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Lundi

June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation

 

Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes

 

Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia

 

Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 

 

Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir

 

Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics

 

Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa

 

Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues

 

Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden

 

A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love

 

Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez

 

MARDI

June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan

 

Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare

 

Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community

 

MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered

 

Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord

 

Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans

 

Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils

 

Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye

 

Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights

 

Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays

 

WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more

 

Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy

 

Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow

 

Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition

 

Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis

JEUDI

June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place

 

Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders

 

Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon

 

Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 

 

Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29

 

Book Signing

TREO, 7PM

SHOT by Kathy Shorr

 

BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam

 

Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater

 

Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends

 

Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul

 

Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy

 

VENDREDI

June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions

 

Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world

 

Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act

 

Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan

 

Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch

 

Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones

 

Spektrum

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents

 

The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar

 

Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management

 

Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more

 

Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase

 

Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds

 

Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception

 

Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson

 

CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia

 

Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set

 

Jason Neville Band

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane

 

Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee

 

The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year

 

New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance

 

Promotin’ the General Welfare: The Day After (The Monuments Come Down)



Well, it sho’ looks like it’s for real this time. According to an edict from on high – at least as high as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – the imposing embarrassment of Confederate riches has been approved for removal, and much to Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser’s chagrin, there won’t be much anyone can do about it. (Word on the street was that our esteemed Lt. Governor was so upset by the City’s disrespect toward the legacy of the illegitimately formed Confederate government, he would personally appeal to the POTUS to pause Mayor Mitch from disgracing those sickening odes to things that once were…) So, with the coming down of these monuments, whenever that will be accomplished, here’s one significant concern: what will come on the day after? 

 

What does our fine Mayor plan for a fresh start to live a day without symbols of oppression towering over us? Does he have a master plan for our municipal well-being akin to the bright shiny plan he announced for Bourbon Street? Or, will this go down as another hand-me-down to the next administration to handle?

 

It’s all well and good that it was fashionable to declare that all leftovers of a long-gone but oh-so cherished – and oh-so despised! – past must be banished to some netherworld of history. But what about the “now”? What’s the plan to correct the indiscretions, indecencies, and daily incivilities that go down in New Orleans?

 

It’s fashionable to put down New Orleans’ past, but there was a time when there was great hope in this city. It started in the 1970’s with our current mayor’s father, Moon Landrieu. If it wasn’t for Moon’s historic and visionary decisions to promote inclusion and practice diversity, before those buzzwords were part of a progressive political plank, New Orleans might have remained in the backwaters of ass-backwardness. That is to say, it might have gone the way much of our sorry state of affairs called Louisiana has so hardheadedly remained even today.

 

It was Moon’s bold openness which made it possible for the city’s first black mayor in the late 70’s – no small feat back then. Post-Katrina, things came full circle. Folks put their faith in Moon’s son Mitch because of the storied history of his family as political personages willing to go against the tide and work toward a more perfect community. Always a work in progress, but progress we would.  

 

But “now” is Mitch’s moment to define himself within the distinguished legacy his father first began. What will Mitch’s bold statement be?

 

Without a doubt, removing the monuments is a big deal, as in beyond a big deal. For all of our being the lone spec of blue in a sea of Louisiana red, New Orleans is still very much a conservative city at its core. Don’t get played by all the laissez faire lifestyle and loose tongue lingo. True progressivism – that’s a wee bit too much radicalism for the status quo citizenry, regardless race, color or creed.  

 

New Orleanians of a more liberal nature may be better characterized as practical progressives since local advocacy is often based on common sense measures, like how to keep the tourist economy moving at optimal, operating mode .  

 

Mitch’s call to bring down the spectre of the Old House of Horror was really a practical decision: not only had the time come, it was a timely move, especially with so many new investments from outside the South making a home here. All those Confederate degenerates were causing folks not a small bit of queasiness. Besides, hadn’t they lost the war? Why were their heroes being so deified?  

 

So, yes, the monuments’ take down was well overdue, but it is not enough to take the monuments down.

 

It is also not prudent, as some groups are advocating, to begin the tiresome process of relabeling buildings and streets. This is a path we’ve trod before with respect to renaming public schools in the 90’s, and look where we ended up:  with a system stolen from under us. So, you wanna play the rename game? It is an imprudent distraction that expends energy better spent working toward real solutions.  

 

Convening dialogs about why one day we may decide to relabel streets, rename parks, and what-not: that is a good measure always. It can engender greater civic trust and understanding, but right now, “now” matters. There are more constructive ways to engage in meaningful, productive activism for the greater good.  

 

There is a long-game and a short-game in this process, but regardless which tact is taken, the end-game should be about what best moves the city with respect to sincere and significant progress, not just prettied up, repaved streets and new marketing slogans.  

 

For all its soul, New Orleans too often rings hollow at its core thanks to our preoccupation with trifles and poor handling of tribulations. The real question is: what is the state of our soul? Where do we see “us” going? Is there an “us” – or an “us” vs. “them”?  

 

For folks who oppose removing the monuments, for whatever reason, please know this: no one is trying to whitewash a past you feel should be honored. What honor is there in treason? What honor is there in supporting a government whose primary economic engine was driven by the pistons of human chattel? Is that really something you wish to honor? I daresay, not a whitewashing but a closer examination of this harmful history is in order. We should never forget what evil forces conspired to secede from the United States.  

 

For folks hell-bent on “making ‘em pay” for the dastardly deeds of the Confederacy and continued White supremacy, please know by the actions and oughts of the current Presidential administration, our greatest and most difficult work lies ahead. Not just in taking down symbols of oppression but in dismantling the language and lore that poisons our nation even now.  This is why dialog is so crucial, so essential: how do we learn what others think and feel if we do not hear them out, if we do not ourselves come to the table first to address grievances?  

 

There are far too many folks walking around who still see “other” as something to be despised or kept in its place or, worse, to be erased, removed, or repatriated.  This is the practical legacy of segregation and White supremacy which must be addressed if we are to succeed as a community and a country.

 

No doubt, Mitch has done a yeoman’s job of bringing New Orleans back from the brink of extinction. Now, we must demand a master plan that prepares for the betterment of all people in New Orleans. Taking down the monuments is a bold, forward-looking gesture that sends a message that New Orleans is making a break with an ugly part of its past. But the effects of that past overshadow progress today, and in order for “now” to be about a better future, we need more than bold gestures: we need forward-thinking - bold ideas that can bring serious uplift to the city and its citizenry, not just a facelift and a plateful of platitudes.

 

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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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