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VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


Rise of Crist

Charlie Crist Talks Jefferson-Jackson Dinners, Switch to Dem. Party



The Evangeline Oak was not the only miracle in Louisiana on Saturday night. At the Louisiana Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner (J-J,) Crist rose. That would be keynote speaker Charlie Crist, former Florida governor, thwarted Rubio challenger, Republican turned Independent turned Democrat, McCain confidante, Obama hugger, and now author. 

 

The 57-year-old Florida politician made headlines for his switch to the Democratic party in December of 2012. Many believe his move was a strategic attempt to run in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial election. 

 

Before delivering his sermon of the found, the bluebie talked to NoDef about the party switch and his political aspirations.

 

In part, the serenity can be chalked up to experience, The politico said that previously he had attended only about five Jefferson-Jackson Dinners, all in Florida. However, laughing, Crist explained that he has attended a “lifetime” of the equivalent Lincoln-Reagan dinners held by Republicans.

 

Asked to compare the two, the party hopper appeared relieved. “Oh yeah. This [J-J] is much better. It's a much happier crowd. Much more welcoming. It's a much bigger tent. More diverse.” A smile punctuated the answer.

 

Crist held the liberated demeanor of a man cured of a terrible disease. The former GOP star described his transition from Republican to Independent to Democrat as smooth, almost natural.

 

“It [the switch] couldn't be better. Honestly. The comfort that I feel being in the Democratic Party is hard to describe, but it is genuine. When I saw what was happening with the Republican Party back in 2010, and the rise of the Tea Party, and the craziness that was happening, I just couldn't be true to myself and Stay there. So, I'm delighted to have found a nice new home.”

 

NoDef questioned why he chose the second switch to the Democratic party as opposed to remaining an independent.

 

“I love associating with people, and I have come to find that the Democratic Party really embraces the things that are near and dear to me. They're not anti-anything it seems. And, the Republican Party seems to be anti-everything. So, people have told me all my life, 'You're a Democrat, Charlie, and you just don't know it!' Well, now I know it, and now I am it, And, I'm very happy to be here.”

 

The former governor clearly chose to own his previous tag as a RINO. In fact, he does not see position shifts accompanying his party change. “I have certainly evolved as most Americans have on a number of issues. But, as related to the registration change, not really. No.”

 

In May of this year, Crist announced his support for same-sex marriage, a definitive shift in stance from his time with the GOP. In 2006, the former governor signed a petition to ban gay marriage.

Pressed whether changes might still be forthcoming, Crist held firm “No. Not that I foresee, but I am an open-minded guy, and I'm going to keep using my brain, and hopefully keep learning more. We'll see.”

 

After the rash of changes and publicity, the author took time to reflect on his life as he penned a book that he describes as a “recitation on my life” and party change. In retrospect, Crist remained confident in his choices. “I regret nothing.”

 

In fact the only thing that Crist was non-committal about were his political aspirations. “I don't know. I've thought about running for governor again, but I haven't made a decision.” Asked about a repeat run at the Senate, the longtime politician said that he had given it neither thought nor interest.

 

No New Orleans interview is complete without an inquiry about our local culture. Crist has been soaking it up since his arrival. The Floridian said he “hadn't stopped eating since he landed.” His culinary stops included Galatoire's, Felix's, Ralph's on the Park, and Commanders Palace. Of course, a visit to 'da Dome to watch the Saints beat up on Oakland was also on the itinerary.

 

-B.E. Mintz

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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