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October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

New Orleans is Fastest Growing American City, Census Says

Texas may take up the most space on a new Census list of the country's fastest growing cities, but the place at the top of the podium is reserved for the Crescent City.  New Orleans' population grew faster than any other American city between April 2010 and July 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The list reveals that the City grew by 4.9 percent over that time, putting our total population at 360,740. That's 16,911 people larger than we were as of the 2010 Census.

Coming to Our Census

by Shay Sokol

According to Census data released Thursday, New Orleans has lost nearly 1/3 of its population in the last decade. But, a few days removed from the number crunching, let's not think about it all as doom and gloom. With those losses, there have been some gains. After K, thousands of Hispanic people came for rebuilding jobs, and many since have stayed. New Orleans’ Hispanic population went from 14,826 in 2000 to 18,051 last year (22% increase). Jefferson Parish’s Hispanic population jumped from 32,518 in 2000 to 53,702 in 2010 (66% increase).

New Orleans Loses Population, But Not that Much!

Like the kids starving for porridge in "Oliver," data gnomes have been chomping for U.S. Census numbers practically since the floodwater receded. With speculation abounding and mayoral speeches confounding, only cold hard fact would tell the truth of how many people moved away from the city since The Flood. Turns out, not as much once thought. The population of the city is down almost a third (343.829) since 2000, and the ever-watched black population now makes up 60 percent of the city, as opposed to 2/3 a decade ago.

Cringe and Purge

As we move into the new year, it's time to find out what we're really made of. No, we're not talking about consecutive days of debauchery and the ability to subsist on King Cake alone. U.S. Census numbers are scheduled to be released sometime after the first of the year that will indicate how many people the city actually has since Katrina, and where the boundaries of our Congressional districts will lie. Last week, the state released some suggestive numbers to whet our demographically-thirsty whistle, the Advocate, of Baton Rouge, reports. 

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