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April 1st

April Toole’s Day

The Irish House, 7:30p.m.

A celebration of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces


Wednesday at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

The Revivalists and Robin Barnes play for the seasonal fest


Shiba San

Hi Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

French DJ and producer


Hazy Ray Trio

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.

Rhythm and blues from the souls of local rockers


April 2nd

Boukou Groove

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

New Orleans funk


Woodenhead 40th Anniversary/CD Release Show

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

With special guests John “Papa” Gros, Helen Gillet, Tommy Malone and The Bonerama Horns


Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock 'N Bowl, 8:30p.m.

Zydeco swamp pop


The Collossal Heads

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Surprise show with TCH plus  Bantam Foxes and Hello Nomad


Foaming at the Mouth: La-SPCA Holds Rabies Drive

With Harper Lee’s new (old) book set for release, the topic of rabid dogs in the South is once again vogue(ish.) But, in Orleans Parish, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) has been dealing with the issue for years. On Palm Sunday (3.29,) the group will host their annual Rabies Drive.

RUBARB Looks For A Piece of the Pie

The DIY spirit that powered much of downtown New Orleans through the recovery seems to be replaced with realtors worried about APR these days. Yet, some elements of the communal spirit remain. Contrary to their name, there is no rust on Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes (RUBARB.) Friday (3.27), they are hosting a fundraiser.

$13k Offered for Goat Beheader

For the second time in 2015, a goat has been beheaded. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) is now offering a $13,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the act.

Working for Peanuts

An elephant never forgets. Sometimes they also provide sights that humans will never forget. On Tuesday (3.24) an 18 wheeler was saved from toppling by a pair of pachyderms. This past weekend, activists were enraged by the treatment of elephants in New Orleans.

Deep Note: Woodward to Speak at Loyola Commencement

Loyola’s commencement is getting a little bigger. Maybe, the hungry local university is just following the money. Legendary journalist Bob Woodward will deliver the address at the May 9 ceremony already packed with notable names.

Denzel Washington to Deliver DU Commencement

In 2012, Denzel Washington raised the heart rate of many New Orleanians when he posed for photos in the R-Bar. Aside form voguing in NOLA, Denzel has been an active supporter of Dillard University, specifically the theatre program at the historic school. On May 9, Washington will elevate that support by delivering the commencement address.

Spring Ahead

It’s that time of the year again. Early on Sunday (3.07) morning, Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins. That means that the sun comes out a little later, but the rays linger later in the evening. The change officially goes into effect at 2:00a.m. and the longer days will last until November 1.

French Flies: New Website Helps Locals Be French

New Orleans is a city with strong French roots from our bread to our names. However, sometimes it can be hard to find French events amidst the sea of fleur-de-lis. The Consulate General of France in Louisiana is offering a novel solution. is a new website offering a calendar of events for Francophones and Francophiles.

About Baquet: NYT Editor to Speak at Loyola

With Jazz Fest approaching, many New Orleanians are dreaming of Trout Baquet, but Loyola is focused on Dean Baquet. Today, the University announced that the New York Times chief is slated to return home for a talk at the school on March 16.

Skateboard Park Is Not A Crime (Photos)

Photos by Max Rasche

After five years and two attempts, New Orleans finally has a public (and legal) skate park. On Saturday (2.28), Mayor Mitch officially opened Parisite, the newest city park under the I-610 overpass at the intersection of Pleasure Street and Paris Street. The ramps and pipes seem simple enough, but they mark the culmination of massive design, building, fundraising, and lobbying effort by a coalition of artists, skateboarders, and designers.

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