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Samedi (10.25.14)

October 26th

Pelicans open practice (Smoothie King Center, 10 a.m.)

Come see the Pels practice for free before the season begins

Miller’s Crossing screening 

THNOC, 10:30 a.m.

Joel and Ethan Cohen’s New Orleans-shot mob thriller in conjunction with From Cameo to Closeup – Louisiana in Film 


An Evening with Mike Doughty

Gasa Gasa, 9 p.m.

Soul Coughing frontman to play solo show


Tank & The Bangas with DJ RQ Away + Speakerbox Experiment

Tipitina’s, 10 p.m.

One of the most energetic local groups on the scene



Palmer Park, 7 p.m.

Outdoor screening of everyone’s favorite Halloween movie


Mirliton Fest

Markey Park (11a.m.-7p.m.)

Drink, dance and enjoy SoLa's oddest piece of produce

Marigny Fetes for a Cause

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will let them eat cake, and storm the Bastille this weekend. Fete Marigny is returning to Washington Square Park on Sunday, October 26, for a day of Revolution-era festivities. Along with your own enjoyment, the daylong celebration will also contribute to some needed maintenance at the park on Frenchmen and Royal.

NOPD Makes Collar in Hollygrove Shooting

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The Second District Investigative Unit made quick work of a shooting this week. On Thursday (10.23), a 32 year old man was shot near the intersection of Cambronne Street and Belfast Street. Before detectives had even left the scene, a suspect was in custody.

Eyes for Disguise: Halloween Shopping in the Quarter

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
By Amanda Thompson
Costume shopping makes for a great day in the Quarter. You can find everything you need for a unique look by foraging these top 10 shops. Start on lower Decatur, and work your way up towards Canal, veering over to Royal and Dauphine via St Ann. For lagniappe, grab a drink at Pirate's Alley or Lafitte's Blacksmith shop to get your juices flowing and spirits soaring!

Zone Hone: CZO Finally Passes

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

By Ashley Rouen

On Friday (10.24), City Council hosted heated debates on topics ranging from the plight of musicians, to artist communities, and urban farming. However, more time was focused on the elusory writing, permitting higher buildings, residential overlays and the disappearance of one pivotal section pertaining to the Vieux Carré. The discussion were all part of a hearing on the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). Ultimately, Councilmembers unanimously voted to approve the revisions to the law recommended by the City Planning Commission (CPC). 

Today in NOLA: 10.25.14

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

With beautiful temperatures and only few more days before Halloween, it’s a great night to spend time outdoors enjoying some seasonal activities.  Gallery shows abound as Prospect.3 begins in earnest this weekend, and the New Orleans Film Festival will screen Ghostbusters at Palmer Park tonight. Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing) has maintained a pretty steady solo career, and will perform his mix of bittersweet indie pop at Gasa Gasa this evening. One of New Orleans’ most spirited groups, Tank and the Bangas, take Tipitina’s by storm this evening also. 

A Book By Any Other Name

Room 220 Interviews Eli Horowitz

from Press Street's Room 220

Eli Horowitz—former editor and publisher of McSweeney’s—released a new book about a generation of children born without speech, The Silent History, as a serialized novel that came out daily on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). It included e-specific features like “Field Reports,” mini-stories that existed within the world of the overall novel—deepening the story but not essential for the main narrative—that you could only read if you were in a particular geographic place (in the real world with your iPhone).

Parking Parade Remade

Behind the City's New Meters

Lovely Rita’s business is getting a makeover for modern times. Last month installation began on 1,361 new parking meters around the city. The city will be replacing 950 single-post meters, and 311 multi-box meters with a modern box. The new-fangled machines will be solar powered and touch screen enabled and will have replaced the old ones by the end of the year. 

Pablove Shows Some Love

New Gallery Show Fights Childhood Cancer with Art

One group is fighting childhood cancer with art. The first New Orleans class of the Pablove foundation’s Pablove Shutterbugs is celebrating its graduation with a show at the Du Mois Gallery (4609 Freret Street). The show features photographs by children battling the disease and the results are professional, if not moving.

Creole Cousins

New Richard Sexton Show at THNOC Portrays a Small World

An exhibition featuring the work of local photographer Richard Sexton is on display until December 7th at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) (400 Chartres Street) Creole World focuses a lens on New Orleans juxtaposed against the Latin Caribbean sphere. The photos depict the similarities of Creole life and architecture between countries and places that are often disconnected but unknowingly exist together and construct what is known as the Creole world. 

Royal Crush

French Quarter Building Collapse in Photos

A three story building partially collapsed at 808 Royal Street near the corner of St. Ann Street on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Water spewed from broken pipes as onlookers stood aghast at the historic facade's demise. The Fire Department and NOPD blocked off the street to control the scene. Remarkably, no one was hurt.

Paper Trail: Congresso Rallies at City Hall for Undocumented Workers

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Ashley Rouen

The Congress of Day Laborers or “Congresso” took to the streets today to protest deportation tactics and the NOPD’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). About 100 Latin Americans, construction workers and children gathered along with allies of the LGBTQ community and U.S. Human Rights Network to for children affected by the deportation of their undocumented parents.

Two More NOLA Area Persons Monitored for Ebola

Friday, October 24th, 2014
On Thursday (10.23), a New Orleans area man became the second person in Louisiana placed under Ebola monitoring. Today, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced that a third and fourth NOLA area individuals are also under Ebola monitoring due to an “abundance of caution.”

NOLA Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Sleeping with Student

Friday, October 24th, 2014

New Orleans schools are in the news for reasons other than the great charter debate. A 32 teacher year old teacher at Joseph Clark High School was arrested on Thursday (10.23) for engaging in a sexual relationship with a student. 

Confessions of a Costume-aholic

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Amanda Thompson

Hello everybody. My name is Amanda, and I'm a costume-aholic. Sound familiar? Do not fear! I am not here to push for abstinence from dressing up. To the contrary, New Orleans encourages us all to costume or mask (the only place you'll hear that word used as a verb!) at the drop of a hat or handkerchief.

Second Suspect Named in Marigny's Selfie Stickup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Police are clicking the like button for a set of selfies that three alleged muggers took after a armed robbery. The photos of the suspects voguing with guns in hand has resulted in the identification of two suspects. In addition to Darious Anderson’s identification last week, detectives have now named 17 year old Malik Lester a second suspect.

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Today in NOLA: 10.24.14

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Food Network star Alton Brown takes his zany brand of culinary capers on the road, visiting the Saenger Theater tonight at 8 o’clock. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic cross-country thriller North by Northwest will screen in the sculpture garden at NOMA, and the House of Blues hosts a fundraiser for victims of Ebola in Sierra Leone. On this day in 1827, Louisiana Governor Henry Thibodaux died in office from what is suspected to be an abscessed liver. 

NOPD Search for Rape Suspect

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Police are looking for another alleged rapist. On Monday (10.20), a woman was sexually assaulted at the intersection of Governor Nicholls Street and Marais Streets after closing up at work. Detectives have released a photo of the man wanted for Aggravated Rape. 

New Orleans Area Man Under Ebola Quarantine

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

State health officials confirmed that an individual in the GNO area is now under observation for signs of Ebola. The move to monitor was also implemented with a Baton Rouge man last week. Neither individual is considered a likely victim.

Casting their Lot: Finalists Announced in Vacant Land Contest

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

New Orleans is nine years removed from the Federal Flood, but there are still questions of vacant lots and land use that remain. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) and the Van Alen Institute teamed up to tackle a small part of the problem with their Future Grounds Project. On Wednesday (10.23), 3 multi-disciplinary teams were awarded 15,000 dollars each to develop unique strategies for using vacant lands. 

That Voodoo that You Do: FSJ Fests on the Bayou

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

By Ashley Larsen

Before Halloween hits, there will some magic in Mid City. This Saturday (10.25), New Orleanians will dance the night away at Voodoo on the Bayou. The costume gala, will start swinging at 8:30p.m. and will have food, entertainment, and a silent auction.  

FQ's Midnight Muggers Caught on Camera

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

By now, it is clear to most that a majority of the French Quarter is under video surveillance. However, it's a lesson that some criminals can't quite grasp. On Monday (10.20) morning, two women were robbed in the French Quarter. Now, Eighth District Detective Chris LaBorde has found footage of the crime as it happened.

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Thrill Me Chill Me Fulfill Me

Theatre Review: The Rocky Horror Show at the AllWays Lounge

The highest compliment New Yorker theatre critic John Lahr ever delivers from his arsenal of accolades is to proclaim that a performer or a production “corrupts us with pleasure.” For 90% of its running time, the AllWays Lounge revival of The Rocky Horror Show had me weaker with ecstasy than anything since the opening scenes of Tulane Summer Lyric’s A Chorus Line

Smothered & Others

John Schneider Talks Filmmaking

Actor/Director/Writer John Schneider does a mean Christopher Walken impression. The man who described himself “a Westchester County boy” (outside of New York City), slipped into Walken's voice, mimicking his interviewer’s snobby elocution. And the impersonation is spot-on. Schneider, the man, quickly turns out to be far, far more complex and insightful than the TV roles that made him famous.  

Drinking Culture

Our Columnist Visits Brothers III After a Harrowing STD Test

Gentle reader, mistakes were made. All the dim memories of the past few months resolved in a golem of introspective terror when I awoke, worrying me from my bed and onto a path that led through the Reproductive Health Clinic on North Rampart and into one of the greatest dive bars in the Northern Hemisphere. Stay awhile, dear friends. I will be faithful.

Lighthouse Dims

GSA Policy Shift Leads to Layoffs for the Deaf & Blind

Seventy percent of people who are blind in America are unemployed. In SoLa, not for profit Lighthouse Louisiana strives to remedy the problem by offering competitive jobs for workers with disabilities. However, due to a recent change in General Services Administration (GSA) policy, the social enterprise’s beacon is dimming. Over 40 full-time employees, several of whom have worked at the establishment for decades, have been let go. 

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