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Vendredi

February 27th

Kongo Across the Waters
NOMA, 6p.m.
Opening of new exhibit includes talks, performance by Bamboula 2000

 

DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE!
Hi-Ho Lounge, 11p.m.
Rare groove dance party in its 10th year

 

Nerd Love
Tubby & Coo’s, 7p.m.
A chance for geeks to find their “Player 2”

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

Sometimes they're Most Wanted, other times, the Stooges, but they always bring a brash sound with hip-hop influences

 

Sweet Crude
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Local group is all the rage

 

Big Charity

Joy Theater, 8p.m.

Screening of the documentary about the historic fall of Charity Hospital

Samedi

February 28th

Diana Ross

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

The Queen of Motown belts it out in town

 

Big Charity

Joy Theater, 8p.m.

Second night of screening locally made documentary about the fall of Charity Hospital

 

Shinyribs

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Kevin Russell's newest venture

 

Desert Noises + Sol Cats

PubliQ House, 10p.m.

Indie rockers from Utah

 

Lucero + Robert Bingman

Tipitina's, 10p.m.

Sold out

 

6th Annual Recycled Fashion Show

Rock n Bowl, 6p.m.

Thrift store finds turned haute couture all for a cause

 

PresHall Band with Nesby & Fiend

Preservation Hall

Trad Jazz meets hip-hop

Dimanche

March 1st

Cult Fiction

PubliQ House, 9p.m.

This month, catch "The Dude" on the big screen in The Big Lebowski

 

The Southern Hootenaney

Siberia, 6-9p.m.

Freaksheaux to Geaux Fearless Femmes

 

Hannibal Buress

Civic Theater, 9p.m.

Comedian has some funny things to say about New Orleans

 

Camille

Mid-City Theater, 6p.m.

Last night to catch a comedic retelling of Dumas' classic tale

 

3rd Annual Musician's Clinic Benefit & Jamie Galloway Memorial

Maple Leaf, 3p.m.

Big Ass Party and Crawfish Boil!


Sinkhole Saga

Assumption Parish Slurry Area Growing As Officials Look for a Cause



In Bayou Corne, the Earth continues to tremble and bubble underfoot, and a giant area of land that appears to have been swallowed whole is only getting bigger. But the cause of this slurriness remains unknown.

 

Since it's discovery on August 3, a giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown in size, depth, and likelihood of danger. Measurements taken on August 6th reported sinkhole to be approximately 381 feets deep and 372 feet in diameter. At the time, only diesel and oil were at the surface. Today the sinkhole is about 476 feet wide and over 400 feet deep - and with slough-ins happening frequently, the size will increase with each coming day.

 

The sinkhole is not only growing, but it's showing signs of gaseous leaks as well. In the area, there are multiple cases of bubbling - suggesting that gases are seeping up through nearby water. The gases that are currently bubbling up are diffused and therefore nontoxic. But officials are unsure whether or not it will remain as such. It's been over a month since local residents evactuated the area and it doesn't appear they'll be able to go back home anytime son.

 

Investigators are starting to think that an abandoned brine cavern nearby might be part of the cause. Texas Brine LLC, the corporation responsible for creating the cavern, is currently drilling into the ground in order to establish seismic monitors as well as gain further information on the natural gas that lies above the ground water aquifer and the salt dome cap.

 

A salt dome is basically an extremely large deposit of salt that is underneath the ground water. Texas Brine LLC formerly operated a brine well, drilling deep into the salt dome and extracting the salt solution known as brine. The cavern has been abandoned for some time now and the corporation has been digging an investigatory well for over 30 days that will enter the cavern this week. Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh issued the order to dig the well on August 9th as part of a formal Declaration of Emergency. 

 

 

 

Welsh and his office are striving quickly and efficiently detect potential public hazards. Along with the investigatory well, he has brought in various contracters to ensure public safety including Walker-Hill Environmental who will be drilling an observational water well.

 

 

About a week ago, Texas Brine LLC drilled a shallow well for seismic monitors due to increased seismic activity caused by the sinkhole. They drilled 465 feet deep and found natural gas deposits at about 120 feet and again at 420 feet. Also many officials are starting to worry because of the nearby Crosstex cavern that contains nearly one million barrels of liquid butane. If the natural gas or butane begin to seep out of the sinkhole, there could be serious consequences inolving toxicity and/or fires. NoDef will continue to monitor the progress of the well, and the growth of this slurry mess.

 

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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock