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November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity


"and yes I said yes I will Yes"

Irish House Ready for Bloomsday

To most, today, June 16, might just be another Tuesday. But for James Joyce fans around the world, June 16 marks the ever-important literary celebration, Bloomsday. In commemoration of the Irish writer’s novel Ulysses, The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) will be hosting a reading of the epic story. Writers and literary enthusiasts from across the city will come out to narrate excerpts of the famously dense, Ulysess. 

Room 220

Journal Jolt

Editor John Freeman and author Garnette Cadogan will present the inaugural issue of Freeman’s, a new journal featuring writing by some of today’s most notable authors, with an event from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St.).

Band Stand

With the turkey eaten and the introductory parade over, the Bayou Classic is ready to get down to business. Billing itself as the "greatest and most distinguishable sporting event in all of Black America,"  the annual showdown between Louisiana historically black universities Grambling State and Southern turns the Superdome into a state of mind each year during Thanksgiving Weekend. Football is exciting and all, but there's another slugfest on the turf that might get just a tad closer to the soul of the competition.

Crime Hits Another Uptown Venue

The 2015 crime wave continued to roll off the street and into upscale, Uptown establishments on Thanksgiving evening. Early on Friday (11.27) morning, a woman was shot while waiting on line outside St. Charles Avenue nightclub.

Light Bright: Luna Fete Returns

LUNA Fete (Light Up NOLA Arts) debuted at Gallier Hall last year and became an instant classic. A diverse crowd ranging from families to teens in altered states packed Lafayette Square to watch a sound an light installation tell the City’s history using the Greek Revival façade of the architectural landmark as a canvas. In 2016, the show is returning, but much, much bigger.

Don't Call It A Comeback: Mr. Ghetto's New Release

Before New Orleans became a factory for reality shows and before Morris Bart went viral, there was Mr. Ghetto. The local bounce artist broke onto the scene with the popular “Wally World” video, released a few more tracks, and found himself in a standoff with the NOPD’s SWAT unit. After an absence, Mr. Ghetto is back with a new video.

And Finale!

Faux/Real Fest's Final Weekend

Hungry for the arts? With almost 40 oerformances at the Faux/Real Festival of the Arts this wekeend, you're in luck. Whether you're looking for some serious ideology or just want to laugh, the fest has a few options. NoDef runs through your choices for the weekend.

Trying Solo

Prepare the opera glasses! The Faux/Real Festival of Arts is rolling into a final weekend with a bang. Not only are several productions wrapping up their three week runs, but several new shows have opened. Many of these premiers are solo performances found within one of Faux/Real's sub-fests, the Razor’s Edge.

Okay, Someone's Making A Blood Offering

An interview with Alex Mar

Alex Mar’s new book, Witches of America, is a search for meaning, esoteric and otherwise. She takes her reader on a spiritual cross-country road trip from the Bay Area of California to New Orleans, from the prairies of the Midwest to woodsy little towns in the Northeast. She introduces us to some of the different disciplines in this new kind of faith—Feri, Wicca, Ordo Templi Orientis—whose names sound almost beyond language. With the writer as a proxy, readers experience ritual, spell-casting, initiation, all of it striving for connection to the divine principle that, for most of us, remains so elusive. Throughout Mar proves an intelligent, candid guide.

Hangout Fest Drops 2016 Lineup

Take that NOLA fests! In an apparent effort to preempt the big spring festival lineup announcements, Gulf Shores’ Hangout Fest issued a surprise release of their 2016 schedule today. Headliners include The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, and Florence + the Machine.

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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin


Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond


Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.


B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock