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August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Who Comes Next?

A Call for New Civil War Era Monuments

Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes during the Civil War era who could serve as positive replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. Keep up to date here


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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