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Today in NOLA: 9.20.14


Dr. John pays a house call tonight with a hometown show at the Joy Theatre. Big Sam’s Funky Nation comes to Blue Nile, and Tiptina’s prepares to kick off Saints season (first home game is tomorrow!). Plus, a conservation official from the African Wildlife Trust lectures at the zoo. Details tonight:


Dr. John Hospitalized, Newport & NYC Gigs Cancelled


Louisiana legend, Dr. John was rushed to a New York City hospital last night. The Nite Tripper was scheduled toheadline a double bill at Central Park's Summerstage along with NOLA based, Hurray for the Riff-Raff, but after the opening act, the show ended. According to the openers and twitter, the good Doctor was feeeling ill and sought out medical help before his gig was slated to begin. 


Local & Nat'l Artists Join for Dr. John Tribute at the Saenger


The revamped Saenger Theatre has hosted Broadway musicals and national acts since they reopened last June, but fans will only have one night to catch Dr. John’s star studded tribute show. “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music” is coming to the Saenger this summer, and it will feature artists from Irma Thomas to Widespread Panic.


Trombone Shorty, Dr. John in NBA All Star Halftime Show (VIDEO)


Most of the players were from outside of Louisiana, but the NBA All Star Game's halftime show was filled with locals. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and friends and Dr. John joined Gary Clark Jr., Janelle Monae, and Earth, Wind & Fire for a performance that transitioned seamlessly from Mardi Gras classics like "Iko Iko" to Janelle Monae's R&B hit "Electric Lady." Click through to watch. 


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Locals Kept in the Hoop for NBA All-Star Weekend



This weekend, the newly named Smoothie King Center will host the 63rd annual NBA All Star game. The Crescent City will again be the center of national TV attention for the dunk contest and other events of All-Star Saturday night, as well as the game itself on Sun., Feb. 16. But there are plenty of other events getting locals involved all weekend.  


French Quarter Fest Counts Down to Dr. John, Roots of Music


French Quarter Fest is back this year, bringing fresh local talent to the stage, along with some veteran musicians. Organizers, sponsors, and supporters of French Quarter Fest gathered in Jackson Square this morning to usher in the event's 31st run, and to introduce this year's poster. While Dr. John is returning after a 24 year hiatus from the fest, the young artists of the Roots of Music are getting a chance to perform on the big stage for the first time.


Six Months Later, Dr. John Responds to Jazz Fest Review


Some musicians claim to never read their reviews. Dr. John's approach apparently involves a cooling off period. Six months ago, the New Orleans piano master took some flack for his first JazzFest performance with his new band, the Nite Trippers. The April 28 review from NOLA.com's Keith Spera said the 72-year-old 's new band, which was led by trombonist Sarah Morrow, "never caught fire" at the Fair Grounds. Apparently, Dr. John couldn't let that one go. In a letter to the editor published today at website, the man born Mac Rebennack rebutted Spera.


Today in New Orleans 8.16.13


Tonight in City Park, jazz vocalist and guitarist Cristina Perez is keeping NOMA open late. Dr. John is at Tipitina's, and Who Dats will flock to the Superdome for the Saints' second preseason game. On this day in 1831, "The Great Barbados Hurricane" hit west of Baton Rouge and killed 1500 people. Now, more ways to kick off your weekend. 


Top Chef New Orleans Reveals Premiere Date, Guest Stars (VIDEO)


With the all the Padma sightings around town and video teasers, it's clear Bravo is jumping on the Big Easy bandwagon. Top Chef came to New Orleans for their 11th season, and now they've told us when the world will get to see it on TV. 


Today in New Orleans 4.27.13


If you’re looking for something to do on your way to the Fairgrounds, stop by 12 Mile Limit for a musical brunch. Later on, see Dr. John, or head to the Marigny for some giant puppets. On this day in 1874, the White League formed to intimidate African-Americans from voting and oust Republicans from office. Now, more to do before, after, and during the Fest.


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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,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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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