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Tourist Alert: Winter Convention Schedule

Hospitality workers can start marking up their calendars today. The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau released their quarterly look at conventions coming to town today. The 2016 lineup includes Wizard World, a school psychologists conclave, the National Corn Growers Association, and even the 2016 Patio & Barbeque Expo. Click on through for the full schedule.

Crashing the Party

There are DUI’s that are handed out at traffic checkpoints, and then there are DUI’s that involve spectacular public fails. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are charging one woman with a drink driving in the latter category after she allegedly drove her car into the Convention Center.

Experienced Eating

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Director Talks Master Somms, Gateaux Show

The 2014 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience runs May 21 through 24, with events spanning from the Convention Center to Royal Street. NoDef spoke with Experience Executive Director Jamie Peckenpaugh to get some tips for navigating this year's massive event.  

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. 

Zulu Honors Nelson Mandela in 2014 Parade

Before they start decorating coveted coconuts, members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club welcome Patti LaBelle to their annual coronation ball. The legendary R&B, soul, gospel and pop singer is this year’s featured guest, to perform before the Krewe rolls down the Avenue in honor of Nelson Mandela. 

Mayor Mitch Uses Essence Fest Platform to Talk NOLA Violence

On Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed the Essence Festival back to New Orleans for four days of daytime seminars, evening concerts and cultural events. "For 19 years and counting, Eseence has been a tremendous partner and we're proud to host the festival in New Orleans again this year,” said Mayor Mitch.  

Dalai Lama in NOLA: Drepung Loseling Monks (PHOTOS)

Photos by Brandon Robert

Honorning the Dalai Lama's inaugural visit to New Orleans, the Drepung Loseling Monks came along to spread awareness about Tibetan culture, which exists primarily in India and Nepal. Scroll down for pictures of the sand mandala they began on May 14, on display now in the Convention Center.

Hello Dalai

Dalai Lama Makes Debut Trip to NOLA for Week of Peace and Performance

After Sunday’s tragic mass mother’s day shooting in the 7th Ward, New Orleans could use a peaceful reminder.  This weekend, the city is in luck.  Taking a break from the mountains of Tibet, the high lama himself, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, takes a seat at the Convention Center to share ideas of compassion, equanimity and non-violence in his debut trip to the Crescent City.

Duo Make Use of Hyatt Master Key, Make off with Laptops

by Mary Kilpatrick

Two women took the phrase, “Get a room,” a little too literally on Valentine’s Day. The criminals obtained a master key to the Hyatt Place Convention Center Hotel (881 Convention Center Blvd.) on Feb. 14, and around 7:55 p.m., began stealing hotel guests’ laptops, according to NOPD.

Today in New Orleans 1.30.13

It’s yucky outside, but New Orleanians never let weather stop them from having a good time. Today, there’s Super Bowl lagniappe for locals, plus live music from Oak Street to St. Claude. On this day in 1835, President Andrew Jackson made history when he became the victim of the first assassination attempt against an American president and survived two bullets. Now, more to do this wet Wednesday.

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