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February 27th

Kongo Across the Waters
NOMA, 6p.m.
Opening of new exhibit includes talks, performance by Bamboula 2000


DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE!
Hi-Ho Lounge, 11p.m.
Rare groove dance party in its 10th year


Nerd Love
Tubby & Coo’s, 7p.m.
A chance for geeks to find their “Player 2”


Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

Sometimes they're Most Wanted, other times, the Stooges, but they always bring a brash sound with hip-hop influences


Sweet Crude
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Local group is all the rage


Big Charity

Joy Theater, 8p.m.

Screening of the documentary about the historic fall of Charity Hospital


February 28th

Diana Ross

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

The Queen of Motown belts it out in town


Big Charity

Joy Theater, 8p.m.

Second night of screening locally made documentary about the fall of Charity Hospital



Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Kevin Russell's newest venture


Desert Noises + Sol Cats

PubliQ House, 10p.m.

Indie rockers from Utah


Lucero + Robert Bingman

Tipitina's, 10p.m.

Sold out


6th Annual Recycled Fashion Show

Rock n Bowl, 6p.m.

Thrift store finds turned haute couture all for a cause


PresHall Band with Nesby & Fiend

Preservation Hall

Trad Jazz meets hip-hop


March 1st

Cult Fiction

PubliQ House, 9p.m.

This month, catch "The Dude" on the big screen in The Big Lebowski


The Southern Hootenaney

Siberia, 6-9p.m.

Freaksheaux to Geaux Fearless Femmes


Hannibal Buress

Civic Theater, 9p.m.

Comedian has some funny things to say about New Orleans



Mid-City Theater, 6p.m.

Last night to catch a comedic retelling of Dumas' classic tale


3rd Annual Musician's Clinic Benefit & Jamie Galloway Memorial

Maple Leaf, 3p.m.

Big Ass Party and Crawfish Boil!


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.

Magnolia Honey

by Ashley Rouen

Plenty of mansions exist in New Orleans' Garden District's premiere real estate market, but they don’t usually create much of a stir in the community. However, the Magnolia Mansion, a bed and breakfast located at 2127 Prytania Street, is catching heat from neighbors opposed to plans to add a bar and restaurant to the B&B. After much debate, a zoning change was granted.

Vogue With a Vision

Fashionistas get ready! Bridge House/Grace House’s 6th Annual Recycled Fashion Show is slated for  Sunday (3.1) at Rock N Bowl from 6:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. The evening will feature an auction of repurposed threads to benefit the nonprofit.

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

After Mardi Gras, more than one New Orleanian might be considering retiring a pair of shoes. The Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association is asking locals to think twice about their old kicks. The group announced the launch of a seven week campaign to collect shoes for the needy in conjunction with global non profit Soles4Souls. 

Today in NOLA: 2.27.15

Tonight features some unique fare. One bookstore is holding a dating event for nerds. NOMA is opening a new show and Sweet Crude is continuing their mercurial rise. On this day in 1827, New Orleans kicked off her first ever Mardi Gras.

Opening Notes at City Council

By Ashley Rouen

City Council’s Regular Meeting began by recognizing NOLA Global Youth Week from March 9th through the 15th. Then, the Pontchartrain Chapter of Links introduced their Rising Stars Mentoring Program, which recently completed a month long program with female students in grades 8 through 10 at McDonogh 35. Finally, organizers of Give NOLA Day appeared before the Council to spread word about the day of giving to take place in Lafayette Square on Cinco de Mayo. In the afternoon, the Council will address several hot button issues, including zoning, cigar bars, and the Magnolia Mansion.

Today in NOLA: 2.26.15

New Orleans entertainment can't stop, won't stop, even for the cold. Tonight's calendar brings a host of live shows, book parties, a record release and film screening. For the local enthusiast, check out Salon with Brian Boyles on his new book about Superbowl 2013 held in New Orleans. For the adventurer, rendezvous at Parkway for a Mustache Bike Ride. For the music junkie, catch Kristin Diable or Tank and the Bangas. On this day in 1842, some men were arrested at 2a.m. for having too much fun, cited for "unlawful assemblage, fiddling and dancing."  Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Walking Heads: SCOTUS Negs Tour Guide Appeal

New Orleans tour guides are often criticized for embellishing facts. However, when it came to fighting a licensing law, the historian praetorians stayed on focus with a detailed lawsuit. On Monday (2.23), the Supreme Court sided against the guides.

Today in NOLA 2.25.15

Shoegaze inspired band with a creepy name performs a blend of psych rock on Freret. Popular musician of the 70s Jonathan Richman is at One Eyed Jacks. Seasoned mockumentarists, the Trailer Park Boys, unleash their comedy at Mahalia Jackson. On this day in 1964, Eastern Airlines Flight 304 crashed into Lake Pontchartrain killing 51 passengers and 7 crew, including opera singer and actor Kenneth Lee Spencer and Marie-Hélène Lefaucheux. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 

Traffic Alert: Warehouse District Construction

Once again, construction and closures are coming to the Warehouse District. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) will be back at work this afternoon and Wednesday (2.25).

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