Mar 232018

Southern Rep Theatre kicks off its Spring 2018 season in residence at
Loyola University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

In partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Southern Rep is currently presenting A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS DOUBLE BILL in a limited engagement from March 21 – April 1 in Loyola’s Marquette Theatre. This pairing of two rare one-act plays – AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF QUEENS, directed by Ricky Graham, and THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY, directed by Austin Pendleton – showcases two very different sides of one of New Orleans’ favorite playwrights. Continue reading »

Mar 212018

The Louisiana Museum Foundation presents the Jump, Jive an’ Jazzin’ Gala
featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Saturday, March 24th at
the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s arrival onto the music scene.
Since their formation in the early nineties in Ventura, Ca., the band has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. The band was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

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Mar 132018

via StayLocal

StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, presents “Your Marketing Game Plan,” a workshop series where local experts will offer their marketing insights. The sessions take place on Wednesdays, March 14, 21, and 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ashe Power House Theatre (1731 Baronne St.).

This three-part series is for local businesses across all industries. Attendees will hone their marketing approach, learn proven strategies to make an impact on customers, and gain resources to turn business goals into reality. Continue reading »

Mar 132018

The St. Patricks’ Day block party outside Tracey’s and Parasol’s on Sunday. ( file photo by Zach Brien, 2014)

Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week like it does every year—with the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party this Thursday (March 15), followed by the Irish Channel Parade on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day itself). Continue reading »

Mar 112018

Yukimi Nagamo performs with Little Dragon at the Ballroom stage. The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project took place at Mardi Gras World on March 9 and 10. (Zach Brien,

Buku 2018 finished on Saturday, March 10. The day was marked by the last-minute cancellation of one of the day’s major acts, Lil Uzi Vert. Acts like Bassnectar, Isaiah Rashad, Borgore and Princess Nokia brought people out to Mardi Gras World.

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Feb 282018

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Much of St. Charles Avenue will be closed Sunday morning for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon.

(map via Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon)

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Feb 272018

Étouffée, Gumbo, and Red Beans and Rice with Chops created by Eat NOLA Noir chefs (photo credit Erica M. Durousseau, co-founder of Eat NOLA Noir)

As Black History Month comes to a close and the concurrent, much-needed addition of a “Black Restaurant Week” winds down, I have pondered the lack of celebrated minority chefs in our little hamlet of Uptown New Orleans.

The discouraging results after searching memory, calling fellow habitual diners, and ultimately an internet hunt, is that in a city whose famed culinary prowess is shaped by its black cultural contributions, we don’t have nearly enough celebrated, household name, black chefs or black-owned restaurants, past or present.

Other than iconic Tremé Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase fame, what other black chef pops into the New Orleanians’ dining-centric mind? Continue reading »

Feb 272018

Gert Town’s Low Cost Animal Medical Center will celebrate its “One Year Pawty” this Sunday with an afternoon featuring adoptable pets, music, raffles, food from Bonafried Truck, and cold beer from Brieux Carré Brewing Company.

Low Cost Animal Medical Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit veterinary hospital that opened its doors last March. Located at 4300 Washington Ave., the hospital is “dedicated to providing quality affordable veterinary care to the pets of Greater New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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Feb 222018

Three Local Black Chefs hit LOT 1701 for Eat NOLA Noir Restaurant Week

by Kristine Froeba

Eat NOLA Noir’s New Orleans Black Dining Week continues with its pop-up division—Pop-Up NOIR—in a continuation of its Black History Month celebration of local black culinary talent.

This Friday night (Feb. 23), three minority chefs are the feature at “Beats & Bites”, a fundraiser presented by Eat NOLA Noir in conjunction with the HBCU Material Culture Conference, a multi-cultural conference presented by Dillard and Tulane Universities. Continue reading »

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Feb 142018

Members of the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians confront one another as they leave the Purple Rain Bar on Washington avenue on Tuesday, February 13. The Golden Blades are one of many Mardi Gras Indian “tribes” or “gangs” to mask on Mardi Gras Day all across New Orleans in intricate, hand-sewn suits. (Zach Brien,

On Mardi Gras day, February 13, Mardi Gras Indian tribes mask all over New Orleans. Their intricate, hand-sewn suits pay homage to local Native American tribes who helped runaway slaves. The tradition of “masking” Indian dates back to the mid 19th century. There are dozens of tribes all over New Orleans.

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Feb 142018

The Krewe of Rex “Marie Laveaux” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday. (Robert Morris,

Rex, the king of Carnival, presided over Mardi Gras Day in the year of his city’s tricentennial not by reviewing its entire history, but focusing on its earliest days in a parade titled “L’Ancienne Nouvelle-Orléans.”

The Krewe of Rex “Royal Barge” rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday. (Robert Morris,

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