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November 25th

Pelicans v. Suns

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 8p.m.

Pheonix takes on New Orleans



Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Jon Cleary

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

British-born keyboardist’s groove is all New Orleans


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early


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 11.25.15

Today in New Orleans, the Pelicans take on the Suns, and Jon Cleary is back at Chickie Wah Wah. At Bullet’s, Kermit Ruffins will jam, and you can grab your groceries at Crescent City Farmers Market. Happy Birthday to Zydeco guitarist Joseph “Cookie” Chavis, born on November 25, 1967 in Lafayette, La. Now, more ways to celebrate.

Stompin' Time

In New York City, there is a little parade annually that involves no open containers, no throws, and a lot of cold. So, New Orleanians have taken to heading up north to offer a clinic in proper parading. On Thursday (11.26), the 610 Stompers will return to Gotham for their second appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Today In NOLA 11.24.15

Today in New Orleans, Joe Bonamassa is coming to the Saenger and Rebirth Brass Band will play their normal gig at Maple Leaf Bar. You could also jam with Stanton Moore Trio at Snug Harbor Jazz Trio. For your food needs, head to the weekly Crescent City Farmers Market. On this day in 2008, the Saints scored a franchise record 51 points.  On the same day in 1980, head coach Dick Nolan was fired after losing to the Rams. Now more for your Tuesday.

Today In NOLA 11.23.15

Today in New Orleans, classics Alexis & the Samurai will jam at Chickie Wah Wah and Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses will play at Maison. In book news, Garden District will present The Hard Times. Emperor Sumo will bring psychedelic noise rock to Circle Bar. Today in 1812, Alan Magruder and Jean Destrehan elected Louisiana’s first U.S. Senators. Now, more to do today.

Second Line Alert: Nine Times

Drew Brees has the afternoon off. However, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the number nine today. The Nine Times Social Aid and PLeasure Club are set to strut their stuff during their annual second line.

Today In NOLA 11.22.15

Today in New Orleans, grab a po-boy or ten at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. The Pelicans will take on the Phoenix suns at the Smoothie King Center, and Hot 8 Brass Brand will jam at the Howlin’ Wolf. For more music, check out Papa Mali at Chickie Wah Wah. Today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and famous Mafia Man Carlos Marcell was acquitted in his deportation case. Now, more for today.

Today In NOLA 11.21.15

Today in New Orleans, get your champagne fix at Bacchanal’s Bubbly Fest or jam with The Revivalists at Tipitina’s. There will be erotic queer art at Peep. Show, and Dance Theater of Harlem is twirling into the Mahalia Jackson. While you’re waiting for the hours to pass and sail on into the weekend, flip on some tunes by Dr. John – he celebrates his 74th birthday today. Keep on keepin’ on with these events.

Road Closures Coming For Race & Fest

This weekend boasts a po-boy festival as well as running fest to burn off those calories. However, jogging might be the best way to get around some neighborhoods over the next couple of days. The City has issued a warning about the massive street culture that  will accompany the events.

Today In NOLA 11.20.15

Today in New Orleans, it’s finally Friday! Celebrate as the Pelicans take on the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center, or get cultured at Friday Nights at NOMA. Jerry Seinfeld will speak at the Saenger, and LAMB is on the big screen at Zeitgeist. On this day in 1922, Governor John Milliken Parker met with President Warren G. Harding to discuss KKK violence in the state. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 

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