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August 2nd

Satchmo Summerfest
Old U.S. Mint, 11:45a.m.
Last day to jam at Summerfest


Dave Hause
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
Philly punk singer


Breathe Carolina
Republic, 8p.m.
Electronic rock from Denver


A Clockwork Orange
The Prytania, 10p.m.
Classic dystopian crime film


Nola Comedy Hour
Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.
Get in your last weekend laughs


Swing Beat

New Orleans puts the Grrr in swinger, baby! Or at least it will this weekend (7.29-8.2). The annual Naughty in N’awlins lifestyle and swinger couples convention is back in New Orleans for its seventeenth year. Grab a partner…or a few… and leave your inhibitions at the door. The convention features parades, awards, seminars, erotic theme balls and sensuous fantasy playrooms, amongst other debaucheries activities. 

Second Suitors: JFK Conspiracy Theorists to Hold NOLA Convention

By Lucy Leonard

We know what you did last summer, Lee Harvey Oswald. What happens in New Orleans apparently won’t stay in New Orleans for Oswald, who is commonly believed to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. This October 16 through 18, leading experts on the JFK assassination will gather in New Orleans for the first annual Oswald Conference, “Oswald’s Summer of Secrets: New Orleans and the JFK Assassination.”

Board? Fulton Alley Adds Game Parlor

What goes better with beer than bowling? Fulton Alley will tonight try to answer this question with the launch of its new Game Parlor. The new concept is the product of cross-country tour of upscale bowling alleys undertaken by the Fulton Alley team.

Christmas in July at Fox & Hound

By Lucy Leonard

When Christmastime rolls around, not all children have the same opportunity to wait for gifts to appear under the tree. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is teaming up with local bar and restaurant Fox & Hound to change that. This Thursday (7.30), Fox & Hound will host its first Toy Collect “Fundraiser” for 2015.

Spoiler Alert: Heat Advisory in Effect

In case y’all haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed the obvious and reminded New Orleanians of the dangers that accompany the weather. On Saturday (7.25), the federal agency issued a Heat Advisory for Orleans Parish.

The Strength of Street Knowledge

Fourth World ATD Brings Books to the Block

Especially after Katrina, New Orleans has become home to many non-profits, but some organizations have been here since long before the storm. One such group is Fourth World All Together in Dignity. The international non-profit is present in 35 countries worldwide and has been a staple in New Orleans for around twenty-five years. 

Event to Mark Three Years Since Sinkhole Devastated Bayou Corne

By Lucy Leonard

On August 3, 2012, the lives of the people living on Bayou Corne changed forever. Deep beneath the feet of the city’s citizens, an underground salt dome cavern, owned by Texas Brine Company, collapsed. The event caused the creation of a dangerous sinkhole, which released oil and gases and sucked sediment, trees and more downward. As the now nearly empty community approaches the three-year anniversary of the disaster, documentary filmmaker and New Orleans resident Victoria Greene is hoping to bring the community back together for closure.

Uber Ices NOLA Down

By Lucy Leonard

I scream. You scream. We all scream for… Uber? This Friday (7.24) Uber is hosting its fourth annual Uber Ice Cream Day. The company’s drivers will be delivering ice cream to customers in 250 cities worldwide, this year including New Orleans. So, if you’re interested in having 5 scoops of cold Sucre gelato delivered to your home or office, read more here.

Espirit de Corps: Peace Corps Parties at Rusty Nail

By Lucy Leonard

Tonight (7.23), the Louisiana Peace Corps Association (LPCA) is hosting the inaugural Louisiana Peace Corp Festival at The Rusty Nail. The event aims to share the stories of returned Peace Corp members as well as educate the community about the work that the organization is doing and will feature panels, raffles, photo presentations and more. 

Swim Suite: The Annual Pool Guide

It’s mid-July in New Orleans and with the mercury rising it’s time again for NoDef’s pool guide. For many New Orleanians, vacation is more of a staycation and a pool is not accessible. There’s always the City’s NORDC network, but for those looking for something a bit more posh, NoDef has put together a list of all of NOLA's swimming options.

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