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Lundi Gras

February 8th

Krewe of Orpheus

Uptown, 6p.m.

Usually with big musical guests


Quintron & Miss Pussycat’s Annual Lundi Gras Party

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

With guests BABES, Ernie Vincent and more


Bundi Gras

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10p.m.

BateBunda, Rusty Lazer, LoveBomb Go-Go and Valerie Sassyfras


Tank and the Bangas

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

With Alexis & the Samurai



Tip’s, 10p.m.

Post-parade jams


Pelicans v. Timberwolves

Target Center, 7p.m.

New Orleans takes on Minnesota

Mardi Gras

February 9th

The Fattest Tuesday All Day Extravaganza

Hi-Ho Lounge, 1p.m.

Music and the Krewe of Booze


Krewe of Zulu

Uptown, 8a.m.

Awake? Catch yourself a coconut.


Krewe of Rex

Uptown, 10a.m.

The King of Carnival


Mardi Gras with Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with your favorites


2 Chainz + Migos

Saenger, 8p.m.

Mardi Gras Madness


February 10th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Nola back home to take on Utah


Mildred Pierce

Prytania, 10a.m.

A mother heads towards disaster in this film noir


Station Eleven

Garden District, 6p.m.

By Emily St. John Mandel


World Music Wednesday

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

This week ft. Cole Williams Band


Orion Takes A Ride on Super-Guppy

In January, the whiz-kids over at Michoud Assembly Facility announced a major step towards mankind’s exploration of deep space. The Orion’s pressure capsule was complete and ready for testing. But, forget Mars, how does one transport the massive capsule from Louisiana to the launch facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida. With a Super Guppy, of course.

Francophone's Delight

In the 1960’s, the French language was endangered in Louisiana. A massive campaign to remove stigmas, build immersion schools, and rescue our native tongue ensued. This week, rebuilding the Pelican State’s francophone culture took another step forward with the signing of an agreement integrating the Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) into the state’s immersion schools. 

DC Mardi Gras a Geaux Despite Sneaux

Locals are not too happy about the cold front moving through southern Louisiana. However, this weekend, thousands of Louisiana are in Washington D.C. where the cold weather is proving quite a novelty. A record sized storm system is battering the nation’s capital, effectively shutting down the city and even impeding Obama’s motorcade. Still, (at least for the time being) Washington D.C. Mardi Gras is still on.

New Kid in Town Father John Misty Humors Frey Line

Take it easy Bowie-Gras! There’s a new kid in town. Last Saturday (1.16), over 5000 people packed the Quarter for a David Bowie parade led by the Preservation Hall Brass Band and Arcade Fire. While attendees raved that the afternoon took the Starman’s sendoff to the limit, critics took to the interweb to posit that the event exceeded their own limits of cultural exploitation. Now, rocker second lines have sparked a satire on Facebook, a “Glenn Frey second line” hosted by Father John Misty. And, Misty is even playing along with the joke.

Fred Armisen's "Louisiana Accent" (Video)

SNL allum Fred Armisen reunited with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (1.19) evening’s episode of The Tonight Show. During the segment, Armisen, a self described “expert at accents,” offered his take on the Louisiana accent. If you are defensive about local culture, you might want to close this window now.

Barman's Holiday

January in New Orleans is a month of rituals. Not all of them involve Carnival. On Tuesday (1.19), the Barman’s Fund will host their big annual soiree at the House of Blues (225 Decatur Street). Of course, there will be lots of drinking… for a good cause.

Politico Says Louisiana Is the Worst normally focuses their coverage on pressing insider Beltway information like the state of Marco Rubio’s booties and Chris Christie’s allegiance to the Dallas Cowboys. However, this week, the website and magazine released their annual ranking of states and placed Louisiana dead last.

Flights of Fancy

Looking for a weekend jaunt? More low-cost, regional service is coming to Louis Armstrong International Airport. Today, Allegiant Air announced Jacksonville, Florida and Tampa/St. Pete, Florida to New Orleans.

R.I.P. David Bowie, Listening to His NOLA Inspired "Time"

David Bowie is dead at the age 0f 69-years-old according to The Hollywood Reporter. The iconic musician boasted a vast catalogue with hits spanning genres. However, NoDef chose to remember the legend through his New Orleans influenced track, "Time."

New Sheriff On Campus

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has a new campus police chief. Bruce Adams has been hired to fill the spot left empty when his predecessor Ira Thomas had some high profile issues with the law.

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