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April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  


Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize


Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  


Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales


The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton


Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!


April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  


Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more


Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  


Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  



House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  


Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   


Room 220: Sarah Vowell Set for Tulane Talk

from Press Street's Room 220

Best-selling author and media personality Sarah Vowell will give a presentation of her work at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in the Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenburg Art Center on Tulane University’s campus.

SNL Spoofs Gov. Bobby Jindal (VIDEO)

Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to get used to being spoofed on Saturday Night Live now that he has gone public with possible White House ambitions. SNL opened with a Coachella skit that began with former Gov. Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan addressing young crowds at the fest. 

West Bank Mardi Gras Indians, Single Ladies Parade Sunday

The Single Ladies and the West Bank Mardi Gras Indians are steppin' out on Sunday, bringing the New Orleans-style celebrations beyond the French Quarter. The Indians will be out at West Fest at L.B. Landry High School (1200 L.B. Landry Ave), while the Single Ladies Social Aide and Pleasure Club steps off in Central City.

Gulf Wildlife Still Feeling Oily Impacts, Report Says

Deepwater Horizon oil may be buried these days, but the the Big Oozy's potential effects on wildlife are beginning to materialize on the surface. According to a new report released to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster, the Macondo well's oil could be making its way up the marine life food chain.

The Iron Price: NOLA Bars Screen Game of Thrones

April has begun, but winter is coming. Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres tonight, and local fans can stop frantically begging friends for HBO GO passwords. NoDef found a handful of local bars screening the premiere, from the Lower Garden to the Marigny. For those who can't wait for the next episode, NOLA is also offering up some gaming and liquid options.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Burps, Swallows Trees (VIDEO)

The Assumption Parish sinkhole was quiet for a couple months, but the spring has brought feeding time to Bayou Corne. Over the last week, the 29-acre sinkhole has recorded two "slough-in" events that pulled previously above-ground areas of Earth down to the depths.

Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 4

There are still over 20 days left of Lent, but NoDef is publishing our last installment in our 40 Lenten tips. In honor of the last ten, Salire Fitness owner Nolan Ferraro offers some advice for beginners, as well as believers.  

Dream Chaser Space Plane Work Lands at Michoud

Michoud's next mission involves a plane and a dream. At the New Orleans East space-flight manufacturing facility, workers are constructing a new space plane that's designed to take humans where the space shuttle once flew. The plane, which was dubbed the Dream Chaser, is scheduled for its first test takeoff in 2016.

Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 3

Lent is well underway, and cravings are intensifying for those who have sacrificed their favorite foods and drinks. Salire Fitness (4209 Magazine St.) owner Nolan Ferraro offers ten more wellness tips this week, plus some expert advice on how to curb alcohol and food cravings. 

BP Back to Bidding on Gulf of Mexico Leases

BP's legal fate has yet to be decided by the judge, but the company is moving ahead with new oil and gas exploration projects in the Gulf. The British oil giant posted 24 high bids Wednesday at the feds' latest massive auction of offshore leases, just a week after environmental officials cleared the company to receive federal contracts for the first time in two years. Louisiana's coastal restoration efforts also stand to gain millions.

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