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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.

Drag Talents to Perform Benefit Show in Support of Assault Victim

Tonight, members of the city’s drag community will band together to perform a show for a cause. Bud Rips will play host to Billy Gotta Booboo, a drag and dance party to benefit the recovery of a local New Orleans resident who was the victim of a brutal assault. 

Roots Rocks

The Roots of Music hosted their most successful benefit to date on Saturday (11.14) evening at the home of board member Danny Conwill and his wife Mary Clare. Of course, Roots’ band the Marching Crusaders Kicked off the event. The young musicians played a sunset set on the neutral groundas over 150 guests watched from the porch. The partygoers then followed the band into a candlelit backyard for an evening of food, drink, and fundraising.

Spirits' Soiree

This time of year, the ghost tours in the Quarter are not just for tourists. Today, the Friends of the Cabildo announced details for their popular Ghostly Tours and their 5th Annual Hostly Gallivant fundraiser.

Missing Link: Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer Headliners Announced

As the name suggests, much of the focus at Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer is on, well, boudin, bourbon, and beer. However, this is New Orleans; so, there is also music! Today, organizers released the music lineup for November 13th event. Alabama’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones will headline the event.

Tomb Zone: Save Our Cemeteries Announces Ball

by Lucy Leonard

New Orleans non-profit Save Our Cemeteries announced their annual fundraising soirée, the 2015 Soirée De La Société Internationale on Thursday (7.30). The event will be hosted on Wednesday, September 9 at the Audubon Tea Room. Save Our Cemeteries runs the fundraiser in partnership with the National Association for Catering and Events in order to benefit the organizations preservation and restoration projects in cemeteries across the city.

Christmas in July at Fox & Hound

By Lucy Leonard

When Christmastime rolls around, not all children have the same opportunity to wait for gifts to appear under the tree. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is teaming up with local bar and restaurant Fox & Hound to change that. This Thursday (7.30), Fox & Hound will host its first Toy Collect “Fundraiser” for 2015.

Corset Crawl

Freret Street Gets Risqué for Charity

Some say that fashion is pain. But can fashion also be philanthropy? On Saturday, July 25, The Creativity Collective will host its first ever Corset Crawl. The crawl will benefit the Collective’s project, Gradeuxity, and will travel to the various food and drink establishments along Freret Street.

Pack to Pack: Crowded Lineup Slated for Hildegard Benefit

By Lucy Leonard

Musicians have plenty of fears from crooked industry folk to bathrooms on the road, but their worst fear is losing their gear. For the New Orleans band Hildegard, this nightmare came all too true while the band was on tour in San Francisco. On May 28, the group’s van was broken into and over twenty instruments and amps were stolen. The band reported that some of the gear that was stolen was rare, vintage and custom-made. Tonight, The Howlin’ Wolf and Live For Live Nola will host a “Pack The Van” benefit concert to help Hildegard pay for their new gear. 

Fiya Department: Musicians' Clinic Launches Bo Dollis Fund

By Lucy Leonard

This year, New Orleans lost one of the biggest names in the Mardi Gras Indian community— Big Chief Bo Dollis. In the wake of his death, the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation established the Big Chief Bo Dollis Memorial Fund to both honor his name and help financially support Mardi Gras Indians in the city.

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