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December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

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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