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Today in NOLA: 8.13.14

Arthouse pop-up Shotgun Cinema returns tonight, with a screening of Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus at the Marigny Opera House. The House of Blues is full of star power, with hip-hop soul diva Keyshia Cole downstairs and Texas singer-songwriter Jolie Holland upstairs. Plus, Wednesdays on the Point returns to Algiers. Keep reading for more film and music picks tonight:

Jazz in the Park Announces Sixth Season Lineup

On any given 90-degree day in August, you're apt to feel like you never want to go out again. Luckily, Jazz in the Park promises to put a Carnival spring in your step this September and October with its sixth season since 2012. The fall lineup at the Armstrong Park concert series features Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Russell Batiste, Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, Daria and the Hip Drops, and more. Find the full schedule below.

Today in NOLA: 7.5.14

Mary J. Blige takes the stage at Essence Fest tonight, while Questlove races from the Roots’ Superdome gig to DJ at Tipitina’s. Spot budding talent this afternoon as brand-new youth bands make their debut on OC Haley, or join the Banks St. Bar crowd for a pig roast. R&B legend Smiley Lewis was born on this day in 1913, in DeQuincey, LA. Details on today:

Today in NOLA: 7.3.14

Essence Fest 2014 gets underway in New Orleans today, with performances from Nas, Trey Songz, and more. Plus, acclaimed writer Terry McMillian appears at Octavia Books and clebrate independence a day early in City Park.  On this day in 1971, Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff” hit #1 on the R&B chart. Watch her performance on Soul Train and read on for more events tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.24.14

Today, take yourself out to the ball game, get schooled in WWII history, then catch a nap and a late show. On this day in 1976, Ferriday, LA native Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the TV program The Midnight Special. More details tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.22.14

This Monday afternoon, music documentary screenings continue at Indywood and live music plays on all sides of town. Happy 47th birthday to Lumar LeBlanc, snare drummer and founding member of the Soul Rebels. Details for tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.21.14

Tonight, TV’s Tim and Eric mock classic rock while across town, the Doobie Brothers do it for real. Plus, three music documentaries are hitting the silver screen. Today marks 50 years since the 1964 murders of three Mississippi civil rights workers, the Freedom Summer’s most infamous act of violence. Read on for four YouTube previews of tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.20.18

Hope you got a good night’s sleep: there’s LOT to do tonight. Pride Festival kicks off at Boomtown Casino, the Ogden hosts its inaugural Magnolia Ball, and the Zeitgeist premieres Alex de la Iglesia’s latest. Happy 75th birthday to R&B singer and NOLA native Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Read on for details, and peep left for way more live music tonight.

Today in NOLA: 6.06.14

Tonight: John “Papa” Gros plays the first Foundation Free Friday of the season at Tipitina’s. Rebellious country at the House of Blues, indie punk at Gasa Gasa, and New Fangled Opera in the Marigny. On this day in 1814, Jean Lafitte’s brother, the pirate and blacksmith Pierre Lafitte, was arrested. Arrgh! More from tonight:

Today in New Orleans 10.26.13

Halloween continues its early run on New Orleans with a series of excuses to dress up and be weird, along with its usual platter of live music and theater.  During the day, see the year’s biggest brass band competition under the Claiborne Bridge in the Tremé.  Francophiles can hop to Washington Square Park for Fete Marigny.  At night, try to catch a locally made treat from the Krewe of Boo Parade.  On this day in 1911, gospel queen Mahalia Jackson was born. Now, more local music, theater, and more this Saturday:

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