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Today in NOLA: 9.15.14

After a weekend of rodeo bull-roping, Restaurant Week gluttony, and disappointing football, New Orleans heads back to the work week. Kick back tonight with trad jazz on Frenchman, world jazz Uptown, rock’n’roll in Midcity, or indie rock in the French Quarter. On this day in 1699, Jean-Baptiste de Bienville tricked his competitors in a move known as the English Turn, keeping the English out of the future territory of Louisiana. Details tonight:


Today in NOLA: 9.6.14

It’s time to let your judgment go as Shotgun Cinema screens Stop Making Sense tonight. Tulane inaugurates a new stadium and ignites regional rivalries with a home game against Georgia Tech. Plus, Ty Segall performs in the French Quarter, Little Freddie King plays on Frenchmen, and two top-quality local theatre productions continue their opening weekend. Have a rockin’ Saturday night:

Today in NOLA: 8.11.14

After another packed weekend, New Orleans heads back to the grind. (Don’t wash that red dress with the dirty linen.) If you’re going out tonight, check out Jodorowsky films at Indywood or ukulele jams at Neutral Ground Coffeehoues. Happy birthday today to the Superdome, where construction started on August 11, 1971. The Saints play the Tennessee Titans in a preseason game this Friday. Details tonight:

Best of the Fest: FQ Festival Picks 4.12.13

Diehard music lovers braved the weather to kick off the 30th annual French Quarter Festival, but it’s all sunny skies on the second day. There are dozens of acts from near and afar, and NoDef has picked some must-sees to help fest goers narrow down their schedules.    

N.O. Film Fest First Look: Helen Hill's The Florestine Collection

by Shay Sokol

The Florestine Collection, a 44-minute short by Helen Hill and completed by her husband Paul Gailiunas, is a sweet, poetic, and original film of a family’s experience before and after Katrina. Through a mixed media of animated cut-outs, close-ups of dress patterns, and flood-stained film, New Orleans is showcased as the inspirational and life-changing homeplace for a young family, where a son is born, a pig is raised, and a wife is murdered.

Hola Nola: Vol XLVII

Jazzfest Cube Critique

Hola Nola, and hola the first non-celebrity music mixtape in weeks. The original Hola Nola hop skip and jump is back to address the announcing of the cubes - the Jazzfest cubes, that is. The schedule is out for this year's fete at the Fair Grounds, and decisions must be made. The following playlist goes through my top two choices per day, and the sacrifices that will need to be made when circling (in pencil) the who/what/where from April 29th-May 8th.

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