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December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

Blue Nile Mardi Gras Costume Bazaar Returns to Frenchmen St. Sunday

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

The Blue Nile Mardi Gras Costume Bazaar goes legal this Sunday, turning 21 and setting up an arrangment that the organizer said would avoid any entanglement with City Hall. Last year, the annual pre-Mardi Gras costume sale fell victim to Mayor Mitch’s Carnival permit crackdown. Without nonprofit sponsorship, the cost of such an event would total nearly $1,100, Bazaar founder Cree McCree told NoDef. But Threadhead Records has joined forces with the Blue Nile to make the bazaar possible.


Though the Bazaar is scheduled to go off without ruffling any boas, permitting has been no walk in the park. McCree said that she and Amy Potter, the president of THR who is currently in Jackson, Wyoming, have had their hands full emailing about legalities and faxing paperwork to get signatures.


“It’s not streamlined at all,” Mcree said of the city's process. “City Hall moves at a snail’s pace. It’s going to be taking up about three hours of my time, and that’s just in City Hall.” With all of the time and energy put into jumping through permit hoops, one has to assume that this year will be special.


All of the co founders, Ann Marie Popco, Oliver Manhattan, and Tracy Thomson were present in 2011, but the bust happened before they could make their champagne toast. So this year they will be back again to toast to 21 years of the Blue Nile Costume Bazaar.


“It’s a full house. The great thing is that everyone has such unique styles,” said Mcree, who referred to her own aesthetic as mostly whimsical, featuring “head pieces, doll bustiers, and a lot of baby faces.”


Thomson’s signature “too-too’s” will also be featured, and Mcree recommends mixing and matching to create the perfect Mardi Gras style. She is grateful for THR’s generosity in making this event possible for Halloween 2011 as well as Mardi Gras 2012.


The bazaar will feature thirteen designers offering handcrafted creations of costumes, masks, hats, headpieces, wigs, and more! If you want to support local recording artists and stock up on decadent Mardi Gras fashions, the event will take place at The Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St.) on Sunday, February 12 from 12-5pm.


CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, this article erroneously stated that the cost to put on the Costume Bazaar would amount to $11,000. It would actually cost $1,100, according to Cree McCree.


keeping the spirit alive! I'm

keeping the spirit alive! I'm proud of you for persisting! May you have a truly prosperous event that helps compensate for some of last year's losses as well!

Thanks for the coverage, but

Thanks for the coverage, but the $11,000 figure is off by about $10,000. $1,100 is closer to the amount Blue Nile would have to pay if we didn't have a nonprofit sponsor.

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