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MARDI

May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone

 

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

 

Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA

 

Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden

 

LOGAN NOIR

Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow

 

Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati

 

Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs

 

Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels

MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 


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, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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