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Biker Bash

Bicycle culture is huge in NOLA, but a new event is focused on “bikes,” the motorized kind. This week, a group of locals announced that from September 23rd to the 25th, New Orleans will be hosting her first Bike Week since the Federal Flood.

Spooky Storms: Halloween Weather Outlook

The skies are blue today, but come Halloween weekend, the weather may be giving revelers the blues. Forecasters are predicting a wet weekend with Halloween set to be storm central. The chances of thunderstorms on Saturday (10.31) night are close to 100 percent according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Burning Han?

SciFi Krewe Ready to Chewburnitall

The planet Kashyyyk is home to the wookies. The Nevada desert is home to Burning Man. But, only New Orleans can call themselves home to the first annual IGNITION:Chewburnitall. The three day art, music, and science extravaganza from the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is set to lift off October 15th through 18th.

Jazz Fest Weather Outlook

Jazz Fest has begun and so has the annual courting of the weather gods. Glancing at the skies, festers may not be sure whether to bring a parasol or an actual umbrella. The National Weather Service  (NWS) is predicting that the elements will be okay(ish).

Brow Seat

Pelicans faithful have anxiously been waiting for Anthony Davis’ return to hardwood. Now, the rest of the nation will join them. The Brow announced that due to his pesky right shoulder strain he will sit out the All-Star weekend.

NOVAC Kicks Off Second Web Weekend

By Jason Raymond

The New Orleans Video Access Center [NOVAC] kicks off its Web Weekend with a select think tank today (11.07). Nine internet-based entertainment productions will consult with a panel of experts and mentors. This year’s projects include Kyle June Williams is The Worst from the Sunken City alum, Chris DeMacy’s Sidewalk Stories, Alex Garcia’s sci-fi thriller web series Interrogation, and Hogwash from Zach Godshall, who directed Sundance favorite Lord Byron.

Weekend Weather & Tropical Outlook, 8.16-8.17

By Patrick J. Pearson

It's August in NOLA which means lots of heat, and a chance of storms, but this weekend is looking fairly tame. The southerly flow returns today as we say adios to the lower dewpoint's. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms are forecasted but none are expected to be severe in nature. Highs are predicted to be around 90F area wide. Details follow.

Weekend Weather & Tropical Update

by Patrick J. Pearson

A surface high located well north of the area is pushing in and will continue to do so through today and tomorrow. This will keep drier air in place but only about to the coastline. Thus the gradient between SW Mississippi and coastal waters will be about 10 degrees for the dewpoints. Model soundings show a very dry layer of air moving into the area which will drop precipitation water values bottoming out well below 1 inch Saturday. Subsequently...most of the County Warning Area will not be seeing any rain for this 4th of July Holiday other than south of Interstate 10 and certainly no activity inland on Saturday. 

Today in New Orleans 3.10.14

Shoegaze favorites Weekend are performing in Lee Circle tonight, and Nicky Da B is joined by NYC hip-hop artist Cakes Da Killa at the Allways Lounge. On this day in 1992, saxophonist Branford Marsalis became the music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Click through to find out what New Orleans’ musicians are doing this Monday. 

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