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November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

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

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity


December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

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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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin


Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond


Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.


B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock