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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



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



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


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

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

A glow in the dark dancing light show



NOLA Libre?

What The Thaw With Cuba Means for NOLA

On Wednesday (12.20,) President Barack Obama made the biggest changes in US-Cuba relations since 1961. In doing so, he has changed over 50 years of policy, and set a precedent for American relations with Cuba to come. The City of New Orleans has a long history with Cuba, but the new move raises questions about the Crescent City’s future connections with Havana.

Sex Workers to March for Rights in Quarter

One does not need to need a sociology degree to know that the sex industry plays a large role in New Orleans. A simple stroll down Bourbon Street will suffice. The Sex Workers Outreach Program, New Orleans (SWOP-NOLA) will stage a march on December 17 to raise awareness about the hazards faced by those in the business.

Room 220: Speaking in Tongues, Part II

Los Invisibles Inmigrantes of the Post-Katrina New Orleans Reconstruction Apocalypse Blues

This is an excerpt Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares, a new collection of poetry by José Torres-Tama. Room 220 will host a Post-Brunch Salon to celebrate its release from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.)

Election Results

Louisianans headed to the polls yesterday. Congressman Bill Cassidy unseated incumbent Mary Landrieu. In Orleans Parish, a millage for education easily passed and Desiree Cook-Calvin and Monique Barial won judgeships. Full results follow.

Candidates & Voters Pull at Polls in Orleans Parish

Voting is a privilege. In Louisiana, a carousel of elections means that privilege gets exercised frequently including today (12.06.) Orleans Parish voters will head to the polls to pick two judges and decide whether a millage for education is created. However, the most publicized race is Representative Bill Cassidy’s bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Maty Landrieu.

Conditional Sluice

Zoning OK'd for Commissary Kitchen, Volunteers of America, & Bayou Wine Garden

Cautions about a fast-food worker rally on Canal Street concluded Thursday’s (12.05) City Council Meeting. However, before that point, talk of new kitchens and lounges dominated much of the zoning heavy agenda. Some members of the community expressed their concern of commercial encroachment residential areas. However, the Council still approved zoning changes for Commissary Kitchen at the Riverbend, a parking lot for Volunteers of America in Mid City and an offshoot of Bayou Beer Garden called Bayou Wine Garden caddy corner to the popular patio bar and restaurant.

The Storming of the Drive Thru

Protests erupted in 190 cities nationwide marking the two-year anniversary of the fast food campaign. Fast food chain workers have demanded better wages for employees of industry titans, like McDonald’s and Burger King. In New Orleans, a group of about 50 people, gathered outside the Dollar Store at Broad Street and Canal Street, eventually storming the Burger King and McDonald’s drive-thrus.

Election Selection Dec. 6

National news coverage of Election Day has long since yielded to the Holiday Frenzy. However, on Saturday (12.06,) voters in Louisiana will head to the polls. The race for U.S. Senate is the marquis attraction. However, in Orleans parish, voters will be deciding on two judges and an education millage as well. Know before you go! Cick on through for a look at the ballot.

Landrieu Offers Second Opinion on Cassidy's Medical Billing

It’s only Thanksgiving, but Christmas may have come early for Senator Mary Landrieu. This week evidence surfaced that implies her electoral opponent Representative Bill Cassidy billed Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) for work that he never performed moonlighting as a doctor after being elected to the House. Landrieu, trailing in the polls, seized the opportunity to go on the offensive.

Bill of Goods? Cassidy's Pay from LSU-HSC Raises Questions

Senate race front-runner Representative Bill Cassidy built a campaign around attacking the incumbent on healthcare, but stories first reported by Jason Berry of The American Zombie and LaMar White, Jr. of CenLamar suggest that healthcare could be his downfall. Cassidy is in the midst of an ethical quagmire after a recent records release implying that the Congressman was paid by the publicly funded Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) for work that he never performed. Timesheets, government docs, and internal correspondence indicate that Cassidy collected pay for 30 hours of monthly work at LSUHSC while serving in Congress, but only logged an average 12.5 hours monthly.  Additional questions surround the days that he reported which often coincided with House votes, committee meetings, and the 2013 government shutdown.

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