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March 3rd

Jesmyn Ward
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
National Book Award winner reads for 1718 Society


Fat $inatra
Apple Barrel, 6:30p.m.
The name says it all


Alvin Youngblood Hart
Blue Nile, 9p.m.
A True Southern Bluesman


The Sidemen
The Prime Example
Soulful jazz well worth the the cabfare


Dear White People
Indywood, 7p.m
Life as a millennial black on white dominated campuses


March 4th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes


Civic Theater
Simon Gosford and Raja Ram’s uber eclectic sound


Pelicans v. Pistons
SKC, 7p.m.
Surging Birds face Detroit without Brow

Mother and Daughter Killed in Triple Shooting

An 8-year-old girl and her 25-year-old mother are dead and a 39-year-old woman is in the hospital after another shooting in the East. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating the gruesome Tuesday (3.03) morning triple shooting.

Indy Go Go

Indie music and indie film have emerged as powerhouses in NOLA since the Federal Flood. Now, Indy Racing is trying to join the clique. Today (3.2), organizers of the inaugural 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana released a packed schedule of racing set for April 10-12.

State of Play: Theatre Listings, 3.2-3.16

Compiled by Michael Martin

Theatre season is heating up. The next couple of weeks feature no less than 12 different new works opening. Anthony Bean Community Theater is taking on Shakespeare for the the first time. Cabaret abounds across town. A D&D inspired play continues its run. For full theatre listings, click on through.

Today in NOLA: 3.2.2015

Monday, Monday...This week blasts off with a film screening about D.C.'s punk rock scene in the 1980s. Octavia Books hosts authors Rachel Breunlin and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, who will be speaking about their new book about the history of brass. Music is always around and waiting for eager ears. On this day in 1699, French Canadian explorers, Iberville and Bienville, discovered the mouth of the Mississippi. Now, let's get back to what's happening today. 

Magnolia Honey

by Ashley Rouen

Plenty of mansions exist in New Orleans' Garden District's premiere real estate market, but they don’t usually create much of a stir in the community. However, the Magnolia Mansion, a bed and breakfast located at 2127 Prytania Street, is catching heat from neighbors opposed to plans to add a bar and restaurant to the B&B. After much debate, a zoning change was granted.

Out of the Frying Pan

New Orleans Fish Fry Season Picks Up Steam

For many Catholics, the 40 days following Mardi Gras is a time of fast punctuated by fish on Fridays. For many more locals, Fridays are a time for community and unity. Fish Frys are popping up around New Orleans today and for weeks to follow. 

Today in NOLA: 2.27.15

Tonight features some unique fare. One bookstore is holding a dating event for nerds. NOMA is opening a new show and Sweet Crude is continuing their mercurial rise. On this day in 1827, New Orleans kicked off her first ever Mardi Gras.

Opening Notes at City Council

By Ashley Rouen

City Council’s Regular Meeting began by recognizing NOLA Global Youth Week from March 9th through the 15th. Then, the Pontchartrain Chapter of Links introduced their Rising Stars Mentoring Program, which recently completed a month long program with female students in grades 8 through 10 at McDonogh 35. Finally, organizers of Give NOLA Day appeared before the Council to spread word about the day of giving to take place in Lafayette Square on Cinco de Mayo. In the afternoon, the Council will address several hot button issues, including zoning, cigar bars, and the Magnolia Mansion.

Drinking Culture

Columnist Launches His Own Tet Offensive

Gentle reader, I say to thee, cung chúc tân xuân! And through the written word, you are spared my pronunciation in wishing you the best new spring. Come with me now and throw off pale winter like a tired cloak. The Lunar Calendar is turning in that most vibrant of New Orleans communities, the Village de L’Est, Little Vietnam. Food and drink! Music, explosions and Lion Dances! Games of chance! My friends, the Year of the Horse has passed into the great glue factory of time. But hark! In The East, the Year of the Goat breaks upon the horizon a new dawn.  

Spellbound: Quintron & Miss P Announce Tour, New Projects

Quintron and Miss Pussycat are downtown idols, but they are certainly not idle. The duo just announced a series of spring tour dates as well as the now expected eccentric mix of new projects.

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