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November 20th

Fringe Festival 

Various local venues, Nov 19-23

New Orleans favorite theatre festival 


Lightinin’ Malcom

Ogden After Hours, 6-8p.m.

Juke Joint Blues + a lot of P.3 art for lookin’



Republic, 9:30p.m.

DJ from the shores of Santa Cruz revs the party with guests G Jones and Jackal



PubliQ House, 9:30p.m.

Weekly shows from local brass powerhouse


Dr. Dog

Tulane McAllister Auditorium, 8p.m.

Collegiate concert with indie rockers + Wavves


Frankie Ballard

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competitions charms with his country twang


Prime Time Trivia

Grand Pre, 7p.m.

Win Jello Shots for each round and possibly win a $25 bar tab


A Live One: Covering the Music of Phish

Howlin' Wolf, 9p.m.

A Phish tribute band based in Austin 



November 21st

Fringe Festival 

Various local venues, Nov 19-23

New Orleans favorite theatre festival 


Foo Fighters

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Voodoo's headliner just announced a surprise show!


Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

City Park, 7:30-11p.m.

Get an exclusive peek at the lights with four live music stages


Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Pyrtania Street Bar, 9p.m.

Musical genres unite with this house rockin’ band


Streets of Laredo

The Beatnik, 9p.m.

Brooklyn based indie folk



One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Canadian composer Dan Snaith mixes hip hop, soul and psychedelia




Winner Visions: Landrieu Campaign Enlists Stevie Wonder

Most of this weeks LaSen coverage if focused on the Beltway and an endgame for the Kestone XL pipeline. However, in New orleans, Landrieu staffers are trying to take the incumbent’s battle to higher ground. Stevie Wonder announced that he’s with Mary and will be headlining a fundraiser.

Palin Swaps Sides and Teas Up for Cassidy

Local and National conservatives spent the better part of the last year campaigning against Representative Bill Cassidy. However, politics is the profession that popularized the term “flip-flop,” and changes are not uncommon. Few were surprised when Cassidy staged a Saturday (11.15) rally with tea partiers Sarah Palin, Phil Robertson, and Colonel Rob Maness.

Working Group Sounds Alarm on Firefighters' Pension Fund

On Tuesday (11.11) evening, a ten-member working group of city officials, firefighter representatives and citizen representatives with expertise in key, relevant business fields such as accounting, finance and risk management met at Delgado Community College to discuss the troubled state of the firefighters’ pension fund.

Landrieu Pushes for Immediate Up or Down Vote on Keystone XL

Senator Mary Landrieu’s tenure as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is limited with control of the body, and potentially her own seat, going to the Republicans. However, she is making the most of her time. Today, Landrieu pushed for an up or down vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Quite Contrary: New Landrieu Ad Highlights Cassidy's Flubbed RLC Speech

The race for Louisiana’s seat in the U.S. Senate has been marked by attack ads. With the runoff at hand, the national spotlight has dimmed a little, but the local media blitz continues. During today’s Saint matchup against the Niners Senator Mary Landrieu is rolling out a much anticipated piece hoping that a famously flubbed speech by rival Representative Bill Cassidy’s  speak for itself.

The Outsider Comes Inside: Maness Joins Cassidy Camp

Colonel Rob Maness, the outsider candidate in the race for US Senator from Louisiana, has not wasted very much time in learning how to operate inside politics. The Tea Party darling finished in third place on Election Day (11.04) with 13.76 percent of the note meaning that he did not qualify for the runoff. However, Maness quickly moved his support to Representative Bill Cassidy, the Republican establishment candidate whom he has criticized for the past year.

Street Beat

Council OK's Unarmed NOLA Patrol for FQ

Back on the agenda at this week's City Council meeting (11.06) were the NOLA Patrol and French Quarter Improvement Fund. The proposals aim to use civillians to keep protective eyes on Quarter life, as well dedicate a portion of the Hotel/Motel revenue for improvements to infrastructure and quality of life in the distinctive French Quarter corridor. The ordinance passed unanimously, allowing for further definition the duties of the NOLA Patrol as the kinks are ironed out. 

Wind in the Sails: Nina & Pinta to Dock in Houma, More Sailing on Lake Ponchartrain

Hurricane season may be over, but the positive end of winds and water dominated SoLa news today. Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta (well, replicas) are set to dock in Houma. In NOLA, Community Sailing New Orleans, Inc. received a green light to improve the property at New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor to expand the use of Lake Pontchartrain to provide sailing for those not members of Southern or NOYC. The Council heard from the developers at the regular Thursday (11.06) meeting, and approved amendments to the lease agreement so that the project can move forward.

Landrieu Goes on Offensive With Election Night Speech

By Ashley Larsen

Looks like the Louisiana Senate election is going to a runoff folks. While preliminary reports have been touting the second election for days, Mary Landrieu has been putting on a brave face. The incumbent had been declaring her confidence in victory up until the moment the race was declared otherwise. Not one to wallow, Landrieu leaped on the offensive at her NOLA election night party declaring that “this is the race I’ve wanted to run my whole life.” 

Photeaux Finish: Orleans Parish Election Results

Updated 11:40p.m.

The polls closed at 8:00p.m. Tuesday (11.04) night. The projections held true, and Senator Mary Landrieu will face Representative Bill Cassidy in a runoff in the U.S. Senate race. In the Sixth, Edwin edwards and Garret Graves are also heading to a runoff. There are still several ballot initiatives an several judicial races not called yet. Stay with NoDef for all you r election updates. Results follow.

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