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Defender Picks



June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17


¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer


Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course


Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album


Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light


Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night


Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's

Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby


The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange



Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils



June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market


Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association


Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap


Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale


NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city


Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party


Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants


June 25th


The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto


The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven


Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen


Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series


Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth


Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show


Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas


Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show

Who Comes Next?

A Call for New Civil War Era Monuments

In the midst of the public fight over the removal of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans, relatively little was asked about what would replace Jefferson Davis, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee. On May 19th, just before Lee came down, Mayor Mitch Landrieu answered that question. The answer was underwhelming.


Beauregard will be replaced by something agreed upon by City Park and the City of New Orleans. That has yet to be determined. Davis will be replaced with an American flag. Lee will be replaced with a fountain, to be named Tricentennial Fountain. There is a kind of generic quality to all of it. Regardless of how one felt, the statues of Davis and particularly Beauregard and Lee, were unique. A flag and a fountain can be found anywhere in America.


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina there was a fear that the culture of New Orleans would lose its peculiar character as natives left and were replaced with a younger and more coastal crowd. There have been changes along the way. The smoking ban was one particularly dramatic for the bar scene. North Carrolton Avenue became a row of big box stores and chain restaurants. One change that occurred with hardly a heckle was the 2015 demolition of the Woolworth’s on Canal Street. It was the site of New Orleans’ first lunch counter sit-in 1960. It is being replaced with a multi-story condominium high-rise. 


Landrieu has been stating that it is time to show the world that New Orleans is a changed city with a more inclusive future. By removing Davis, Beauregard, and Lee, but replacing two of the three with harmless and generic fixtures that can be found in Anywhere, USA, Landrieu plays into the narrative that he is destroying the city’s history and making it more palpable to tourists. It also erases from the city landscape recognition that there ever was an American Civil War. By default the war’s issues, in particular race and slavery, are pushed out of consciousness. To his credit Landrieu supports a Slave Ship Museum, but that project is years off and could die from lack of funding.


There have been murmurs from other corners about what should replace Davis and Lee but nothing hard and fast. Beauregard, by virtue of being a native son who did a lot of good after the war, has seen his share of people who want something honoring him. It would be a statue that showcases Beauregard the engineer, philanthropist, city developer, and civil rights proponent. In this charged atmosphere, it is unlikely to happen. Landrieu for his part has been strident in his rhetoric after Lee came down, and would be unlikely to support such a compromise position. There is also a reasonable fear that a new Beauregard statue could become a rallying point for Neo-Confederates.


It would be worthy of the city to honor other Civil War era notables. These notables should be part of the transformation of the city into a hopefully more inclusive incarnation. By being from the Civil War era, they would make it to where the past is still remembered and honored. Yet, who should we honor? A short list might include Andre Cailloux, Oscar J. Dunn, Algernon Sidney Badger, James Longstreet, P. B. S. Pinchback, Henry Clay Warmoth, Homer Plessy, Michael Hahn, and Paul Trévigne. In the coming weeks I will discuss the merits and problems with honoring these men.



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The text above is an commentary column and expresses only the opinion of the author, not NOLA Defender or NOLA Defender’s Editorial Board.

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