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April 1st

April Toole’s Day

The Irish House, 7:30p.m.

A celebration of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces


 

Wednesday at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

The Revivalists and Robin Barnes play for the seasonal fest

 

Shiba San

Hi Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

French DJ and producer

 

Hazy Ray Trio

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.

Rhythm and blues from the souls of local rockers

 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Dinky Tao Poetry

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.

Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson

Jeudi

April 2nd

Boukou Groove

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

New Orleans funk

 

Woodenhead 40th Anniversary/CD Release Show

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

With special guests John “Papa” Gros, Helen Gillet, Tommy Malone and The Bonerama Horns

 

Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock 'N Bowl, 8:30p.m.

Zydeco swamp pop

 

The Collossal Heads

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Surprise show with TCH plus  Bantam Foxes and Hello Nomad

Vendredi

April 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6p.m.

This week features music by Chris Thomas King

 

NOLA Social Ride’s Happy Thursday Bike Ride

Dat Dog, 7-11p.m.

Sports theme! This week the group stops to play a quick game of dodgeball 

 

Future Leaders of the World, Appetite for Destruction

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Local F.L.O.W. plus Guns N Roses tribute band

 

Mike Dillon, The Funky Knuckles

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

 

Swans

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.


Steve Gleason to Light Up 'Miracle on Fulton Street'


by Emma Boyce

When it’s a balmy seventy degrees outside, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is right around the corner.  Fear not!  From 6 pm -8 pm Tuesday, dig out your old Christmas sweater because nothing can catapult you into the holiday spirit like Harrah’s “Miracle on Fulton Street” kick-off event, hosted by the Saints own miracle man, Steve Gleason.   

 

“This year we’re bringing [“Miracle on Fulton Street”] back, new and improved,” said Sherri Sosa, assistant general manager of Harrah’s Casino.   

 

After last year’s construction on Manning’s prevented anything extraordinary from occurring on Fulton, Christmas on Fulton returns this year full force. From festive scenery to a giant tree, every aspect of the event has grown bigger and better.  

 

“They have designed and customized a whole façade and iron work that [goes] all the way down Fulton.  Before it was a covered tunnel,” said Sosa.  “We’ve taken that to the next level.” 

 

Bereft of a true winter wonderland, Sosa, like many others, looks forward to snow in New Orleans.  Why wait ten years, when you can have it on demand?  

 

“It snows every hour on the hour,” said Sosa.

 

The tree, which sits between Manning’s and Grand Isle, stands at a hefty 30 feet, nearly rivaling the Christmas tree in Macy’s. Both Santa and Steve make an appearance tomorrow to switch on the Christmas tree lights and commence a month long celebration of  holiday jubilation.  

 

While Gleason will light the way Santa and his reindeer will set up shop permanently in downtown New Orleans every Friday and Saturday until the end of the Christmas season.

 

“There’s a whole lighting [celebration and] music show that will go on through the evening.  We’ve kicked it up a notch; this such a great place to bring families,” said Sosa.  

 

Since rain nearly washed out Gleason’s latest appearance to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease, Sosa also wants people to have another chance to support him and his charity.  ‘Tis the season for giving.  

 

While carolers line up along Fulton and inside restaurants, belting out your favorite holiday tunes, Santa takes a seat under the “beautiful” gazebo with reindeer at his side.  Santa’s lost the list, so even the naughty are welcome to pose for pictures with good ole St. Nick. 

Throughout the weekend, holiday specials will be available up and down Fulton. 

 

“Inside Harrah’s hotel there is always a gingerbread something or other.  [This year it’s] a riverboat gingerbread,” said Sosa.   

 

Rising Sun will also offer delicious treats like hot chocolate and cotton candy among other things.  

 

“We’re looking forward to a long, fun holiday season,” said Sosa.  




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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

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock