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Cafe Instanbul (7:00 PM)
A Japanese film about a teenager’s strange venture into a haunted house
Hi-Ho Lounge (8:00 PM)
King James & the Special Men
Charmaine Neville Band
New Orleans Jazz Vipers
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (7:30PM)
Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, and Alexander Skargard star in the film, an adaptation of Henry James' novella of the same name
8301 Olive Street (6:00 PM)
Honey Island Swamp Band Trio with Alvin Youngblood Hart will play at the fourth annual celebration of the farmer’s market, with proceeds to go to kid’s farm education programs
Rosa Keller Library (5:00-9:00 PM)
My House NOLA presents a rolling food vendor mini festival
The Antenna Gallery (7:00 PM)
A series of music-themed movies and documentaries, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Charitable Film Network, Press Street, and WWOZ
Jewish Community Center (7:30 PM)
The second evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Catch the Indie rockers on their North American tour
Live Reindeer to Land at Fair Grounds Family Day
by Emma Boyce
In the spirit of Christmas, the sleek Louisiana thoroughbreds at the New Orleans Fair Grounds take a backseat to reindeer from noon to 4 pm, December 22. While Dancer and Baby Rudy, the two arctic creatures chosen to represent Santa’s fleet, will serve as the focal point, children and adults can enjoy an entire day of fun activities, food, racing (not reindeer) and even a chance on Santa’s lap.
Harry Shearer, Judith Owen Set for 2 Night Holiday Sing-A-Long Stand
by Emma Boyce
Jazz up your holiday season with some much needed folly at the Contemporary Arts Center on December 18 and 19 for Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-A-Long. If you’re already grunting ‘bah, humbug’ at the very idea of a sing-a-long, think again. Shearer—the guy who brought you the sinister scrooge himself, Mr. Burns of The Simpsons, and helped bring you the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap— and his singing, songwriting wife revitalize hackneyed Christmas classics with plenty of biting wit and irony.
Santa's Spirits: Krewe of Kringle Takes to the Streets Tonight
by Emma Boyce
There's no need to wait by the chimney. Hundreds of Santas, reindeers, abominable snowmen and drummer boys will take to the French Quarter streets Saturday night for the tenth annual Krewe of Kringle Santa Pub Crawl sponsored by Abita Beer.
VIDEO: 10 NOLA Christmas Songs To Help Pass the Week
As Monday ticks down, there's only one thing on most of our minds this week. No matter if you keep Christmas with a turducken, a giant bonfire or a special prayer to beat the Dirty Birds, the end of the week can't come soon enough. So, to get ready, here are videos of 10 songs that we make merry to here in New Orleans. Click through to view.
Krewe of Chewbacchus Takes the Kessel Run to Christmas in Tatooine
Following the success from their inaugural march during Mardi Gras Stardate 2011, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chubacchus will be hosting a holiday celebration Friday December 9th titled “Christmas in Tatooine” at The Big Top, 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center, 1638 Cilo Street. Everyone from Vulcans to Jedi Masters are encouraged to attend and dance the night away to tunes by The Green Demons + Eat A Happy Holidick. Along with a fully stocked cantina, festivities will also include an art auction and raffle as well as low-cost, high-tech tattoos. Doors open at 8 and there will be a $10 cover for nonmembers and $5 for members.
Jolly Jaunts: Reindeer, Santas Set to Run for CBD Holiday Cheer
Usually, we mark our holidays by standing around and drinking. But, in the already-bustling CBD, the holidays are a time for running. For those of us old enough to partake in winter's finest warming beverages (and don a beard), next week's Running of the Santas will provide all the elixirs, along with NOLA's answer to a Flaming Lips concert. But in the Spirit of Christmas etiquette guide, reindeer are always first. On Saturday, the Reindeer Run lets all the red-nosed kids run free down Canal St.
VIDEO: Krewe de Jingle, in brief
Down on Canal St., the Krewe de Jingle is gearing up to give today's balmy weather the feel of winter holiday wonderland. The parade beings at 1 p.m., and follows a simple route towards the river on Canal St., up Decatur St. to Poydras, down Poydras to S. Peters, and back to Canal, ending at the corner of Royal St. This morning, as the floats were rolling out, NoDef managed to catch the parade in super fast forward hyperspace motion. So put on a little Alvin and the Chipmunks, click through and enjoy. And don't forget the real thing!
Drawer Mountain to Go Up in Algiers Bonfire Flames
by Ryan Sparks
Southeast Louisiana’s French heritage endures in many ways, but as the holidays approach, one tradition shines bright among the others, probably because it involves a giant fire. Along Mississippi River levees throughout the parishes to our north, the the burning of the yule log is reinterpreted as a blazing tower that helps Papa Noel find his way through the swamp. This Saturday night the Algiers Holiday Bonfire will provide a flaming spectacle closer to home, kicking off the season of joy and giving. Click through for more pictures.
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