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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 

Shia LaBeouf, Traveling Kid, Arrives in NOLA


There are some new traveling kids in town, but they probably won’t be on Lower D demanding your leftovers or your money. Actor Shia LeBeouf as well his collaborating artists Nastja Rönkkö, and Luke Turner landed in New Orleans this weekend as part of their interactive #TakeMeAnywhere project.


Eclectic Boogaloo

Bayou Boogaloo Returns This Weekend



Mid City has its own personality and accordingly its own festival. The Bayou Boogaloo, a.k.a. The Little Fest That Could, will be returning this weekend. The banks of the Bayou St. John will once again be lined with tents and stages for one of the city’s best events.


Taco Truck Theater Rolls On


By Christopher Louis Romaguera

Jose Torres-Tama is not shy about mixing activism with his art. The multi-disciplinary artist is a prominent figure, nationally and locally, beating the drum (sometimes literally) for immigrants’ rights. He will continue that crusade on May 15th at 4 p.m. with a performance of Taco Truck Theater/Teatro Sin Fronteras. The avant-garde project will offer a sneak peak into a work-in-progress chronicling the plight of the undocumented now and one potential consequence for the country in the future.


Bonfouca's Slidell Style


French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest dominate April, but this weekend holds a treat for Louisiana music lovers who can not wait until next month. The inaugural Festival Bonfouca is bringing some very familiar names and events to the North Shore.


Immigrant Songs

Jose Torres-Tama's “Immigration, Activism, & the Arts”



This Saturday, on February 27th, artist-activist Jose Torres-Tama will be presenting an event titled “Immigration, Activism, & the Arts” at Ashé Cultural Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.) The afternoon centers around the immigration crisis occurring in New Orleans and the rest of the United States, as well as the challenge of “employing the arts as a cultural platform, to inform the community on the challenges the immigrant community is still facing.” 


Brew-Ha-Ha: Abita Gets a Makeover


Abita is turning 30 and the ubiquitous local brews will look a little different in honor of the birthday. On Monday (2.15), the company announced that their entire product line is set for some new packaging.


A Flower By Any Other Name


Mardi Gras parades are a display of astounding artistry, not too mention conspicuous consumption. Sometimes, the latter overshadows the former. But, if your vision of the floats is a little, er, blurry in 2016, there is an opportunity for redemption. The Carnival Collective, a group of float artists are staging an exhibition of float inspired art at Miette (2038 Magazine Street) in the Lower Garden District.


Homo-Urbanaology

Queer Placemaking in New Orleans



“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.”  David Harvey, The Right to the City.


Artistic License

Art for Amnesty's One Day Extravaganza



Amnesty International will host Art for Rights from 10a.m. through 6p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at StudioBe (2940 Royal Street). Over 5,000 people will join Art for Amnesty for this free, one-day, pop-up art event, with the unveiling murals and installations by artists from around the world, including NOLA’s own Brandan "BMike" Odums and musical A-lister Usher, in the 30,000 square-foot warehouse.


Playing Koi

Jeremy Novy Explains His Iconic Fish Stencils



Have you looked down at a sidewalk and noticed a trio of koi fish stencilled on the concrete? For almost a decade, artist Jeremy Novy has been painting these fish across the country, including New Orleans. The artist took some time to explain the meaning behind the popular installations.


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