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Today in NOLA: 5.10.16

Flat-earth advocate B.o.B. is evicting tonight. Locals also can feed their brain at Octavia with an intellectual or check out some superior hip-hop at Republic or The Cure at UNO. Plus, there are plenty of NOLA musicians gigging. Pinckney Benton Stewart (P.B.S.) was born in Georgia on this day in 1837. Stewart would later become the Governor of Louisiana. Now, more to do this Tuesday.

Real Big

F&B, Words, and Parties at Week Three of Faux/Real

Faux/Real Festival of the Arts is rolling into a third and final weekend. The offerings show no signs of slowing down though. Along with the numerous theatre offerings, F/R has plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and listen to some local authors.

Faux Sure!

Faux/Real Fest Ready to Roll

Faux/Real fest's marathon of arts events is set to kick off on Wednesday (11.04). The fest's Opening Night Gala at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will get the party rolling, but the meat lies in the week's ahead.

Room 220 Makes Waves

Ready to read outisde of the box? The Waves, Press Street's LGBTQIA reading series is returning with a showcase of queer literary talent at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Avenue).

Today in NOLA: 7.22.15

Today in NOLA, catch the Amy Winehouse documentary at the Prytania, enjoy a $5 dance class at dancing grounds, read Center of Gravity, or hear the classic Treme Brass Band. On this day in history, blues harmonica great Pat Ramsey was born in Shreveport (1953). Don't get the blues today, get some of these:

Room220: The Waves Reading Series

The literary scene in NOLA boasts several centuries of heritage. In the last few years, Press Street's Room 220 is turning the lens onto some new additions. Tonight (5.14), The Waves, their LGBT reading series, will present a star-studded showcase of local queer literary talent at 7p.m. at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.).

Today in NOLA: 3.03.15

Today’s events include a little exercise for the grey matter. Jesmyn Ward is reading uptown. Downtown, a satire about race is screening. On Frenchmen, a true bluesman is sharing his unique sound. On this day in 1995, LSU mascot Mike IV was put down after 20 years and 9 months, 14 of which were spent representing Louisiana State University. Now, more to do on this sunny Tuesday. 

Room 220: Literary Events 3.2-3.9

By Nathan Martin, Room 220

Lorrie Moore kicks of a strong week of literary events in New Orleans with a reading at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 2, in the Lavin-Bernick Student Center on Tulane University’s campus. Moore is the author of five collections of short stories and two novels. Her most recent collection, Bark, was nominated for the 2014 Story Prize. Her novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received numerous honors for her work. Author Zachary Lazar will moderate a Q&A after her reading. Read the Paris Review interview with Moore.

Beausoleil Day

Fete to Honor 250th Anniversary of Acadian Arrival

Expelled from their home in Acadie, 202 refugees later to become known as Cajuns arrived in New Orleans 250 years ago. On Saturday (2.21), a program of readings, music, dance, and food at the Old U.S. Mint will commemorate that arrival at 2:30p.m.

Today in NOLA: 12.14.14

The Saints play on Monday night this week which leaves lots of time for WhoDats to engage in less frustrating endeavors. Richard Ford will be reading and Baby will be dancing. Fleur de Tease will be doing a different kind of dirty dancing and Messiah will provide some more family oriented holiday fare. On this day in 1814, the British advance on New Orleans began with the Battle of Lake Borgne. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

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