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MARDI

September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium
 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show

 

Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)

 

Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating

MERCREDI

September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)

 

The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)

 

Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)

JEUDI

September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

VENDREDI

September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band

 

Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics

 

Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus

 

Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?

 

Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret

 

G-Eazy
Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)

Christmas Crimes

One Shooting, Two Stabbings, & Many Muggings



Christmas may have been a holy night, but it was not a silent night for the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department. The NOPD responded to over a dozen felonies from the LGD to the Chef. A drive-by shooting provided a stark reminder of systemic crime, and a series of armed cast a pallor over the holiday.


Two Women Missing


Christmas is a day for most families to gather with their loved ones, but today, two New Orleans families are searching for missing members. The NOPD is seeking in help in locating two missing women: Erica Simone and Latrice Morgan.


Canal Street Tree Lighting Set to Flip the Switch


Over in the French Quarter, the shoppers are already rushing home with their reasonably-priced Scandanavian treasures. But the crowds are sure to flock to Canal St. tonight in search of cheap thrills that are even brighter. The annual downtown tree lighting ceremony is set to light up Canal Street on Tuesday night (11-26).


Christmas Cutting on Canal


A Christmas Day argument turned violent in the French Quarter, according to NOPD. About 5 a.m. on Canal St., two men got into an altercation. At some point during the fight, one of the men stabbed the other man in the hand. No arrests were reported in the incident.


Tornado Watch in Effect for South Louisiana


Updated 13:16 CST

White Christmases are a mixed bag in NOLA; Yule Day snow preceded both Betsy and Katrina. Today, we're looking at a different kind of white Christmas. Hail, ice, and tornadoes are threatening the region. The National weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch (effective until 8:00 PM,) a Wind Advisory (effective until 6 PM,) and a Hazardous Weather Outlook (through the night) for Orleans and surrounding Parishes. (Maps and details for weather geeks after the jump.)


Louisiana Christmas Classics (Video)


In SoLa,, music has its own seasons also. We have songs for the Saints, songs for Mardi Gras, and of course, we have songs for Christmas. NoDef's staff took to the YouTube to dig out a few of our favorites for y'all this Noel. Representing the Cajun tradition, we found Vin Bruce's "Christmas on the Bayou." Of course, December 25th can not pass without at least one play-through of Aaron Nwville's "Louisiana Christmas Day." Rounding out our selections is a contemporary classsic with 9th Ward flair: Benny Grunch & the Bunch's "12 Y'ats of Christmas." Click through to hear them all.


Santa Tracker Plots the Way to Crescent City Christmas


From bar crawls to Celebration in the Oaks, we've seen Santa plenty of times over the past month. But tonight is the real deal. On this night, the Claus takes no pause for a worthy cause. Thanks to the always-reliable folks at NORAD and an assist from the New Orleans-based 3-D modelers at TurboSquid, Santa watchers can follow along with the fat man's generous journey. Click through to view:


Recycled New Orleans Christmas Trees to Be Used for Wetland Restoration


Christmas is the one time of year that citizens are actually encouraged to leave their garbage loose on the street. Well, at least your Christmas trees. Once you’ve stored your Who Dat ornaments safely in their boxes and moved into Mardi Gras mode, just leave your trees curbside. Not only will the City take them, they’ll recycle your tree to protect the wetlands.  


Santa's Spirits: Krewe of Kringle Takes to the Streets Tonight


by Emma Boyce

There's no need to wait by the chimney. Hundreds of Santas, reindeers, abominable snowmen and drummer boys will take to the French Quarter streets Saturday night for the tenth annual Krewe of Kringle Santa Pub Crawl sponsored by Abita Beer.  


Hot 8 Brass, Live Reindeer to Fete on Fulton


It’s hot enough to ditch your Christmas sweaters, but Fridays on Fulton is faking it with a Winter Wonderland right outside of Harrah’s Casino. The event that happens on the first Friday of every month is back this weekend with a special Christmas edition, and they’re bringing art, food, faux snow, and jams from the Hot 8 Brass Band.


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Contributors:

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

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock