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October 13th

Home Free

The Civic, 7p.m.

Country vocal band and winner of The Sing-Off


The Creeping Garden

Zeitgeist, 9:30

Sci-fi documentary


It’s Your World

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

Chelsea Clinton teaches you to Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!


A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Recipes inspired by the novel


October 14th

Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Hold-ups in Belfast


Getting Off at Elysian Fields

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Obituaries from the Times-Pic


Tony Joe White

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Louisiana singer/songwriter


Cole Williams

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

African Rock Wednesdays for Breast Cancer Awareness


Computer Magic

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

Dance beats and relatable lyrics


October 15th

The Universe of Keith Haring

Freeman Auditorium, 7:30p.m.

Movie about New York artist Keith Haring


Saints v. Falcons

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:25p.m.

Saints coming off a loss to Eagles


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Marc Stone Acoustic Band


Extraordinary People

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals


Jackson Browne

Saenger, 8p.m.

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee


October 16th

Who’s Bad— Thriller Night

The Civic, 8p.m.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Triubte


Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Riff Raff

The Willow, 9p.m.

The Versace Python


Concerts in the Courtyard

533 Royal St., 6p.m.

This week ft. Banu Gibson


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Movies in the Garden ft. Beetlejuice


The Thing

Prytania, 12:15a.m.

Classic 1982 horror movie


October 17th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Witchy Drag Brunch

The Country Club, 10a.m.

Drag, food and all-you-can-drink mimosas


Anba Dlo

New Orleans Healing Center, 1p.m.

Free Halloween fest and water symposium


Pelicans v. Kings

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Pelicans take on Kings at home


Coton Jaune— Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story

WRC, 9:30a.m.

Documentary about Cajun women who handwove blankets


Mac Demarco

The Civic, 8p.m.

Old school indie music


October 18th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


The Cut

Zeitgeist, 7:20p.m.

Epic about a man’s journey throught the Ottoman Empire


City on Fire

Garden District Book Shop, 3p.m.

Love, betrayal and art


Alvin and the Chipmunks

Saenger, 3p.m.;8p.m.

Chipmunks…live on stage


Polymnia Quartet

Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.

Weekly Sunday Musical Meditation

Roemer Runs: Former La. Gov Kicks off Presidential Campaign in...NH

by Ben de la Cour

Former Louisiana governor, video poker enthusiast and Democrat-turned- Republican, Buddy Roemer, formally announced his presidential bid today. The speech was not choreographed as a down payment on the Kingfish's dream, as it was held not in Nachitoches, but New Hampshire's Dartmouth College.


A native of Shreveport, Roemer graduated from Harvard in 1964 and a went on to serve four terms in Congress as a Democrat. As governor in the 1980s, he addressed many environmental issues affecting Louisiana, as well as drastically reducing unemployment and working to increase pay for teachers. Having beat Edwin Edwards after EWE survived an indictment, Roemer has for a long time been vocal about the corrupting influence of money on politics.



“Today, I run for President of the United States," he said. "I run to reveal the control of special interests in Washington and to demonstrate that the freedom to lead only comes by refusing their money. I run to prepare America for job growth, beginning with the elimination of unfair trade practices and attacking the debt.  I run as a proud Republican, but an even prouder American.”

What does this mean in terms of the 2012 presidential race? It's hard to tell at this point. Despite the wide open Republican field, Roemer remains an outside pick, as he has been out of politics for a good while, but his willingness to tackle special interest money, and his policy to raise money only in small contributions already makes him stand out in a crowding field. (For more on that read this Daily Beast article.)



“We must break the stranglehold of special interest money on our political system, " he said. "It’s the special interests who use unfair trade and self-written tax loopholes to make their fortunes while stealing our future”.

I was a state employee when

I was a state employee when he was governor. He called his plan "The Roemer Revolution," and he vowed to cut the size of state government.

I was laid off from my job, as were others, and it as all over the headlines that Roemer was successfully making big cuts.

Three weeks later, I got my job back, and so did everyone else, and the government quietly grew under Roemer. That fact, of course, received little press attention.

I like Buddy, and even worked

I like Buddy, and even worked in his campaign when he successfully ran for governor. But, despite all the enthusiasm we had when he was elected, his sole term as gov. was a huge disappointment. The common complaint of his administration was that it lacked focus, and would move away from issues/platforms way too quickly. I wish him well, but it appears his time and money would be better spent on some other endeavor.

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