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Mercedi

March 4th

Shpongle

Civic Theater
Simon Gosford and Raja Ram’s uber eclectic sound

 

Pelicans v. Pistons
SKC, 7p.m.
Surging Birds face Detroit without Brow

 

Kevin James

Mahalia Jackson, 7p.m.

The comedy pops off with the King of Queens

 

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 6-8:30p.m.
9 bartenders compete for the high ball

Jeudi

March 5th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes

 

Bounce ft. Sissy Nobby

Republic, 10p.m.

Wobble, baby

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Rouler, 10p.m.

Enjoy these brass rebels and a game of pool!

 

Greensky Bluegrass

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

This Michigan quintet knows how to rock bluegrass

Vendredi

March 6th

Six Years of Beers

NOLA Brewing Co, 5:30p.m.

Release of the 6th Anniversary Ale (a sour ale this year) ft. music with Tauk, Gravity A, New Orleans Suspects

 

Gogol Bordello

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Gypsy Punk band from the Lower East Side

 

Francisco Goldman

Tulane Auditorium, 6p.m.

Academic all-star chats about Interior Circuit

 

Celtics v. Pelicans

SKC, 7p.m

 

Mario Cart Challenge

Republic, Doors 10p.m., free before 12 w/ college ID

Multiple N64s set up for the annual Mario Kart Challenge - compete to win a section and bottle of booze; music by DJ G

Samedi

March 7th

Julia Street

Monthly art crawl, 6-9p.m.

 

Haiku With Ghosts

Foundation Gallery, 6-10p.m.

Opening reception for Demond Matsuo’s new show

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 1 of music, food and fun at the zoo!

 

Jim Roche: Culture Mechanic

Ogden, 6p.m.

Opening of acclaimed retrospective

 

Grizzlies v. Pelicans

SKC, 6p.m.

 

Katt Williams

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Popular comedian on his Born Again...Again tour

 

Tank and the Bangas

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Local spoken wordsmiths exude creativity through song

Dimanche

March 8th

Tobymac, Mandisa, & Capital Kings

Saenger Theater, 7p.m.

Grammy Award Winners on tour w/ electronic pop duo the Capital Kings

 

Bo Burnham (Sold Out)

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Wunderkind comedian wombed on the web

 

Glen David Andrews

Botanical Gardens, 4p.m.

Party in the Garden with Andrews and Swamp Donkeys

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 2 of music, food and fun at the zoo!


St. Rose Stench Traced to Crude


by Christopher Staudinger

State investigators believe they’ve found the source of a “foul odor” that has stumped officials and sickened residents for nearly two weeks in St. Rose.  Lee Lemond, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's lead investigator for the incident, said that a certain kind of crude oil used in an asphalt production process is to blame. 

 

The Shell Bitumen (asphalt) facility takes crude oil, which is stored in tanks owned by International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT), and processes it into asphalt. The asphalt is in turn stored in the IMTT tanks, according to Lemond. This specific kind of crude, which investigators think is to blame, likely caused a higher than average release of sulfurous compounds, which are highly odorous.  

 

Neighbors have complained of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and other health effects in the wake of the odor.  

 

Keith Adams first noticed the odor on the evening of June 6.  

 

“I thought I had been poisoned,” he said, “I threw up.”  He said the odor was “very putrid” and “sometimes it would come and it would last for hours and hours.”  

 

Adams lives in the Preston Hollow neighborhood, which sits just upriver from the Shell and IMTT facilities.  He pointed out a survey conducted by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which said that 84% of 116 people canvassed reported health problems.  “And I’m not counted because nobody asked me,” he said.

 

Lemond said that facility managers have shut down the portion of the facility that likely produced the gasses.  It will undergo DEQ-supervised observation and maintenance.  The asphalt that was produced in the faulty operation has been loaded onto a barge for disposal. 

 

Going forward, he said, plant operators have removed this crude from allowable” types of crude that can be used in the operation.  And, he said, “Shell and IMTT have proposed to truly look at installing a high caustic scrubber” that will reduce sulfur emissions.  The companies are also expected to set up a hotline. 

 

Meanwhile, the Anne Rolfes, director of the Bucket Brigade, said in a press release this week, “The health impacts of this ongoing accident are being brushed under the rug.”  The group held a press conference Thursday with St. Rose residents to appeal for Governor Jindal’s assistance. 

 

Lemond said that the investigation is still open and ongoing.    




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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

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Minced Media, Inc.

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Stephen Babcock