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December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)


Ice Cold Comedy

Siberia, 9p.m.

Free comedy hosted by Fayard Lindsay


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring your stringed instruments to jam; $2 red beans and rice


Claude Bryant & The Allstars

Banks St. Bar, 9p.m.

Free red beans; $3 Jameson


Christmas in the Oaks

City Park, 6p.m.-10p.m.

The lights go out on Jan 3, don’t miss your chance to catch the show


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

In the Balcony room  featuring Silky Fire - Lott/ Peake/ Addison


Punk Night

Dragon’s Den, 1a.m.

Every Tuesday is for the punks


Loose Marbles

The Maison, 9p.m.

These yankee born musicians have made a home in New Orleans


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9p.m.



Anders Osborne + John Fohl + Johnny Sansone

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Local greats take the stage at this Canal St. haunt


Progression Music Series Christmas Party

Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.

Mulled wine and hot buttered rum drink specials


Jason & Ellis Marsalis Christmas Duo

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.

Drummer and pianist of this local musical family play a holiday duet


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10:30

Rebirth always brings the heat in this intimate Oak St. venue


Ernie Elly

Preservation Hall, 8p.m.

Traditional New Orleans jazz with the Preservation Hall-Stars


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Galactic’s drummer stunts the funk


Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns

Spotted Cat, 6p.m.

Blues with a bite


Comedy Catastrophe

Lost Love Lounge, 10p.m.

Cassidy Henehans hosts; $2 Tecate, $4 Rye and Ginger Beer, $5 Sailor Jerry Dark and Stormy

Mercredi (Christmas Eve)

December 24th

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 1p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson; $30


DJs D. Lefty Parker & Fensterstock Happy Hour

Siberia, 6p.m.-9p.m.

Last chance to hit Siberia before Christmas when it's closed



Clockwork Elvis: Acoustic Blue Xmas

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Off the wall King caroling blues


Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Featuring the music of Duke Ellington


Ceasar Brothers Funk Box

Maison, 9:30p.m.

New Orleans sons make the funk do what they want


3rd Annual Christmas Film Festival

Buffa’s, various times

Ranging from A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation all day


Jeudi (Christmas Day)

December 25th


Fast Times

One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

An 80s & 90s dance party; $5


Late Night

House of Blues, 11p.m.

No strings attached holiday party


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Brass rebels do what they do best, get down


The Trio ft. Johnny Vidachovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Local funkadelic jazz stars play for Christmas



December 26th

A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Presented by William Credo Agency ft. the Molly Ringwalds, Mixed Nutes, Chee Weez and more


Earphunk + Gravity A

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Funk rockstars keep the spirit going into the new year; $15


The Hitchhiker

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

With DiNOLA plus Donde Wolf; $10


December 27th

Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A night of burlesque and bad girls playing their roles


Lost Bayou Ramblers

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Plus Colin Lake, Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters; $12


Holiday Hangover

Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

Unicorn Fukr, Marshall Monica, Junk Yard Rhythm Section and more


Dirty Dozen Brass Band

d.b.a., 11p.m.



Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Saenger, 3p.m. & 7p.m.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without Tchaikovsky and life size Matrushka dolls


Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Folk music fit for the apocalypse; $12


Pelicans vs. Spurs

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Big Easy basketballers take on San Antonio


BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Big Oozy Disaster

BP’s conduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was “grossly negligent,” U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled this morning (9.4). Barbier also ruled that Transocean and Halliburton were each “negligent.” The decision assigned 67% of responsibility for the incident to BP, 30% to Transocean, and 3% to Halliburton.

Seafood Workers Say They Were Left Out of BP Settlement

BP might've thought they covered everything in the proposed settlement with the people of the Gulf Coast. But it turns out they might've missed somebody. A group that represents shrimp processors is in court today asking Judge Carl Barbier to delay his blessing of the settlement because key groups in the seafood industry are being left out of the settlement. Specifically, docks, processors, distributors, and packaging supply businesses were left out of the $2.3 billion agreement, the processors group says.

Haven't Sheen You in a Long Time

It's mid-April, and there's been a lot of oil reported about 50 miles offshore in the Gulf. A giant oil company quickly dispatched an underwater robot to look for a possible source. The more things change...This year's Spring Scourge was brought to us by Shell, who reported seeing a sheen but says it isn't from their wells. The slick is ten miles long by 1 mi. wide. The company estimates about 252 gallons of oil, or 6 barrels, leaked so far, and the Coast Guard says there's no word on environmental damage yet. But don't worry, they're sending a big boat. And after all, if you look close enough, all you can se are rraaiinnbows.

Big Oozy Trial Looms

Unless there's an eleventh hour settlement, it's time once again on Monday for the BP and the Big Oozy to invade our news cycle. A huge liability trial that could last into early part of 2013 is set to kick off at the federal courthouse down on Poydras. The jury-less trial essentially seeks to dole out proportions of blame for the April 20 catastrophe in the Gulf. As is typical around the streets of New Orleans, expect to hear a lot of "It Ain't My Fault." Preview coverage here, here and here.

HuffPo Goes at the Flow

One fine post-Oozy day, the BOP was whisked off to Michoud, and there was talk of a federal probe. While this had us thinking of aliens and those lunatic uncle stories we never wanted to think about again, it turns out they were actually talking about humans conducting a federal investigation. Since then, we haven't heard much about the investigation, which inclues a look at whether BP purposely witheld information or downplayed the severity of the Macondo flow. Today, Huffington Post looks at the latter, and brings back some old names. Suttles, Landry, it's been too long! Read the long, investigative account here.

Mac McClelland's Got Her MoJo Working Near Grand Isle

The Big Oozy's beginning is almost a year gone, but reports of tarballs washing onto shore continue to trickle in with the tide. Missing among the conjecture, however, has been actual photographic evidence of the beaches where the oil's still rollin'. Sounds like a good opportunity for Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland to have a standoff with a BP flunky! McClelland returned to the scene of her prime this week, seeking to see how the beach has changed in a year down at the Grand Isle-adjacent wildlife refuge, Elmer's Island. After the go-ahead lackey lambasting, she found an even better example of primitive thinking: cleanup workers who fashion their own tools. And, oh ya, there's oil, too.

Tilting at Transocean

There's been much talk of the missing oil and the evasive claim checks. But whatever happened to the rig workers who were actually on the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded? Well, there's word from at least one such employee today. Charles Cochran is suing BP, Transocean and other companies involved in the expedition to drill oil from the Gulf. He is claiming the rig manufacturer had an "evil motive or intent" in putting the deepwater drilling rig together negligently. According to Courthouse News Service, Cochran filed a complaint in federal court stating that as a result of being thrown across his cabin as the rig exploded, he "permanently and totally physically, functionally and anatomically disabled, impaired and disfigured" as a result of the explosion. 

Crude Reality

Speaking of black menaces in the Bayou, we're again reminded today that the oil is still out there. As cleanup crews begin to think about leaving the Louisiana Gulf Coast, news of the oil that's continuing to wash ashore is apparently making its way to Baton Rogue. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham told the Daily Comet he would hold BP and feds accountable for finishing the cleanup. Oil continues to be found off the former tourist haven Elmer's Island, Bay Jimmy and Pass-a-Loutre.

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