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Today in NOLA: 6.20.18

Hope you got a good night’s sleep: there’s LOT to do tonight. Pride Festival kicks off at Boomtown Casino, the Ogden hosts its inaugural Magnolia Ball, and the Zeitgeist premieres Alex de la Iglesia’s latest. Happy 75th birthday to R&B singer and NOLA native Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Read on for details, and peep left for way more live music tonight.


Pride Festival (multiple venues, beginning 8 p.m.)

Friday kicks off New Orleans Pride Festival, a three-day celebration of LGBT diversity and awareness. NoDef has all the details [], but here’s the rundown:

  • 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.: Pride Kick Off Party, sponsored by Boomtown Casino
  • 10:00 p.m.- til: Big Gay 80's Party at Lucky Pierre's, 735 Bourbon Street
  • 11:00 p.m.-til: Girls Party at Mag's 940, 940 Elysian Fields
  • 11:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m.: Party with Chris Salvatore at Oz New Orleans, 800 Bourbon Street


Magnolia Ball (Ogden Museum, 8 p.m.)

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art comes into bloom for the first annual Magnolia Ball. The event will feature live music, delicious cuisine, craft cocktails, a silent auction, and artistic company. The after party happens at Fulton Alley. Non-member tickets start at $150.


Witching and Bitching (Zeitgeist, 8:30 p.m.)

Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia’s newest film is a horror comedy about a pack of thieves pursued by evil witches. It opens at the Zeitgeist tonight. NoDef’s film critic liked it; make an evening of it and judge for yourself.


Scarface (Howlin’ Wolf, 9 p.m.)

Hip hop historian Shaheem Reid called Scarface “your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.” Find out why when the Houston native and longtime member of the Geto Boys takes the stage at the Howlin’ Wolf tonight. His new album Deeply Rooted arrives later this year. Local DJ Chicken supports. Tickets $20.


Cut Copy, Classix (Joy Theatre, 9 p.m.)

Picture the Joy Theatre marquee lit up five different colors at night. That is what Cut Copy sound like. Get ready to put four on the floor with the Melborne, Australia electro-dance band. Up-and-coming electropop duo Classix open the show. Tickets $30.


Brother Dege and the Brethren (BEATnik, 10 p.m.)

Brother Dege got his break when Quentin Tarentino picked his song “Too Old to Die Young” for the Django Unchained soundtrack, but the prolific Lafayette-based blues guitarist has more to offer. Read NoDef’s full profile. Tickets $10.

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