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Today In NOLA 10.9.15

Happy Friday! Today in New Orleans, Ariana Grande is bringing pop to the Smoothie King Center, and Kacey Musgraves will keep Nola country. It’s Friday Night at NOMA, and the Mahalia Jackson is hosting a production of the opera, La Traviata. But long ago and far away, Supernova 1604 was observed in the Milky Way (1604), Yale University was chartered (1701), Che Guevara was executed for his attempt to incite a Bolivian Revolution (1967), France abolished Capital Punishment (1981), and President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2009); it’s Charles Walgreen’s birthday (1873), Oskar Schindler’s death (1974) and World Post Day. Now, back to the present:


Ariana Grande (Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.)


Young pop singer and actress Ariana Grande is taking over the Smoothie King Center tonight. Grande kicked off a growing career first on Broadway and then in a Nickelodeon tv show called Victorious. Currently, she is acting in Scream Queens, a tv show filmed at Tulane and around New Orleans. She’s known for her songs like “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Bang Bang.” She’s also infamously known for licking donuts and claiming that she hates Americans.


Kacey Musgraves (Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.)


American country-western singer Kacey Musgraves is performing this evening at Howlin’ Wolf. Hailing from Texas, Musgraves is currently traveling in support of her new album Pageant Material. She gained mainstream fame after performing on reality show Nashville Star. Some of her most popular jams include “Follow Your Arrow” and “Dime Store Cowgirl.”


Friday Nights at NOMA (NOMA, 5p.m.)


Take in a little culture before getting housed tonight. NOMA opens its doors after hours on Fridays, allowing visitors a chance to kick off the weekend with some live music and film. This week will feature the opening of the exhibit Traditions Transfigured.


La Traviata (Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.)


This evening’s opera at the Mahalia Jackson is presented by the New Orleans Opera Association. Italian opera La Traviata was written by Guiseppe Verdi with music by Francesco Maria Piave. It was first performed in 1853 and follows the story of courtesan Violetta. It’s tagline is, “If you love someone, set them free.” 

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