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🎧 Sounds like: "Honey Leave the Light On" by Kristin Diable.

Situational awareness: A woman was killed and 11 people were injured in a shooting overnight in the Warehouse District, NOPD says.

Today's newsletter is 900 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 🎥 Hollywood South is back

Michael B. Jordan stars in a 1930s-set film called "Grilled Cheese" that starts production this month in New Orleans. Photo: Jemal Countess/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images

Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler of "Black Panther" fame are starting production in New Orleans next week on their latest big-budget movie.

Why it matters: It's a sign that Hollywood South is getting back on its feet after last year's writers strike pulverized the city's film industry.

The big picture: New Orleans has eight television shows and movies that are about to start filming, are in production or just wrapped production, according to casting calls and city and state entertainment offices.

💰 "Grilled Cheese": This is a Warner Bros feature film from Jordan and Coogler.

🤘🏼 "Goodbye Cleveland": This feature film is the sequel to "Spinal Tap."

  • It wrapped production Friday.

📺 "Leverage: Redemption": Season 3 of the show continues filming until May 23.

🧙🏼 "Mayfair Witches": AMC's second season is expected to wrap April 26.

  • It's based on Anne Rice's book series and stars Alexandra Daddario, Alyssa Jirrels, Ted Levine and Thora Birch.
  • AMC also has "Interview with the Vampire," the TV series based on Rice's books. The network says it is developing a potential third series based on Rice's Talamasca secret society.

🌎 "The Welcome Table": This is a documentary about climate refugees from director Josh Fox and singer John Boutté.

  • Fox has been filming around the world for six years, according to a press release. He'll film the final scene Saturday on the levee near Music Box Village.
  • Register to be in the film. It airs on HBO in 2025.

See more 3 more shows in the works

2. 🤣 Changing the comedy scene

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Angelo Colina

Angelo Colina brings his national comedy tour to New Orleans tomorrow.

Why it matters: The Venezuelan comic is flipping the narrative by selling out shows and drawing a massive online audience with his entirely Spanish-language sets.

The big picture: Colina's surging popularity comes as demand for Spanish-language content grows.

State of play: Most successful Latino comedians — think George Lopez and Cristela Alonzo — have long performed in English.

  • Colina tells Axios he didn't always perform in Spanish.
  • "It was mostly knowing that everything that I wrote in Spanish and then translated to English was better than writing in English from the start," says Colina.
  • He pulls much of his material from his life experiences. He jokes in one video that he doesn't need therapy because his barber is Dominican.

Like Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, who has never released an English-only track to appease commercial audiences, Colina doesn't feel the need to constrain himself to English-speaking audiences.

  • "Doing comedy in English … you really have to explain why you have an accent. You kinda go into these identity politics," he says.

If you go: His show is at Comedy House New Orleans at 9:30pm tomorrow. Buy tickets.

Go deeper to learn more about Colina

3. 🎶 Fully Dressed: French Quarter Fest vibes

People dance at the new DJ stage at French Quarter Fest. Photo: Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals Inc.

🤩 The weekend was gorgeous. The food was scrumptious, and the music soothed our souls. Thanks for another memorable year, French Quarter Fest!

🫏 Randal Gaines of LaPlace is the new leader of the state's Democratic party after former chair Katie Bernhardt was ousted. (Louisiana Illuminator)

🏈 The Saints signed Kellen Mond as a quarterback. He's played with the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns. (Press release)

🏀 Kim Mulkey recapped LSU's season in an emotional speech. "I came home to do good here, not bad." (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 🔒)

4. Gov. Landry to tour tornado damage

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: Bloomberg/Getty Images.

Gov. Jeff Landry will visit St. Tammany today to see the storm damage.

The big picture: An EF-2 tornado tore through part of Slidell last week.

Zoom in: Minor injuries were reported in St. Tammany.

Meanwhile, a mom is frustrated with Sophie B. Wright school leaders after her daughter had to wade through thigh-high floodwater to get home.

5. 👀 Where will Angel Reese wind up?

Angel Reese warms up before the Sweet 16 game on March 30 in Albany, New York. Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Tonight's WNBA draft will determine where collegiate stars like LSU forward Angel Reese and Iowa guard Caitlin Clark land in their first seasons as pros.

Why this matters: While they've been celebrated at the college level, it's unclear how Clark and Reese will perform in the WNBA.

Between the lines: The current college landscape is packed with young generational talent — like the freshmen that led Dawn Staley's squad to the national championship — but only those at least 22 years old can be drafted.

Zoom in: ESPN will broadcast the draft from Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York at 6:30pm CT. Fans can stream it on ESPN+ or fuboTV.

Go deeper for the draft order

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6. 🏀 Stats to go: Top WNBA draft picks

Source: Sports-Reference.com. Graphic: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Caitlin Clark is projected to be the first pick tonight.

💭 Axios reporter Analis Bailey's thought bubble: South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso will go before Stanford's Cameron Brink.

  • Reese will also go in the top five, closely followed by UConn's forward Aaliyah Edwards.

The intrigue: There's no consensus where Reese will land, writes Patrick Magee at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

  • Potential teams include the Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics.

Go deeper to read about how Clark smashed the record set by LSU's Pete Maravich

😀 Chelsea is happy to be back home in New Orleans.

😎 Carlie had fun soaking up the sunshine and is looking forward to hearing about Chelsea's vacation.

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