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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town


Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler


One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil


Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band


What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films

Ink Spot

New Orleans Tattoo Museum and Studio Space Opens on MLK

A new space dedicated to tattoo art opened its doors in Central City on Thursday night.

D-Day at the National World War II Museum (PHOTOS)

Photos by Brandon Robert

The National World War II Museum marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy Friday with a full day of activities, culminating with an outdoor screening of Tom Hanks' Band of Brothers miniseries. The commemoration continues Saturday with a panel of WWII historians, tours of the museum's Higgins Boat and more. Photographer Brandon Robert was on the ground at the Museum Friday:

Boogaloo in a Few

Photos from Friday Night, Picks and Weather for Saturday

May 17, 2014

The banks of Bayou St. John are once again colored over in Mid-City, as the Bayou Boogaloo got underway Friday night to large crowds. Music  from Big Freedia, King James and the Special Men and Nigel Hall got the crowd ready to fest again. Despite big crowds, the fest managed to keep its neighborhood feel with plenty of families, homeade vessels and many a friendly pet. Photos and a Saturday planner below:

St. Joseph's Night

Mardi Gras Indians Step Out (PHOTOS)

Under mild skies, the Mardi Gras Indians donned their suits and took to the streets Wednesday (3/19) for their most important event this side of Fat Tuesday.

Zulu Review

Mardi Gras Photos from African-American Krewe's Parade, Fest

It may have been cold and wet, but the Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club made sure Mardi Gras spirits were raised on the route Tuesday morning.

Krewe of Hermes, Le Krewe D'Etat (PHOTOS)

Photos by Brandon Robert

Vendredi Gras took to St. Charles Ave. once again last night, with three parades rolling down the route to make the turn into the weekend. Krewe of Hermes celebrated their 75th anniversary, while Le Krewe d'Etat made 18 and went Under the Influence. Brandon Robert has photographic evidence:

Costumes of Comic Con (Photos)

Photos by Brandon Robert

Today is the last day for fans of super heroes, comics, sci fi, and more to geek out at the Convention Center. NoDef's Brandon Robert caught some highlights from Comic Con 2014 costumes on Saturday. Click through for outfits inspired by Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and more. 

Second Line: Ladies and Men of Unity (Photos)

Photos by Brandon Robert

The Ladies and Men of Unity stepped out in Central City this afternoon. The parade began and ended at Second and Danneel Sts., and the theme this year was "Back in Stride, Keeping it Simple." The Sophisticated Ladies of Class, the Brothers of Change and the Men of Integrity walked along with the group. 

Fright Night

Halloween in the French Quarter (PHOTOS)

Hordes of costumed carousers took to the streets of New Orleans on Halloween, and, as ever, the center of the action was in the Vieux Carre. The annual Halloween parade at Molly's at the Market served as the focal point, but the crowds offered just as much to look at as the marchers. Brandon Robert's lens was onhand to take in the action:

Crescent vs. Cajun (PHOTOS)

Crescent Wenches vs. Cajun Rollergirls

The Crescent Wenches lost to the fellow Louisiana derby team, the Cajun Rollergirls, on Saturday, September 21. The final score was 237-146, making it a relatively close bout. Brandon Robert captured the action. 

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