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December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)


Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson


Soul Rebels

Champions Square, 10a.m.

Saints pregame party


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

The members of this band have been playing together since 1995; $10


Jon Roniger

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Folksy blues Americana



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Man Shot on Bourbon

Bourbon Street has seen its share of shouting. Some exchanges are more passionate than others. On Sunday (12.21) morning, one yelling match turned violent, and by the end a man was in the hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.

NOPD Investigate Treme Shooting

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating another shooting on Saturday (12.20) evening. Clues including the exact location of the Treme shooting are still scarce, but police have released the basic details.

Second Line Alert: Big Nine

The Big Nine makes sure both sides of the Industrial Canal get to step out for a second line, and their annual parade is back again this weekend. Club President Ronald Lewis of the House of Dance and Feathers always puts on one of the best street parties of the year, and Sunday's noontime get-down should be no different.

Leave the Shrimp, Take the ATM

New Orleanians often confuse the permutations the City’s seafood joints. Kajun Seafood is different than Today’s Kajun Seafood which in turn is different than Today’s Cajun Seafood. However, two men knew exactly where they were going when they burgled Cajun Seafood (1479 North Claiborne Avenue.)

NOLA Libre?

What The Thaw With Cuba Means for NOLA

On Wednesday (12.20,) President Barack Obama made the biggest changes in US-Cuba relations since 1961. In doing so, he has changed over 50 years of policy, and set a precedent for American relations with Cuba to come. The City of New Orleans has a long history with Cuba, but the new move raises questions about the Crescent City’s future connections with Havana.

Sidney D. Torres Trashes Crime, Offers Reward for Robber

Sidney Torres IV says that he is frustrated “by delays in apprehending a suspect who broke into his home on Dec. 10.” Now, he is taking action. The former trash baron announced that he is placing an 8000 dollar bounty on the alleged robber.

Bowl Flow: New Orleans Bowl Events

If the Saints quest to make the playoffs despite no potential for a winning record is not enough football for y’all, this weekend has plenty of gridiron attractions to offer right in town. The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is offering a host of events ranging from Cheap Trick in concert to a footrace over the next two days. Click through for highlights.

Council Grills Harrison on Sex Crimes

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is spending a lot of time investigating homicides, but to many, including the City Council, it appears that his focus comes at the cost of victims of other crimes. In the wake of an audit released by the Office of Inspector General, that sentiment grew into an impassioned exchange at City Hall. The report revealed five detectives in the Special Victims Section (SVS) were barely filing any paperwork on sexual assault cases at all. About 840 (or 65 percent) of the 1290 cases the unit had been assigned between 2011-2013 were designated miscellaneous. Councilmember Susan Guidry led a meeting of the Criminal Justice Committee (12.18) to discuss how the NOPD plans to rectify their entire police culture and regain the public’s trust.

Failed Fence Provides Carjacking Clues

Theft appears to be rampant in New Orleans. However, to monetize the crime, the crooks must find a way to fence the goods. Those in doubt need only visit Jean Lafitte’s old blacksmith shop in the Quarter. An attempt to sell off the loot provided Second District Detective John M. Castelin the clue he needed to identify two suspects in a Wednesday (12.17) carjacking.

Hot or Not

Tales of the Toddy 2014 in Photos

On Thursday (12.18) night, hundreds of bartenders, chefs, and drinkers gathered at House of Blues for the annual Tales of the Toddy cocktail competion. The toddies were served both hot and cold, and the two man bartending teams were decked out in their finest costumes. Treo, Sylvain, and Barrel Proof's staff were all repreented amongst the winners. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture the action.

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