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March 31st

Da Truth Brass Band & Action Jackson

The Bottomline, 10p.m.

WWOZ personality and band take the second line inside

 

Matt Rhody & John Rankin

Columns Hotel, 8p.m.

Fresh off a gig with Stevie Wonder, local violinist keeps it up

 

Ashlin Parker

Irvin Mayfields Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.

Cold trumpeter in a hot venue

 

Dr. Dog

The Varsity (BR!), 8p.m.

Diehards can see the band in Baton Rouge

Trees Please


Some New Orleanians are beginning to convert their Douglas Firs into Mardi Gras Trees. However, most locals are wondering what to do with the shedding Christmas trees in their living rooms. Today, Mayor Mitch and the City reminded citizens that tree recycling programs will be available this week. The discarded cheer will be repurposed to protect the coast and the wetlands.


Drinking Culture

Christmas Season at the Sazerac Bar



Gentle reader, certain rites must be observed if we are to continue calling ourselves "civilized." Send the wine-stained suit to the cleaners. Finagle some tickets to a holiday show. Pass through the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel en route to a few pregame drinks that you almost certainly cannot afford. It’s Christmas time, my friends, and we’re dropping by the Sazerac Bar!


Crime Bits: Christmas Eve Edition


Not too many New Orleanians were being naughty on Christmas Eve. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) released the Major Offense Log (M.O.L.) for the night of December 24 into the morning of December 25. Only three crimes were included.


Christmas on Crus Control

Herbsaint's Joe Briand Offers Wine Tips for the Holidays



Christmas dinner is only half of a proper feast. Wine, too, is needed to fill out the yule spirit. Joe Briand certainly knows a few things about wine. In addition to working as the General Manager of Herbsaint, Briand has used to venue to build one of the city’s top wine programs. Last week, the sommelier poured a glass of wine and then sat down with NoDef to offer some tips on finding the right bottles for the holidays.


Tornado Watch!


It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but Louisiana is beginning to feel a lot like Nebraska. Today, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Tornado Watch for most of the state. In addition to severe storms, 47 parishes including Orleans are advised to be on the defensive against twisters until 6:00p.m.


Roam for the Holidays


By Ashley Larsen

Christmas is a day to be spent with family and friends, and one can hardly do that slaving over a hot stove. Several restaurants in the New Orleans area are open up on the big holiday and will be offering up all the traditional meals without all the dishes. 


A Christmas Carol


Christmas is days away and New Orleans is ready. Houses glow with festive lights, the halls are decked with boughs of holly, and Douglas Firs have usurped Palms for a few weeks. Tonight, the final piece will flaunt place when thousands gather in Jackson Square for the Patio Planters’ annual caroling.


Today in NOLA: 12.21.14


The Saints battle Atlanta rivals today in the dome. Afterwards, head on over to the Quarter for a favorite local tradition Caroling in the Square. Presrvation Hall throws its Creole Christmas party. Hot 8 Brass Band energizes the Howlin Wolf with sound. On this day in 1921, Governor P.B.S. Pinchback, Louisiana’s only black governor, passed away. Now more on today's events. 

 


Yule Jewel


With over ten million albums sold and the ten millions fans who make holiday pilgrimages to arenas around the world to witness the giant spectacle, it’s not a stretch to call Trans-Siberian Orchestra kind of a big deal. This week, founder and composer Paul O’Neil, former manager of bands such as Aerosmith, Scorpions, and AC/DC, brings his big deal to New Orleans Arena in the form of holiday rock opera, The Christmas Attic.


Op-Ed: Let It Glow

Positive Christmas Cards for Louisiana



Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock