Reminder: City to hold final open house for public transit redesign August 22 at Jazz and Heritage Museum

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On August 22, New Orleans officials will hold the eighth and final open house for the redesign of the New Links network to improve public transportation in the city and surrounding region.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Museum located at 1205 N. Rampart St.

The public meeting is organized by officials from the Regional Planning Commission (RPC), Regional Transit Authority, and the mayor’s Office of Transportation, some of whom will be in attendance.

New Links is a year-long project to study transit connectivity between Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes. RPC partnered with Jefferson Transit to conduct the study, which received support from New Orleans officials.

“Our job is to help people get to work, schools, health appointments, entertainment and more across the region,” RPC Director Roesel said in a prepared statement. “It’s the reason we’re encouraging the public to participate.”

Red Dress Run marks 25 years of drinking and running through the French Quarter

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The Red Dress Run is an event organized by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers (NOH3) on the second Saturday of August each year and thousands of men and women wearing red dresses will be running through the French Quarter on August 10 with drinks in hand.

Now in its 25th year, the purpose of the run is to raise money for local charities and nonprofits. The event is similar to Hash House Harrier events in other parts of the world, except this one is in New Orleans.

The Hash House Harriers is a worldwide social organization of people who get together for non-competitive runs and drink alcoholic beverages. Their slogan is “a drinking club with a running problem.” The term hasher refers to members of the social club.

Red Dress Run co-rganizer Bill Healy told WVUE’s Nancy Parker that the run originally began with 60 to 100 of the NOH3’s members in the first few years. Eventually, the club allowed non-members to join and let them register. All of the money for registration goes to charity, Healy said.

Now the event attracts thousands. Co-organizer Chris Vial told Parker that as many as 4,000 people could participate this year. In addition to the people who pay to register for the actual run, Vial estimated that as many as 15,000 people will just show up to the French Quarter wearing red or red dresses—meaning you don’t actually need to register to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s about that big every year,” Vial said. “We’ve grown exponentially each year in small increments. It’s New Orleans, it’s a big party.”

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Crescent Park and the run begins somewhere along North Peters Street at 10:30 a.m. The run itself is only a short distance, but the event lasts all day. Only those who register can participate in the run.

Registration is $65, which includes free beer, lunch, live bands, and a bib with a registration number. Parking costs $20 at 450 Mandeville St. for all day. For more information, visit neworleanshash.com.

GrandPre’s to host Stormy Daniels for LGBT Community Center benefit on August 1

Stormy Daniels at the 2010 Adult Entertainment Expo. Photo by flipchip | Wikimedia Commons

Porn star Stormy Daniels will visit GrandPre’s at 834 N. Rampart St. for a party on August 1 to help raise money for the New Orleans LGBT Community Center.

Titled “A MidSummer Night’s Cream,” the event will include an evening of “sparkly drink specials,” go-go dancers, and a “Most Fabulous Fairie” costume contest with prizes and $1,500 in cash. The contest will be judged by Daniels, Lewis St. Louis, and a surprise celebrity.

Additionally, there will be a silent auction, raffle, and Gentilly Snow will be serving food with a portion of the sales being donated to the LGBT Community Center.

Daniels—AKA Stephanie Clifford, a Baton Rouge native—was embroiled in a sex scandal involving President Donald Trump, who reportedly paid $130,000 via his personal (now imprisoned) attorney Michael Cohen in hush money before the 2016 presidential election to cover up an alleged affair with Daniels.

The benefit, which runs from 9 to 11 p.m., is organized by Daniels’ own Swamp Trash Events. Tickets range from $20 to $100 and can be purchased in advance at Big Daddy’s and GrandPre. There isn’t a fee to enter the costume contest but contestants must sign up before 10 p.m.

Satchmo Summerfest returns to the New Orleans Mint on August 2

Louis Armstrong in 1955 | Wikimedia Commons

Satchmo Summerfest, the festival honoring late New Orleans jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, returns to the old New Orleans Mint located at 400 Esplanade Ave. from August 2 to 4.

Now in its 19th year, the festival coincides with Armstrong’s birthday on August 4 and features a line-up of food, music, and special events throughout the French Quarter.

Armstrong (1901-1971) was born and raised in New Orleans and came to be one of the most influential musicians in the Jazz Age. He performed with music greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bing Crosby. Armstrong’s aptitude for the arts extended into acting, in which he occasionally starred in movies such as”Hello, Dolly!” with Barbara Streisand. The movie’s title song earned Armstrong a Grammy Award in 1964.

Armstrong earned the nickname of Satchmo, the origins of which are disputed.

The festival that bears his name started in 2000 and has become a summer mainstay. While the festival itself is located at This year, the festival begins August 1 with a kickoff party at the Omni Royal Hotel located at 621 St. Louis St. from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Price per guest is $65 or $110 for two guests if purchased together.

Three stages will hold live bands during the course of the festival.

Fidelity Bank Stage (located on Barracks Street)
August 2
Preservation Brass from 12 to 1:10 p.m.

Clive Willson’s New Orleans Serenaders from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m.

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m.

Cyril Neville with Omari Neville and The Fuel from 6 to 7:10 p.m.

Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

August 3
New Orleans Classic Big Band with Ricky Riccardi from 12 to 1:10 p.m.

Doyle Cooper Jazz Band from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m.

Treme Brass Band from 3 to 4:10 p.m.

Big Easy Brawlers from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m.

Robin Barnes and The Fiyabirds from 6 to 7:10 p.m.

Bill Summers and Jazalsa from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

August 4
The Garden of Joy from 12 to 1 p.m.

Steve Pistorius presents the music of Louis and Papa Joe from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m.

Ellis Marsalis from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.

Jeremy Davenport from 4 to 5 p.m.

Topsy Chapman and the Solid Harmony from 5:20 to 6:20 p.m.

Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong from 6:40 to 8 p.m.

GE Stage (located on Esplanade Avenue)
August 2
Roots of Music Satchmo Sound-Off from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The Palm Court Jazz Band from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

DinosAurchestra from 1:50 to 3 p.m.

Palmetto Bug Stompers from 3:20 to 4:30 p.m.

Charmaine Neville from 4:50 to 6 p.m.

The Original Pinettes Brass Band from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.

Michael Ward from 7:50 to 9 p.m.

August 3
Lafayette Charter Academy Marching Band from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Catie Rodgers and the Gentilly Stompers from 1:50 to 3 p.m.

Doreen’s Jazz from 3:20 to 4:30 p.m.

Troy Sawyer and the Elementz from 4:50 to 6 p.m.

Shannon Powell from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.

Big 6 Brass Band from 7:50 to 9 p.m.

August 4
Shotgun Jazz Band from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m.

Smitty Dee’s Brass Band featuring Dmitri Smith from 1:40 to 2:40 p.m.

Tim Laughlin’s Tribute to Connie Jones from 3 to 4 p.m.

Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m.

Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest from 5:40 to 6:40 p.m.

Tonya Boyd-Cannon from 7 to 7:50 p.m.

Hilton Satchmo Legacy Stage (located on Esplanade Avenue)
August 2
Paul Kahn: Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

John Swenson: Satchno and the Saints from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Jerry Roche: Louis Armstrong Returns to Europe from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Bruce Raeburn: ‘That Ain’t No Creole, It’s a …!’ from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Veronique Dorsey, Jazz Henry, and Marla Dixon Interviewed by Gwen Thompkins from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Riccardi: Video Pops 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

August 3
David Wright and Vic Hobson from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Crossroads Quartet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

David Sager: Pops and Mom, Sincere Flattery from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Michael Decuir: Louis Armstrong and the Artistic Debate during the Harlem Renaissance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Deano Assunto interviewed by Sally Young from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Riccardi: Video Pops 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

August 4
Jim Thornton: What Note Would Louis Armstrong Play from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Scott Wenzel and Ricky Riccardi: A Life in Jazz from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Tom Reney: Louis Armstrong as Cultural Hero in the Writings of George Frazier and Ralph Ellison from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Matt Sakakeeny: The Tradition of Innovation from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nicholas Payton and Melissa A. Weber: On Louis Armstrong and Black American Music from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Riccardi: Video Pops 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where to watch a Creepy Fest 2019 show in the French Quarter

The Pallbearers at The AllWays Lounge and Theater in 2013. Photo by Dave Minsky.

New Orleans spawned its own punk rock scene that has persisted for at least four decades. It doesn’t appear to be letting up as Creepy Fest 2019 returns from July 17 to 21 with dozens of bands performing at several venues across the city.

Now in its 11th year, the festival includes two French Quarter venues: Santos Bar and Checkpoint Charlies.

Creepy Fest has its roots in cinema. According to Antigravity, Creepy Fest began as a film showing for Creepy Dean, a film produced by local Terror Optics studios that had a soundtrack featuring songs from more than a dozen bands. The showings were just a CD release to promote the bands and it morphed into the punk festival it is today, organizer Bill Heintz told Antigravity in 2013. Heintz, a graphic designer by trade, has performed as a drummer with several Creepy Fest bands, including The Pallbearers.

The five-day festival begins at 6:00 p.m. at Portside Lounge with a special appearance by horror movie scream queen Geretta Rosemary Geretta. Check here for a full list of Creepy Fest shows and venues.

The festival creeps into the Quarter starting in the downstairs venue at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19 venue at Santos Bar at 1135 Decatur St. with Trampoline Team, followed by Marty Feldman’s Eyes, Die Rotzz, Fat Stupid Ugly People, The Pallbearers, Vomit Spots, and Submachine.

Upstairs bands at Santos start playing at 9:15 p.m. and feature Pawn of the Jungle, Lauren Jean’s No Man Band, Trash Night, and Red Poison Berry. Doors open at 7 p.m. and entry is $15.

Checkpoint Charlies at 501 Esplanade Ave. and Santos will host bands on Saturday, July 20.

All live shows at Checkpoint Charlies are free on Saturday. Bands begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and feature Dead Centered, Pussy Rot, Reagan Era Rejects, The KBK, The Cops, Killer Hearts, and Before I Hang.

Santos hosts an earlier show with $7 admission and featuring Witchcake, The NoShows, Future Hate, Joystick, and Franks and Deans.