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Eat and drink the South


Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance, and drink wine from a tiny cup



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Getty Lee, Neal Peart, Alex Lifeson step into the limelight


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Krampus Gras

NOLA Fetes Demon Who Visits the Night Before St. Nick

Krampus is the stuff of nightmares. His name is derived from the German word Krampen, or to claw, and the night before Nikolaustag (Saint Nick’s Day) the beast creeps into town and beats the children into being nice. Of course, New Orleans will be feting this anti-hero with a mini-fest on December 5.

WW II Museum Remembers on Memorial Day

By Lucy Leonard

Memorial Day is not only a day to flip burgers and sip brews. The National World War II Museum is remembering the holiday’s original meaning through events honoring fallen service members. 

Huck Finn's Under Fire After Racist Receipt

The novel Huck Finn has long stood accused of racism. Now, one French Quarter restaurant bearing the same name is feeling the wrath of social media after a racist receipt went viral on Thursday (5.22). Musical scion Gaynielle Neville posted a photo of a receipt given to her daughter (with Cyril Neville), Lircya Neville Branch, at Huck Finn’s Cafe (135 Decatur Street) bearing the word n***er to Facebook and outraged locals quickly mobilized against the establishment.

Today in NOLA: 5.22.15

Memorial Day Weekend is kicking off with lots of festing. Whether you want Greek or just a glass of wine, your options are plentiful. On this day in 1961, Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law hit number 1 on the Billboard charts. Now for more of today:

Before the Barbecue: Memorial Day Weekend Events

By Lucy Leonard

The weather this Memorial Day weekend (5.22-5.25) might seem hott, but this line-up of events is even hotter. New Orleans offers a myriad of activities spanning from rememberance to volleyball to help spice up this holiday weekend. 

Today in NOLA: 5.21.15

Power metal is at the Civic and folk is at the Ogden. Mid City residents can walk to the market for some fresh groceries and bike people can pedal to a group ride. On this day in 1958, segregation of the New Orleans Street Cars ended. Now, check out Thursday’s offerings. 

All Greek to Me

Olives & Ouzo Return to Fest This Weekend

If you don’t know how to correctly pronounce the word “gyro,” this Memorial Day weekend is the time to find out. The New Orleans Greek Festival, celebrating it 42nd year, will welcome summer at the Holy Trinity Cathedral (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd.) this Friday through Sunday (5.22-5.24). 

Today in NOLA: 5.20.15

Get ready to laugh or rave your face off… or both. For those looking for something a bit more subdued, Bellocq is throwing a party. Happy Birthday to local singer-songwriter Susan Cowsill, who was born on this day in 1959. Now for more of today's happenings:

Today in NOLA: 5.19.15

Get ready for a book launch downtown today. Plus, Rebirth and the Treme Brass Band are playing a couple classic NOLA gigs. On this day in 1949, Elisha Archibald Manning III (better known as Archie) was born. Manning played for the Saints from 1971 to 1982 and sired two sons, Peyton and Eli. More on activities today after the jump.

Pedal Power Flowers

Bike Easy ED Dan Favre Talks Lanes, Cars, & Bikelash

Dan Favre can’t find time to catch his breath since Bike Easy hired him as their new Executive Director. In his first month, Favre and Bike Easy kicked off their membership drive, oversaw a waterlogged Bike To Work Week, and continued their advocacy work with programs such as the Safe Routes To School program. 

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