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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Carrolton's Harrell Park Reopens with Super Bowl Turf
The smell of fresh cut AstroTurf filled the air today at Harrell Park’s opening, newly invigorated with a championship-caliber field straight from Super Bowl XLVII. The City, NORD, the Bensons, the NFL, Chevron, and a host of other private and nonprofit partnerships came together to restore Carrolton's recreation facility, where Mayor Mitch was proud to say he used to toss the pigskin (or try) as a kid.
“I played football on this field as a kid. I got thrown off,” Mayor Mitch qualified. “I wasn’t very fast.”
Hopefully, the next batch of young football players will have more luck. The refurbishment, made possible through the NFL, is “the most spectaculuar of all the spectacular projects we have,” said Landrieu. Addressing skeptics who question the long term value of Bowl games for the City, Mayor Mitch suggested they look down.
“I’m just looking down at this championship turf,” said the Mayor.
As part of a Super Bowl environmental initiative, the NFL recycled the turf directly from the Dome after the Ravens put a cap on their dream season
The facility gets its name from Glenna Harrell, who was seated in the audience. Mrs. Harrell lost her husband in the Howard Johnson sniper tragedy during the 1970s, and Mayor Mitch took a second to honor the respected member of the community.
NORD CEO Vic Richard, GNO Sports Foundation President Jay Cicero, Tom Benson, Rita Benson-Leblanc, and Chevron’s Corporate Responsibility Manager Sakari Morrison all spoke on behalf of the project.
Mayor Mitch thanked Chevron for giving “about a million bucks” to the project.
Creatively referencing Chevron’s slogan, “human energy,” Morrison gave a shout out to all of the coaches that devote their time to New Orleans’ kids, calling them heroes.
“Each coach spends four hours a day volunteering on average [during any given season], that’s 385 hours per year,” Morrison said. “In the 40 years of NORD, that’s 15 million hours. Now that’s human energy,” said Chevron’s rep.
Chevron also gave all the coaches present duffle bags full of gift items such as gas cards and gift cards to Academy Sports.
Unsurprisingly, the Bensons were a big part of the project, and Mayor Mitch credited them for pushing the NFL to leave the locals some lagniappe. When Tom Benson and his daughter Rita Benson-LeBlanc walked to the mic, the crowd cheered "Who Dat!"
After noting the Dalai Lama's stop in New Orleans, His Holiness Mayor Mitch "ordained" Harrell Park a field of peace.
Once all the grownups finished talking, the NORD band, cheerleaders, and young football players were anxious to run through Harrell Park’s banner.
This article originally referred to Harrell Park's location as "Hollygrove." The facility is located in the Carrolton neighborhood, and the article was modified to reflect these changes on May 20, 2013 at 11:25am.
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