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October 22nd

New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing (Old U.S. Mint, 7 p.m.)

A tasting and lecture with two New Orleans brewmasters


Macy Gray with The Way Tour + The Honorable South + Cory Nokey

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

Soulful chanteuse to enchant audiences at Tip’s


Susan Morse: The Dog Stays in the Picture

Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.

Susan Morse discusses and signs her book


“Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business” a lecture with Joshua D. Rothman

THNOC, 6p.m.

Rothman to discuss three men who dealt in the slave trade during the 19th century


Crescent City Farmers Market

French Market, 2p.m – 6p.m.

Brand new French Quarter edition of the city's prime local market


October 23rd

The Delta Saints

Publiq House, 10p.m.

“Bourbon-fueled bayou rock” Nashville group


Dylan Landis: Rainey Royal  

Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.

14 narratives from Greenwich Village in the 70s


Julian Benasis

Republic, 10p.m.

EDM producter/ DJ to play with Buck 10, DXXXY & SFAM


James Nolan - YOU DON'T KNOW ME

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

New Orleans writer James Nolan reads and signs his new interrelated collection of short stories


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week featuring a Fais Do-Do with Ike Marr and Martin Shears


October 24th

Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

Food Network star brings his live show to the Crescent City



Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, 5p.m.

Alfred Hitchcocks thriller starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint


Selebrating Sierra Leone: Music by Imaginary Frenz

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Fundraiser to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.


Cottonmouth Kings

Spotted Cat, 10p.m.

Smokin’ swing and jazz music at one of the city’s best dancing venues


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 8p.m.

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen ($10)


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.

Discreet Affair: Site Provides Census of NOLA Cheaters

Does your idea of the perfect extramarital affair include romantic candlelit dinners and long walks in Audubon Park? You should probably take things a little farther from home, because according to data from a “married dating” site, most philanderers in New Orleans live Uptown.

Michael Cerveris Gets Crunk With ALS Ice

Michael Cerveris took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with an interesting twist this weekend. The actor and song & dance man posted a video depicting him dumping a pitcher of ice--well, you'll see--today. He then challenged Evita co-star Ricky Martin to rise to the occasion. (Video after the jump.)

Today in NOLA: 8.17.14

Let the good times roll! The first-ever New Orleans Sushi Fest rolls into Mardi Gras World this afternoon, with live entertainment, traditional crafts, Miss Linda the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, wrestlers wearing blow-up sumo suits, and oh yes, sushi. The Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrates another cultural tradition as Mardi Gras Indian elders gather to give awards and share oral histories. Details today:

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