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November 26th


Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games



Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

American indie film


Ed Volker

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

The Radiators lead man


The Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Ft. Johnny Vidacovich and special guests


Cornhole Thursdays in the Courtyard

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Celebrate Turkey Day with cornhole


November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

State Appeals Court Sides with Laid-Off NOLA Teachers

A state appeals court sided with thousands of New Orleans public school teachers who were fired following the Federal Flood this week. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the state's 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Orleans Parish School Board teachers who were fired by the district in were deprived of due process.

Xavier Prep to Close

After 98 years of shaping the lives of students and preparing them for their future, Xavier Prep will not continue their “tradition of excellence.”  At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the school at 5116 Magazine St. will close its doors for good. 

Schools Choice

Three-Way Orleans Parish School Board Race Draws Donations From Outside the District

A town's typical school board meeting would normally constitute briefings and maybe a few contractual obligations, like where to get the condiments from. But in the remade school system of post-Flood New Orleans, every meeting could permanently alter students' future.

Orleans School Board No Longer 'High Risk'

At the roulette table that is education, the Orleans Parish School Board took a large step toward climbing out of the hole this week. The Board's financial status is no longer "high risk," according to the state. In addition to allowing the once-bankrupt system more freedom to join federal programs like the Race to the Top, getting that yolk off their shoulders should make rejoining the OPSB a more favorable proposition for 15 schools that are eligible to return from the Recovery School District this year.

Read more at the Lens

Points of Pride

Teacher Talk: Young Heroes, SPS Scores and an Impulsive Puppy

Katie Meyer's development as a teacher over three years mirrors the progress of a Gentilly school that is one three under one roof.

Judge Hands Out Damages to New Orleans Teachers Fired After The Flood

A judge ruled yesterday that the mass firing of thousands of teachers and employees of Orleans Parish schools in the wake of the Federal Flood was illegal. Civil District Court Judge Ethel Simms Julien handed out damages as high as $480,000 to seven employees in the class action suit. More than 8,500 employees under the purview of the Orleans Parish School Board were put on "disaster leave without pay" in 2006 as the Recovery School District increased its reach in New Orleans. Julien called that designation "fictitious."

John White Appointed State Education Superintendent, NOLA Native Patrick Dobard Takes Over RSD

Education deciders in Baton Rogue really like recent New York transplant John White. But even a man who once dealt with the former CEOs of Bloomberg and Hearst Magazines at the same time is not good enough to have two jobs at once. So, after White was appointed state education Superintendent today, he had to pick someone to fill his role at the helm of the Recovery School District. At a press conference this afternoon, White named his recently hired lieutenant Patrick Dobard as the new head of the district.

Schools Choice

Breaking Down Tomorrow's BESE Elections

Is a charter school public or private? This question is extremely important at this point, five years since education reform intensified in New Orleans after Katrina. You will get different answers to this question, depending on with whom you speak.

N.O. Film Fest First Look: The Experiment

by Michael Cohn-Geltner

Ben Lemoine, TV news reporter and ladies man, has a documentary showing this evening as part of the New Orleans Film Festival called The Experiment.  The film follows a handful of New Orleans school children. The film does an admirable job breaking the distinction between the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District, along with explaining what a charter is and what a direct run school is.  

Teacher Talk

Emily Hunyadi's Journey Through the South Louisiana School System

To help explain the complicated web of schools in New Orleans and shine a light on the day-to-day classroom experience, NoDef will periodically profile teachers. Today, we meet Emily Hunyadi, a teacher at Langston Hughes Academy.

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