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Voodoo After Dark: 11.1.13

Voodoo fest offers of plenty of onstage action at the Festival Grounds, but the party keeps going throughout the City, even after Pearl Jam is done for the night. From Panic to punk, check out some of tonight's highlights in the NOLA clubs and beyond:

After the Parades: 2.7.13

Fussy street cleaners and sirens signal the end of Thursday parades, but once the krewes stop rolling the party really gets in gear.  There’s no better way to kick off Mardi Gras madness than with some pre-weekend Carnival crooners and old New Orleans favorites.  

Second Line Planned for 'dba Ray' Deter

Last week, New Yorkers held their own second line for the late d.b.a owner, Ray Deter.This week, it's our turn to send out the bike crash victim in style. On Thursday at 7 p.m., a memorial is planned at the Frenchmen St. bar, ending with a parade in celebration of Deter's life up to Mimi's, and back again. A d.b.a performance by Happy Talk Band, a Deter favorite, will close out the proceedings. Earlier this month, the 53-year-old succumbed to injuries from an accident in Lower Manhattan. Glasses raised high, d.b.a. has pressed on since then, and shows no signs of slowing despite the tragedy.

Today's Events: 6.17.11

June 17th, when Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I’s wife died during childbirth, leaving him to spend the next seventeen years building her mausoleum, aka the Taj Mahal (1631), when French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reached the Mississippi and were the first to make a detailed account of the river’s course (1673), the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Bunker Hill (1775), when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools in Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), when Nixon  declared the (joke of a) War on Drugs (1971), when five operatives were arrested for something called, um, Watergate (1972), and when O.J. Simpson was arrested for the alleged murdering of his wife and her friend Ronald Goldman (1994)

Kristin Diable

A Celebrity Music Playlist

Hola Nola, and Hola Baton Rouge Native, New Orleans resident, singing songwriting Kristin Diable. After leaving the South to test the music waters of New York City, Ms. Diable has returned to New Orleans and is making moves, from regular Frenchmen gigs to multi-festival digs.

Words of Wisdom

NoDef's Drama Critic Navigates the Space Between the Stages at JazzFest

FAIR GROUNDS - Based on last Friday’s weather, theatre does not stand a chance in this town. Even the elements are on the side of The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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