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Today in NOLA 3.18.17

Today, New Orleanians are in the thick of it — between St. Patrick's Day yesterday and St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday tomorrow, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. NoDef has made it easy, sharing the coolest events around town today. The New World Rhythms Fest is back in Armstrong Park, while liberal-leaning political comedian Bill Maher will return to the Saenger stage. John Waters brings his Filthier and Dirtier tour to the Joy. John Boutte is doing his thing at d.b.a., and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will perform with The Felice Brothers at the Civic Theatre. On this day in 1687, LaSalle was assassinated by his own men. Now, more this Saturday. 

Today in NOLA: 5.14.16

Anthony Hamilton is coming to town and there are parties on St. Claude and Fulton Alley. Plus, there’s lots and lots of local music to check out. On this day in 1845, Louisiana’s first free public school opened. Now, more ways to school yourself in Louisiana culture this Saturday.

Today in NOLA: 4.09.16

French Quarter fest is reaching a peak today with 23 stages open. After the free fest ends, there are plenty of opportunities to check out even more local music at venues across the Crescent City. On this day in 1864, the Battle of Pleasant Hill led to a Union victory in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

Today in New Orleans: 5.03.14

Those missing the Boss at Jazz Fest can still choose from a host of local artists to see all over the city in the daytime hours. Pianist Tom McDermott, guitarist Alex McMurray, and many more are performing during the day. On this day in 1699, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville returned home to France after exploring the northern coast of the Gulf. Now, more to do this Saturday, and stay with NoDef for tonight’s after hours picks. 

Today in New Orleans 12.23.13

As New Orleans approaches Christmas, holiday parties continue to pop up at Lee Circle and House of Blues. Local rapper Dee-1 is ending his tour tonight at The Republic. Before there was a midnight mass in Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral was dedicated on this date in 1794. Now, more to do this Monday.  

Today in New Orleans 4.18.13

Enjoy some Jazz in Armstrong Park, rock the CASA to end child abuse, and enjoy some art after hours at the Ogden Museum. On this day in 1864, the Battle of Sabine Pass took place in Cameron Parish. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Today in New Orleans 2.23.13

This morning, bring the whole family to the Ogden for a lesson on our city’s cultural roots. Later on, head to Ashe for “Redd Linen Night,” see live theatre in Mid City, and more. On this day in 1983, local artists Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Queen Ida, and Toto all won Grammy awards. Now, it’s time to plan your Saturday.

The Goodnight Show Gives New Orleans Live, Latenight Talk

by Kerem Ozkan

A stylish house band. An opening monologue. A charming host sipping coffee as he interviews guests. Musical performances. The format of The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun will be familiar to anyone who's seen Conan, Letterman, or any of the usual late night fare. Right down to the desk-and-couch set-up and deep-voiced announcer, Calhoun has emulated Johnny Carson’s classic formula to a tee. The crucial twist, however, is that the show is produced live in New Orleans, by New Orleanians, for New Orleanians.

Today in New Orleans 10.18.12

Today, enjoy some jazz in the park with John Boutte, see a lily transform into a human being in a New Orleans theatre collaboration, and celebrate the Treme’s 200th birthday. Happy Birthday to our city’s own multiple Grammy-winning musician, Wynton Marsalis, born October 18, 1961.

Today in New Orleans 9.28.12

This Friday in the Big Easy, enjoy some soul at the Blue Nile, hear from the city’s Mardi Gras Indians at the Healing Center, and become part of a live recording Uptown at the Maple Leaf. City Park will be filled with LOVE in the Garden, and author John Shelton Reed will give his audience a taste of life in the French Quarter circa 1920. On September 28, 1868, the Opelousas Massacre left between 200-300 African-Americans dead over the right to vote. Now for more on today’s events:

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