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5 Reasons Not To Miss The Inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival In Days Between Jazz Fest

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first_imgThe inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival runs during the days between Jazz Fest, from April 25th through the 27th. The fest brings together all the elements of a perfect party: Awesome music, delicious food and plenty of refreshing beer. With music fans everywhere descending on New Orleans for beloved music festival, the city is gearing up to show the world why it’s known as one of the greatest places to party on the planet. While there’s no shortage of fun to be had during Jazz Fest itself, there is a three day lull in between weekends that cried out for a party, and those pleas were answered by the NOLA Crawfish Festival. Situated in the “Daze Between,” the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when Jazz Fest is resetting itself, the NOLA Crawfish Festival is giving local fans and visitors to the Crescent City alike a way to let the good times keep rolling.Here’s the top five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime combination of authentic New Orleans tunes, food, friends and fun.1. The MusicThe musical legacy of New Orleans will be on display for all three days of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, with appearances by local legends like The Meters George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk‘s Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, The Radiators’ David Malone, Papa Mali, Papa Gros and many more in a series of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Gathering so many gifted improvisers together and turning them loose guarantees that, wherever the music flows, the players will be ready for whatever they throw at each other. There are also a few of Nawlins stalwart bands on the bill, including Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Honey Island Swamp Band, Colin Lake, Mike Zito & The Wheel, and Johnny Sansone who will be delivering sets of home grown funk to the lucky attendees.  2. The FoodThe NOLA Crawfish King himself, Chris “Shaggy” Davis, will be on hand to feed the crowd with his world famous crawfish boil. No stranger to music events, Shaggy has earned a reputation as the “Go to” source for anyone who wants to bring the spirit of New Orleans to their shows across the country. Ever since a fortuitous accident brought him to the city decades ago, Shaggy has worked to unite the community through his lovingly prepared boil.  Using the freshest ingredients and an on-site boiler system, Shaggy will be overseeing the preparation of thousands of pounds of tasty crawfish and fixings for the crowd.  The best part?  The incredible feast is included in the ticket price, and you’ll find yourself bellying up to the buffet tables next to fellow fans and musicians alike.NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New Festival3. The BeerThanks to the NOLA Crawfish Festival host, the NOLA Brewery, there’s no worries about running out of tasty beverages to wash down all that scrumptious crawfish boil. The NOLA Brewery has earned a strong reputation for crafting a wide selection of year round offerings like ales, IPAs, stouts and special, seasonal concoctions that reflect the ingredients available during the different stages of the year. To help wash down all the wonderful food, there’s nothing better than an ice cold, hand crafted beer, and The NOLA Brewery is even crafting a special, limited edition signature brew to help wash down all the wonderful food that crowds will enjoy.4. The LocationThe city itself is more than just a backdrop for the NOLA Crawfish Festival; its laid back demeanor and round-the-clock celebration is the very ground on which the event is built. New Orleans is a hodgepodge of building styles that reflects the diverse heritage of its citizens. Countless homegrown legends have emerged from the Crescent City in nearly every genre, from funk to jazz to rock and beyond. And of course, there’s the city-wide commitment to gather together for practically any excuse to party at the drop of a hat! 5. The TimingThe saddest sounds you’ll ever hear in New Orleans during Jazz Fest are always the last notes of the night. The three days in-between the official event weekends usually leaves diehard music fans adrift during the daytime hours, with nothing to feed their cravings until the night-time shows.  With the arrival of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, those three days are a shining oasis of revelry.With all the wonderful reasons to attend, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend the days between Jazz Fest weekend than listening to some of the finest in New Orleans music, bellying up to tables laden with some of the best crawfish boil in the world, and  washing it down with a variety of locally made craft beers. With the addition of the NOLA Crawfish Festival to the Jazz Fest season, it’s possible to spend ten straight days going around the clock in a magical musical marathon. Join the fun and get your tickets while they last HERE.You can enter to win tickets below!last_img read more

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced as baccalaureate speaker

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first_imgU.S. Representative and Vice-Chair of the Black Congressional Caucus Karen Bass will deliver the keynote speech at commencement. Garcetti recently spoke at the Climate Forward: Navigating the Politics of Climate Change conference on April 4. The conference brought together leaders from across the world at USC to discuss climate policy and international cooperation, including former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Secretary of State John Kerry, climate change and policy solutions. The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. May 9 at Bovard Auditorium, followed by the baccalaureate dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Pardee Way. =Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed issues of local policy action and environmental concerns at the USC Climate Forward: Navigating the Politics of Climate Change on April 4. (Photo from Twitter) “I’m delighted that the mayor has accepted our invitation to address our graduating students and their families at baccalaureate,” Interim President Wanda Austin wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Mayor Garcetti is a champion of education and believes, like I do, that higher-ed plays an important and integral role in social and economic mobility.” Garcetti, a fourth-generation Angeleno, was elected as the 42nd mayor of L.A. in 2013. He is the city’s first Jewish mayor and the youngest elected mayor in history. Before his election to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001, Garcetti was a visiting instructor of international relations at USC and formerly served on the California board of the Human Rights Watch.center_img In December, Garcetti’s speech at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Bovard was interrupted by demonstrators who criticized the mayor’s policies on homelessness and policing. The protest was organized by groups like Democratic Socialists of America and the L.A. Community Action Network. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be  the keynote speaker for the 2019 baccalaureate ceremony for USC degree candidates and families, USC announced. According to USC News, over 18,700 degrees will be awarded this academic year during the commencement ceremony. The main ceremony will take place in Alumni Park and the various satellite locations across the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.  “We all look forward to hearing his words of inspiration and guidance, as we send our newest class of Trojans off to make their way in the world,” Austin wrote.last_img read more

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Stars Group investors back Flutter combination outright

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first_img Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services  July 8, 2020 Share StumbleUpon How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 Submit Gambling’s merger between Flutter Entertainment Plc and The Stars Group Inc (TSG) has cleared a further  hurdle, as this afternoon TSG shareholders approved terms forming a new $11 billion entity.Issuing a corporate filing, TSG governance confirmed that company investors had voted 99% in favour of completing the merger deal with Flutter.TSG’s merger approval follows Flutter’s shareholder vote on Tuesday, which saw investors of the FTSE100 betting group unanimously approve of the combination forming online gambling’s ‘outright leader across all market verticals’.Agreeing to an all-share combination, merger terms will see Flutter investors take a 55% majority shareholding in the new business, with TSG shareholders securing the remaining 45%.Securing UK and Australian regulatory hurdles during Q1 trading, Flutter and TSG are set to complete the merger ahead of the deal’s planned schedule, securing their intended merger approval during the first half of 2020.Deal focus will now shift towards the US and Pennsylvania courts to assess the business combination’s impact on the nascent US online wagering marketplace.Deal executives will move to form a new 14-man board led by Flutter Chairman Gary McGann, with TSG counterpart Divyesh Gadhia (TSG) assuming the role of Deputy ChairCity analysts await the publication of Flutter and TSG’s new combined merger prospectus, which will establish the short and long-term synergies of the combined entity as well as key business objectives. Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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Gerrit Cole ‘flattered’ by John Smoltz saying Astros rotation better than ’90s Braves: We have a ways to go

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first_img Chris Sale not optimistic umpire will be held accountable for missed calls: There’s nothing MLB is going to do Gerrit Cole was “flattered” by a comment from MLB legend John Smoltz, but wants to make sure the Astros don’t get ahead of themselves.Houston shocked the world Wednesday when it landed Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke in a trade in the waning moments of the deadline and Smoltz was one of the first men to congratulate Astros owner Jim Crane in a phone call, via MLB.com. “Man, you really did a great job of putting that together,” Smoltz told Crane.”Yeah, it looks like (John) Smoltz, (Tom) Glavine and (Greg) Maddux,” Crane replied. Related News “No, no, you guys are way better than we ever were,” Smoltz said.Astros owner Jim Crane said John Smoltz called him today to gush about his rotation: “Smoltz said ‘Man, you really did a great job of putting that together.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it looks like Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux.’ He said, ‘No, no, you guys are way better than we ever were.'”— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 2, 2019It’s a huge compliment coming from a man not only connected to one of the best rotations of all time, but also a guy who was in one of the most epic pitching matchups ever with Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.Smoltz had the best stuff in one of the best rotations ever, so for him to say Houston is better than that assortment of Hall of Famers (Smoltz-2015, Maddux-2014, Glavine-2014) is a heck of a statement.Again, Cole was absolutely flattered, but he was the first to pump the brakes on those comments.“Thank you, John, for that, but some of us have a little ways to go,” he said after Houston’s 9-0 win over the Mariners on Saturday. Cole upon hearing John Smoltz told Crane the Astros rotation is better than 1990s Braves: “Thank you, John, for that, but some of us have a little ways to go.” pic.twitter.com/ujwJIetBjN— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 4, 2019For what it’s worth, the Astros have four pitchers this season in the top 12 in ERA (Cole, Justin Verlander, Wade Miley, Greinke), three in the top five in WHIP (Cole, Verlander, Greinke) and four in the top 20 in WAR (Verlander, Cole, Greinke, Miley).Those are numbers tough to match for any rotation. The Braves came close though on multiple occasions and did it for a very long time. This Astros rotation as currently constructed could be over at the end of the year if the team doesn’t re-sign Cole and Miley.But for now, it has caught the attention of the best pitcher with the best stuff in one of the best rotations ever. That is something in and of itself.last_img read more

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Bits n Pieces Hockinson High thespians on board with The Bard

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first_imgWritten in a different time and in what is essentially another language, Shakespeare is often looked upon with a certain amount of dread by high school students.So Greg Saum, 38, a new teacher at Hockinson High School, is using a different method to make The Bard more accessible.He’s brought his theater group at the school into the Portland Playhouse Fall Festival of Shakespeare.“I’ve seen how accessible it makes Shakespeare and I’ve seen it grow us as a theater community,” Saum said.The program brings together students from seven schools in Portland and Clark County to work with professional actors and perform a selection of the 16th century poet’s plays.Saum first came across it as a teacher at Ridgefield High School, where he taught prior to moving to Hockinson. Ridgefield is also participating in this year’s program, as is Fort Vancouver High School.The schools started working together in September, and students will perform seven plays at the Fall Festival of Shakespeare at the Dolores Winningstad Theatre in Portland. Hockinson will perform “Comedy of Errors” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Fort Vancouver will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at noon on Sunday and Ridgefield will perform “Romeo and Juliet” at 2 p.m. on Saturday.Hannah Hofstede, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hockinson High School, said the language was a barrier when she first started working on her role as Dromio of Syracuse.last_img read more

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