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Today in NOLA 8.20.17


Today, show down with the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club in City Park. Little Gem Saloon will put on their final staging of the Pulitzer Prize nominated work Love Letters to benefit a New Orleanian in need. Explore your kinks at the Hi-Ho's BDSM-meets-burlesque show, or set your intentions in the New Moon Women's Circle at Rosalie Apothecary. On this day, bassist Julius Farmer was born on August 20, 1949. On a darker note, 269 people died of yellow fever in New Orleans on August 20, 1853, deeming the date “Black Day.” Now, more to do this Saturday.


Today in NOLA 5.14.17


Today is all about the mamas. Rodrigue Studio will host a tour through the expansive Rodrigue’s Women exhibition, while Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will celebrate Mother’s Day with a music festival on the Bayou. Marigny Opera House will share the sounds of Django Reinhardt. Be cleansed at Swan River Yoga’s weekly Sound Bath. On this day in 1845, Louisiana’s first free public school opened. Now, more ways to school yourself in Louisiana culture this Sunday.


Zulu Members Woke Up JazzFest's Final Day


FAIR GROUNDS - The members of the Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club are renowned for putting on one of the best Mardi Gras parades every year, their highly regimented organizational structure, their community service. As it turns out, they can sing, too. As the early birds trickled into the JazzFest gates Sunday morning, the sounds of church were alive and well in the Gospel Tent, as about 20 members of the Club gave a full gospel set that could've easily gone on three more hours, if this were a proper service. 


Top of the Mountain

An Interview With King Zulu 2011



With his coronation looming, longtime Zulu member Tony Barker talks about his committment to his club, and the ins and outs of ascending to the throne.


Black Heritage Path

A Walking Tour of Black History in New Orleans



Attempting to understand New Orleans through a black-and-white prism is inevitably a fool’s errand. Even when attempting to consider black history in the city, there’s simply not one narrative.


Down on St. Claude and Dumaine, You'll Ask If It's a Real Zulu Thing


The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club fought for many years to be part of the big show on Fat Tuesday. Now the group is so popular they're trying to keep imitators off their backs. Zulu filed a lawsuit against Mardi Gras Beads Factory in Bridge City that asks a judge to bar the store from selling counterfeit Zulu beads and throws. The AP reports owner George Xia is open to taking the goods off his shelves. Wait? So the Zulu coconut we bought from the trunk of a guy's car wasn't the real thing?


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


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