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March 29th

Micah McKee & Little Maker

Circle Bar, 5-9p.m.

Free music for happy hour


Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Take a holiday with this gal's swingin' pipes


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

Hot brass from locals


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.

A Smokin' Cause

by Ashley Rouen

The first day of Hogs for the Cause (3.27) started off with a bang. Teams gathered Friday night to prepare for the BBQ feast and charity drive popping off today (3.28.) Drive-By Truckers headlined, as neon lights radiated from private tent parties throughout the night. Today the Soul Rebels close out the fest and the winners of the pork competition will be announced at 7:30p.m. So, get your forks ready for some pork and head out to City Park to support the cause if you're looking for a smoky way to spend your Saturday.

Today in NOLA: 3.28.15

The pork tasting competition begins for the second day of Hogs for the Cause, raising funds for pediatric brain cancer. Also tonight, world folk band hailing from all over the Southeast, Rising Appalachia is at the Civic Theater and will be joined by members from Toubab Krewe (also playing at Hogs) to kick off their show. Stein's Deli puts on Revolt of the Beavers, a Cripple Creek production. Delta Flight 727 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked and rerouted to Cuba on this day in 1984. Now, more on Saturday events. 

An Account of Historical Fiction

by Ashley Rouen

Moroccan author Laila Lalami spoke during a Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s Master Classes (3.27) at The Historic New Orleans Collection about her new book, The Moor’s Account, which is a work of historical fiction told in the form of memoir from the perspective of the first ever black explorer of America, known as Estebanico, of whom not much is known. During the lecture entitled Deceptive Histories, Truthful Fictions, Lalami detailed what it takes to write a novel based on historical events, all the while giving a voice to a character whose story has been lost to history because of his status as slave. 

Today in NOLA: 3.27.15

The weekend is here! Drive-By Truckers are headlining the music tonight at the BBQ fest for pediatric brain cancer, Hogs for the Cause. Mystery Burlesque is on at the AllWays Lounge. As for theater options, By Any Scenes Necessary: A Streetcar Named Desire will be acted out at Cafe Istabul as part of the Tennessee Williams Festival. On this day in 1934, Rev. Gerald Smith delivered a speech to Sulphur’s “Share Our Wealth” Club. Now more on Friday. 

Today in NOLA: 3.26.15

If you were hoping for tickets to indie pop sensation Sylvan Esso at Tip's or filmmaker extraordinaire John Waters at the Joy, those shows are sold out, but there's much more going on today and tonight. The literary schedule for the Tennessee Williams Festival is already underway featuring Master Classes and Panel talks through Sunday. Mary Chapin Carpenter is in town, along with electronic producer Kodak to Graph. On this day in 1911, the West End Streetcar took its first ride. Now, more on Thursday happenings. 

Justice of the Trees: Group to File Suit Against City Park Golf Course

After letters to the editor, public meetings, and protestors in trees, the controversy over the new gold course in City Park is heading to the courts. Anti-course activists, the City Park for Everyone Coalition (CPEC) issued a release announcing their intention to seek an injunction halting construction on Thursday (3.26) morning. 

Today in NOLA: 3.25.15

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival breezes into New Orleans today with a special event starring Allen Toussaint, but tomorrow the main panels and events begin. The Houston Rockets vie the Pelicans at home. The band named after a Kerouac short story is in town, and recently formed band TYSSON headlines for Wednesdays at the Square. The Dixiana Bakery, famous for its Sarah Bernhardt Cake (rich wine cake with nuts, red apple jelly glaze and whipped cream) celebrated it’s grand reopening on this day in 1950. Now more things to do this hump day.

Above Canal: Four Season Picked for WTC

After three failed attempts and a new series of bids that involved Kermit Ruffins and a gondola ride, the City has picked a winner in the war to develop the World Trade Center. A Four Seasons hotel is the administration’s top choice for the coveted real estate at the foot of Canal.

Today in NOLA: 3.24.15

The famous Stevie Wonder performs his legendary Songs in the Key of Life album in New Orleans tonight. Electro pop singer Twin Shadow is at Republic, and a couple indie rock bands are slated to play Uptown at Gasa Gasa and The Willow. A documentary exporing the women's liberation movement screens at the Indywood. Happy Birthday to Nathan Williams, leader of Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas, who turns 52 today. Now, more on Tuesday's events. 

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