Nov 302012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

With the holidays coming up, we often reflect upon our riches and give to those that are less fortunate than us. The Polar Express benefit is a concert that doubles as a toy drive for kids at Children’s Hospital and Ochsner. Attendees can either pay a $10 cover ($7 for students with college ID), or opt to bring a toy donation instead. Continue reading »

Nov 282012

A panel of prosecutors, federal officials, Loyola University professors and social-justice advocates will discuss the United States immigration detention system at Loyola University in an all-day symposium Friday (Nov. 30) called “Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System”. Continue reading »

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Nov 262012

Buddy Roemer

Melissa Harris-Perry

Tulane Hillel will host a debate between former Governor Buddy Roemer and Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who also hosts her own MSNBC show, in a forum called “Is America Moving to The Left? Was This Election About Ideology at All?” on Tuesday evening (Nov. 27). Continue reading »

Nov 242012

The Junior Buckjumpers in 2011.

The Original Men, Original New Orleans Ladies and Junior Buck Jumpers will start their annual second line on Earhart Boulevard near Carrollton at noon and head down the Washington and Louisiana avenue corridor to finish at Seventh and Dryades in Central City at 4 p.m., according to a route sheet published by Gambit’s Big Red Cotton.

Nov 222012

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen, photo by Marta Jewson for

As they handed out hundreds of turkey plates, each with all the fixings, volunteers at the annual Bridge House / Grace House Thanksgiving dinner described Thursday morning as their chance to give back.

“I’ve done this for a few years,” said volunteer Dat Nguyen from the serving line. He added, “My family lives all over the country, so this is my time to help out.” Continue reading »

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Nov 182012

Crowds of festival goers pack Oak Street for the 2012 Po-Boy Fest on Sunday afternoon, as seen from the balcony of Mellow Mushroom near Dublin Street. (Sabree Hill,

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, drawing enthusiasts of New Orleans’ signature sandwich of all kinds to celebrate the magic that can be made between two pieces of French bread.

See below for live coverage, photos and comments from the festival.

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Nov 182012

The Soul Rebels perform a mid-afternoon set Saturday at the Fourth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival, which organizers said had a record turnout. (Robert Morris,

Perfect weather, a strong music lineup and an ideal location at one of the most prominent intersections in Uptown New Orleans combined Saturday to draw what by all accounts was the largest crowd yet for the Magazine Street Blues Festival. Continue reading »

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Nov 162012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

No matter how quick and accessible digital publications are, a good ol’ fashioned  IRL (netspeak for In Real Life) book fair is far more inspiring than a Google search for new reading material. Get out from behind your iPads and Kindles and take an afternoon to explore The New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo, held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 725 Magazine St in the CBD. Continue reading »

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Nov 142012

Blue Frenzy performs at the second annual Magazine Street Blues Festival in 2010. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Now in its fourth year, the Magazine Street Blues Festival returns to Laurence Square on Saturday with performances by Rockin’ Dopsie, the Soul Rebels and other bands, as well as food trucks, art sales and a kids’ area — all to raise money for a citizens’ group that supports the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Continue reading »

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Nov 122012

Palace Cafe’s Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak St. Po-Boy Festival. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival returns this weekend for its sixth year, inviting the city’s best restaurants to show their appreciation for the New Orleans’ signature sandwich — often by reinventing it completely. In addition to the dozens of vendors, live music, history discussions and children’s areas, the festival has again modified its layout on the street to better accommodate the thousands of po-boy enthusiasts. Continue reading »