Jazz Fest Releases Music Schedule ‘Cubes,’ Celebrates Cuban Programming 2017 | Offbeat

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival revealed the music schedule—colloquially known as the “cubes”—for this year’s event during a press conference at the Fair Grounds Race Course this morning. You can now download the full schedule or check it out below.


Jazz Fest also announced details for its “Cuba Comes to Jazz Fest” programming, which it has billed as the largest celebration of Cuban culture in the United States since the 1950s. The festival has invited over 150 Cuban artists to perform at the Fair Grounds, with many of them of them coming to America for the first time for the event.

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2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule on mardigras.com


Find the schedule, changes and updates to the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule on mardigras.com.

From Wikipedia: The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year. The earliest-established krewes were the Mistick Krewe of Comus, the earliest, Rex, the Knights of Momusand the Krewe of Proteus. Several modern "super krewes" are well known for holding large parades and events, such as the Krewe of Endymion (which is best known for naming celebrities as grand marshals for their parades), the Krewe of Bacchus(similarly known for naming celebrities as their Kings), as well as the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club—a predominantly African American krewe. Float riders traditionally toss throws into the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic "throw cups", Moon Pies, and small inexpensive toys. Major krewes follow the same parade schedule and route each year.  While many tourists center their Carnival season activities on Bourbon Street and in New Orleans and Dauphin, major parades originate in the Uptown and Mid-City districts and follow a route along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, on the upriver side of the French Quarter. Mardi Gras day traditionally concludes with the "Meeting of the Courts" between Rex and Comus. 



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Low-income residents being ousted from New Orleans' American Can Co. affordable-housing complex | The Advocate


The Orleans Avenue complex, got generous public financing in exchange for setting aside some units for low-and moderate-income residents.   But with the complex's affordable-housing agreement set to expire in January, dozens of residents have been told to clear out — presumably to make way for higher-end tenants paying much higher rents. For many of those residents, who are largely on fixed incomes, disabled or elderly and who include a 95-year-old woman, it’s not clear where they will go.




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The Deepwater Horizon aftermath

Surface burning of oil slicks during the Deepwater Horizon event.
Credit: David Valentine

Researchers have analyzed 125 compounds from oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico to determine their longevity at different contamination.

The scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 major petroleum hydrocarbons -- compounds from the oil that settled to the deep ocean floor when DWH's Macondo well discharged 160 million gallons. Through that analysis, the team found that a number of factors influence how long the impact of such an oil spill lasts. Their results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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TV meteorologist Chris Franklin returning to New Orleans airwaves | NOLA.com

Local meteorologist Chris Franklin is returning to the New Orleans airwaves -- on WWL. After working primarily on the morning show at WVUE, Franklin's new posting will see him working for WWL in a part-time, fill-in capacity, mostly on weekends.


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New Jail, New Problems in New Orleans | ABC News

The Latest on a federal court hearing on whether control of the troubled New Orleans jail should be taken from a local elected sheriff and placed in the hands of an independent third party.


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New Orleans’ Mid-City library plans move to Canal Street building this fall | Advocate

The New Orleans Public Library’s Mid-City branch is finally getting a new home after months of operating under a short-term lease at its site on Orleans Avenue.

The library will move by the fall to the former Automotive Life Insurance Co. building at 4140 Canal St., just off Carrollton Avenue, library Director Charles Brown said in a memo this week to staff and city officials.


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Louisiana governor signs 'Blue Lives Matter' bill | NY Daily News

Louisiana’s governor has signed first-of-its-kind legislation placing crimes against law enforcement on par with those against minorities.

Gov. John Bel Edwards made the bill law in the Pelican State on Thursday, with firefighters and EMS officers also given the new legal hate-crime protections.



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50 mind-blowing bars and New Orleans' music scene are focus of new travel books | Chicago Tribune


To say that music is everywhere in New Orleans is to state the obvious, but it still bears repeating. Indeed, author Michael Murphy reports there are more than 100 live-music venues in the Crescent City. He also notes that you can hear live music at a jazz brunch, in hotel lobbies, on dinner cruises and even in bowling alleys. Of course, music is heard in the city's many clubs, bars, dance halls and juke joints.

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