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Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Soul Rebels

Champions Square, 10a.m.

Saints pregame party

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

The members of this band have been playing together since 1995; $10

 

Jon Roniger

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Folksy blues Americana

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

FLOTUS Michelle Obama to Close Out Latino Gathering in New Orleans


Michelle Obama may not be getting her dream vacation in the French Quarter, but that isn't stopping her from paying us a visit. The First Lady will be featured as the keynote speaker at the Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, marking the final day of a 4-day conference and expo put on by the National Council of La Raza. 

 

The four-day convention is one of the largest gatherings of Latinos is the country.

 

“Our community is eager to hear from such a prominent and passionate public figure who, in her time as first lady, has shown unwavering commitment to important causes for the growing Latino community such as children’s health, nutrition and education,” Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR, said in a statement.

 

FLOTUS is following in the footsteps of her husband and Joe Biden, who have spoken at past NCLR conferences. This year’s other speakers have included legendary entertainer Rita Moreno, Former NOLA mayor and National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO Sterling Speirn, Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chávez, baseball great Minnie Miñoso. 

 

The Annual Conference and the Latino Family Expo, which run concurrently, focus on issues that affect the Latino community, especially health and wellness issues.  Numerous workshops were held over the course of the conference, which also discussed such topics as technology, community, culture and education. 

 

“We empower the Latino community to strengthen the larger community in which they live, not not helping only Latinos but everyone,” said spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga.  

 

The free-admission expo featured over 200 vendors this year and attendees had the opportunity to obtain free health-related services such as health screenings, vision and dental checks, blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and more.  There were also activities designed to get participants moving, such as exercise and dance classes, and a soccer tournament.   

 

Moyarga was grateful for how the city has embraced the NCLR durings its inaugural stint in New Orleans. 

 

“We are so pleased," she said. "The city has been so welcoming. They have really embraced and supported us in the months leading up to the conference and over the last few days.”

 

With final tallies yet to come, Moyarga was impressed with the turnout for the conference and expo.  Organizers planned for about 20,000 attendees, and Moyarga is optimistic that they reached their target.      




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