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June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Vape Escape

Where E-Cigs Land in Campus Smoking Bans

In 2013, the Louisiana state legislature passed a resolution that requires public universities in the state to create a smoking prohibition on campus. It's up to the individual universities how to implement this, and the decision has motivated some universities to take a stance on electronic cigarettes as well.


In New Orleans, Tulane, Delgado, Dillard, Southern University at New Orleans, and Xavier have enacted campuswide smoking bans, all of which include the ban of e-cigarettes. But the University of New Orleans allows the vaping of e-cigarettes outdoors, 25 feet from any building entrance. The trend across the U.S. in general leans more in favor of e-cigarettes – 1,372 campuses have adapted a smoking ban, but only 176 of them have also banned e-cigarettes. 


In order to make specific decisions about UNO's new smoking ban, a committee -- made up of staff, students and faculty -- was convened to vote and pass on recommendations to University President Peter Fos. When the issue of banning e-cigarettes on campus came up, the committee's vote was evenly split, so the UNO Student Government passed a separate resolution asking Dr. Fos to allow e-cigarettes on campus.


UNO Director of Public Relations Adam Norris said, "President Fos expressed to me that because e-cigarettes are still relatively new, there's not a great deal in terms of a body of research on the secondary health effects of e-cigarettes." As a result, Dr. Fos decided to go along with the student body's wishes and allow vaping on campus.


Fernando Reyes, a UNO Student Government senator, said, "we did feel like vaporizers, being water vapor and not really causing a problem for anyone else, should be kept on campus. We had the support on make the bold claim in the face of the administration that we don't want this ban quite like it is."


E-cigarettes have certainly helped some students to quit smoking. 


Chris Toups, a UNO engineering student, switched from tobacco to e-cigarettes three months ago. When asked about UNO's decision to allow e-cigs, Toups said, "The only way I found out about e-cigs was seeing other people smoke them. There hasn't been enough research, but the one thing we do know unequivocally at this point is that those 200 extra chemicals -- besides just nicotine -- aren't present in vapor." Toups added, "I know that if I puffed up around you right now it wouldn't bother you nearly as much as a regular cigarette. You get this slight sweet smell for just a second, as opposed to that really strong cigarette smell. But I'm not trying to blow it in anybody's face."


Loyola University hasn't implemented its smoking policy yet, but will likely do so by fall of 2015.


Multiple studies have suggested that e-cigarettes are an effective method of quitting tobacco. Other studies show that e-cigarettes contain far fewer malicious chemicals than cigarettes -- in levels that are approved as safe for frequent workplace exposure -- as well as no carbon monoxide.


The American Heart Association has supported e-cigarettes as a last-ditch method of smoking cessation. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is coming down hard on e-cigarettes, and the FDA says it's best to play it safe.


UNO's decision to allow e-cigarettes is subject to change when more information comes out. It could eventually be recognized as a progressive choice in student health, or it could go the other way. It will be fascinating to see how UNO's population of smokers and vapers shifts, or doesn't, in the coming semesters.


Smoking and vaping are big issues in this state: Louisiana has the eighth highest rate of tobacco smokers of all U.S. states, with a smoking population of 24.1%. New Orleans is a microcosm of the larger e-cigarette picture, and time will show us what role vaping could play in our health and our community.


Correction: In the original version of this article, Dominick Maggio was credited. The quote actually belonged to Fernando Reyes.


Brendan Frost is an MFA student in fiction at the University of New Orleans, and a freelance journalist and copywriter. Brendan has been vaping for over 6 months, using e-cigarettes to successfully quit tobacco. He's also a blogger for Crescent City Vape, covering electronic cigarette news, trends, and research for the shop’s blog.

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