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    Second line Sunday: Bayou Steppers Parade for Peace

    Bayou Steppers Parade for Peace

    Sunday, May 29, 2016 4-6pm

    (Parade route details below)

    "Mid-City Parade for Peace"

    Youth Empowerment & Awareness March for Victims of Tragic Lost & Violence In Our City

    Wear white in honor of the lives lost to violence in the city of New Orleans

    START: The Lafitte Greenway at Bayou St. John.?

    Review: Presenting Princess Shaw

    There?s nothing like a Cinderella story unfolding in your own backyard. Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar?s documentary Presenting Princess Shaw tells the unlikely tale of New Orleans-based YouTube sensation Samantha Montgomery (who goes by the name Princess Shaw), a talented singer/songwriter who was plucked from obscurity by musician, producer and digital collage specialist Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman.?

    Out now: new releases from Leyla McCalla, Casual Burn, de lune deluge and more

    Here's a look at seven recent and upcoming releases from New Orleans artists:

    Leyla McCalla
    A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi)
    The multi-instrumentalist and former Carolina Chocolate Drop follows her impressive debut, the Langston Hughes-inspired Haitian folk and jazz on 2014's Vari-Colored Songs, with a self-portrait of an album pulling from Haitian roots and an American palette. The album was recorded at Dockside Studios with fellow Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens, guitarist Marc Ribot, Lost Bayou Ramblers' Louis Michout and bandmate/husband Daniel Tremblay and Jason Jurzak. ?

    Chuck Palahniuk to sign Fight Club 2 at Garden District Book Shop July 11
    One-time literary enfant terrible Chuck Palahniuk, best-known for his anti-consumerist, pro-chaos novel Fight Club, will appear at the Garden District Book Shop to sign copies of his new graphic novel Fight Club 2.

    Palahniuk will also sign up to two books or other pieces of memorabilia for fans and pose for photos, though he won't deliver a formal talk or reading, according to a press release. (This may be a blessing in disguise for fans?Palahniuk has told press that people have a tendency to faint during readings of some of his more disturbing material.) 

    Admission tickets ($32.50) are required for the event.?

    New Orleans opening of The Lobster postponed to next Friday

    Originally scheduled for today, May 27, the opening of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' satire The Lobster has been postponed to next Friday, June 3. The film will screen at both the Elmwood Palace and Canal Place theaters.?

    Audubon Zoo announces outdoor summer movie lineup

    "Dinner and a ZOOvie" returns to the Audubon Zoo starting June 10 for weekly outdoor screenings of family friendly films beginning at 8 p.m on the Capital One stage. Picnic dinners, chairs and blankets are encouraged but no glass containers, open candles or pets will be allowed.?

    Fair Trade clothing line Passion Lilie opens in Bywater
    Passion Lilie (3207 Burgundy St., 504-408-1279), a Fair Trade, eco-friendly women's clothing and accessory line designed in New Orleans by owner Katie Schmidt, celebrated the grand opening of its Bywater storefront this month. It replaces Bon Castor, a gift shop which occupied the retail space from 2012 through spring 2016. 

    Prior to opening the storefront, Schmidt sold her eco-friendly cotton garments at art markets, festivals and more than 50 stores throughout the U.S. "We had a small workshop in the back of a store but needed more room for design and inventory space," Schmidt says.?

    A benefit for musician and 'total badass' Leigh 'Little Queenie' Harris

    Guardian. Second mother.?

    Louisiana's hate crime law, which already includes police, now includes police. Again.
    The first-ever "Blue Lives Matter" bill just became law. Louisiana was the first state to push and successfully sign into law a measure adding first responders (police officers, EMS and firefighters) as a protected class under the state's hate crime law. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the measure from state Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, today.

    The state's hate crime laws strengthen penalties for criminal offenses targeting a person or group's "actual or perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property or because of actual or perceived membership or service in, or employment with, an organization."?

    More love for Shaya and Cane & Table from national magazines
    Chef Alon Shaya's namesake restaurant is on a roll. The restaurant was named Best New Restaurant in America at the James Beard Foundation awards in May, and Shaya was named Best Chef: South by the group in 2015.?

    Attorney General Jeff Landry vs. Gov. John Bel Edwards on LGBT discrimination, transgender issues

    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, squaring against Gov. John Bel Edwards once again, says the state doesn't have to comply with an executive order protecting LGBT state workers and contractors from discrimination. Landry filed his opinion the same day the Louisiana Senate failed to pass LGBT nondiscrimination laws in the workplace ? by a vote of a mere 8 yeas to 25 nays.

    Edwards' order, the first statewide measure protecting transgender people in the state, prohibits discrimination on the "basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age," and extends that protection in services provided by state agencies.

    Landry's opinion says "there is no constitutional or statutory provision in Louisiana banning discrimination on the basis of 'gender identity'" and that Edwards has overstepped his constitutional authority "by attempting to create new legislation in violation of the separation of powers."
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    Mid-City Library to move to historic Automotive Life Insurance Building

    The Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), which narrowly averted eviction from its home at the American Can building last year, will move to the two-story Automotive Life Insurance Building at 4140 Canal Street, City Librarian Charles M. Brown announced today in a memo to staff and city officials.

    The modernist building, which features a marble-and-glass facade and terrazzo flooring, was designed by Curtis & Davis Architects (who went on to design the New Orleans Rivergate) and opened in 1963, It was designated a city historic landmark by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission in 2010. The two-story building features 9,259 square feet of space on a 23,000-square-foot lot.

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    A public defense crisis in Louisiana: 33 of 42 public defenders' offices restricting client services due to funding shortfalls

    Early last year, Louisiana prosecutors accused and a grand jury indicted local resident Darrian Franklin of second-degree murder after 35-year-old Trenton Gary was shot five times and left to die on the side of Behrman Highway.

    In the coming months, Franklin may be released from Orleans Parish Prison. But it?s not because a jury has found him to be innocent of the crime.?

    Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    Despite opening on Broadway more than 50 years ago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, currently running at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, is hilariously entertaining. The timeless plot is based on comedies penned by the Roman playwright Plautus 2,000 years ago, which proves that dynamics among young lovers, old fools, egotistical leaders and cunning underlings never really change.

    Forum won six Tony Awards and is considered one of the most successful musical comedies of all time.?

    Dinosaur Jr. announces new album, tour with show in New Orleans
    Nearly 10 years after its original lineup's reunion, drowsy guitar warlocks Dinosaur Jr. ? J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph ? announced a fourth post-reunion LP, Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not, due out Aug. 5 on Jagjaguwar, along with a lengthy world tour. The band plays Tipitina's on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Elmwood Theater presents KISS Rocks Vegas Wednesday night

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    Brewsday Tuesday: Crying Eagle becomes Louisiana's 25th brewery
    Crying Eagle Brewing Company (1165 E. McNeese St., www.cryingeagle.com) in Lake Charles received its state license to brew beer, making it the state?s 25th brewery.

    Brewmaster Bill Mungai is brewing Crying Eagle?s initial offerings on the 30-barrel brewhouse: Calcasieu Common, a steam beer; The Chuck, an American cream ale; and Ready to Mingle, a Belgian-style single. These flagship beers will be available on draft and in cans, with distribution by Crescent Crown.

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    Y@ Speak: "satire"
    Last week delivered us a crash course in nonapologies, from state Rep. Kenneth "It Was Satire" Havard's unapologetic sexism to Bayou Boogaloo's Fence-pot Dome Scandal (can we start that instead of adding "gate" to any minor controversy). Also this week: ... what if termites adapted to eat people?

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    ArtSpot Productions celebrates its 20th anniversary
    The theater company presents Remembering: A Celebration of 20 Years of ArtSpot Productions ArtSpot Productions previewed former ensemble member and longtime collaborator Jeff Becker's Sea of Common Catastrophe at the company's shared home, Catapult, in the Bywater in early May. The back end of the warehouse space was configured to feature a dock with video projections of fish and turtles swimming underneath. The space also featured a trendy small plates restaurant and a representation of an increasingly crowded New Orleans neighborhood in an abstract piece contemplating social and environmental changes.?

    Food & Drink Events (May 23-30, 2016)
    May 26-29New Orleans Wine & Food ExperienceThursday-SundayVarious locationswww.nowfe.comThe New Orleans Wine & Food Experience includes wine dinners at local restaurants, the Royal Street Stroll with wine tastings at art and antique galleries, a grand tasting of food from local restaurants and wines from around the world at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday, a pastry contest, seminars and more. Visit the website for tickets and information.?

    Live comedy in New Orleans this week (May 23-30, 2016)
    KARATEFIGHTSun. May 29 | New Orleans comedy's force of nature Massive Fraud resumes its monthly filmed sketch and stand-up series, with hosts Joe Cardosi and Vincent Zambon screening sketch videos (many making their debut) from national comedy groups and emceeing live stand-up from Cyrus Cooper, Lauren Bencaz and Ted Orphan.?

    Festivals in New Orleans this week (May 23-30, 2016)
    New Orleans Greek FestivalFri.-Sun. May 27-29 | The festival features traditional music and dancing, an Athenian playground with a climbing wall, canoeing on Bayou St. John, a bounce house, performances by the Hellenic College Holy Cross Seminarian Chanters, Greek food, a market and more.?

    Live music in New Orleans this week (May 23-30, 2016)
    Chris CohenThu. May 26 | A supporting musician for Deerhoof, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen has recorded two lesser-known albums under his own name: 2012's Overgrown Path and the current As If Apart (Captured Tracks), a subtle psych-out in the vein of a sleep-deprived Stereolab.?

    Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
    Sweet Home New Orleans awarded $15,000 to the Roots of Music and $57,000 to the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans. Sweet Home was founded in 2006 to help resettle New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina and shuttered in 2013.?

    Showing their butts
    Forget about the potential Supreme Court nominees that Donald Trump served up last week to deflect The New York Times expose of his history of objectifying women. It's time for The Donald to play the ultimate, well, trump card and name his running mate.?