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November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Christmas in July at Fox & Hound

By Lucy Leonard

When Christmastime rolls around, not all children have the same opportunity to wait for gifts to appear under the tree. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is teaming up with local bar and restaurant Fox & Hound to change that. This Thursday (7.30), Fox & Hound will host its first Toy Collect “Fundraiser” for 2015.

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.

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Michael Martin


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Jason Raymond


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