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November 21st

Fringe Festival 

Various local venues, Nov 19-23

New Orleans favorite theatre festival 


Foo Fighters

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Voodoo's headliner just announced a surprise show!


Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

City Park, 7:30-11p.m.

Get an exclusive peek at the lights with four live music stages


Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Pyrtania Street Bar, 9p.m.

Musical genres unite with this house rockin’ band


Streets of Laredo

The Beatnik, 9p.m.

Brooklyn based indie folk



One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Canadian composer Dan Snaith mixes hip hop, soul and psychedelia


Lecture, Photo Unrealism: On the Nature of Representation

NOMA, 5-8:30p.m.

Photo exhibit on view with lecture starting at 6p.m. given by curator Russell Lord; music by Amanda Walker after


Loyola Law Adds Social Justice Certificate

Ever hear the old joke about lawyer and the shark? Some academics at Loyola University have not. The school has noticed that many graduates prefer the street to the high-rise and taken action. Loyola is now offering a new Social Justice Certificate Program for students who want to effectively advocate for the poor and the marginalized.

WaPo: Congress Honors 231 Year Old Promise to Louisiana Gov

By Ashley Larsen

231 years is an awful long time to avoid keeping a promise to Louisianan. Yet, according to a recent Washington Post article, that is exactly what Congress did to former Louisiana Governor Berndardo de Galvez, a key Spanish ally in the Revolution. A WaPo article describes how one determined secretary, Teresa Valcarce, broke through beltway gridlock to hang a portrait. Congress drew up a resolution to hang a portrait of the hero in Congress – in 1783. The painting was finally hung a few days ago.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Headpieces

By Amanda Thompson

The clock is counting down to the witching hour. Literally. However, if you still don't have a Halloween costume, don't despair! There's still time to find something to wear. Fire up your glue guns, and make yourself a unique headpiece for the big night.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Skeleton Shoes & Party Plans

By Amanda Thompson

Everyone has skeletons in their closet just waiting to come out and dance. Today, I walk you through a simple DIY project for skeleton shoes. They are affordable and perfect for a last minute costume. In addition, I offer up five tips to spice up your Halloween night party.

Petting Boo: Tips for Keeping Four Legged Friends Happy on Halloween

The web loves pets in costumes be they spider dogs or pirate cats. Yet, the folks over at the Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) are quick to caution that the holiday can be rough on animals. The organization has provided a quick list of pointers to make sure that the year's spookiest night doesn't scare your four legged fellows too much.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: Five Easy Pieces & a DIY

By Amanda Thompson

It's never too late to pull together a KILLER Halloween costume! Get your sheets together and stock up on supplies for last-minute transformations. Today, I offer a few tips on costume creations plus a quick DIY mask. Inspiration lurks around every corner in this City. So, get out and assemble your ensemble.

Eyes for Disguise: Halloween Shopping in the Quarter

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!

Today in NOLA: 10.25.14

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. 

Confessions of a Costume-aholic

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.

Weekly Weather & Tropical Outlook: 10.11-10.12

By Patrick J. Pearson

This weekend, summer returns for a couple of days. Highs in the 80's are expected both Saturday and Sunday. 20 percent chances of the usual late afternoon showers or a thunderstorms are in the mix as well. The change comes Monday with showers, some heavy at times starting during the day and continuing into evening. Then cooler fall temps can be expected for the week ahead.

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