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March 6th

Six Years of Beers

NOLA Brewing Co, 5:30p.m.

Release of the 6th Anniversary Ale (a sour ale this year) ft. music with Tauk, Gravity A, New Orleans Suspects


Gogol Bordello

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Gypsy Punk band from the Lower East Side


Francisco Goldman

Tulane Auditorium, 6p.m.

Academic all-star chats about Interior Circuit


Celtics v. Pelicans

SKC, 7p.m


Mario Cart Challenge

Republic, Doors 10p.m., free before 12 w/ college ID

Multiple N64s set up for the annual Mario Kart Challenge - compete to win a section and bottle of booze; music by DJ G


March 7th

Julia Street

Monthly art crawl, 6-9p.m.


Haiku With Ghosts

Foundation Gallery, 6-10p.m.

Opening reception for Demond Matsuo’s new show


Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 1 of music, food and fun at the zoo!


Jim Roche: Culture Mechanic

Ogden, 6p.m.

Opening of acclaimed retrospective


Grizzlies v. Pelicans

SKC, 6p.m.


Katt Williams

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Popular comedian on his Born Again...Again tour


Tank and the Bangas

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Local spoken wordsmiths exude creativity through song


March 8th

Tobymac, Mandisa, & Capital Kings

Saenger Theater, 7p.m.

Grammy Award Winners on tour w/ electronic pop duo the Capital Kings


Bo Burnham (Sold Out)

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Wunderkind comedian wombed on the web


Glen David Andrews

Botanical Gardens, 4p.m.

Party in the Garden with Andrews and Swamp Donkeys


Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 2 of music, food and fun at the zoo!

Street Beat

Council OK's Unarmed NOLA Patrol for FQ

Back on the agenda at this week's City Council meeting (11.06) were the NOLA Patrol and French Quarter Improvement Fund. The proposals aim to use civillians to keep protective eyes on Quarter life, as well dedicate a portion of the Hotel/Motel revenue for improvements to infrastructure and quality of life in the distinctive French Quarter corridor. The ordinance passed unanimously, allowing for further definition the duties of the NOLA Patrol as the kinks are ironed out. 

Crime Bits: Muggings & One Night Stands

By Ashley Larsen

Today’s  a bit of a Where’s Waldo situation at the NOPD. The boys in blue are asking for assistance in looking for a veritable roster of wrongdoing. Today’s crimes include a purse snatching in the French Quarter, a robbery in the Marigny Triangle, and a Bourbon booty call gone wrong. 

Steer with Beer: Pedal Pub Debate Begins

By Ashley Rouen

NOLA has her fair share of unique bicycles, but one contraption is drawing attention for the powers that be. Today (11.04) the City Council tackled Pedal Pubs in the French Quarter before voting to send the issue to the Ground Transportation Committee. For the uninitiated, a Pedal Pub is a vehicle with a draft beer tap on board, pushed by peddlers (similar to a paddle boat but for the road). 

Fright Night: Halloween Stabbing at Bourbon's Funky 544 (Video)

Funky 544 (544 Bourbon Street) was at the center of loud dispute in the early hours of Saturday (11.01), but the noise ordinance was not involved. An argument turned bloody at the Quarter club. A 22 year old woman and her 35 year old female friend were hospitalized with stab wound after the fight. NOPD are searching for a suspect.

Farmers' Fete

Local Produce Trending at the French Market (Photos)

The Crescent City Farmers Market has taken to the streets of the French Quarter on Wednesday’s for the past few weeks. Located inside the French Market between Barracks and Governor Nicholls, it is open from 2-6p.m. every Wednesday. From local fresh produce to pastured meats, seafood, dairy, breads and baked goods, preserves, honey, pasta sauces, tapenade, fresh flowers, garden herbs and more. It’s a great new source of fresh eats for Quarter dwellers, locals and visitors alike! 

Eyes for Disguise: Halloween Shopping in the Quarter

By Amanda Thompson

Costume shopping makes for a great day in the Quarter. You can find everything you need for a unique look by foraging these top 10 shops. Start on lower Decatur, and work your way up towards Canal, veering over to Royal and Dauphine via St Ann. For lagniappe, grab a drink at Pirate's Alley or Lafitte's Blacksmith shop to get your juices flowing and spirits soaring!

FQ's Midnight Muggers Caught on Camera

By now, it is clear to most that a majority of the French Quarter is under video surveillance. However, it's a lesson that some criminals can't quite grasp. On Monday (10.20) morning, two women were robbed in the French Quarter. Now, Eighth District Detective Chris LaBorde has found footage of the crime as it happened.

Royal Crush

French Quarter Building Collapse in Photos

A three story building partially collapsed at 808 Royal Street near the corner of St. Ann Street on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Water spewed from broken pipes as onlookers stood aghast at the historic facade's demise. The Fire Department and NOPD blocked off the street to control the scene. Remarkably, no one was hurt.

Midnight Mugging in the Quarter

With the onset of autumn, shootings in the Crescent City are dropping, but thefts continue to flow. Police are once again hunting for stickup artist. On Monday (10.20) morning, two women were robbed in the French Quarter.

FQ Pedestrian Killed After Car Slams Into Gallery

Tragedy struck early in the French Quarter early Sunday (10.19) morning. A drunk driving accident resulted in the death of a pedestrian hours before her birthday.

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