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Shopping List: Costume Shops for Carnival

Krewe du Vieux is less than a week away, which means that it’s time to start taking Carnival seriously. No Mardi Gras is complete without a costume. But, NOLA has superior sartorial sensibilities and that vampire kit in a bag just won’t do. A good suit can take weeks to assemble. To get you started, NODef put together a list of our favorite shops to start.


Slow Down, Loosen Up

Opinion: A T-Shirt Inspires Life Advice

On my most recent return to New Orleans, I was privileged to deliver a lecture to a collection of honors undergraduate religion scholars. While back in town several days, I took in some of the local fare, sights, libations, and culture. While having lunch one afternoon Uptown, I saw a young woman wearing a shirt that caught my eye. The shirt was all black with only white lettering and featured a hand offering the familiar "peace sign." In a circle around the hand, almost as if to form a logo of sorts, I read the words: "Slow Down. Loosen Up."

Dream Into Action: Five Volunteer Opportunities

In 1994, Martin Luther King Day defined itself differently than other Monday holidays where the bank is closed. An effort was launched to make the day more than just the end of a three day weekend by placing an emphasis on community service in honor of King’s vision. NoDef is using the opportunity to introduce a weekly feature in which we will spotlight volunteer opportunities.

The Empress' New Clothes

The Empress Hotel (1317 Ursulines Avenue) is an institution. Countless New Orleanians have spent the night at the Treme spot in the midst of a move, with high school sweethearts, or after adult lovers have shown them the door. However, many visitors are not fond of the probably-should-bring-your-own-sheets charm, the leave your key at the desk rule, or the bugs. Tonight (1.13), the Travel Channel is airing an episode of Hotel Impossible centered around an effort to clean the classic.

NOLA Est Charlie

The world continues to mourn the recent terror attacks in Paris, France. Novelle Orléans has also expressed solidarity with our municipal forebears across the pond. France’s diplomatic mission to NOLA set up a digital condolence book and the Consul General Grégor Trumel issued a statement expressing hope and gratitude.

Woman Found Lost

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) report missing people almost daily. Now, police are seeking assistance with the case of a found person. 73 year old Ruth Williams was found wandering in Uptown last night (1.08). The NOPD are asking for help finding her family or caretakers.

Sounds of Silence from Natchez's Calliope

By Ashley Larsen

Visitors love the sounds of the Steamboat Natchez. Some locals have been known to grow fatigued of the recurring sounds of the river. However, all are missing the sounds of the river right now. Due to maintenance, the Natchez will be out of commission until January 30th.

Trees Please

Some New Orleanians are beginning to convert their Douglas Firs into Mardi Gras Trees. However, most locals are wondering what to do with the shedding Christmas trees in their living rooms. Today, Mayor Mitch and the City reminded citizens that tree recycling programs will be available this week. The discarded cheer will be repurposed to protect the coast and the wetlands.

Mass Effect: Times & Places to Pray on Christmas

To many New Orleanians, Christmas is about much more than gifts and eats. The holiday is rooted in religiions and tens of thousands of locals will be flocking to church for mass. With a little help from the Archdiocese, NoDef compiled a list of churches and mass times around town.

Riverwalk Lights Up With Massive Menorah

Bonfires on the river are not the only pyrotechnics that New Orleans employs to celebrate the holiday season. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Tuesday (12.16) and menorahs will be springing up around the city. An eleven foot tall model will be springing up in Spanish Plaza courtesy of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Chabad of Louisiana.

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