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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.

99 Luftballons: DIY Eyes in the Skies to Map NOLA this Weekend

By Chris Staudinger

Red balloons will hover above the city this weekend. Les ballons rouge will trail cameras that will provide teams of citizen scientists an elevated view of various urban wetland restoration projects across the area. These views are rarely seen from the bottoms of our bowl, and they’re views that organizers hope will help give people a better understanding of this watery urban ecosphere.

Tweetin' for Teach': Loyola Adds Social Media Minor

All those likes, friends, and followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter may now qualify you as an academic.  Loyola University announced that their School of Mass Communications will be adding social media as a minor.

Lights Out for Cigarettes at CVS

Smokers in New Orleans and across the nation accustomed to picking up a pack at their local CVS will have to learn some new habits. The pharmacy chain, newly rebranded as CVS Health, quit selling all tobacco products nationwide yesterday (9.3).

Hello, Dolly: Tropical Storm Predicted to Make Landfall in Mexico

Now upgraded from a Depression to a Tropical Storm, Dolly continues to head for the coast of Mexico. The National Weather Service predicts that Dolly will make landfall later today or early tomorrow.

Weekend Weather & Tropical Outlook: 8.23, 8.24

By Patrick J. Pearson

Hot! The Song remains the same as we burn into a particularly hot weekend, weather-wise. Highs are projected in the mid to upper 90's with Heat Indices into the triple digits both Saturday and Sunday. Stay cool and hydrated and check in on the elderly and shut-in's you may know too. Rain chance are 10 percent at best both days. Off Puerto Rico, we're keep an eye on 96L which is still disorganized.

Alliance Française Holds Open House as NOLA Says Bienvenue to New Consul

Are you thinking about learning French? This Saturday, Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans invites the public to enjoy une journée portes ouvertes, or open house, to sample the organization’s language courses—glass of wine in hand, of course. With a new Consul General of France arriving in New Orleans this week, it’s a great time to take up la belle langue.

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