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May 28th


Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Dark rom-com about about an 18-year-old’s relationship with a man in an assisted living facility


Crescent City Farmers Market

3700 Orleans Ave., 3p.m.-7p.m.

Midcity edition of the city's prime local market


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week feat. music from Mississippi Rail Company


Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7p.m.

Folksy local singer-songwriter



Freret Street Publiq House, 9:30p.m.

Jazzy locals come Uptown


Marc Stone

d.b.a., 9p.m.

Release party for “Poison & Medicine”


Wild Magnolias

Armstrong Park, 5p.m.

Mardi Gras Indian band salutes ancestor Big Chief Bo Dollis at free show



Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Get low with this eclectic 90’s favorite

Lineup Reveal: FestiGals

As the summer season approaches, the New Orleanian’s festival schedule begins to fill. Yesterday, the schedule for the fifth annual FestiGals weekend (6.11-6.14) was released. The weekend is aimed at both empowering and pampering women New Orleans style. 


About Shucking Time

Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend

It’s finally that shucking time of the year again. This weekend (5.30-5.31), the New Orleans Oyster Festival is back for its sixth year. The free festival, which takes place at Armstrong Park, features live music, crafts, eating contests and perhaps most obviously, oysters. 

Room 220

An interview with Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans

Sula Janet Evans is a singer-songwriter with the world beat/reggae band Zion Trinity and the lead singer ofMojuba, a band that focuses on sacred orisha music. She is also founding director of the Na’Zyia Doula Collective, a member and medicine queen of the Mardi Gras Indian Queens of the Nation, and an Akan/ancestor priest at the Shrine of Impohema in Ghana. A native of New Jersey with a B.A. in African Studies and English Literature from Rutgers, Evans has lived in New Orleans for more than twenty years and is the co-owner of the retail store King & Queen Emporium Int’l on Bayou Road. She is also my longtime friend and sometimes collaborator.

Quadruple Shooting Leaves Two Dead

By Lucy Leonard

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is currently investigating a shooting in the East that occurred early this morning (5.26). The gunplay left two dead and two more injured, the NOPD said. 

Today in NOLA: 5.26.15

Though Memorial Day weekend has drawn to a close, today in New Orleans is still as hopping as ever. Purity Ring is visiting the city and the Crescent City Farmers Market is cooking up some specials despite the grey day. But if the weather does go south, The Prytania is offering shelter in the form of the documentary Dior and I, and the Old Marquer Theater presents RENT.  On this day (5.26.15) many years ago, the U.S. Navy began the Mississippi River blockade, bringing the Civil War to Louisiana (1861), and the Army of Trans-Mississippi surrendered in New Orleans (1865). Now, for more on today. 

NOPD Searches for Missing Algiers Teen

There will be no Memorial Day barbecues for one Algiers family. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are searching for a missing 14-year-old girl and asking for the public’s help.

Day at the Beach (AVP Results)

Jimmy Graham may have headed to the Pacific Northwest, but NOLA was the scene of many slams and spikes this weekend. The season opening AVP New Orleans Open tourney wrapped up a display of world class beach volleyball this weekend.

The Sunday Critic

Theatre Review: She Was Born

Last year a friend brought to my attention a quotation from the famed producer, playwright, and critic Robert Brustein that is much less sunny than he thought it to be. "The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent." I take Mr Brustein to mean that theatre has no higher goal than to make it possible for genius to operate, fully and freely, whatever it takes.

Drinking Culture

A Night Amongst Royalty at the King Pin

Gentle reader, time and place are not two things. When choosing one, we elect the other. In the neighborhood watering hole, the hour in which we visit can greatly alter the destination at which we arrive. After the university students mustered out this past weekend, and before the nights of food trucks, hipsters, and planned events, I chose a balmy evening to visit the beating heart of an Uptown neighborhood, The King Pin.


Today in NOLA: 5.23.15

Get your grill ready. Memorial Day is here. The Greeks are gathering in Lake View and the wine geeks are gathering at the Conventionn Center. Ashé is addressing some heavier issues and fro those that just want to rawk, Papa Roach is in town. On this day in 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed in Bienville Parish, the end to the infamous pair’s three-year crime spree. Now, click through for Thursday's events.  

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