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April 19th

Nick Offerman and Megan Mulally

Mahalia Jackson, 7p.m.

Famous married comedians knock your britches off



Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Classic Pac-West riot grrrl band returns



Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

Regular dance party


Deconstructing Radcliffe Bailey

CAC, 2:30p.m.

Gallery tour with art all-stars

NOizeFest Releases Lineup

As the cruelest month drip-drops its way towards a close, all eyes are focused on the Fair Grounds and the forthcoming fete. But, seasoned New Orleanians know that the true gems of Fest Season can be found far from Mid City. Today, NOizeFest released details and a preliminary lineup for their tenth annual celebration of the unique musical genre that is distorted ambiance.

Today in NOLA 4.14.15

The rain shows no sign of stopping this week. The good news is that the music doesn’t either. A pair of experimental music series are bookending the map, uptown at Gasa Gasa and downtown at the Blue Nile. Over at the Leaf, Rebirth playing their regular hometown gig. On this day in 1965, Fats Domino’s “Ain’t that a Shame” was released. 

Pressure Drop: Construction to Disrupt Water

Low water pressure is on tap across New Orleans. Robert Jackson at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has been busy issuing advisories about three forthcoming construction projects and their effects. Elysian Fields, Holy Cross, and Common Street are all on the docket.

Singing in the Rain (FQF Photos)

By Dr. Bill Copen

Sunday (4.12) saw some showers, but the rain did not stop the French Quarter Fest. Local favorites like Kermit Ruffins, Rockin' Dopsie, and Stanton Moore all inspired big crowds to dance the downpour away. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen braved the elements to find the fun.

Southern Rep Releases 2015-2016 Schedule

Southern Rep still does not have a permanent home, but the local theatre company is rolling out lots of work. The group just announced their 2015-2016 schedule. Plays will tackle art versus reality, a Shreveport murder, masculinity framed by football, and a Tennessee Williams classic.

Message in a Bottle

On Sunday (4.12) night, an accused robber in Mid City got hit in the head with the consequence of crime. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) say that a clerk with a bottle did not stop the crime, but a little justice was delivered.

Today in NOLA 4.13.15

One fest has passed, but for those still in the mood, George Porter and King James are paying their regular gigs. The Hill Country Hounds are heating up the Hi Ho and a great film is playing for those who need to take it down a notch. Today would have been the 89th birthday for R&B pioneer Cosimo Matassa. Now, more to do this Monday.  

Lead Pops Up in Pizza Plunder

On April 1, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) arrested a suspect in the murder of Domino’s Pizza deliveryman Michael Price. On Sunday (4.12), authorities announced that they are seeking a person of interest in the robbery of another Domino’s employee.

French Quarter Fest Insider

The forecast calls for scattered showers today, but the show must go on. The French Quarter Fest will proceed rain or shine. However, for those not looking for the full-on Woodstock ’69 experience, there are also plenty of indoor activities including films and talks, and of course, lots of music. A listing follows.

French Quarter Best

Photos From the Fest

French Quarter Fest started to get serious on Friday (4.10). Undeterred by dark skies, crowds filled Woldenburg Park and the Quarter to dance to music by everyone from the Dixie Cups to Lynn Drury. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture all of the sites of the Fest.

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