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Today in NOLA: 6.19.16

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

There’s lots of PRIDE in the Quarter today while City Park is celebrating some island pride. If you’re looking for something harder, check out Castle at Siberia. There’s always R. Kelly at the arena also. June 19, 1865, was Emancipation Day; today, the holiday of Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom. More to see today:

Today in NOLA: 6.18.16

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Reggae is rocking City Park today and the Fairgrounds are hosting a brass band throwdown. Two classic dance parties will keep locals moving after hours. As lagniappe, The Bulemics, Bantam Foxes, and Mainline are also gigging.  On this day in 1921, Louisiana ratified a new constitution. It lasted until 1974. Details for tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.17.16

Friday, June 17th, 2016

A couple of gals from Nashville are bringing their own take on country to the Quarter tonight while Seth Stainback wraps up his run in Mid City. Plus, Kermit, Tab, Christian Scott, and the New Orleans Suspects are all taking the stage. On this day in 1868, Lake Charles held its first town election. Details for tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.16.16

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Tonight offers no shortage of activity. The Ogden is opening their much hyped graffiti show and Seth Stainback is in Mid City. For those looking for sports, the US is playing Ecuador in the Copa America quarterfinals. Amd, for everyone else, there are blues, brass, and funk to check out. On this day in 1932, Huey Long’s new state capitol was opened during the inauguration of Governor O.K. Allen. Now, more for your Thursday.

When I Paint My Masterpiece

Bob Dylan's Paintings at NOMA


On view in the front room of NOMA is Bob Dylan: The New Orleans Series. The ten paintings will be switched out this coming week for ten others until the show closes on July 31. There is a familiar feeling in Dylan’s visual art of his intricately woven narratives. Dylan takes seemingly banal events and locations and, like an alchemist, turns them into a hazy, but meaningful memory. 

Bitter Sweet

Negroni Week Begins


In New Orleans, we really don’t need any excuses to drink, but that doesn’t stop us from finding new reasons all the same. For example, for the next five days, we will be celebrating Negroni Week. As part of a national charity campaign sponsored by Campari and Imbibe Magazine, bars across the United States will be serving this classic Italian aperitivo cocktail and donating $1 or more to charity. Here in the Crescent City, the United States Bartenders’ Guild and Tales of the Cocktail have partnered to support the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit providing medical assistance to local musicians.

Shuck Show

New Orleans Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend


Ask a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. 

Today in NOLA: 6.15.16

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Kentucky’s White Reaper is visiting Freret tonight and HISB is playing a free show on the West Bank. Around the rest of town, some NOLA darlings are playing regualr shows. On this day in 1910, Louisiana created Evangeline Parish, naming it after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem about a young Acadian woman. More tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.14.16

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Tonight, pop sensation Selena Gomez is in town. For those of us above the age of 25, there is also some brass, organ, trad jazz, and funk to check out (plus a book signing). Happy Birthday to keyboardist Gerald Dural, born on June 14, 1957, in Lafayette, La. Dural is the brother of Buckwheat Zydeco. Now, more to do this Tuesday.

Today in NOLA: 6.13.16

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Steve Gunn is visiting Uptown tonight, but across the city, there is plenty of opportunity to check out NOLA jazz, indie rock, end even some comedy. On this day in 1964, Louis Armstrong hit the top of the album chart with Hello, Dolly!. Find those dancing shoes and get ready for more tonight.

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: 6.12.16

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Today, head down to the fest and then check out Weezer by da Dome. If you want to hear some of the souds of the futue, Wax Idols and Domo Genesis are also in town. On this day in 1912, Allen Parish was incorporated in southwest Louisiana. Read on for more tonight.

Seered Suckers: Pols Laud Louisiana's Linen

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

The Pelican State is famed her cultural exports such as cuisine and music, but our contributions to the greater zeitgeist also include fashion. Seersucker, the native fabric of NOLA, is being celebrated this week through a series of Seersucker Days. There is some debate as to when the holiday falls, but in Washington D.C., Louisiana’s Senator Bill Cassidy spearheaded the celebrations on Thursday (6.09).

Today in NOLA: 6.11.16

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Today in NOLA, the Creole Tomato Fest opens with food and music. In the evening, OEJ hosts (another) Prince tribute, a Star Trek metal band is visiting, Tab Benoit is covering Sting, and Kirk Franklin is bringing some gospel downtown. Plus, check out DJ Soul Sister or Corey Henry. On this day in Louisiana music history, Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame” made number one on the R&B charts in 1955. Now, for more on this Saturday’s events.

Today in NOLA: 6.10.16

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Today in NOLA, there is music to suit all tastes. So, check out some brass, Americans, swing, or funk. On this day in 1961, the famous Preservation Hall officially opened its doors. Now, more to do this Friday.

Today in NOLA: 6.09.16

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Tonight in NOLA, check out two great music series or go hear a country legend. Plus, Chris Robinson is at Tip’s and Kirk Joseph is in Central City. On this day in 1867, Benjamin Flanders was appointed military governor of Louisiana. Now, for more on today.

Today in NOLA: 6.08.16

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Tonight, the free concerts continue and Buckethead is in town. Plus, some local favorites are taking the stage. On this day in 1939, saxophonist and New Orleans native Sidney Bechet recorded “Summertime,” a jazz classic for the season. Plan your day trip right here:

Voodoo Drops 2016 Lineup

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

As the mercury rises, thoughts are already turning to fall. Fortunately, there is lots to look forward to. Today, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience revealed their lineup for the Halloween weekend (10.28-10.30) fete. Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Die Antwood, and Les Claypool are just a few of the big names on the 2016 roster. 

Hurricane Helper

A Primer for Hurricane Season


Hurricane season officially started on Wednesday (6.01). That means that before we start thinking about the Saints, there is some work to be done. It’s time for federal agencies to issue forecasts, locals to stockpile water (as well as adult beverages,) and the tech savvy to download apps. NoDef offers this handy primer on the humid months ahead.

Diamonds & the Tough

College World Series--How It Works


Yesterday, the seeds and brackets were announced for the 2016 College World Series. We all know that the road to Omaha is long, but it’s also twisting with a hybrid of different tourney formats involved. So, NoDef is offering a quick primer as we prepare to watch five Louisiana teams compete for the big prize.

Short Work of a Long Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Events in NOLA


If you haven’t noticed by the gradual slowdown in work, Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us. Although some locals may be leaving town there is plenty to do here including three fests, a big boil, movies, and a more somber celebration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Toilet Tussle

Louisiana Sues Feds Over Bathroom Directive, JBE and Landry Feud


The state of Louisiana is part of a lawsuit filed against the Obama administration, positing that a directive allowing transgender students in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity lacks any authority. However, the state government, itself, is embroiled in an internal war over LGBT rights.

Wind in Their Sales

Pirate's Alley Battles to Stay Open


Another French Quarter institution is danger of disappearing amidst a zoning dispute. Locals are rallying to save Pirate’s Alley in advance of a June 11th meeting scheduled to determine the future of the small bar.

All the Fray

The Story Behind LBJ's NOLA Civil Rights Speech


HBO premiered “All the Way,” a small screen adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s TONY award winning play about the early years of LBJ’s presidency and the cicil rights movement. The critically acclaimed film featured proud New Orleans native Anthony Mackie as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the NOLA connections go back some 50 plus years. At the center of the work is a speech delivered by the POTUS in an attempt to curb the Dixiecrat faction.

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Frack Your Brain

This week, the Louisiana Lazarus ponders the Northshore's fracking-filled future.


Today in NOLA: 6.07.16

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

The run of great local acts continues tonight with some staples, some experimental jazz, and the return of Caddywhompus (right before their departure for tour). On this date in Louisiana’s Civil War history, Union troops captured Baton Rouge. Now, more ways to get your week going.

Overnight Crime Report: Unclassified Death, Cuttings, Armed Robbery, Beating

Monday, June 6th, 2016

After a very violent weekend, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) only handled four crimes on Sunday (6.05) according to the Major Offense Log (MOL). The roster of wrongdoing included one unclassified death, a stabbing, an armed robbery, and a beating.

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