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Vendredi

December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

 

Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each

 

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

 

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

 

NOPD: Suspicious Package Found in Mid-City, Bomb Squad Retrieves Devices


(Updated 5:00 p.m.)

New Orleans Police said they have found a suspicious package in a vehicle near a Mid-City Whitney Bank in the 3300 block of Canal St. Employees of the bank, located at the corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Pkwy., and neighbors are being evacuated from the area, a NOPD spokesman said. Public transportation in the area has stopped. The New Orleans Fire Department and NOPD's Special Operations Division are on the scene.

 

New Orleans Police said they have found a suspicious package in a vehicle near a Mid-City Whitney Bank in the 3300 block of Canal St. Employees of the bank, located at the corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Pkwy., and neighbors are being evacuated from the area, a NOPD spokesman said. Public transportation in the area has stopped. The New Orleans Fire Department and NOPD's Special Operations Division are on the scene.

 

UPDATE: Police found 8 devices in the vehicle

About 9:30 a.m., a private duty police detail officer working at Whitney Bank noticed that a brown Ford F-150 had been parked in the bank parking lot since Friday, according to police.

 

He approached the truck to try to see if there was a driver present. When he opened the door, the devices in the car began to smoke and spark. The officer then shut the door and alerted authorities.

 

The premise was immediately evacuated, and a bomb team was on the scene within minutes, NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson said. The bomb technicians deployed a bomb robot, which retrieved three of the devices from the vehicle. The bomb technician then went to physically check the truck for more devices, and found five. The devices were then placed in a bomb pod.

 

The devices resembled wrapped candlesticks, Robertson said.

 

New Orleans Police have not released any information about possible suspects.

 

UPDATE 2 p.m. All roads were open except Jeff Davis Pkwy. in the downtown direction between Canal & Iberville. Streetcars are now in service.

 

UPDATE 5 p.m. Device could've been explosive

The devices found could've caused a lot more than a mid-day traffic headache. A NOPD spokesman said that the bomb team found combustible compound in the devices that could have caused an explosion. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with NOPD in this investigation, and has taken the devices to their labs for further analysis. The suspect responsible for this crime can now face federal jail time and fines, the spokesman said. 




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