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January 26th

Kate Voegele (CANCELLED)

The Beatnik, 8p.m.

Now Nashville based, former One Tree Hill musical starlet brings her acoustic set to New Orleans


Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Sixers take on the Pelicans on their home turf


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring an instrument and join in (free)


Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor, 8p.m. & 10p.m.

Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen


Glen David Andrews

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

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)

Lift Off

by Ashley Rouen

The ecosphere of the Lower Ninth Ward has been changing ever since Katrina. As the neighborhood revitalizes, art grows from and within the community. One such project inspired by the abandoned St. Maurice Church is coming to a close. Airlift’s final episode in their Space Rites saga blasts off this Saturday (1.24.) The brass section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra along with Guggenheim Award Winning Composer Yotam Haber will perform in front of Altarpiece, the sound installation of over 30 TVs rigged to interpret sound through light waves projected on the screens.


NOCCA's Birthday Bash

The event titled “The Big 4-Oh!” will appropriately feature representations from all arts. At the center of it all will be co-chairs Terence Blanchard and Robin Burgess. Blanchard’s NOCCA education catapulted him into a distinguished career as a trumpeter and composer. Terence's wife Robin Burgess serves as Blanchard’s business partner and runs an artist management company.

Police Nab Suspect in St. Claude Shootings

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) acted quickly on a recent murder. On Sunday (1.18), two men were shot in the Upper Ninth. Within four days, police identified, located, and extradited a suspect. 34 year old Dwight Harvey has now been booked with Murder and Attempted Murder.

Cocktails and Charcoal

Prospect 3 may be winding down on Saturday (1.24) night, but the art scene in NOLA continues year round. Right after the wrap party at the Ogden slows down, an opening party will take place.

Direct Flight to Havana Will Kick Off NOLA-Cuba Conference

New Orleans and Havana have a long history (interrupted by a long embargo.) Following the recent moves towards normalized relations, two NOLA-based groups are taking action to rebuild that relationship. The International Cuba Society and At the Threshold are partnering with the University of Havana to host a conciliatory conference in Cuba this March. As lagniappe, the trip to the event will be the first direct flight from the city known as the "Paris of the South" to the city known as the "Rome of the Caribbean" since 1958.

Arrest Made in Subway Stickup Spree

Subway can go back to focusing on the dough in the oven without worrying about the dough in the register. On Thursday (1.22), the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) announced that have collared a suspect in the recent spree of stickups at the sandwich shop. Reginald Wilson was arrested in connection with eight different armed robberies at NOLA Subways.

State of Undress: Burlesque 1.21-1.26

By Angie Z

The Burlie Beat is back. NoDef will provide weekly listings of all the city's burlesque and drag in this column. So, get your feathers ready and your pasties on point. The next week features dozens of opportunities for glam and glitter, sparkles and seduction.

NOLA Raised A Cane

Raising Canes only serves one thing: chicken fingers. However, one outlet is just not enough for New Orleanians. On Thursday (1.22), the company will open an outpost at 2900 South Claiborne Avenue, their sixth opening in the city over a one year time period.

Today in NOLA: 1.21.15

Even though Billy Idol postponed his show scheduled at the House of Blues this eve, there are still some things to do during the middle of the week. Indywood Cinema hosts a screening of a film dealing with the topic of abortion, with proceeds to benefit the New Orleans Abortion Fund. The Farmers Market is at the French Market. A small indie group from Texas play at the Beatnik, and Badfish covers Sublime at Tip's. On this day in 2011, plans to revitalize Jazzland were announced, yet the park remains abandoned to this day. Now, more on tonight. 

Cop Hop: Williams Proposes Cutting NOPD from Smoking Ordinance

Councilmember LaToya Cantrell’s proposed ordinance on smoking has generated a lot of controversy. It’s not just tobacco types who are upset with the legislation. Even ardent opponents of smoke have criticized Ordinance 30,455 for placing enforcement on the the New Orleans {Police Department (NOPD) during a crime spree. Today (1.20), Councilmember Jason Williams introduced an amendment to address the issue.

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