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December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II


Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker


Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests


Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage



December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)


Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show



Crime Bits

Jan 1- 7: Shot for Pot, Ideal Mart Robbed, Graffiti Arrest

In this week's rundown of wrongdoing, there was a shooting in the 9th Ward, a man was robbed in the Riverbend, and the Ideal Mart in Mid-City was held up. Read on for more crime bits. 

Sidney D. Torres Trashes Crime, Offers Reward for Robber

Sidney Torres IV says that he is frustrated “by delays in apprehending a suspect who broke into his home on Dec. 10.” Now, he is taking action. The former trash baron announced that he is placing an 8000 dollar bounty on the alleged robber.

Council Grills Harrison on Sex Crimes

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is spending a lot of time investigating homicides, but to many, including the City Council, it appears that his focus comes at the cost of victims of other crimes. In the wake of an audit released by the Office of Inspector General, that sentiment grew into an impassioned exchange at City Hall. The report revealed five detectives in the Special Victims Section (SVS) were barely filing any paperwork on sexual assault cases at all. About 840 (or 65 percent) of the 1290 cases the unit had been assigned between 2011-2013 were designated miscellaneous. Councilmember Susan Guidry led a meeting of the Criminal Justice Committee (12.18) to discuss how the NOPD plans to rectify their entire police culture and regain the public’s trust.

Failed Fence Provides Carjacking Clues

Theft appears to be rampant in New Orleans. However, to monetize the crime, the crooks must find a way to fence the goods. Those in doubt need only visit Jean Lafitte’s old blacksmith shop in the Quarter. An attempt to sell off the loot provided Second District Detective John M. Castelin the clue he needed to identify two suspects in a Wednesday (12.17) carjacking.

Botched Bywater Robbery

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is looking for three suspects connected with a failed Bywater robbery on Tuesday (12/17) night. Right now, clues are sparse, but authorities are reaching out to the public in hopes of help.

Stabbing on Governor Nicholls

“Help. Help. Help.” Those were the desperate cries that rang out in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls St. last night (12.17) when a 43 year old victim was stabbed. 

Lot of Crime

Crime never sleeps. It also doesn’t park. On Tuesday (12.16) night, a trio was mugged in the Premium Parking garage on the 400 block of North Rampart Street. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has identified three suspects.

NOPD Releases New Photo of Suspect in Failed Quarter Mugging

One woman's Christmas walk in the Quarter was interrupted by a pair of grinches who allegedly hit her after a failed mugging on Decemebr 4. However, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is not letting the case slide. Today a new image of a suspect was released.

Central City Crime Spree Ends With Arrests

By Ashley Larsen

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) says that they nabbed two Central CIty crooks after a month long crime spree. Police say that the string of robberies came to an end after some keen police work.

Office Max: NOPD Moves Officers From Desks to Field

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is in desperate need of more boots on the ground. Superintendent Michael Harrison realizes that recruitment takes time, but he turned to cutting bureaucracy as one means of achieving the task. Today, the Chief announced that the NOPD is transferring 22 officers from administrative positions to the field.

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