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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

 

Rise of Crist

Charlie Crist Talks Jefferson-Jackson Dinners, Switch to Dem. Party



The Evangeline Oak was not the only miracle in Louisiana on Saturday night. At the Louisiana Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner (J-J,) Crist rose. That would be keynote speaker Charlie Crist, former Florida governor, thwarted Rubio challenger, Republican turned Independent turned Democrat, McCain confidante, Obama hugger, and now author. 

 

The 57-year-old Florida politician made headlines for his switch to the Democratic party in December of 2012. Many believe his move was a strategic attempt to run in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial election. 

 

Before delivering his sermon of the found, the bluebie talked to NoDef about the party switch and his political aspirations.

 

In part, the serenity can be chalked up to experience, The politico said that previously he had attended only about five Jefferson-Jackson Dinners, all in Florida. However, laughing, Crist explained that he has attended a “lifetime” of the equivalent Lincoln-Reagan dinners held by Republicans.

 

Asked to compare the two, the party hopper appeared relieved. “Oh yeah. This [J-J] is much better. It's a much happier crowd. Much more welcoming. It's a much bigger tent. More diverse.” A smile punctuated the answer.

 

Crist held the liberated demeanor of a man cured of a terrible disease. The former GOP star described his transition from Republican to Independent to Democrat as smooth, almost natural.

 

“It [the switch] couldn't be better. Honestly. The comfort that I feel being in the Democratic Party is hard to describe, but it is genuine. When I saw what was happening with the Republican Party back in 2010, and the rise of the Tea Party, and the craziness that was happening, I just couldn't be true to myself and Stay there. So, I'm delighted to have found a nice new home.”

 

NoDef questioned why he chose the second switch to the Democratic party as opposed to remaining an independent.

 

“I love associating with people, and I have come to find that the Democratic Party really embraces the things that are near and dear to me. They're not anti-anything it seems. And, the Republican Party seems to be anti-everything. So, people have told me all my life, 'You're a Democrat, Charlie, and you just don't know it!' Well, now I know it, and now I am it, And, I'm very happy to be here.”

 

The former governor clearly chose to own his previous tag as a RINO. In fact, he does not see position shifts accompanying his party change. “I have certainly evolved as most Americans have on a number of issues. But, as related to the registration change, not really. No.”

 

In May of this year, Crist announced his support for same-sex marriage, a definitive shift in stance from his time with the GOP. In 2006, the former governor signed a petition to ban gay marriage.

Pressed whether changes might still be forthcoming, Crist held firm “No. Not that I foresee, but I am an open-minded guy, and I'm going to keep using my brain, and hopefully keep learning more. We'll see.”

 

After the rash of changes and publicity, the author took time to reflect on his life as he penned a book that he describes as a “recitation on my life” and party change. In retrospect, Crist remained confident in his choices. “I regret nothing.”

 

In fact the only thing that Crist was non-committal about were his political aspirations. “I don't know. I've thought about running for governor again, but I haven't made a decision.” Asked about a repeat run at the Senate, the longtime politician said that he had given it neither thought nor interest.

 

No New Orleans interview is complete without an inquiry about our local culture. Crist has been soaking it up since his arrival. The Floridian said he “hadn't stopped eating since he landed.” His culinary stops included Galatoire's, Felix's, Ralph's on the Park, and Commanders Palace. Of course, a visit to 'da Dome to watch the Saints beat up on Oakland was also on the itinerary.

 

-B.E. Mintz

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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock