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August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure

 

Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora

 

Pecker

NOMA, 7PM

Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival

 

Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle

 

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Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph

 

Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom

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August 19th

Mayoral Candidate Forum

First Presbyterian Church, 10AM

Youth-led event

 

610 Stompers Auditions

Harrah's, 10AM

Final day of auditions

 

Ameripolitan Festival

Siberia, 3PM

Day one of inaugural southern music fest

 

Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

More Fun Comics, 5:30PM

Chewbacchus subkrewes + Krewe of OAK

 

We Woke Up Like This

Ogden, 7PM

5th annual moms night out

 

Brewsiana

House of Blues, 7PM

Beer and music festival

 

Mighty Brother

Gasa Gasa, 7PM

Homecoming show, feat. Micah McKeen, Deltaphpnic, SOF


Touchdown for Lower 9th: Area Gets 40 New Homes


The newly redeveloped Oliver Bush Playground is a state of the art facility, but the most important element of recreational space is the people who play in it. Touchdown for Homes is bringing the Ninth Ward affordable, high quality houses. Volunteers and sponsors plan to erect a total of 40 new homes, but they’re starting small with three. The group unveiled the fruits of their labor at a press conference today, on the corner of N. Rocheblave and Andry Streets.

 

A tour through the new homes shows visitors new washers and dryers, spacious bedrooms, granite countertops, and shiny new appliances. The homes are built on high foundations, hurricane-proofed as much as possible. The Touchdown for Homes initiative is a collaborative effort between the Homebuilder’s Association of Greater New Orleans, the Louisiana Homebuilder’s Association, the NFL Player’s Association, and many more. The funding for the project was generated through federal, state, private, and municipal dollars.

 

The three homes came up in only 39 days thanks to the hard work of builders Randy Noel, Fernando Arriola, and Kenny Adams, among a long list of others. The homes will be “energy efficient, affordable, and dynamic,” and the project will “leverage attention [to the Ninth Ward] to let people know what needs to be done,” said Jon Luther, Executive Vice President of the Home Builder’s Association of New Orleans.

 

Luther also called attention to the fact that the Ninth Ward had a 71 percent home ownership rate among residents before the storm, noting that the area is a “homeowners community.” The goal now, according to Luther, is to attract “amenities” so that those in the area can “walk to the market, the clinic, or the school next door.”

 

The big guys from the local chapter of the NFL Players Association donated their time and efforts into getting the three houses built before the Super Bowl. A spokesperson for the organization said that they “look forward to making this a vibrant community again.” 

 

NFL Players Association President Norman Hodgins said the retired NFL players were “determined this was going to happen.” Hodgins also quipped about the burly builds of the kindhearted gentlemen standing behind him. “The weight we have behind us, I don’t mean that in pounds I mean that in desire and going forward,” he said, to laughter. “And maybe in pounds, too.”

 

Touchdown for Homes has committed to building 40 houses total, putting them 37 away from their goal. Chair of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority James Singleton admitted his initial hesitance upon hearing Touchdown’s plans. However, the former Councilman and head honcho at NORA thanked everyone on the team for “living up to [their] word,” and completing the three homes before Super Bowl Sunday.




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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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