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October 13th

Home Free

The Civic, 7p.m.

Country vocal band and winner of The Sing-Off


The Creeping Garden

Zeitgeist, 9:30

Sci-fi documentary


It’s Your World

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

Chelsea Clinton teaches you to Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!


A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Recipes inspired by the novel


October 14th

Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Hold-ups in Belfast


Getting Off at Elysian Fields

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Obituaries from the Times-Pic


Tony Joe White

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Louisiana singer/songwriter


Cole Williams

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

African Rock Wednesdays for Breast Cancer Awareness


Computer Magic

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

Dance beats and relatable lyrics


October 15th

The Universe of Keith Haring

Freeman Auditorium, 7:30p.m.

Movie about New York artist Keith Haring


Saints v. Falcons

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:25p.m.

Saints coming off a loss to Eagles


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Marc Stone Acoustic Band


Extraordinary People

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals


Jackson Browne

Saenger, 8p.m.

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee


October 16th

Who’s Bad— Thriller Night

The Civic, 8p.m.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Triubte


Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Riff Raff

The Willow, 9p.m.

The Versace Python


Concerts in the Courtyard

533 Royal St., 6p.m.

This week ft. Banu Gibson


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Movies in the Garden ft. Beetlejuice


The Thing

Prytania, 12:15a.m.

Classic 1982 horror movie


October 17th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Witchy Drag Brunch

The Country Club, 10a.m.

Drag, food and all-you-can-drink mimosas


Anba Dlo

New Orleans Healing Center, 1p.m.

Free Halloween fest and water symposium


Pelicans v. Kings

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Pelicans take on Kings at home


Coton Jaune— Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story

WRC, 9:30a.m.

Documentary about Cajun women who handwove blankets


Mac Demarco

The Civic, 8p.m.

Old school indie music


October 18th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


The Cut

Zeitgeist, 7:20p.m.

Epic about a man’s journey throught the Ottoman Empire


City on Fire

Garden District Book Shop, 3p.m.

Love, betrayal and art


Alvin and the Chipmunks

Saenger, 3p.m.;8p.m.

Chipmunks…live on stage


Polymnia Quartet

Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.

Weekly Sunday Musical Meditation

French Quarter Best

Photos From the Fest

French Quarter Fest started to get serious on Friday (4.10). Undeterred by dark skies, crowds filled Woldenburg Park and the Quarter to dance to music by everyone from the Dixie Cups to Lynn Drury. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture all of the sites of the Fest.

Today in NOLA: 4.10.15

There is almost too much to do today. French Quarter Fest really gets rolling this afternoon with new stages and events opening up. The Opera is staging Figaro and for those who feel the need for speed, Louisiana’s first Indy car race gets rolling. Plus, the Stooges are playing late night. On this day in 1864, the French Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Friday.

Nick of Time: Films at FQF

French Quarter Fest is filled with music and food, but that’s not all. Throughout the weekend, many revelers will take a break from the sun and absorb some Crescent City culture on the silver screen.

Reveal Deal

French Quarter Fest Schedule Released

Festival season is knocking at the door. Today, the French Quarter Festival unveiled their 2015 schedule. Hundreds of performances over four days include local favorites like Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Raw Oyster Cult, and Amanda Shaw.

Satchmo SummerFest Cuts to the Roots (VIDEO)

Satchmo SummerFest kicked off this morning. Local leaders and arts personalities gathered in front of the Old US Mint to celebrate the music festival’s start and honor it’s namesake, Louis Armstrong. City Councilm embers Jarred Brossett and Jason Williams joined festival director, Marci Schramm, to make remarks about the event and enjoy a performance by the Roots of Music.

French Quarter Fest Attendance Skyrockets, Organizers Say

With mild weather for much of the weekend and four full days of festin', French Quarter Fest's 2014 attendance rose by more than 150,000 people over last year, according to organizers. The 31st edition of the Fest boasted 733,000, which is a marked increase over last 2013's 560,000 people.

French Quarter Fest Finale

Photos from the Final Day of Festing

French Quarter Fest closed out Sunday with clear skies and sets from New Orleans favorites, including Susan Cowsill, Little Freddie King, Lillian Boutte and many more. Photographers William Copen and Daniel Paschall were on hand to capture the action on the stages and in the crowds.

Today in New Orleans 4.13.14

It’s the last day of French Quarter Festival, and local acts such as the Astral Project and Mia Borders are closing out the fest. Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink is performing at House of Blues. Happy Birthday to Cosimo Matassa, local R&B pioneer who turns 88 today. Now, more to do this Sunday.  

French Quarter Fest After Hours: 4.12.14

Once the fest is done, the party goes on 'til Sun. On Saturday night in the clubs, Better Than Ezra hosts a giant fundraiser at the House of Blues, brass bands head to Blue Nile and Tip's, while a pair of dance parties unfurl on St. Claude and in Mid-City. Peruse all of tonight's post-French Quarter Fest happenings:

French Quarter Fest Weather: 4.12.14

After sending off the week, French Quarter Festival returns for wily weekend Saturday. Today's schedule features Glen David Andrews, Walter Wolfman Washington, Original Pinettes Brass Band, The Dixie Cups and more. Best of all, the weather is predicted to cooperate.

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