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December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister


Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band


Bounce Holiday Edition


Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5


Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies


Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II


Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South


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



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


Riverwalk Lights Up With Massive Menorah

Bonfires on the river are not the only pyrotechnics that New Orleans employs to celebrate the holiday season. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Tuesday (12.16) and menorahs will be springing up around the city. An eleven foot tall model will be springing up in Spanish Plaza courtesy of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Chabad of Louisiana.

T-Bois Announces Lineup

Louisiana is a state that knows how to fest. So much so that sometimes the event blend together. However, only one fest features a giant, burning alligator head rising out of the bayou: T-Bois Blues Blues Fest. The gathering held on an alligator farm in LaRose will be returning on March 20 and 21 with a newly announced lineup.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Resident Sinner Heads to the Saint

Gentle reader, I was not lost geographically – I was on Magazine Street, walking upriver through the Garden District – when I ran into our favorite Scotsman, Richie Wolfe. His arms loaded with Christmas presents from a Magazine shopping trip, Richie said he’d been trying to get home for hours. I had done myself great harm over the weekend, and the weekend had spilled over the walls of Sunday like Attila and his hordes, pillaging into Wednesday.  Somewhere on the wrong side of midnight, already concussed with drink and needing succor; Richie and I careened left and into The Saint.

Double Shooting in Carrollton Claims Life

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating a double shooting in Carrollton on Sunday (12.14.) The shooting, the second in as many days, claimed one life and left a second man injured.

Sex Workers to March for Rights in Quarter

One does not need to need a sociology degree to know that the sex industry plays a large role in New Orleans. A simple stroll down Bourbon Street will suffice. The Sex Workers Outreach Program, New Orleans (SWOP-NOLA) will stage a march on December 17 to raise awareness about the hazards faced by those in the business.

Today in NOLA: 12.14.14

The Saints play on Monday night this week which leaves lots of time for WhoDats to engage in less frustrating endeavors. Richard Ford will be reading and Baby will be dancing. Fleur de Tease will be doing a different kind of dirty dancing and Messiah will provide some more family oriented holiday fare. On this day in 1814, the British advance on New Orleans began with the Battle of Lake Borgne. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

Metaphysical Music

Music at the Mint Interview: Astral Project's Tony Dagardi

Tony Dagardi has been a fixture in the NOLA scene for decades. The sax-man is well known for his part in Astral Project, but he also has influenced many up and comers through his work at Loyola. NoDef's partners, Music at the Mint, spent some time talking with him and even recorded a couple tracks.

Jingle & Mingle: Neighborhood Caroling on Sunday

Sunday (12.14) night won’t be silent. Rather, NOLA will be offering lots of jingle and even more mingle with two opportunities for neighbors to go a’ caroling. Washington Square and Palmer Park will each be hosting events, but don’t bundle up too much because it will be a balmy 64 degrees.

3 Alarm Blight Blaze on Claiborne (Video)

The problems with blight are not just with sight. On Friday (12.12) evening, a three alarm fire broke out in a pair of vacant buildings on the 1600 block of North Claiborne Avenue. 55 firefighters were needed to get the inferno under control.

New Jazz Center Keeps the Beat in Treme

After years of planning and work, a curious building located at 1255 North Rampart has new life. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation opened their long awaited jazz cultural center in the Treme, the birthplace of the genre.

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