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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!


Unidentified Quartet Attempt to Move Banksy's 'Girl With Umbrella'


Banksy's "Girl with Umbrella" is under a little more cover than usual, and Marigny residents are concerned about where she might be heading. On Friday morning, a U-Haul pulled up to 1428 North Rampart, four men exited, and spent the remainder of the day using power tools in an attempt to remove the internationally-known street artist's iconic "Girl With Umbrella."

 

After attracting the attention of neighbors, the group left the area, and the piece of art. The work was cut from the wall in several places, but still intact.

 

According to neighbors who were keeping watch at the scene Friday evening, the group's first step was to construct a barrier out of plywood and (fittingly) blue tarps around the corner of N. Rampart and Kerelec. The makeshift structure blocked any view of the the former home of the Community Drop-In Center and the Banksy on the building's wall. No permits are posted.

 

Resident Corbett Scott said the group then spent several hours sawing through the cinder block and re-bar in the wall. The section of the wall containing the artwork was the only area that the men were attempting to cut. 

 

By 4 p.m., the activity attracted the attention of several other neighbors who walked over to investigate. One member of the group of concerned citizens, who identifed himself only as Clay, asked the men about their activities.

 

The workers told the assembled neighbors that they were removing the piece in order to donate it to "the museum." They said they were doing so with the owner's permission. When the group grew and the questions continued, the workers abruptly packed up and left.

 

NOLA Defender was unable to identify or contact an owner of the building. Representatives from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art both said their institutions had no plans to acquire the work.

 

The street art stencil, which first appeared in 2008 before the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood, has been tagged over by graffiti vandals on at least two occasions. The most recent defacing occurred on the last day of 2013. The red paint used to cover over the art work was later cleaned.

 

Other New Orleans pieces by the British artist included depictions of a girl flying a refrigerator shaped as a kite, a homeless Abraham Lincoln pushing a shopping cart and National Guardsmen liberating a TV from a building on Elysian Fields Ave. Several of the pieces were covered over by vigilante graffiti combatant The Gray Ghost (aka Fred Radtke).

 

NoDef could not discern whether there was any damage to the stenciled fish on the sidewalk below. The fish are the work of San Francisco street artist Jeremy Novy.




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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

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock