfectly fine if the potential for everyone to be inconvenienced exists. Then, the likelihood of being accused of racial profiling should lessen.


Now, you might say, as I’m sure Sen. Kennedy would, that only persons who most resemble a “thug” — his broadly socio-cultural identifier — should be subjected to this nuisance. As he states in his humble opinion, “stop-and frisk is not racial profiling, as some say.  ‘Reasonable suspicion’ is a legal, objective standard taught every day in police academies.”  


Oops! Now, Senator, you lost me…


I was really right there with you up until you dropped that line about “reasonable suspicion”. Your version of "reasonable suspicion” may be a horse of a whole ‘nother color when observed from someone else’s perspective. The high-falutin’ legalese applied to describe a practice “taught every day in police academies” does not convince me that it is not applied subjectively, especially not when conducted according to your specifications.


Consider that in the beginning of his modest proposal, Kennedy describes a mugging committed by “a thug wearing a black bandana and brandishing a silver handgun.” That is one case of a type of “thug” — but what about “thugs” who engage in criminal activity in other areas Sen. Kennedy represents, “thugs” who live in other than urban areas, the ones who don’t necessarily come to mind when you say “thug” in reference to crime in an American city? Aren’t those folks part of the problem as well?  Or, maybe they’re better described as “hooligans” (sorry, it’s the Catholic school in me).


If everyone was stopped, questioned, and frisked in all circumstances, perhaps every “situation” in which one is  “suspected” of “holding” something illegally – be it drugs or guns – would receive the same expert, “police academy” scrutiny. Then no one could be charged with age or gender discrimination, let alone racial discrimination. Law enforcement could even establish stop, question, and frisk checkpoints, akin to drunk-driving checkpoints. We could become the poster children for a more effective “stop-and-frisk” practice: by updating the old way with a little twist — first stop, then ask, then frisk. I hear a PSA jingle somewhere in there!


Let’s face it, TSA seems to do a pretty good job of it — maybe a bit too thorough at times for some folks’ tastes, but you can never be too careful these days. TSA stops. TSA questions. And, if the mood strikes ‘em, it’s arms-up-and-legs-apart time!  


And if applied trying to stop crime, who knows? You might nab a few more who would’ve fallen through the cracks. Instead of sniffing out lil Annie who got her gun, it could be Grannie got a gun and this time she means business!


Thanks, Sen. Kennedy, for working to make New Orleans, and America, a better place.



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The text above is a column and expresses only the opinion of the author, not NOLA Defender or NOLA Defender’s Editorial Board.

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