NOPD to Increase Ranks

This afternoon, Mayor Mitch is announcing a grant from the Department of Justice that will increase staffing in the NOPD. NoDef is liveblogging the press conference.

 

In all, $2.7 million will be released to hire 16 new officers. That covers salary and benefits for three years for 16 new officers. The money, which will provide for the first DOJ recruiting class since the DOJ released its scathing report on the Department, will help beef up the NOPD's homicide unit. The mayor called a press conference to talk about the new class. Follow the updates below.

 

1:00 A group of NOPD protestors gathered outside City Hall. They intend to stay there every Thursday. Their desire? To see NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas leave town.

 

1:27 Inside City Hall, Mayor Mitch takes the stage. First, he eulogizes Archbishop Phillip Hannan, who died this morning. The former leader of New Orleans Catholics is one of the reasons Landrieu got a scholarship to Catholic University was the bishop and his work on civil rights issues with JFK.

 

1:30 Serpas, US Attorney Jim Letten, the FBI and, who's that? Stacy Head are all onstage.

 

1:35 We are going to get rid of the few bad cops we have and hire new ones," Landrieu says after announcing the grant. Homicide is clearly the talking point, as we hear about shifting resources to beef up the homicide unit. Proving sometimes it's worth taking a beating, Landrieu says we got money from the feds because we cooperated with the DOJ.

 

1:37 Firefighters also get more help. Money came from the feds for 78 new NOFD employees.

 

1:38 The feds know how to come up with an acronym. The two grant programs are called COPS and SAFER.

 

1:39 Shoutout to Obama. Then he veers into the American Jobs Act, saying he wants it passed quickly. Did the White House briefing packet somehow find its way onto the dais?

 

1:40 Now back to cops. Serpas reads from a prepared statement, quickly and a little stilted on the delivery. 

 

1:41 Jackie Clarkson in the Hiz-ouse. A little late, but somehow we knew she wouldn't miss a press conference.

 

1:42 Serpas is talking about homicide again. We now have a cold case unit. Is a CBS show soon to follow? On being a better police department, Serpas says:"It's going to happen."

 

1:45 Leon Cannizzaro joins the fray. He references Telly Hankton's recent conviction. Then talks about the police department. "The better the police department…the higher the rate of taking violent criminals off the street," he says. A subtle dig?

 

1:47 The Bureau's man is up, really up. "I can't explain how excited I am today about this grant," he says.

 

1:49 Jackie Clarkson's turn. She just got back from New York City, she says. She saw Patricia's premiere, but also met with Christina Quinn. She claims NYC is a sister city to us because they know how much better things are. Our change is "being talked about" she said. 

 

1:50 Now we get Head. "If you're distrustful (of NOPD), get over this point," she says. Stacy Head says NOPD has done wonders for Central City.

 

1:51Mitch takes the podium back, and makes sure to thank Obama again, and says people in Congress who are fighting over money should look at what it can do in places like New Orleans. Is this being beamed to the Oval Office?

 

1:53 Q and A time. Question: How many more officers do we need? Serpas says it's not that simple, and needs to look at data. Classic dodge. T-P's Brendan McCarthy wants to know how many total will be in the recruiting class. 25ish, he is told, which is 10 more than the feds are giving us money for. Knowing this class will be here allowed him to move 16 officers to homicide.

 

1:54 McCarthy has a budgeting question. Mayor Mitch tries to stop him with a joke. Brendan keeps pushing, so Landrieu takes over the podium and silences him. Mitch takes this opportunity to slam Congressional Republicans again. The city is constrained, he says. "The chief can't answer his question in a vaccum." Next year's budget will include his proposal for hiring officers.

 

1:56  The mayor asks McCarthy if that answers his question. It's not, McCarthy says, because he didn't address the cost of the consent decree. On the consent decree, Landrieu says he does not expect it to cost tens of millions of dollars, like other cities. But we do expect federal funding, albeit a contensious, unpleasant process to negotiate that funding.

 

1:57 Here's a new one: Serpas is running unopposed as vice president of the national police chiefs' association.

 

1:58 And that's a wrap.

 

 

 

 

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Saints v. Panthers

EverBank Field (12:00PM)

Carolina gon' go down.

 

Marsh Fest

Howlin' Wolf (3PM)

'Show your fish love' with Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Shamarr Allen, Marc Stone and Amanda Walker, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Brint Anderson, Trapper Joe and Trigger Tommy from the History Channel's hit show, "Swamp People", a silent auction, and more.

 

Gretna Fest

Downtown Gretna (4:00PM)

They don't come to us, so we'll go to them! The Iguanas, George Porter, and more perform.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

NOMA Sculpture Garden (7:00 PM)

Shakesperean comedy amid the oaks, back by popular demand!

 

Fleur De Tease

One Eyed Jacks (9:00PM)

Trixie's Halloween Revue.

 

FestiGals

Hotel Monteleone (All Day)

A nonprofit, weekend festival created By Women, For Women (BWFW), dedicated to celebrating all things femme!

 

God of Carnage

Southern Rep (3:00 PM)

Yasmina Reza's play brings sandbox wars to the parental level

 

 

Ritual Murder

Ashe Cultural Arts Center(3:00 PM)

Black-on-black violence, explored

 

Some Like It Hot!

Buffa's (11:00AM)

Weekly Sun Gig- Trad Jazz Brunch.

 

Community Yoga Class

LIFE Yoga Studio (4:00PM-5:00PM)

Weekly Sun Gig- Free yoga, Uptown.

 

Gal Holiday

BMC (6:00PM)

Weekly Sun Gig-Take me to the honky tonk.

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin' Wolf den (9:00PM)

Weekly Sun Gig-The street beat moves yr feet.

 

Joe Krown Trio feat. Russell Batiste & Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Maple Leaf Bar (10:00PM)

Weekly Sun Gig- Wolfman hits the other side of Canal. 

SAMEDI

NOLA Drive-In: The Evil Dead

840 Carondelet St (DUSK)

30 year old horror. Rooftop. $5.

 

Tapes n' Tapes

One Eyed Jacks (9:00PM)

Minnesota Indie rock, plus Howler and Leslie Sisson for $12? Thanks WTUL!

 

Khris Royal and Dark Matter

Blue Nile (9:00PM)

Playing where he knows best.

 

2011 Push-Pin Show

Homespace Gallery (4:00PM-8:00PM)

Non-chalant photo exhibiting. On view until Nov. 5.

 

FestiGals

Hotel Monteleone (All Day)

A nonprofit, weekend festival created By Women, For Women (BWFW), dedicated to celebrating all things femme!

 

Big Easy Roller Girl Tryouts

West Bank Skate Country (8:00AM-10:00AM)

Try out for BERG's 7th season! $10.

 

Silence the Violence Fashion Show and Concert

Washington Square Park (12:00PM)

'American Idol' esque competition, w guest performers, food, drinks and more.

 

Potluck!

Allways Lounge (7:00 PM)

New works by local writers, over covered dishes to pass

 

God of Carnage

Southern Rep (8:00 PM)

Yasmina Reza's play brings sandbox wars to the parental level

 

In the Blood

Lower Depths Theatre – Loyola U (8:00 PM)

Scarlet Letter, modernized

 

Ritual Murder

Ashe Cultural Arts Center(8:00 PM)

Black-on-black violence, explored

 

Burlesque Ballroom with Trixie Minx

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St. (11:30 pm)

Weekly free show featuring a rotating cast of burlesque dancers and live

musicians.

 

 

Burlesque Exposed

Scott Edwards Photography Studio and Gallery (12:00 PM)

Gallery exhibit featuring featuring the work of local photographers.

Through October.

 

Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale

Latter Library Carriage House (10:00AM-2:00PM)

Weekly Sat Gig- bi-weekly sale on St. Charles.

 

Weswego Farmers & Fisheries Market

484 Sala Ave (8:30AM-12:30PM)

Weekly Sat Gig- produce, baked goods, pony rides (!) seafood, live tunes, and more.

 

Sankofa Farmers Market

5500 St Claude (10:00AM-2:00PM)

Weekly Sat Gig- rain or shine: local produce and seafood on the old Good Children strip.

VENDREDI

Gretna Fest

Downtown Gretna (4:00PM)

They don't come to us, so we'll go to them! Galactic, New Orleans Bingo Show!, and more perform.

 

Ron White

Mahalia Jackson (8:00PM)

The Moral Compass Tour 2011 brings Blue Collar Comedy to New Orleans at a White Collar price ($49.75 & $75).

 

10 Years, 47 Artists

Tulane University (5:30PM-7:30PM)

The Carroll Gallery holds this opening reception retrospective, celebrating 10 years of the Studio in the Woods and all the past Artists in Residence.

 

North Mississippi All-Stars

Louisiana Music Factory (4:00PM)

NMAS plays with Alvin Youngblood, Harts, & Muscle Theory.

 

Lafayette Square Conservancy Anniversary Celebration

Lafayette Square (4:00PM)

Celebrate five years of the LSC.

Meet the Filmmaker: Ken Burns

National WWII Museum (1:00PM-3:00PM)

Burns signs his DVD/book compilation The War.

 

Aurora Nealand

Three Muses (6:30PM)

Nodef music playlister hits Frenchmen with her Royal Roses.

 

Soul Track Mind

Hi-Ho Lounge (10:00PM-1:00AM)

These Austiners play with NOLA locals Nasimiyu & The Many Moons and  Magnetic Ear.

 

"Following The Light Of The Sun, We Left The Old World" – Margot Walsh Solo Show

Parse Gallery (6:00PM-10:00PM)

New work of various mediums that focus on 'space, adventure, and infinite possibilities'.

 

WATIV

Big Top (9:30PM)

NOLA Keyboardist made debut album after serving four years in Iraq. Come hear a live performance at the circus.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

NOMA Sculpture Garden (7:00 PM)

Shakesperean comedy amid the oaks, back by popular demand!

 

God of Carnage

Southern Rep (8:00 PM)

Yasmina Reza's play brings sandbox wars to the parental level

 

In the Blood

Lower Depths Theatre – Loyola U (8:00 PM)

Scarlet Letter, modernized

 

Ritual Murder

Ashe Cultural Arts Center(8:00 PM)

Black-on-black violence, explored

Marketplace at Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park (3:00PM-6:00PM)

Weekly Fri Gig- Take advantage of activity at Armstrong.

 

Where Y'art

NOMA (5:30PM-8:00PM)

Weekly Fri Gig- music, film, live performance, and more for you and the fam.

 

Burrito Juke Joint

915 N. Dupre (6:00PM-12:00AM)

Weekly Fri Gig- Yard livin'- drink, spirits, people, food truck vibe from a Mid-City tribe.

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse (11:50PM)

Weekly Fri Gig- Get your Trixie Minx!

 

Free Food Funk n Crunk Friday feat. DJ Justin

Handsome Willy's (5:00PM)

Weekly Fri Gig- outdoor bites and beats.

 

DJ Montegut

Yuki (10:00PM)

Weekly Fri Gig- A break from Frenchmen (on Frenchmen).

 

Throwback Fridays

Republic (10:00PM)

Weekly Fri Gig- Dance through the decades. 

JEUDI

Harold Battiste Jr

Galvez Solarium (6:30PM)

The New Orléans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project holds a Gala to celebrate the recipient of The Second Toni Cade Bambara Award for Cultural Leadership. Music, film, poetry, and Spanish cuisine provided.

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum (6:00PM-8:00PM)

This week features the Kora Konnection.

 

Vicente Archer

The Rat (7:00PM-9:00PM)

Free concert as part of the 'Jazz at The Rat' series held in Der Rathskeller (a.k.a. “The Rat”) in the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane.

 

Yvonne Perret

Maple Street Book Shop (6:00PM)

Author reads/discusses Yat Wit: Chicken Gumbo for the New Orleans Soul.

 

 

Save Our Souls

The Republic, 524 St. Peters (6:30pm)

A benefit screening of the burlesque documentary by Mike Sanchez

 

Burlesque Exposed

Scott Edwards Photography Studio and Gallery (12:00 PM)

Gallery exhibit featuring featuring the work of local photographers.

Through October.

 

Catharine Savage Brosman

Octavia Books (6:00PM)

Poet reads from Under the Pergola.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

NOMA Sculpture Garden (7:00 PM)

Shakesperean comedy amid the oaks, back by popular demand!

 

 

God of Carnage

Southern Rep (8:00 PM)

Yasmina Reza's play brings sandbox wars to the parental level

 

In the Blood

Lower Depths Theatre – Loyola U (8:00 PM)

Scarlet Letter, modernized

 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Hi-Ho Lounge (9:00 PM)

Weekly Thurs Gig- Brass mainstays bring the second line inside.

 

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Les Bon Temps Roule (11:00 PM)

Weekly Thurs Gig- Who dat call da police?

 

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers

Vaughn's (8:30 PM)

Weekly Thurs Gig- Move ya feet, eat ya meat.

 

Alex McMurray 

Saturn Bar (9:00PM)

Weekly Thurs Gig- McMurray storms St. Claude.

 

Tom McDermott

Three Muses (4:30PM)

Happy hour with Tom McD; leave the office early…if there's an office in the first place.

 

 

Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand

Buffa's (8:00PM)

Weekly Thurs Gig- A dynamic pairing for the smoke free backend.

MERCREDI

Taylor Swift

N.O. Arena (7:00PM)

Go, don't be 'Mean'.

 

Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, and Washboard Chaz

d.b.a (7:00PM)

Nodef Music Playlisters Unite.

 

Jerome LeDoux

New Orleans Healing Center (5:00PM)

Author signs War of the Pews: A Personal Account of St. Augustine Church in New Orleans.

 

Ann McCutchan

Maple Street Book Shop (6:00PM)

Author discusses River Music: An Atchafalaya Story.

 

 

The Eiffel Gets Rocked! A night of Rock and Roll Burlesque

The Eiffel Society (8:00 PM)

Rocking burlesque to a live band, with meet and greet to follow.

 

 

To Catch a Thief

Prytania (12:00PM)

Cary Grant/Grace Kelly/Hitchcock's romantic mystery from 1955. See it for the first or 55th time.

 

Harvest the Music

Lafayette Square (5:00PM)

This Week: Irma Thomas and The Professionals, and Soul Project.

 

 

The Weir

Deutches Haus (7:30 PM)

An Irish bar, ghost stories and a night of compelling theatre

 

Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale

Latter Library Carriage House (10:00AM-2:00PM)

Weekly Wed Gig- bi-weekly sale on St. Charles.

 

Weswego Farmers & Fisheries Market

484 Sala Ave (8:00AM-2:00PM)

Weekly Wed Gig- produce, baked goods, pony rides (!) seafood, live tunes, and more.

 

Tom McDermott and Meschiya Lake

Chickie Wah Wah (8:00PM)

Weekly Wed Gig-Smoke free in Mid-City.

 

Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses 

Mimi's (10:00PM)

Weekly Wed Gig- Upstairs.

 

Busker's Ballroom

Hi-Ho Lounge (8:00PM)

Weekly Wed Gig- from the street to the stage. Midnight Snax throwdown follows at 10pm.

 

Tin Men

dba (7:00 PM)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.

 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9:00 PM)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see Uncle Li.

 

MARDI

Tipitinas (8:00PM)

The L'eid Back Tour brings Hawaiian reggae/rock/chill to Tips, featuring Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Through the Roots; $12.\

 

 

One Eyed Jacks (9:00PM)

Soul Sister presents American Modern Funk singer, DJ and producer Damon/Dam-Funk; $15.

 

 

Mahalia Jackson (8:00PM)

Irish Indie Rock; $30-$35.

 

Loyola University (6:00PM-9:00PM)

Head to Miller Hall 114 to hear Shamere McKenzie, a survivor of sex-trafficking, share stories about her life, the misrepresentation of prostitution, and the injustices in the justice system.

 

House of Blues (8:00PM)

This 'Bad Man' performs alongside Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz & the Senseis, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O'Connell, and Da$h.

 

Longue Vue House and Gardens (1:30PM-3:30PM)

Local NPR Foodie talks LA grub; Admission $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

 

Tulane University (7:00PM)

Dixon Hall hosts this First Year Reading Project presented lecture led by the executive director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Bioethics Institute, on the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".

 

 

The Weir

Deutches Haus (7:30 PM)

An Irish bar, ghost stories and a night of compelling theatre

 

 

Maple Leaf Bar (10:00 PM)

3 sets by the best band in the land.

 

New Orleans Cotton Mouth Kings

d.b.a (9:00PM)

Weekly Tues. Gig- NOCMK at d.b.a.

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway St Market (9:00AM-1:00PM)

Weekly Tues Gig- hola Green Plate specials.

 

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

Spotted Cat (10:00PM)

Weekly Tues Gig- Celebrity Mixtape and Frenchmen st alumn.

 

Euclid Records Trivia Night

Hi-Ho Lounge (8:00PM)

Weekly Tues Gig- Chartres heads to St Claude to test your music trivia chops.

 

NOLA Community Printshop's Screenprint Open Shop

Nowe Miasto (6:00PM-10:00PM)

Weekly Tues. Gig- drop in night! Bring a Black & White (high contrast) transparency or photocopy.

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Events

LUNDI

Tune-Yards

Domino Sound Record Shop (12:00PM)

Post OEJ lunch time show, free!

 

The Weir

Deutches Haus (7:30 PM)

An Irish bar, ghost stories and a night of compelling theatre

 

Jim Fitzmorris' Play Writing Workshop

3540 Toulouse (7:00PM-8:30PM)

A pen, some paper, Fitzmorris, priceless…aka $10.

 

Blue Grass Pickin' Party

Hi-Ho Lounge (8:00 PM)

Weekly Mon Gig- Red Beans and nice!

 

Glen David Andrews

dba (10:00 PM)

Weekly Mon Gig- GDA lights up DBA.

 

King James & the Special Men

BJ's Lounge (10:00PM)

Weekly Mon Gig- Burgundy in the Bywater for that downtown rhythm and blues.

 

Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor (8:00PM, 10:00PM)

Weekly Mon Gig- like clockwork.

 

Jazz Vipers

Spotted Cat (10:00PM)

Weekly Mon Gig- JV holdin' it down.

Broussard’s Fills Orleans Oktoberfest Vacuum

In the old days at Broussard's, waiters would rally around the statue of Le Petit Corporal and sing the French national anthem anytime someone ordered a Brandy Napoleon. These days, the restaurant is owned by Germans, so it's only natural that the special celebrations would veer toward schnitzel. On Saturday, the French Quarter old-line restaurant will ring in Fall with an Oktoberfest celebration in their courtyard. In its second year, the grand dame's all-day party puts its right foot in this year. The demolition of the Deutches Haus HQ has forced the grandaddy of N.O. Oktoberfest celebrations to move to Kenner. 

 

From 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Broussard's will have St. Pauli Girl and Beck's on tap, along with American-brewed autumnal offierings like Abita Fall Fest, Brooklyn Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams Octoberfest and Saint Arnold Oktoberfest. Two German bands will up the oompa ante, and, we can only hope, lead a few Chicken Dances.

 

"The restaurant owners are German," she said, speaking of chef-owner Gunter Preuss and his family, who bought the restaurant from the Broussards in 1984. "They just wanted to celebrate their German heritage."

 

Though not as talked about as the French, a large influx of Germans came to New Orleans beginning in the early 1840s.

 

The restaurant's kitchen has planned a kraut-heavy menu for the occasion that includes standbys like bratwurst, pork shank and apple streudel. Eres was sure to remind us that there will also be a costume contest, so make sure to dust off the leiderhosen.

 

Just like they did it at Deutches Haus, admission is $10, and food and drink tickets will be available for purchase.

Archbishop Phillip Hannan Passes

Former New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan, a widely-loved New Orleans religious figure and eulogizer of Kennedys, passed overnight. Between eulogizing JFK and RFK on national TV and bringing the pope to New Orleans in the 80s, Hannan was no stranger to outsized public events. A paratrooper in World War II, he was known as "The Jumping Padre." But his greatest leap was perhaps his work for the poor. Appalled by the conditions of public housing projects on his arrival, he teamed with the feds to build a vast network of social serices that included elderly housing, and a huge Catholic Charities chapter. Obits here, here and Saints statement here.