On Monday (3.3) night, Will Trufant stood in the doorway of his Marigny home wearing a pair of bright yellow rubber gloves. Behind him, a row of framed, vintage New Orleans art lined the hallway floor. Momus 1917. Jazz Fest 1980. An aroma akin to a campfire wafted through the building. “This is what we were able to salvage from my Grandfather’s office. I’m trying to scrub off the smoke and chemicals.”
For the next few months, NOLA will be blanketed with (even more) music lovers. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) may be a museum, but they will not be left out. Today, the French Quarter institution released the schedule for the eighth annual Concerts in the Courtyard series. The monthly series will get started with the Lost Bayou Ramblers on March 13.
The New Orleans Police Department apparently has higher standards than the voters of Louisiana. Despite a local, time honored tradition of turning the other cheek to politicians and prostitutes, the NOPD has suspended one of their own for allegedly soliciting sex for pay.
Even after festival season ends, New Orleans is poised to continue pulling big name touring acts. Today, My Morning Jacket announced a July 31 gig at Champions Square. The show is part of an extensive tour of North America and Europe to promote their upcoming release The Waterfall.
Photos by Max Rasche
After five years and two attempts, New Orleans finally has a public (and legal) skate park. On Saturday (2.28), Mayor Mitch officially opened Parisite, the newest city park under the I-610 overpass at the intersection of Pleasure Street and Paris Street. The ramps and pipes seem simple enough, but they mark the culmination of massive design, building, fundraising, and lobbying effort by a coalition of artists, skateboarders, and designers.
An 8 year old girl and her 25 year old mother are dead and a 39 year old woman is in the hospital after another shooting in the East. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating the gruesome Tuesday (3.03) morning triple shooting.
Today’s events include a little exercise for the grey matter. Jasmine Ward is reading uptown. Downtown, a satire about race is screening. On Frenchmen, a true bluesman is sharing his unique sound. On this day in 1995, LSU mascot Mike IV was put down after 20 years and 9 months, 14 of which were spent representing Louisiana State University. Now, more to do on this sunny Tuesday.
Indie music and indie film have emerged as powerhouses in NOLA since the Federal Flood. Now, Indy Racing is trying to join the clique. Today (3.2), organizers of the inaugural 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana released a packed schedule of racing set for April 10-12.
By Nathan Martin, Room 220
Lorrie Moore kicks of a strong week of literary events in New Orleans with a reading at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 2, in the Lavin-Bernick Student Center on Tulane University’s campus. Moore is the author of five collections of short stories and two novels. Her most recent collection, Bark, was nominated for the 2014 Story Prize. Her novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received numerous honors for her work. Author Zachary Lazar will moderate a Q&A after her reading. Read the Paris Review interview with Moore.
Cyclists in NOLA have been decrying unsafe conditions for several years. Now, another wreck has claimed the life of another cyclist. On Monday (2.2) morning a bicyclist in Mid City was killed near the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway.
Compiled by Michael Martin
Theatre season is heating up. The next couple of weeks feature no less than 12 different new works opening. Anthony Bean Community Theater is taking on Shakespeare for the the first time. Cabaret abounds across town. A D&D inspired play continues its run. For full theatre listings, click on through.