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March 1st

Cult Fiction

PubliQ House, 9p.m.

This month, catch "The Dude" on the big screen in The Big Lebowski


The Southern Hootenaney

Siberia, 6-9p.m.

Freaksheaux to Geaux Fearless Femmes


Hannibal Buress

Civic Theater, 9p.m.

Comedian has some funny things to say about New Orleans



Mid-City Theater, 6p.m.

Last night to catch a comedic retelling of Dumas' classic tale


3rd Annual Musician's Clinic Benefit & Jamie Galloway Memorial

Maple Leaf, 3p.m.

Big Ass Party and Crawfish Boil!


6th Annual Recycled Fashion Show

Rock n Bowl, 6p.m.

Thrift store finds turned haute couture all for a cause


NOLA in the News: Odell Beckham Jr., Stuart Smith

A pair of New Orleanians garnered some serious press over the past few days. Newman’s Odell Beckham Jr. is in England promoting the NFL and learning a little about what the Europeans call “proper football”. Stuart Smith is promoting a book about the abuses of oil companies on public television.

Fireboat Blaze Pulls Collegiate Sailors From Lake

Sometimes college students don’t know when Mardi Gras is over. Three days after Ash Wednesday (2.21), a pair of women from University of Notre Dame had some trouble during the Mardi Gras Regatta. Fortunately, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was on the scene.

Tet Fete

Vietnamese New Orleanians Celebrate New Year

For many New Orleanians, the celebrations did not end on Ash Wednesday. The local Vietnamese community is set to celebrate Tet, or the Lunar New Year, this weekend at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East.

Season of Our Content: Mardi Gras Weather History

Weather is all of the talk on Mardi Gras Day, especially after 2014’s frozen fiasco. This year (2015) no precipitation is expected and temperature is forecast to be brisk in the low 50’s, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS’ Forecaster $RJR also issued a special set of Mardi Gras meteorological factoids about the weather in past years.

Bloody Sunday Revisited

NOLA Group Plans Montgomery Trip to Mark Civil Rights Milestone

On March 6-8 the cities of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. New Orleans will be represented at the commemoration by VIET (Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training), a local group making to the trip to Montgomery. VIET is an organization that “works to develop educational and economic training programs and act as a resource center for minority residents in Louisiana.” They are taking 55 people from the community on a three day trip to Montgomery. 

Heading for Home (Nyx's Unique Hats in Photos)

by Ashley Rouen

Costumes make the season for both bead grabbers and float riders. If you braved the parade scene last night, you may have noticed the elaborate headdresses draping the skulls of Nyx krewe members as their parade rolled Uptown and through the CBD. (Apparently these ladies excel at decorating accessories besides purses.) Before mounting their floats, the all female Mystic Krewe of Nyx gathered to vote on the float with the best headdress design at the Sugar Mill. 2015's theme was dedicated to the King of Rock N' Roll himself, none other than Elvis Presley. As the members paraded their creatively tweaked head gear and got pumped for the parade, NoDef was on site to catch the scene. 

Reception Conception

Charging your phone before the parade is a requisite in 2015. Parade trackers tell us when to get to the route and text messaging lets us know where to go. And, then there’s social media. But, many New Orleanians remember the recent past, when bad reception rendered all those tools moot. AT&T now has as plan to keep revelers ringers clicking away.

Bizarre Bazaar

Carnival is in full swing which means that the countdown for costumes is on.  But for those who want to get a jumpstart, Cree McCree and the Threadhead Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization, are hosting their 24rd Annual NOLA Designer Costume Bazaar today at the New Orleans Healing Center.

Let Them Eat Cake

Results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in

The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the second year in a row, Bittersweet Confections has landed the win for their vibrantly sugared cake filled with rich chocolate. But, Bittersweet was only one of the local bakeries represented in the competition, all of whom brought their best game to the challenge. The barren platters at the event's end provided evidence that there are no loosers in the world of cake.

Give To Your NOLA

May Fifth has officially been declared GiveNola Day. Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke in the K&B Building Lobby to hype the holiday which focuses on communities giving back. New Orleans’ own soul-singing queen, Irma Thomas, shared a dance with the Mayor Mitch as she sang a jingle made just for the philanthropic day at the press conference hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (1.29.)

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