A range of visual and musical artists will perform in free events today (Friday, Feb. 21), Saturday and Sunday as part of the Tulane Black Arts Festival.
Voting is one of the most treasured rights of every American. But it is amazing how many people either never register or find some excuse not to vote. Then of course there is the perceived voter fatigue caused by having too frequent elections, failure to educate oneself on the issues, or being too lazy to physically go to the polls.
With early voting set to begin March 1, political eyes will be watching to see what impact voter apathy – due in part to our love of all things Mardi Gras – will have on voter turnout for the March 15 runoff elections for Council At Large, Council C, Sheriff and Coroner. In the primary election held on February 1, approximately 12,000 voters cast their votes early and a much smaller number voted by mail.
Comments in The New York Times by a Loyola University economics professor defending the right of businesses to refuse service to black customers — such as the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counters that became an icon of the fight against segregation in the 1960s — have sparked an academic controversy that drew a rebuttal from the university president. Weeks later, the topic continues to dominate the pages of the student-run newspaper, The Maroon.
The public is invited to listen to thought-provoking expert panelists discuss environmental hot topics such as the Orleans Parish Levee Board lawsuits, the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” and the state’s “cancer alley” at the 19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21-22), in Tulane Law School’s Weinmann Hall.
Prytania Bar brings you another year of post-parade debauchery. Click “Attending” for this Facebook event for a chance to win tickets for every show listed!
Learn about the healing powers of comedy improv to help make sick children in hospitals smile and laugh with local non-profit, Funny Bones Improv. Participant applications for the Ha!Spital specialist training sessions that will teach you how to bring joy to kids and families during difficult times are due Friday (Feb. 21).
The Faubourg Livaudais Neighborhood Association will host City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and other city officials reporting on the fight against blight and fire safety at their February monthly meeting Thursday evening.
The Orleans Parish Education Network is hosting an informational session with a state Department of Education official Thursday at Xavier University about changes planned for Louisiana high-school diplomas.
Supporters of a greener Mardi Gras with throws that benefit the New Orleans economy are holding the “Throw Me Something Local: A Green Mardi Gras Ball” fundraiser on Thursday at NOLA Brewery.
Bon to the jour, 2014 Carnival people! You may or may not know that the powers that be — read, your New Orleans City Council — have seen it in their infinite wisdom to make this Mardi Gras season one of change. “How so?” you may ask. That is, if you missed all the fuss last month? Before we roll through my standard top 20 we publish annually, in short here are the new rules and ordinances, with a few editorial embellishments:
Need help with your taxes and don’t know where to start?
The Loyola University College of Law is offering to assist people with low to moderate income in their tax preparation for free, now through April 10.
As the Spanish-American Church heads back to the New Orleans City Council this week for another request to tear down their decaying building on Sophie Wright Place, neighbors and members of the Coliseum Square Association hope the stalemate over the building will lead to stronger enforcement of blight laws against neglectful nonprofits.
As the celebrities and athletes who came to town to party during the NBA All-Star Weekend board planes heading back to their posh lives — after they Instagram images of themselves looking fabulous and doing fabulous things like eating beignets and shooting hoops with underprivileged youth — New Orleans remains as bloody as ever.
A panel of experts will discuss violations of human rights and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Wednesday evening at Loyola University.
You now have more time to get your sing-along on! Dat Dog has moved the Jingle Contest Entry deadline from March 10th to April 14th.
Also, make the carnival season delicious with Parade Packs from us. Don’t show up empty handed at your favorite Mardi Gras parade party; call Dat Dog on Magazine at 504.324.2226 or Freret at 504.899.6883, and be the most popular guest on the route.
The Jefferson City Buzzards, an all-male Mardi Gras krewe, took the streets of Uptown Sunday afternoon in their finest women’s apparel for their annual practice parade. On Mardi Gras Day, the Buzzards march on St. Charles Ave. in between Zulu and Rex.
A 31-year-old man killed by a New Orleans police officer Sunday morning in Hollygrove was hit by four bullets — two on the arm, one on the ankle and one on his torso — and only the shot to the torso was considered a life-threatening injury, according to coroner’s findings released by the NOPD.
The past twenty years have seen the popularization of a relatively new word: Disneyfication. The Wikipedia article on Disneyfication defines it as “a term which describes the transformation of something, usually society at large, to resemble The Walt Disney Company’s theme parks.”
Many people, including me, have linked this concept to policies coming from New Orleans City Hall.
Those of you who went to see the Krewe du Vieux parade Saturday evening were greeted by a float emblazoned: “Dizneylandrieu.” Beneath a caricature of Mitch Landrieu as Mickey Mouse, Krewe members dubbed “Mitchkateers” distributed maps of “mayor-approved adventure[s] in the Gentrified Kingdom.”