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December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

Record Raid Returns to Bywater for 15th Spin

With DJs, live music, raffles, and an after-party, Saturday’s Record Raid in the Bywater feels like it could be an anniversary celebration. It’s just that local DJ and Record Raid founder Hunter King has hosted so many of the occasional music markets, he can’t keep track anymore.

Expressionism! Whiteface! Peas!

Theatre Review: NO space’s Woyzeck at The Old Ironworks

“Fire! Blood! Booze!” That’s the promo slogan for NO space’s debut, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, which recently closed a one-weekend run outside The Old Ironworks.

Robot Parade & Ball Rolls in Bywater

Fans of the automated arts can bundle up with their finest cardboard boxes for today’s Robot Parade and Ball. While there is still time to catch the parade in the Bywater, time may be better spent prepping for tonight’s Robot Ball at the Old Ironworks (612 Piety Street), taking place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Record Raid Takes Bywater

Helping music lovers wax lyrical since 2009, the quarterly-ish “music flea market” known as the Record Raid gathers vendors from all over the Gulf Coast to sell their wares. On Saturday, June 29, the needle will drop for the second time this year, heading back downtown with a new summer location at the Old Ironworks (612 Piety St.) in the Bywater.

Robot Parade Moves Kinetic Creations Onto Bywater Streets

The NOPD may not have gotten the drone they were looking for in time for the Super Bowl, but a downtown art collective is ensuring that robots descend on the Crescent City today. At 4 p.m., riding, moving and even flying mechanical wonders will take to the streets of the Bywater for a Robot Parade. After gazing at fliers that inspired both intrigue and surprise that the robots would warn the humans of their invasion, NoDef caught up with robot leader H. Cole WIley as he was making sure all the cogs were in the right place.

Puppet Pageant

New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival Debuts in the Bywater

It's Festival Season in New Orleans, but standing around, drinking and listening to music isn't the only order of the weekend. Down in the Bywater, the first-ever New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival offers a chance to take in some true artistry this weekend.

Open Studios, Draw-a-Thon Break Art-Public Barriers

Before weighing in on redevelopment and shopping artists' wares at the Night Market, voyeurs and the general public alike will get a chance to throw back the curtain on the creative process Saturday. From noon to 6 p.m., the second annual NOLA Open Studios will throw back the curtain on the creative process at about 20 spaces across the Greater Marigny-Bywater-9th Ward area. Saturday is also the annual Draw-a-Thon which has changed locations this year from The Green Project to the Old Ironworks building on Piety St.

Seven Against Titus

Facing the Stage

The alpha and omega of the monstrously flawed Titus Andronicus at The Old Iron Works on Piety St. resides at the feet of director Robert E. Lee, Jr.


Today's Events: 4/23/11

April 23rd, the first public school in the U.S. (Boston Latin) is founded (1635), 198 people die in Natchez, Mississippi’s Rhythm Night Club fire (1940), The Rolling Stones release Sticky Fingers (1971), due to SARS, Beijing closes all schools for the next two weeks (2003), The first YouTube video is uploaded (2005), German Nobel prize winning quantum theory inventor Max Planck (1858), Shirley Temple (1928), Michael Moore (1954), and George Lopez (1961) are born, while William Shakespeare came to and left this world on this day (1564, 1616). We don’t know what 2011 will bring, but (as Wally Lamb once said), we know this much is true:

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