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MARDI

May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone

 

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

 

Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA

 

Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden

 

LOGAN NOIR

Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow

 

Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati

 

Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs

 

Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels

MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 


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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