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Forecast Flirts with Freezing, City Opens Shelters


The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting that overnight temperatures will drop down around the freezing point overnight on Sunday (1.10). The City of New Orleans is urging homeless people to seek safety indoors. To aid in that cause, NOLA is activating the Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP).


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BB King's Blues Club Opens on Lower Decatur



The sign is still not up, but BB King’s Blues Club opened in the old Margaritaville space at 1104 Decatur Street on New Year’s Eve (12.31.15). NoDef took a break from the night of revelry to grab a sneak peak at the new food and music venue.


Mailbag: Keep Royal's Pedestrian Mall Open


Earlier in December, Brennan’s restaurant spearheaded a push to close the pedestrian mall on Royal Street. Reader Chris Olsen, a small business owner working out of the Quarter, was appalled by the idea. He launched a petition and penned an open letter to Council-Member Nadine Ramsey.


Camellia Cometh (Again)


A Quarter classic reopened on Boxing Day (12.26). To be exact, an uptown classic reopened their French Quarter outpost. Camellia Grill (540 Chartres Street) is once serving the succor to soak up some of that revelry.


Yule Jewels

Movie Listings for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day



Christmas is a time for gving and celebration... and movies. For those who prefer their revelry in the dark--with air conditoning, the holiday holds plenty to see. Of course, there's Star Wars, those crazy Star Wars. However, there are lots of films to choose from like Quentin Tarantino's long awaited The Hateful Eight at Elmwood and The World of Kanako at Zeitgeist. NoDef has the full listings of films in the area for you.


Roam Sweet Roam

Restaurants Open on Christmas



If you burn the bird this Christmas, there are much better options than Chinese Turkey at Bo’ Ling Chop Suey Palace. Several restaurants in the New Orleans area are open up on the big holiday and will be offering up all the traditional meals without all the dishes to was. 


Royal St. Pedestrian Mall to Reopen


Doreen and her band will be playing in front of Rouse’s once again. Following the Paris terror attacks, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) temporarily opened Royal Street to vehicular traffic, but the Department plans to return the road to its normal pedestrian use from 11a.m. to 4p.m. daily beginning on Saturday (12.05).


Lafitte Greenway Gives Green Light


It took nearly a decade, but the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is actually ready to open. Today, Mayor Mitch and a collection of bold faced names are slated to gather at the corner of North Galvez Street and St. Louis Street and declare the project fully operational.


Shorty & the Tall Men (Watch New Pelicans Open)


The Pelicans have plenty fodder for highlight reels, but when it comes to a soundtrack, the edit suite had to call in a native New Orleanian. Today, Fox Sports rolled out a new opening segment featuring Trombone Shorty to air during the Birds’ 2015 season.


Storm Stuff: Levee Was Dry


New Orleanians were busy cleaning up their courtyards after last night’s heavy storms. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) also has a yard to tidy up, our levee system. The Authority announced measures following the wet weather today.


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