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Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

 

Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each

 

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 


  NOLA

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.


Today in NOLA: 12.19.14


Tonight New Orleans celebrates birthdays and anniversaries. WWOZ is 34. Kermit Ruffins is 50. Shotgun Cinema is one year old. In another type of celebration, Republic hosts a winter edition of Bounce night with Big Freedia to help locals tweak their way into the new year. Remembering our past, the Streetcars began running again today in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina. Now, more details on the festivities this evening. 


Hollaback Calls Out Street Harassment


These days there is an app for everything - including for victims of street harassment. Hollaback is a non-profit movement to end street harassment by letting victims and the general public expose harassers with the help of their phone. A new chapter just began in New Orleans with a goal of fighting harassment in the Crescent City. 


Today in NOLA: 12.18.14


As the holidays come to a peak, Thursday night in New Orleans has many cozy events to offer that will keep your heart warming for the season. For a mixture of old and new, try heading to the Ogden for a twist on flamenco with a guitar duo of brothers. Tales of the Cocktail reappears for its winter contest seeking to find that special bartender who can really make a Hot Toddy sizzle. Later, two Christmas shows happen at the St. Louis Cathedral and First Baptist Church. And in the news of the past, WDSU took on the airwaves in 1948, becoming Louisiana’s first television station. Now, more on events this Thursday. 


Today in NOLA: 12.17.2014


In honor of James Booker’s 75th birthday, Offbeat is throwing a piano party at the Maple Leaf. Trans-Siberian Orchestra pumps up the volume and lights at the Smoothie King Center. Molotov gets sarcastic at the Howlin’ Wolf, and The Kid Carsons & Friends pay homage to Neil Young with a tribute show. Today in New Orleans of 2006, our Saints won the NFC South for the first time. Now, a bit more on hump day's happenings. 

 


Grandstanding for a Cause


By Ashley Larsen

There may still be a lot of Saints Season between here and Mardi Gras but that doesn’t mean it is too early to start getting ready for the party. And the party will be a big one, Mardi Gras usually brings in about one billion dollars every year and enough tourists to pack every streetcar from Canal to St. Charles. Both tourists and locals alike scramble (often lubricated) to get the best throws. But, there is nothing worse than being pushed out of your spot and watching the whole parade from a crowd fifteen people deep. Tipitina’s Foundation has a solution through their 4th annual Mardi Gras Grandstands fundraiser. 


BUKU Breaks The Naked Truth (Video & Lineup)


BUKU Music + Art Project just released their lineup for 2015. This year, New Orleans resident EDM fest announced the artists to appear during the two-day festival Mar 13-14, 2015 via video. “The Naked Truth” makes consuming headliner acts fast and easy, as well as strips down a humorous music video to take your mind off the workweek for a few minutes. Next year’s lineup offers a balanced fusion of electronic, hip hop and indie rock music including Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson (Live), TV on the Radio, STS9, and Flosstradamus.

 


Marriage & Money


Louisiana's marriage policies may be costing the state, literally. A new study (and interactive graphic!) explains it all. The Williams Institute at UCLA, in partnership with Credit Suisse, released a study “The Business Impact of Opening Marriage to Same-sex Couples” tackling the topic. Specifically, the work shows how much money states that have legalized same sex marriages profit off of those nuptial bonds within the first three years of endorsement. The study also predicts how much money states, where same sex marriage is still illegal, have to gain if they trended with the other 35 states that have sanctioned those unions. Louisiana could stand to gain an estimated 28.3 million in spending dollars to the state economy if gays and lesbians could marry legally within the state.


Today in NOLA: 12.16.14


After the Saints bested the Chicago Bears last night in a Monday showdown, our guys in black and gold could still have a chance to win the NFC South. With Christmas a little over a week away, New Orleans is looking more and more like the holiday. Tonight, "Jingle Bell Rocks!,” a documentary about alternative X-mas songs reels at Indywood. MirrorFugue, a P.3 installation, plays at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Kajun’s hosts their monthly karaoke contest, and there’s opera at the Cathedral. Back in 1935, the deceased Huey P. Long was getting a bridge dedicated to him a mere three months following his death. Now, more on what to do this N'awlins eve. 

 


Today in NOLA: 12.15.14


While a break from local football this past Sunday went by without a peep, the Saints are back and playing the Bears tonight in Chicago. In New Orleans, regular Monday night shows ensue with Dazed on Toulouse at One Eyed Jacks and a Bluegrass Pickin' Party at the Hi Ho. Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen get funky at the Maple Leaf, and Leroy Jones carries on tradition at Preservation Hall. On this day in 1802, President Jefferson tried to purchase the Isle of Orleans, fearing a French takeover. Now more details on what to do this Monday. 

 


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