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VENDREDI

August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure

 

Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora

 

Pecker

NOMA, 7PM

Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival

 

Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Play about first loves and second chances

 

I'm Listening

The Voodoo Lounge, 9PM

Comedy and psychoanalysis

 

Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle

 

Armnhmr

Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph

 

Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom

SAMEDI

August 19th

Mayoral Candidate Forum

First Presbyterian Church, 10AM

Youth-led event

 

610 Stompers Auditions

Harrah's, 10AM

Final day of auditions

 

Ameripolitan Festival

Siberia, 3PM

Day one of inaugural southern music fest

 

Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

More Fun Comics, 5:30PM

Chewbacchus subkrewes + Krewe of OAK

 

We Woke Up Like This

Ogden, 7PM

5th annual moms night out

 

Brewsiana

House of Blues, 7PM

Beer and music festival

 

Mighty Brother

Gasa Gasa, 7PM

Homecoming show, feat. Micah McKeen, Deltaphpnic, SOF

DIMANCHE

August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn

 

Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more

 

Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances

 

New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle

 

RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal

 

The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit

 

Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 

LUNDI

August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse

 

Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self

 

Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical

 

Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer

 

Knockout

The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 

 

Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin

MARDI

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

 
 

Who Comes Next?

Michael Hahn vs. a Brick



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. This week, learn about Louisiana politician Michael Hahn. 

 

Michael Hahn had one of the most unusual careers in Louisiana politics. He was a Bavarian, his father dying before he was born. He was brought to New Orleans in 1840, when his mother died of Yellow Fever the next year. Hahn was only eleven, but his older siblings took care of him. He was hobbled by a club foot, but proved to be exceptionally intelligent. By age 19, he was learning to become a lawyer under Christian Roselius. Roselius was a fellow German and one of the greatest lawyers of the time, and was dean of faculty at the University of Louisiana, which is today called Tulane.

 

Hahn became involved in politics, joining the Democratic Party, which in Louisiana was pro-immigration. In 1860 the party split between Stephen Douglas and John Breckinridge. Hahn supported Douglas, who was stridently pro-union. Hahn opposed secession, but unlike most he did not pledge loyalty to the Confedracy once secession was successful. After the Union military captured New Orleans, Hahn won a seat in Congress. Hahn took a moderate poisition during the war. He aligned himself with Nathaniel P. Banks, the military commander in Louisiana from 1863-1864. Together they pushed a program of education for former slaves, but very limited voting rights. Hahn espoused his ideas through the New Orleans True Delta.

 

Hahn won the governorship of Union-controlled Louisiana. He was the first German-American to be elected governor. His inaugration on March 4, 1864, was ostentaious: 20,000 turned out at Layeyette Square, there was a choir of schoolchldren, as well a parade with fireworks and over 300 muscians. Hahn proved to be flexible, almost compliant as governor. He was also optimistic, perhaps to the point of naiveté. His tenure was wracked by debate over black enfrachisement and when Louisiana should be brought back into the union. A year later he resigned to take a seat in the Senate, but he was barred from the chamber.

 

Hahn’s views on race became more radical in 1865. He began to push for full enfranchisement. He took part in the 1866 reform of Louisiana‘s Constitution of 1864. The meeting was broken up by a mob. The police, including many former Confederate soldiers, mostly stood aside. Some of the cops had orders to kill Hahn, while many rioters shot at him. He did not run but stood up, daring the crowd to shoot him. Instead, he was hit with a brick. Before the mob could kill Hahn, Chief of Police Thomas Adams and some of his men rescued Hahn, placing him in a commandeered carriage on Carondolet Street. When the mob moved in to kill Hahn, Adams drew his pistol and yelled “The man is dying. Leave him alone.”

 

Hahn survived and had one of the most successful political careers of any Republican. After editing the New Orleans Republican newspaper, Hahn moved to St. Charles Parish and founded Hahnville. He returned to politics in 1871, becoming speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives. By the 1880s the Democrats were ascendant. Hahn lost his fortune running in the New Orleans Ledger and his career seemed to be over. In 1884 he won a seat in the House of Represetatives. Hahn won with a coalition of Republicans, immigriants, and Demcrats disillusioned the corrupt Samuel D. McEnery. He died on March 15, 1886.

 

Hahn was among the most sucessful and resilient Republican politicians from the South. Although not above using patronage and lies to get his way, he was not particularly corrupt. He was steadfast in his loyalty to the Union. On black enfranchisement he was accused of being inconsistent. Arguably he was less an opportunist and more a man who was radicalized by the tumult of the Civil War and Reconstruction. His proud defiance during the 1866 riot earned him the respect of even his enemies. Today, the only thing that honors him is the town he founded. Of all the Reconstruction era Louisiana politcians, he more than most deserves a place of honor, whether it be as a statue or a street name.

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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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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