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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Wind in Their Sales
Pirate's Alley Battles to Stay Open
Another French Quarter institution is danger of disappearing amidst a zoning dispute. Locals are rallying to save Pirate’s Alley in advance of a June 11th meeting scheduled to determine the future of the small bar.
The establishment boasts the rare rare balance of affection between locals and tourists, but the spot’s ultimate fate will rest with the affections of the New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustment. At issue is the location’s classification as a restaurant. Said classification requires the business to generate over 50 percent of their sales from food which Pirate’s Alley does not. Now, they must receive a variance to operate as a cocktail lounge or shutter the premises.
The troubles started in 2013 when the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control audited Pirate’s Alley and discovered that employees were ringing up booze sales as food.
After some strict warnings and the implementation of a new POS system, the state agency agreed to license the institution as a bar—provided that the city agrees. The latter requirement has proven tricky.
In November, the switch received preliminary approval, but Jared Munster, Director of the Department of Safety and Permits, put the brakes on the change. Munster wanted assurances both that the Alley truly is a bar and that it has been one for over a decade.
This all sets up a decisive moment on June 13th. At the hearing, the Board of Zoning Adjustments will determine whether the venue is granted the variance or not. In effect, the hearing will determine whether Pirate’s Alley stays open or not.
“As no new bars are allowed to open in the area, they have decided we must shut down. But are we a ‘new’ bar? Why hell no,” explain management in a statement. “We have been a bar for around 20 years, and a well-loved, well-respected, central to the community bar at that.”
Pirate’s Alley is counting on a large public outcry to push them over the top. Zoning has already received dozens of letters and an online petition to keep the place open already had over 17,000 signatures at press time.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz