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Today in New Orleans 12.9.13

Tonight, catch Jose Torres Tama's performance Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evil Doers, on St. Claude. Cafe Istanbul is hosting another free moving screening this week, showing the Japanese film Rent a Cat. On this day in 1872, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became Louisiana’s first, and to date only, Black governor. Now, more to do this Monday. 

Today in New Orleans 12.1.13

There’s a pair of second lines in Algiers and Treme, a New Orleans Style Christmas Concert in St. Louis Cathedral, and a costume contest for pets kicking off in the Warehouse District.  On this day in 1769, officials met for the first time in the Cabildo. Now, more ways to kick off Christmas NOLA style. 

Today in New Orleans 5.31.13

Tonight, plays Clybourne Park and Buttboy and Tigger continue, the Zephyrs take on the Round Rock Express, and there’s live music from Toulouse to Freret. On this day in 1964, the original Canal streetcar line ran for the last time. Now, more to do this Friday.

Clybourne Park

'Straightforward Conversational Drama' Explores One Area's Gentrification Through 50 Years

This Friday, Cripple Creek Theatre Company opens the Pulitzer-prize winning Clybourne Park at the Shadowbox Theatre.  Written by Bruce Norris, the play focuses on racial and social changes within one neighborhood at two socially and culturally distinct times, 1959 and 2009. 

Today in New Orleans 4.12.13

The rain has cleared, so head to French Quarter Fest for the best food and music in the city. Later, a serial radio play makes its debut at the Shadowbox, Esben and the Witch are playing Lee Circle, and more. On this day in 1989, Pete Fountain made his 50th appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Now, more ways to kick off your weekend.

Today in New Orleans 2.2.13

Today, finish your last-minute costume preparations and raise money for a good cause. See Big Sam’s Funky Nation on Frenchmen, theatre in the Marigny, and more live music all over the city. On this day in 1957, Fats Domino played the Perry Como Show and performed “Blueberry Hill” and “Blue Monday.” Now, more ways to kick off your Carnival.

Fringe Binge, Vol. 4

Surprises, Self-Portraits and More Reviews from the New Orleans Fringe Fest

With the New Orleans Fringe Fest rounding a sharp corner into the weekend, NoDef returns to dissect all the appendix, knitting, and more. Click through for another batch of reviews to help guide you through the next three nights of theatre:

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