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January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show


Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions


Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA


Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again


Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop


Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce


In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes


Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi


January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route


Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

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

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


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.

Mailbag: Bikes on Basin

One reader is very angry about bikers’ rights, particularly the lane on Basin Street. Douglas Duckworth writes to the media and the City to air his concerns about imminent dismemberment if the situation is not remedied. Colonel Mark Jernigan responds to his concerns and offers action from his department.

Today in NOLA: 1.20.15

Two of New Orleans finest female voices sing at the Old U.S. Mint today. Gravity A plays alongside Eric Bloom of Lettuce tonight at Tipitina's. A musical review of 1940s tunes is happening at the Saegner (two shows.) Creole Soul is at d.b.a. The Frostop on Jefferson Hwy closed on this day in 2007 post Katrina. Now, more on Friday events. 

The Taxman Cometh

It’s time to pay the piper. Property taxes are due at the end of the month. The City has issued all sorts of special procedures and instructions to make the process as painless as possible. Plus, there will be extra hours.

The Perfect (Parking) Spot

The best way to handle a car in New Orleans during Carnival is to leave it at home. However, those who do risk the roads know that the traffic is bad, but the parking is worse. A company called SpotHero thinks that they have a solution. They are rolling out an app in NOLA to help motorists find parking.

Today in NOLA: 1.29.15

The first ever Moth GrandSLAM Championship held at the Joy Theater has sold out, but that doesn't mean you can't go out. The krewe that formed at a simple house party and has now grown into more than 100 members and a Mardi Gras dance troupe is hosting their fundraiser at Treo tonight featuring drink specials and bocce ball! If you're passing by the Old Mint early this afternoon, pop in to see St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus around 2p.m. Grammy Award winner, who sang on Jay-Z's track "Lost One," will be performing at the the Saegner. Twelve years ago today, Ivan Neville starred as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Now, more events to soothe your entertainment cravings. 


Royal Rollers

Bacchus & Zulu Announce Guests

Carnival is coming! With only a few weeks before the big parades roll, krewes are releasing the finer points of the festivities. Today (1.26), Bacchus and Zulu announced some of the special guests joining their processions.

Details Announced for Big Chief Bo Dollis Remembrance

Last Tuesday (1.20), Big Chief Theodore “Bo” Dollis became an ancestor. The Dollis family has now announced the details of his funeral services. The remembrance will span two days (1.30, 1.31) and feature all the pomp befitting a man of his stature.

Today in NOLA: 1.28.15

Today in New Orleans, South African born singer Gregory Alan Isakov is slated to perform at One Eyed Jacks. The Pelicans battle the Denver Nuggets on their home turf. Two metal bands are at the House of Blues. Resident percussionist Mike Dillon shares the stage with Brian Haas and James Singleton. The Loyola Avenue Streetcar line opened on this day in 2013. Now, more details on live and local events.


’tit Rǝx Ready to Roll (Route, Details)

The smallest of all Carnival parades is getting ready to roll. The Krewe of ’tit R?x announced the details of their February 7 parade. Themed “L’Enfant Terrible,” the shoebox sized floats will travel on the same Marigny route the parade graced in 2014.

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