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30 Americans

Apr 25 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

Brass & Glass

Apr 25 - 25, 2014
Join us for the third annual Brass & Glass the first weekend of Jazz Fest!… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

Apr 25 - May 5, 2014
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

PINTS & PLAYS

Apr 25 - Nov 25, 2014
PINTS & PLAYS is a monthly play reading in the true spirit of New Orleans. … more

The Andrews Brothers

Apr 25 - 26, 2014
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and miscal treasures fill this… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 25 - 27, 2014
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Audubon Aquarium of…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Audubon Aquarium will host Party for the Planet, with events including live… more

Flowtribe

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Straight out of New Orleans and into your ear-holes, Flow Tribe brings the… more

Historic Saturday…

Apr 26 - Nov 22, 2014
One of the keys to understanding NOLA’s past, present, and future is to… more

MOGWAI + Majeure

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Must be 18 or older with Proper ID MOGWAI plus Majeure DATE: Saturday, April… more

Neighborhood Pet…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be… more

Shamarr Fest at…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
 A new and powerful addition to post-Jazz Fest revelry, Shamarr Fest… more

An Evening with The…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
Gospel/Blues/Rock supergroup The Word features John Medeski (Medeski Martin… more

Early Modern Faces: …

Apr 27 - Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Trinity Choir bass…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
Representing the Xavier Music Department more

WWOZ'S 26th Annual…

Apr 28 - 28, 2014
WWOZ 90.7 FM is ‘Jazzin' it up' to celebrate New Orleans' most talented… more

Cherub + Carousel &…

Apr 29 - 29, 2014
Must be 18 years or older with a Proper Id. Doors open at 8pm, Show starts… more

Dinner with a Curator…

Apr 29 - 29, 2014
Come and get it! Ever have corn willie or bacon ducks prepared by greasepots… more

Marco Benevento

Apr 29 - 29, 2014
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive… more

30 Americans

Apr 25 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

Speaker gives the Scoop on an Old New Orleans Scandal Sheet May 10 at the Cabildo

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Speaker gives the Scoop on an Old New Orleans Scandal Sheet May 10 at the Cabildo

The Louisiana State Museum is presenting "Scandal! A Brief and Sensational History of The Mascot, the Most Notorious Newspaper of New Orleans in the Gilded Age" by Sally Asher on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Cabildo, Jackson Square.

A professional writer and photographer, Asher holds a master's degree in English from Tulane University where she is also a graduate student in history.

Founded in 1882 by J.S. Bossier, a Civil War veteran who had lost a leg in battle, The Mascot both shocked and delighted readers with its biting satire, sharp gossip, farcical verse and comic illustrations by some of the leading artists of the time.

The Mascot itself was frequently in the news. Stories of crime, scandal and corruption touched off numerous libel suits. Editors and aggrieved citizens also settled scores with clandestine duels or open gunfights. In 1887, for example, a young machinist who was implicated in an affair with his landlady, stormed The Mascot's offices and shot and killed an editor at his desk. At least two other killings were attributed to the newspaper's coverage before it ceased publication in 1896.

Asher's talk will feature readings from The Mascot by Andrew Ward, Veronica Russell and burlesque artist Trixie Minx of Fleur de Tease. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Museum's "Second Thursdays" evening lecture series.