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April 21st

Dyngus Day

Siberia (6 p.m.)

Debauche performs along with the G-String Orchestra


Traditional Irish Music

The Irish House (7p.m.)

Murphy's bangers are the most authentic in town, & the Gaelic jam is straigh outta Offaly


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Prytania Theatre

(12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Wes Anderson's latest features a star studded cast as his signature eccenctrics, this time set in a luxury lodge.


Pyeka Balkan Trio

The Marigny Opera House (7p.m.)

A night of "musical meditation" scored by an all female vocal trio.



Magnetic Mondays with Magnetic Ear

Gasa Gasa (10 p.m.)

Free weekly show from Martin Krusche’s jazz group


King James & the Special Men

BJ's Lounge (10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- Burgundy in the Bywater for that downtown rhythm and blues.


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a. (10p.m.)

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday


Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

NOLA funk-gypsy-rockers in Carrollton


Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor (8p.m., 10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- The Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen


April 22nd

Octavia Books (6p.m.)

Reading: Pirates You Don't Know and Other Adventures in the Examined Life


Monty Banks as Frank Sinatra

Mahogany Jazz Hall (at the Harem)

Old Blue Eyes Impersonator at a Gentlemen's Club


Dayna Kurtz w/Rob Mache

Cafe Istanbull (8p.m.)

Sultry songstress belts out rare gems of the past and originals 


Albinas Prizgintas 

Trinity Episcopal Church (6p.m.)

Classical organist creates “nights full of mystery”



Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar (7p.m.)

Come see Kermit at home in the 7th Ward, and get to bed early


Most Wanted Brass Band

Hi-Ho Lounge (10 p.m.)

Ex-Stooges members retake the St. Claude spot


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway St Market (9a.m.-1p.m.)

Weekly Tues Gig- Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a (10p.m.)

The 6th Ward's home brass band saunters over to Frenchmen for some New Orleans music.

Jindal Thinking About POTUS Run (VIDEO)

Bobby Jindal's rhetoric appears to have moved on from the bedwetting phase, and is moving straight into the presidential dreams. In an interview with the Heritage Foundation's Foundry over the weekend, Jindal acknowledged that he's "thinking about" running for president in 2016.

Fixes Eyed on Oil and Gas Legacy Lawsuits, Offshore Lease Payments

The billboards are all about Obamacare these days, but Louisiana pols aren't turning their attention from oil and gas issues, or the money that surrounds the industry. This week, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a deal on long-term lawsuits between companies and landowners. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continued her push to get more money for the state from offshore drilling activity in the Gulf.

Crime of 'Passion?'

Baton Rouge Billboard Battle Lands State, MoveOn.Org in Federal Court

With the state legislative session in full gear, Baton Rouge is in its annual free-for-all of horse-trading and designating. But this week, the biggest political battleground is on the side of the Red Stick highway, rather than the House that Long Built. The skirmish involves an influential national progressive organization, a pair of state GOP pols with designs on higher office and, as ever in the current political climate, Obamacare.

Chaos in Hell

Satirical Krewe Holds Public Officials, NOLA to the Fire

The Krewe of Muses remain Carnival's high fashion, but the Knights of Chaos offer also provide riposte on the route on Thursday (Feb. 27) night. Along with several floats once used by the Knights of Momus, the 14-year-old krewe keeps the tradition of satire alive on St. Charles. Take an early look at some of this year's floats:

Jindal Goes Off Script at White House Gov. Conference (VIDEO)

The White House was in the background on Monday, but all Bobby Jindal could think about was the white flag. The Louisiana governor joined a group of his fellow state chief execs in front of 1600 Pennsylvania after a meeting with President Barack Obama. The news conference was supposed to reflect harmony and cooperation between the parties, but Jindal had other ideas.

Cargo Ship Company Making Return Voyage to NOLA

A maritime company that was founded by the banks of the Mighty Mississippi is setting a course back to New Orleans. International Shipholding will move its corporate headquarters from Mobile to the Warehouse District, marking the return of a company that left town following the Federal Flood.

Jindal Pitches Higher Ed Funding Increase, with Workforce Training Program

After several years of inflicting cuts, Bobby Jindal is set to increase state higher education funding in next year's budget. The gov announced Tuesday that he is set to propose a $141.5 million increase in state-run colleges and universities for next fiscal year, which marks a 6.66 percent increase for 2013-14. More than a quarter of that money will go toward a program that provides money to colleges to partner with private industry, and implement workforce training programs for jobs in Louisiana's biggest economic sectors like oil & gas and manufacturing.

Vitter to Run for Governor

After taking the holidays to think it over, U.S. Senator David Vitter announced Tuesday that he will to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015. With Bobby Jindal set to time out due to term limits, the Metairie-based Republican throws his hat into the ring of an open race.

NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year

On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:

Duck Dy-Nasty: A&E Suspends Phil Robertson Over Antigay Remarks, Jindal Weighs In

With campaign commercials and events, members of the North Louisiana family who star in A&E's Duck Dynasty haven't shied away from politics. Now, the pols -- including the governor -- are weighing in on their behalf. Phil Robertson was suspended from the show over this week over homophobic remarks. But Gov. Bobby Jindal leapt to the elder Duck Commander's defense Thursday, sounding the call of the First Amendment.

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