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Prytania Theatre, 10AM
A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant
The Tasting Room, 3PM
Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)
Civic Theatre, 5PM
Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize
Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM
Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin
Press Street Station, 6PM
Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner
Peristyle in City Park, 6PM
NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights
Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM
Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson
Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM
Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students
American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM
A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market
Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM
Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures
Marigny Opera House, 7PM
Two-step in the Marigny at this show
Tulane University, 8PM
The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form
The Carver Theater, 8PM
Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand
Bar Redux, 8PM
Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians
Gasa Gasa, 8PM
Featuring All People and Hestina in support
Civic Theatre, 5PM
Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers
Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM
40 chefs compete for top taco prize
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Bob Malone
Local artists celebrate each other in their work
The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM
To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library
Blue Nile, 7PM
Folksy local singer-songwriter
Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM
Worship and yoga in one
The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM
Music of the Beatles
Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM
A night of angelic sounds
Bar Redux, 8PM
NOLA funk, trad and electric blues
Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
Red Bean hosted stand-up show
Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM
Papa grows funk and so much more
Saturn Bar, 9PM
Café Negril, 9:30PM
All genres of NOLA music fused
Le Bon Temps, 11PM
6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop
LIFE Yoga, 7AM
An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri
Adler's New Orleans, 11AM
Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'
Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM
Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest
The Broad Theater, 7PM
Short film showcase
Blue Nile 7:30PM
Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen
House of Blues, 8PM
Hebrew hip hop
Cafe Istanbul, 8PM
Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!"
Joy Theater, 8:30PM
Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister
One Eyed Jacks, 9PM
Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball
Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM
Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party
Bar Redux, 10PM
All-British dance party
Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM
Party like it's 1999
Crescent Park, 10AM
Eat to benefit LA/SPCA
Fair Grounds, 12PM
Family day at the grounds
The Yum Yum, 6PM
NPR faves come home from tour
St. Mark's Church, 6PM
Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill
The Saenger Theatre, 7PM
Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA
House of Blues, 7PM
80s vs. 90s - decades collide
One Eyed Jack's, 8PM
FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland"
The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes
The Willow, 9PM
Masquerade ball with live music
The Circle Bar, 10PM
Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty
Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM
Free show to move and groove
Howlin' Wolf, 12PM
Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food
Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM
Free female-led discussion and open house
Playmakers Theater, 2PM
Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko
Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM
5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician
Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM
Live music, drinks, water slides, more
Audubon Park, 5PM
LPO Woodwind Quintet performs
Local trad jazz masters
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 6PM
Bring games, or join one at the store
Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM
Mix of brass standards and funky covers
Spotted Cat, 10PM
Boundary pushing fusion jazz
Maple Leaf, 10PM
Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Mayor Mitch Reiterates New Orleans is Safe from Miss. River Flooding, Live-Blogged
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office gave NoDef some insight into how they're planning for the coming crest of the Mississippi River earlier this week. Today, with the River at 17 ft., the mayor is holding a news conference from City Hall on the flooding. We'll be live-blogging the news conference as the Mayor speaks.
3:15 p.m. The point of today's press conference seemed to be to assure everyone that New Orleans was not going to get flooded. This was not by any stretch a solemn press conference given by a mayor's office on emergency footing. Rather, it reinforced what the Army Corps of Engineers has been suggesting all week: The destruction is going to miss us this time. And if he could diffuse a little media alarmism in the process, so be it. The mayor was not asked about the City's response to Atchafalaya Basin residents who have been saying they're standing in harm's way of flooding from the Morganza Floodway to save New Orleans and Baton Rogue. Guess that one will have to wait for the next 60 Minutes interview!
With that, it's time for us to go count sandbags on the levee. Thanks to everyone for tuning in.
3:10 p.m. The mayor is asked if the Serpas speculation is blown out of proportion because the police chief and Eighth District Commander Edwin Hosli are involved. The mayor gives a long answer that tends toward the philosophical. He ends with, "That was not a 30-second sound byte." And that's a wrap.
3:08 p.m. Now we're off-topic. The inevitable question comes about Ronal Serpas and his future. Serpas son-in-law and driver were found to benefit from one of the recent shady police details. "He is my police chief now and will be for for the future," the mayor says.
3:05 p.m. The Mayor can't get off the stage without a joke about the press. "The media would never exaggerate anything, especially not WDSU," he says.
3:00 p.m. NoDef Editor B.E. Mintz asks a question about cracks in the levee. The cracks on the levee in the West Bank is due to the land side of the levee being extremely dry, " says McFly. "The clay shrinks, but there is no concern here. We're watching it very closely. When it rains these cracks will close up."
2:55 p.m. The mayor is back now, taking questions. He says the Morganza is expected to open in 24-72 hours. and the river will take 2-3 weeks to de-esclate in level after the crest. To a question about levee seepage, Doody says we are keeping track of where the seepage is, and as long as the levees in the French Quarter are not carrying materials away from the levee, we're fine. Seepage in the levees occur whenever the water reaches this height.
2:53 p.m. The head of the Port of New Orleans says everyday the river is closed costs the city $295 million, but right now it's business as usual.
2:51 p.m. Susan McFly of the Southeast La. Flood Protection Authority West says there are three areas of note in Algiers for potential seepage: an old levee in Algiers Point that was supposed to come down anyway, a levee in Plaquemines that protects Algiers and Todd Shipyards.
2:48 p.m. Tim Doody, president of the Southeast La. Flood Protection Authority East says the River saw these same levels in 2008. "We have time to prepare. It's not like a hurricane," he says.
2:45 p.m. Two Coast Guard aircraft are now flying the river to check the levees. Navigation is currently restricte on the 30 miles of the river surrounding NOLA. "If the water levels reach 17.5 ft. and continue to rise, I will require further restrictions on vessel navigation," says Capt. Edwin Stanton of the Coast Guard.
2:42 p.m. Now Jerry Sneed, the mayor's homeland security chief takes the mic. All measures have been taken thus far. Mainly, he asks people to stay off the levees, and report any issues. Mark Jernigan, of the Corps, says no okay has been given on the Morganza Floodway yet, but the river is expected to reach a high enough level for the Corps to give the go-ahead this weekend. Along with the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the Morganza, located north of Baton Rogue, would divert floodwaters away from New Orleans. Otherwise, river levels could reach 19.5 ft. May 23.
2:40 p.m. Sandbagging is only a precaution. Landrieu tells everyone to stay off the levees. He then implies that river snakes might be on top of the levees right now. Inspection teams have to work, and they need room, he says.
2:32 p.m. Mayor Mitch says, "Bottom line: the city is safe." We're not expected to flood due to the strong levee systems in place. The levees have been inspected, and the city is working overtime with the Army Corps of Engineers. He expects the Morganza Floodway will open, but no decision has been made.
2:30 p.m. The Mayor enters, and starts with a couple jokes. Then he extends sympathies to all the victims of the flooding so far. The Army, Coast Guard and FEMA are all in da house, along with the deputy mayors, the Army Corps, the head of the Port of New Orleans, and half the City Council. Serpas isn't there. Guess all the jockeying was for naught.
2:23 p.m. The river is currently hovering around 17 ft. in New Orleans, according to the National Weather Service.
2:18 p.m. While we're waiting, it's worth pointing out the press conference comes as the River claimed its first Louisiana levee today. This AP has details.
2:15 p.m. Speculation abounds through the press gallery as the mayor is very late. Even the sign language translator is beginning to fidget.
2:13 p.m. While waiting for Landrieu to emerge, we're told the mayor will be taking questions today, unlike a press conference last week when he announced the suspensions of two city officials involved in a shady police detail and quickly left the stage. There's a bit of jockeying for position on the City Hall stage as Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and a sign language interpreter both try to fit in the TV cameras' frame.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz