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Today's Events: 6.4.11

 June 4, when the Louisiana Territory is renamed the Missoury Territory (1812), when the Rolling Stones released ‘Satisfaction (1965), when Roquefort cheese was created, in a cave (1070), Angie Jolie-Pitt’s birthday (1975), Haitan Jazz Voodoo Poet Toto Bissainthe’s death (1994), Flag Day in Estonia, National Unity Day in Hungary, and International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. What better way to celebrate than:


All Day John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion Grand Opening- Open from 9:00AM-5:00PM, the National World War II Museum introduces its newest edition. Excitement include displayed artifacts, a grand opening ceremony, site tour, children activities, and more (WWII Museum)


10:00 a.m. “Fight the Blight” Volunteer Day- Take the blight into your own hands via Litter abatement, strategic demolitions, grass-cutting, neighborhood beautification, code citing, and painting at  George Washington Carver Park, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, St. Roch Playground, Union Playspot, and Di Benedetto Playground (5 Locations)

11:45 a.m. New Orleans Oyster Festival- Shell and WDSU have come together as co-sponsors of this two day celebration, honoring farmer and restauranteurs who work endlessly to maintain our French Quarter is America’s oyster epicenter. Hear Treme Brass Band, to Big Sam, and Irma Thomas, eat Broussard’s Oyster Rockafeller Soup (and Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Sauce, duh), Galatoire’s Open Faced Oyster Brouchette and Shrimp Remoulade, and Luke’s Fried Oysters w/Smoked Tomato Relish with Cochon de lait Jambalaya (Riverwalk)

2:45 p.m. Back to the Beach Festival- This three -day festival is brought  to you by The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and  features everything one can expect of a NOLA get-down. Who knew you could find a  run/walk, car show, moto show, live music, crafts, catered grub,  plus a RODEO, for  $10? #onlyinKenner (Laketown)


6:00PM: WYES International Beer Tasting- Over 250 beers span a quarter of a mile, for your sampling pleasure, accompanied by various 'tasty nibbles' provided by St James Cheese Co +more. $30-45 (Fair Grounds)


6:00PM: Julia Street Art Walk- The downtown big shots open their doors for this 2nd Saturdays Art Walk in the Warehouse District. Wine and cheese it up, and notice a thing or too on dem walls (Julia Street)


6:00PM: Caroline Wright's Embers of a Floating World- paintings of an artist inspired by music, landscapes, architecture and the weather, who believes her medium “embodies the longing to be grounded and free at the same time.” Tonight marks Wright's opening reception at the (Martine Chaisson Gallery)


7:00PM: Washboard Chaz Blues Trio- Delta Blues with power and soul, Washboard Chaz is known and loved, and hitting Frenchmen for an early set (DBA)

8:00PM: Toots and the Maytals- What organic blends of true ska and reggae are all about; these Jamaicans have been going hard for forty years, and ain’t bout to quit now. Pay $26.50 to live history in the making (House of Blues)


10:00PM: The Beams, Lady Lazarus- Dream Pop, Folk, and Local flavor come together for a chill night on St. claude. The price is 'chill', too ($5) (Allways Lounge)


*And your weekly Saturday standards: FNOPL Book Sale at Latter Library Carriage House, Weswego Farmers & Fisheries Market at 484 Sala Ave, Sankofa Farmers Market on 5500 St. Claude, and Bridge Lounge’s Mashup Dance Party.

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