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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose

Indoor Film Series at NOMA Spotlights Mexican Master


The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the New Orleans Film Society are once again teaming up to show movies among the rarefied art in City Park. For the hotter, soggier summer months, the latest cinematic series will move into the museum's marbled halls, and focus on the work of a famed Mexican cinematographer.


'Double' Take at Shotgun Cinema


Marigny Opera House-goers will be seeing Double on Wednesday night. At their latest monthly screening, the local film-focused nonprofit Shotgun Cinema is set to screen the Dostoevsky-inspired doppleganger chronicle, The Double.


Jurassic World Holds 2nd Casting Call


Crowds heard the call of Jurassic World last month, and filmmakers are headed back to Grace King for another round of casting.  Universal Pictures  is looking for men, women, people in the military, and families, ages 5-85, to work as paid background actors. 


Shotgun Roll

Marigny Opera House Turns Cinematic in New Screening Series



Originally a church, the Marigny Opera House has become a sanctuary of performance in its new life. On Sunday (Jan. 12), Shotgun Cinema will add movie screenings to the cultural mix under the St. Ferdinand St. steeple. The fledgling film-focused nonprofit is set for a screening of Wong Kar-Wai's early-millenium landmark, In the Mood for Love. With the new endeavor, Angela Catalano and Travis Bird hope to provide a home for local film culture.


Hollywood South Film Review: Ender's Game


The novel Ender’s Game was mana for many of us who had troubled middle schools, but Gavin Hood’s adaptation succeeds as a slick, competent actioner any dull bob can enjoy. That’s definitely better news than surrounded the film prior to its release. But Ender’s Game embraces a pounding score and lens flare over the more complex objectives of friendship and cultural prejudice.


New Orleans Film Fest Picks: 10.16.13


Humpday offerings from the New Orleans Film Fest range from local documentaries centered on the 1970's, to a narrative feature starring Helen Hunt. Click through for NoDef's picks for what to see today at the Prytania and the CAC. 


'Upstairs Lounge Fire' Doc Screening Free


Those who missed the musical Upstairs during its five-show run in June can still commemorate the victims of one of the deadliest attacks on the LGBT community. Today in Da’ Parish, Chalmette Movies (8700 W. Perez Drive) is screening a free documentary on the fire, with a director Q & A immediately following the performance.


'Tchoupitoulas' Turning Heads at SXSW


Bands and Bounce artists are showing the hordes at SXSW what it's like to be inside a club, but it was left to film to give a glimpse of New Orleans' after-dark street life. A NOLA-set film that premiered over the weekend in Austin is already picking up some buzz for its unique take on our nocturnal ways through the eyes of a pair of young brothers. Still, the movie's commercial chances were immediately thrown into question as filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross chose to the name the piece after that street that no tourist can pronounce: Tchoupitoulas. The LA Times saw the film. So did Unicorn Booty.


Today's Events: 1.10.12


On this day in Bayou State history, U.S. Federal troops ended the 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt. 56 African Americans were killed, with their heads displayed on pikes for extra intimdation. Tonight, Bill and Turner Ross  talk their new film and Wasted Lives play at Allways Lounge. But once, Thomas Paine published Common Sense (1776), John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil (1870), ‘Masterpiece Theatre premiered on PBS (1971), Time Warner was formed (1990), Pat Benetar was born (1953), and Howlin Wolf died (1976).


Short Reel


by Zach Tompkins

With epics long enough to make a second large bag of ultra-butter popcorn sound good, the American movie industry seems to have lost its knack for brevity. But short films are still out there, and some are even well-crafted enough to catch the attention of the academy. For its second year, the Prytania Theater will screen the Live Action and Animated short films that were nominated for Oscars. Screenings run today through Thursday, Feb. 17. 


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