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October 6th


Mardi Gras World, 8p.m.

Latch, Help Me Lose My Mind musicians



Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Flick about child assassins


Night Bus to the Afterlife

Columns Hotel, 7p.m.

Mortality and the Gulf South


Tommy Malone

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Nola native guitarist


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

This week ft. WATIV


October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


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

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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