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October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

SWAT Roll at Gentilly Wally World

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) SWAT team paid an early morning visit to the Gentilly Wal Mart (4301 Chef Menteur Highway). The tac unit was not at Wally World to make groceries, but rather they were dispatched to deal with a gunman

Suspect's $1,800 Shop(lifting) Spree at Wally World

One man took a trip to Wally World, loaded up his basket with 1800 dollars worth of electronics, and then bypassed the register. The New Orleans Police Department are now on the search for thief.

Crime Bits: Wally World Holdup, Low Speed Chase, & Shooting Suspects

A basket-basket-basket wasn't enough for one man at Wally World. On Bullard, detectives are busy investigating an armed robbery at the Walmart. NOPD have identified a pair of suspects in a Curran Boulevard shooting. In a third incident, three felons are back behind bars after a low speed car chase.

Westbank Crime Update

NOPD's busy weekend was not confined to the East Bank. Across the river, the police investigated two robberies and made one arrest. Plus, a mysterious car demanded weed from strangers and responded poorly to rejection. Read on after the jump for details.

Two Women Missing

Christmas is a day for most families to gather with their loved ones, but today, two New Orleans families are searching for missing members. The NOPD is seeking in help in locating two missing women: Erica Simone and Latrice Morgan.

City Breaks Ground on Gentilly Walmart

It doesn’t look like much now, but this shell of a strip mall will soon be filled with everything from furniture to $3 wine. The city broke ground on Gentilly’s new Walmart today, coming to the blighted Gentilly Woods Shopping Center at 4301 Chef Menteur Highway. 

Nationwide Walmart Protests Pop Up in LA

Former Walmart associates, supporters, labor groups, and other community members came together Tuesday afternoon on the steps of the Louisiana State Capital Building to air their grievances. The coalition is demanding that the world’s largest retailer reinstate sixty workers it fired in July. 

Wally World to Add Retail, 300 Jobs in New Orleans East

The groundbreaking ceremony of a new Walmart in eastern New Orleans on Monday began with a prayer. The construction marks a milestone in the community’s rebuilding: The superstore has been absent from the area since Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood, which closed a location at 6901 Bundy Road.

Black Friday Walmart Protest Seeks to Expose Real Wally World

by M.D. Dupuy

It didn’t seem much like Black Friday at Wal Mart on Tchoupitoulas this afternoon. Customers had their choice of parking spaces, lines were one and two deep, and no one was scrambling for the last discounted TV or kitchen appliance. “Black Friday,” actually began Thanksgiving night at 8pm, and not everyone was happy about the extended bargains. Beginning at 11am, approximately 40 people stood in solidarity with Walmart employees, demanding fairer practices and scheduling.

Mr. Ghetto Arrested After SWAT Standoff

The local rapper behind Wally World was arrested Saturday after allegedly threatening to kill his neighbor, and barricading himself inside his house, according to New Orleans police. Mr. Ghetto - real name Robert Maize - was taken into custody Saturday night following a standoff with a SWAT team that ended after 6 hours with police deploying gas into he 26-year-old's house in Gentilly.

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