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October 22nd

New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing (Old U.S. Mint, 7 p.m.)

A tasting and lecture with two New Orleans brewmasters


Macy Gray with The Way Tour + The Honorable South + Cory Nokey

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

Soulful chanteuse to enchant audiences at Tip’s


Susan Morse: The Dog Stays in the Picture

Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.

Susan Morse discusses and signs her book


“Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business” a lecture with Joshua D. Rothman

THNOC, 6p.m.

Rothman to discuss three men who dealt in the slave trade during the 19th century


Crescent City Farmers Market

French Market, 2p.m – 6p.m.

Brand new French Quarter edition of the city's prime local market


October 23rd

The Delta Saints

Publiq House, 10p.m.

“Bourbon-fueled bayou rock” Nashville group


Dylan Landis: Rainey Royal  

Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.

14 narratives from Greenwich Village in the 70s


Julian Benasis

Republic, 10p.m.

EDM producter/ DJ to play with Buck 10, DXXXY & SFAM


James Nolan - YOU DON'T KNOW ME

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

New Orleans writer James Nolan reads and signs his new interrelated collection of short stories


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week featuring a Fais Do-Do with Ike Marr and Martin Shears


October 24th

Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

Food Network star brings his live show to the Crescent City



Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, 5p.m.

Alfred Hitchcocks thriller starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint


Selebrating Sierra Leone: Music by Imaginary Frenz

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Fundraiser to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.


Cottonmouth Kings

Spotted Cat, 10p.m.

Smokin’ swing and jazz music at one of the city’s best dancing venues


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 8p.m.

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen ($10)

Crime Bits: Suspects Sought in 3 Robberies (VIDEO)

NOPD is searching for suspects in three separate robberies that happened over the last three days. Detectives released video of a suspect in a Sunday afternoon robbery in the French Quarter. They're also looking for the perps in an Uptown burglary and bus stop stickup in Mid-City.

Crime Bits: Sun. Night Shootings, French Quarter Robbery

In the weekend's lawless list, robbers dressed in drag and pilfered purses, and a burglar toting two guns went straight for the video games. Crescent City Crime Bits for Friday night, May 30- to Monday morning, June 2:

Crime Bits: 7 Shot, French Quarter Suspects Sought

Seven people were shot across New Orleans in three incidents that happened over a 12-hour stretch between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. One of the victims died, marking the City's latest homicide. NOPD detectives are also searching for a suspect in a French Quarter cutting that happened last weekend in Pere Antoine Alley. More Crime Bits:

French Quarter Fling: Brad Pitt Beers Matthew McConaughey (VIDEO)

This weekend, the the hordes of French Quarter ghost tour-goers were replaced by hordes of paparazzi. With Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie in town for the annual Make It Right Gala, the photogs were looking for any sign of mundane activity. But drinking beers and playing catch got an extra limelight lift when Mathew McConaughey emerged on a balcony across the street from the Pitts.

Nicolas Cage to Play N.O. Pol in 'The Runner,' Report Says

Nicolas Cage has already taken a screen turn as a Bad Lieutenant for NOPD, and spent some real life money on French Quarter haunts and final resting places. For his next role that hits close to home, Cage will take on another familiar local archetype: the disgraced New Orleans politician. According to Deadline and a host of other Hollywood-watching blogs, the actor is set to play "idealistic but flawed" N.O. Congressman in The Runner.

Murder in 8th Ward, French Quarter Shooting

A man was killed in the 8th Ward and another man was injuring in a French Quarter shooting overnight, according to New Orleans police. 

French Quarter's Royal Blend Closes Doors

A French Quarter coffee shop closed its doors after more than 25 years in business this week. The operators of Royal Blend Coffee and Tea House lost the lease on the coffee, tea and sandwich spot at 621 Royal St., according to a post on Facebook.

Traffic Study to Look at French Quarter Flows

From complete streets to a pedicab pilot program, City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer has made transportation a centerpiece of her work in City Hall. At her final meeting on the dais this week, Palmer sought to get the wheels turning on future road renewal in the French Quarter. And this time, segways will be considered along with everything else.

Updated: Power Out on Frenchmen St.

Updated: About 150 homes and businesses lost power on Frenchmen St. and an adjacent area of the Marigny Wednesday evening, according to Entergy. The outage was due to a downed wire, according to the utility's View Outage map. 

NOPD Releases Sketch of French Quarter Robber

According to NOPD, at 3:30a.m. on Saturday morning, one unlucky pedestrian found themselves a victim of New Orleans' crime problem. Police said that the man was walking down the 1200 block of Chartres St when an unknown male crossed the street and punched him to the ground.

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