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October 13th

Home Free

The Civic, 7p.m.

Country vocal band and winner of The Sing-Off


The Creeping Garden

Zeitgeist, 9:30

Sci-fi documentary


It’s Your World

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

Chelsea Clinton teaches you to Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!


A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Recipes inspired by the novel


October 14th

Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Hold-ups in Belfast


Getting Off at Elysian Fields

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Obituaries from the Times-Pic


Tony Joe White

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Louisiana singer/songwriter


Cole Williams

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

African Rock Wednesdays for Breast Cancer Awareness


Computer Magic

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

Dance beats and relatable lyrics


October 15th

The Universe of Keith Haring

Freeman Auditorium, 7:30p.m.

Movie about New York artist Keith Haring


Saints v. Falcons

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:25p.m.

Saints coming off a loss to Eagles


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Marc Stone Acoustic Band


Extraordinary People

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals


Jackson Browne

Saenger, 8p.m.

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee


October 16th

Who’s Bad— Thriller Night

The Civic, 8p.m.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Triubte


Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Riff Raff

The Willow, 9p.m.

The Versace Python


Concerts in the Courtyard

533 Royal St., 6p.m.

This week ft. Banu Gibson


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Movies in the Garden ft. Beetlejuice


The Thing

Prytania, 12:15a.m.

Classic 1982 horror movie


October 17th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Witchy Drag Brunch

The Country Club, 10a.m.

Drag, food and all-you-can-drink mimosas


Anba Dlo

New Orleans Healing Center, 1p.m.

Free Halloween fest and water symposium


Pelicans v. Kings

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Pelicans take on Kings at home


Coton Jaune— Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story

WRC, 9:30a.m.

Documentary about Cajun women who handwove blankets


Mac Demarco

The Civic, 8p.m.

Old school indie music


October 18th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


The Cut

Zeitgeist, 7:20p.m.

Epic about a man’s journey throught the Ottoman Empire


City on Fire

Garden District Book Shop, 3p.m.

Love, betrayal and art


Alvin and the Chipmunks

Saenger, 3p.m.;8p.m.

Chipmunks…live on stage


Polymnia Quartet

Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.

Weekly Sunday Musical Meditation

Salú Chef Pairs French Food, European Wine for First 4-Course Wine Dinner

For those looking to be whisked away to Europe Thursday night, head over to Salu for their first of many dinners with wine pairings. Recent Massachusetts transplant Chef Dustin Brien joined Salú (3226 Magazine St.) in November and is no stranger to Wine Dinners.   

Blo Magazine to Bring the Heat on Hair Styles

As Carnival rolls closer, one new business is offering ball-goers a convenient stop for festive fringe. Blo, a salon devoted entirely to the art of hair styling, is coming to 5530 Magazine St. on January 26. Blo Magazine, the latest installment of “North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar,” skips the cuts and colors and goes straight for the heat.

Sustainable Salú: New Chef Brings 'Farm to Fork' Approach to Magazine St. Spot

by Emma Boyce

Executive Chef Dustin Brien brings his expertise from North Andover, Massachusetts to the heart of Magazine Street as the new chef of Salú (3226 Magazine St.). After working at a restaurant in Massachusetts with a “farm to fork” policy, Brien plans to use fresh, local ingredients to bring out the best in the Magazine Street spots that splices influences from French, Spanish and Italian cuisine.     

Merriment on Magazine Lights Up for Local Holiday Shopping

by Emma Boyce

Christmas is coming and although we don’t have snow to set the tone, Magazine Street frolics into the holiday spirit this December.  Every Saturday of the month, starting Dec. 1, Magazine Street shops will be open later, their bulbs will burn brighter and their sales, like their holiday spirit, will be ubiquitous.  

Magazine Madness for Small Business Saturday

by M.D. Dupuy

Black Friday brought droves of rabid shoppers to Best Buys and Targets all over the country, but today is reserved for the little guys. It’s Small Business Saturday, and boutiques and shops along Magazine Street are abuzz with customers. American Express sponsors the event, which incentivizes small shopping through credit bonuses.

Magazine Street Blues Festival Parks Uptown

by Emma Boyce

New Orleans knows the blues, but we also know how to cure them.  From 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday, the corner of Magazine and Napoleon will be buzzing with food trucks, live music, dance and rows of tents for the fourth annual Magazine Street Blues Festival.  

Magazine Street Stickup Stymied, 4 Arrested

Cops caught up with a quartet of of alleged criminals last night shortly after the youngest among them robbed a group of people on Magazine Street, according to the New Orleans Police Department. About 8:30 p.m., two teens, ages 14 and 15, pointed guns at a group of four adults near the intersection of Louisiana and Magazine, according to police. The pair got a wallet and purse off the victims, but a woman started screaming for help before all the loot was turned over.

Halloween Costuming with Miss Claudia

by Emma Boyce

It’s that time of year again.  Hocus Pocus on every channel.  Finishing a bag of mini-sized kit-kats before the first trick or treaters even ring the bell.  And the one thing on everyone’s mind is: what will I wear!

Smash Course

Inside the New Smashburger on Magazine Street

The New Orleans burger bonanza continues to spread through Uptown, and this time the trend has national ramifications. Smashburger is set to open up a franchise on Magazine Street.

New Neighbors Bring More Eats to Magazine Street

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

One of New Orleans’ fastest growing neighborhoods is filling out its corridors, with two new adjacent businesses popping up in the 1900 block of Magazine. The Lower Garden District has long been home to local favorites Juan’s Flying Burrito, Aidan Gill for men, Trashy Diva, and a long list of other boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. The newest additions to this hub of hipness are the Roux Public House restaurant  (1910 Magazine) and its neighbor, Diva Dawg (1906 Magazine) a gourmet hot dog hangout.

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