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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

Big Oozy's Pelican Death Toll Questioned

by Bob Marshall, The Lens

Almost from the start wildlife advocates described the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a war on the Gulf ecosystem.  Few quibbled with that analogy as a record 210 million gallons spewed into the Gulf just 50 miles from one of the world’s most productive coastal estuaries.

Gulf Wildlife Still Feeling Oily Impacts, Report Says

Deepwater Horizon oil may be buried these days, but the the Big Oozy's potential effects on wildlife are beginning to materialize on the surface. According to a new report released to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster, the Macondo well's oil could be making its way up the marine life food chain.

Barrier Island Restoration Project Gets Go-Ahead

The Big Oozy brought oil to the Louisiana coast, but it's also bringing money for coastal restoration. Starting this summer, the latest evidence is expected to be on view in Lafourche Parish. On Thursday, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation signed off on a $144.5 million restoration project in the Caminada Headland.

Study: Big Oozy Caused Heart Problems in Tuna

The latest scientific study about the effects of the Big Oozy goes right to the heart. Crude oil that flowed from the Deepwater Horizon in 2010 is causing "severe defects" in the developing hearts of two varieities of large, predatory tuna, according to the paper, which was released this week by a team of scientists from NOAA and other agencies.

Tropical Storm Karen Uncovers Oil at Fourchon Beach, Grand Isle

Tropical Storm Karen didn't make it to South Louisiana, but her stalled engine did leave some oil behind. U.S. Coast Guard crews found a one-ton tar mat that was uncovered by the storm's currents on Fourchon Beach, according to Petty Officer Michael Anderson. On other coastal beaches in Louisiana, crews found about 500 pounds of tarballs scattered along 15 miles of shore. 

Court Orders Pause in BP's Big Oozy Payouts

After many motions and many more TV commercials, BP found some sympathetic judges on Thursday. Two out of three judges on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found merit to the oil company's argument that too many claims might be going to people who were unaffected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. As a result, the judges told the U.S. District Court to do some quick sewing to button up the potentially fraudulent claims.

Big Oozy on Trial, Part II

BP, Feds Back in Court to Argue Over Barrel Count, BOP on BOP

Remember the Top Kill? How about the Junk Shot? No, they weren't two of DJ Jubilee's many dance crazes. Instead, they combined to form one of BP's many failed attempts to cap the runaway Macondo well as it leaked millions of barrels of oil from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Former FBI Director Finds Potential Corruption in Deepwater Horizon Claims Office

Patrick Juneau is Freeh to carry on, for now. For months, BP has been alleging corruption in the office of Juneau, where claims connected to the oil company's settlement with thousands of Louisiana residents and businesses in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster are dispensed. An investigation of the claims office undertaken by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found conflicts of interest in the claims administrator's office, but cleared Juneau of wrongdoing.

I Turn My Cameron On: BP Asks PM for Help to Tame Claims

Three years after the Big Oozy, BP is now worried about a leak on the other side of the pond. Unsurprisingly, the British oil giant is worried about the money flowing out of their coffers into Louisiana and the other Gulf states that saw oil on their shores in 2010. According to a report by the BBC, BP HQ thinks their company is in jeopardy because of "fictitious" claim payments. The company is so worried that they want the prime minister to get involved, according to the report.

Jail Time for Woman Who Posed as OSHA Worker After Oozy

A Belle Chasse woman who acted as a federal environmental agent offering fake oil spill cleanup training classes in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster was sentenced to prison this week, the U.S. District attorney’s office announced Friday. Connie M. Knight, 47, will serve 57 months in a federal penitentiary. She also was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to her 950 victims.

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