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MARDI

May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint

 

Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling

 

Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson

 

Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more

 

HIITuesdays

Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training

 

Train 

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield

 

Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender

 

Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio

 

Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents

 

High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage

MERCREDI

May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk

 

Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted

 

Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga

 

CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour

 

Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village

 

Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader

 

Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs

 

Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots

JEUDI

June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris

 

Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center

 

Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting

 

Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show

 

Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock

 

ButchLivesMatter

14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs

 

Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester

 

Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 

 

VENDREDI

June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film

 

Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included

 

Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana

 

Self Absorbed

TREO, 6PM

A peek inside fifteen artists

 

Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen

 

As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey

 

Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 

 

SAMEDI

June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps

 

Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life

 

Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary

 

First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions

 

Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun

 

Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey

 

Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home

 

Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival

 

Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation

 

TRAX ONLY

Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest

DIMANCHE

June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility

 

Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club

 

Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir

 

Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing

 

Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture

 

Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill

 

Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards

 

Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock


Ring the Alarm: Some NOLA Firefighters Have ‘No Confidence’ in NOFD Chief McConnell


On Saturday (4.29), members of the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and their families and friends picketed the NOFD Headquarters in the French Quarter to protest Chief Timothy McConnell. The demonstration follows a week of controversy for the department after it was made public that several key firefighters — including McConnell — were involved in the contentious takedown of the Battle at Liberty Place monument early Monday morning. 

 

The picket came after an official union meeting in which NOFD members unanimously voted that the department has “no confidence” in Fire Chief McConnell. Firefighters are now demanding that McConnell be removed from all aspects of fire service. Though his role in the dismantling of the statute on Iberville St. has raised some questions in the community, the NOFD states that their call for immediate action is for a number of reasons beyond his involvement in Mayor Landrieu’s takedown. The full list of eleven allegations against McConnell are listed below. 

 

“We are here as a result of our members’ frustration with the continued poor decisions of Superintendent McConnell — period,” said Fire Union President Nick Felton at the Saturday picket. 

 

According to Felton, the unanimous decision was reached several months ago. “Recent actions,” said Felton — like McConnell’s part in the monument’s take down — made it necessary for NOLA’s fire service community to make their decision public. 

 

Felton continued, "The Chief’s decision to place Firefighters in the middle of the highly divisive monuments issue despite the existence of known potential threats and the fact that we are not trained for police-type work, has exposed our members to unnecessary risks. Consequently, our membership has no confidence in his ability to effectively safeguard them or the citizens they serve."

 

Felton and the NOFD have been under heavy scrutiny in the days following the controversial memorial’s dismantling. On Wednesday (4.26), the New Orleans Firefighters Association President first confirmed in a press conference that at least half a dozen firefighters were enlisted to take down the monument early Monday on Mayor Landrieu’s instructions. Photos taken by persons on scene early Monday morning seem to show several Fire Department members, including NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell, as part of the team of movers. When asked about McConnell’s alleged involvement, Felton again remained firm in his stance that the Department is not directly involved: “I can’t really confirm that he is [involved but], surely looked like him to me.” 

 

The NOFD's complaints against Fire Chief McConnell, courtesy of Multimedia Solutions

  1. Chief McConnell supports, embraces and encourages Fire Fighters to perform tasks that they are not trained to do while putting Fire Fighters unnecessarily in harm’s way.
  2. Chief McConnell ignores standard operating procedures, which mandates that Fire Fighters do not wear riot gear or do police type work.
  3. Chief McConnell violates his own rule, which mandates that Fire Fighters not engage in Police Department Tactical Operations.
  4. Chief McConnell has dragged Fire Fighters into a messy, political, divisive monuments issue that we have no business being involved in.  This irresponsible decision jeopardizes Fire Fighters and their families. 
  5. Chief McConnell continuous to violate National Fire Standards, placing New Orleanians and Fire Fighters at great risk every day with improper staffing.
  6. Our fire trucks are unsafe, dangerous, and receive improper maintenance with slipshod repairs. Broken emergency lights, damaged suspension and failing brakes are daily occurrences.
  7.  On-duty firefighters (who are not certified) are being used to try to repair fire trucks.
  8. Chief McConnell has abandoned long established processes for merit-based promotion and replaced it with inconsistent and opaque personal subjectivity.
  9. Political favoritism is now used to promote within the NOFD. This is destroying morale and prevents a standard career path for Fire Fighters.
  10. Fire Fighters support the fact that every home should have proper working smoke detectors but Chief McConnell has ignored reasonable precautions from Senior New Orleans Fire Department staff advising against canvassing.
  11. Chief McConnell illegally gave 30 members of his staff thousands of extra taxpayer money which violated the Louisiana Constitution, New Orleans City Council and the New Orleans Civil-Service Laws.



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

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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