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Samedi

May 23rd

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance and drink wine from a tiny cup

 

Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Swampy southern folk rock plus opening band Strange Roux

 

Papa Roach

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Hard rock with heavy metal influence

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with vocals by Elizabeth DeShong, Alfred Walker, Lori Guilbeau and Paul Groves

 

Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBT Youth

Ashe Powerhouse Theatre, 7p.m.

BreakOUT presents stories of transgender youth

 

Woodenhead Forty Year Itch

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Instrumental rock on Canal

Dimanche

May 24th

Tom Leggett

30-90, 5p.m.

New Orleans based singer songwriter jazzes up the new Frenchmen St. venue

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Regular show featuring the “Wolfman” and Russell Batiste

 

Geoff Clapp Organ Quartet

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Clapp is joined by Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto sax


State Dems Bump Buddy for Karen Carter-Peterson


After the Louisiana Democratic Party left last fall's statewide elections for the Republicans to fight amongst themselves, there was a feeling that a change was gonna come. Today, the Democrats' governing committee made the most visible of those changes so far, ousting Chairman Claude "Buddy" Leach in favor of New Orleans state Senator Karen Carter-Peterson.

 

Carter-Peterson's election ends the brief term of Leach, a former state lawmaker and Congressman from Leesville. He served since a special election in 2010. If the nickname wasn't a giveaway, Leach showed which wing of the Party he is from when he infamously gave former Gov. Edwin Edwards a job at one of his companies when the former governor got out of house arrest. Under his tenure, the party watched members defect to the Republican side of the aisle to save their conservative credentials with voters.

 

Carter-Peterson's election brings the party's center back to New Orleans, where the only Democratic Congressman (Cedric Richmond) and U.S. Senator (Mary Landrieu) are from. During this legislative session, Carter Peterson is behind measures to create the Equal Pay for Women Act and repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. She voted against Bobby Jindal's main charter schools legislation, and offered bills that would make it illegal to operate a charter school in a portion of existing schools, and offered a bill that would allow public schools to create indepdenent public benefit corporations for funding.

 

When becoming Party Chair, however, viewpoints and legislative offerings typically take a backseat to organizing and winning elections. Ultimately, those two areas are likely to be the criteria on which she is judged in taking over a party that needs a fire lit underneath it.




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