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Today in New Orleans 4.13.14

It’s the last day of French Quarter Festival, and local acts such as the Astral Project and Mia Borders are closing out the fest. Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink is performing at House of Blues. Happy Birthday to Cosimo Matassa, local R&B pioneer who turns 88 today. Now, more to do this Sunday.  

Today in New Orleans 3.9.14

The weekend closes with an invitation to beautify the city and send pictures to the NOLA Trash Mob. Garage punk bands are performing at Siberia, and a trio of indie rock groups are in town on Freret. On this date in 1804, the Three Flags Ceremony marked the transfer of Upper Louisiana to France, before France transferred it to the United States. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in New Orleans 7.7.13

Though many will be waiting with baited breaths for Beyonce to grace the ESSENCE mainstage, the rest of us will need something to do. From getting your church on at the ESSENCE Empowerment All Star Gospel Tribute to Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin, or later tonight with CHURCH at the Dragon’s Den. On this day in 1912, the Grabow ‘Lumber War’ shootout left 37 wounded and 3 dead. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in New Orleans 5.26.13

Close out Greek Fest on the bayou, catch some Shakespeare in NOMA’s Sculpture Garden, or head to Elysian Fields for some shenanigans. On this day in 1994, EWE married then 29-year-old Candy Picou, Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in New Orleans 3.24.13

This afternoon, bring the kids to an Easter egg hunt in the Garden District. See the last performance of Catch the Wall at Dillard, fais do do at Tipitina’s, plus jam to Scottish Funk at HOB. On March 24, 1877, Reconstruction ended in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in New Orleans 12.09.12

Close out your weekend with Cajun Fais Do Do, brass on Tchoupitoulas, funk on Frenchmen, and a holiday celebration in Central City. On this day in 1872, P.B.S. Pinchback became the first and only African-American governor of Louisiana.

Today in New Orleans 11.04.12

Tonight, catch great jazz all over the city, see a chilling 25th anniversary performance of the classic Les Miserables, or get in touch with your inner Cajun with Bruce Daigrepont. Today in 1992, Professor Longhair was one of the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Boudin at the Zoo: Louisiana Swamp Festival This Weekend

Contrary to what the national media often purports, most New Orleans residents don't interact with the swamp on a daily basis. Luckily, the Audubon Zoo holds the Louisiana Swamp Festival every year to honor our moss-covered roots.  It’s the 28th annual event this weekend, and everyone is invited to come out for Cajun music, and a bevy of fried delights, educational activities, live animal feedings, and more.

Today's Events: 2.26.12

Much of Holywood South will be watching our namesake's big awards tonight. Others will take their drama live at a new show, and some y'ats will eschew watching, and just dance. 84 years ago, today Fats Domino was born. So was jazz guru, Bill Russell's birthday. It is also when, in 1971, Louis Armstrong recorded his last work, "twas the Night Before Chrstmas."  Fortunately, on the same day in 1958, Alan (then just "Al") Toussaint made his first solo recording, "The Wild Side of New Orleans." Let's see what's happening in the present.

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