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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Second line Sunday: Black Men of Labor's parade

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Black Men of Labor
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2 p.m.-6 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2016

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A peek inside Beyond the Haunted Puddle, plus four more haunted houses

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.
  • One of Beyond the Haunted Puddle's uncanny occupants.

Inside the entrance to Beyond the Haunted Puddle, the haunted house/immersive art installation now open at PORT, a glassy-eyed witch stirs a bubbling cauldron of human entrails  —  but that’s where the similarities to a classic haunted house end. Through a series of increasingly demented environments, including a truly nightmarish interlude at a purgatorial Department of Motor Vehicles counter, the installation knocks the viewer off balance in ways both visceral and cerebral. 

“[We wondered] what could be scary, what makes it fun, what makes it contemporary?” director Xavier Juarez says. “Making an immersive world is this great opportunity for an artist.”

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Weeki Wachee mermaids return to Audubon Aquarium Nov. 3-13

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM


The Weeki Wachee mermaids have drawn tourists to their attraction in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida since 1947. They visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas last year and will return Thursday through Sunday Nov. 3-6 and 10-13. 

The mermaids will swim in the Gulf of Mexico tank with sharks, stingrays and fish from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also are available for photos. There also are mermaid workshops in which participants can learn to so mermaid makeup and hair and make a tail.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Uninhabitable" storytelling showcase sheds light on New Orleans housing issues

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Everyone has a landlord story. Or a mold story. Or a termite story. Or worse. Or all of the above. On Oct. 20, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center partners with the live storytelling series Bring Your Own to open the floor to "stories of being pushed out and pushing back," from evictions and absentee landlords to the rising costs of housing and rents in New Orleans.

The city routinely ranks among the worst U.S. cities for renters, though more than half of the city rents. Nearly 40 percent of renters pay half their entire income on rent and utilities, according to GNOFHAC. Housing costs continue to rise, outpacing wage growth and quality housing; about 80 percent of the city's 62,000 rental units need major repairs and thousands other rental properties endure mold, rodents and leaks. Housing advocates say renters can't get the city's code enforcement to respond to quality of life issues via 311.

The event aims to "shine a light on the leaks, rats,and mold that are all too common in the lives of New Orleans renters" through eight storytellers' grim, funny and thought-provoking true stories.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Radical Arts & Healing Collective (1340 Montegut St.) with food by Goodman's BBQ, a cash bar and music from Lost in the Holler. Storytelling begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Krewe of the Mystic Inane holds Cirque d'So-Lame carnival Oct. 22

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 3:03 PM

A carnival-goer braves the birth canal experience at Cirque d'So-Lame in 2015.
  • A carnival-goer braves the birth canal experience at Cirque d'So-Lame in 2015.

Krewe of Mystic Inane gets an early start on Krewe du Vieux's raunch and satire with its Cirque d'So-Lame event on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Castillo Blanco (4321 St. Claude Ave.). There are carnival amusements, interactive games, creepy tactile experiences, a beet-eating contest, "Heave Starvey's Lil Inanities Pageant," free beer and more. A foam party rave tops the festivities. Contest prizes include a three-way date.

For its sixth year, the fundraiser moves from Mid-City to Bywater. The carnival runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes game chances, beer and food. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Second line Sunday: Men of Class annual parade

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Men of Class second line


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2016

"Dedication & Salute to Those Who Serve"

Guest: Compassionate Ladies

Queen Hazel Wilson

King George Howard III

(route details below)

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Japan Fest is Saturday at NOMA

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 6:43 PM


Japan Fest combines the traditional and the contemporary. The annual event is sponsored by the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Japan Club of New Orleans and the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville, Tennessee. There are cultural demonstrations including taiko drumming, martial arts, displays of haiku and bonsai trees and games of go. The museum offers guided tours of its Japanese art. There also are fans of Japanese anime and cosplay as well as Japanese food and a market. Costumes are welcome (no weapons).

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Second line Sunday: Prince of Wales 88th Anniversary Parade

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Prince of Wales 2004 Second Line
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  • Prince of Wales 2004 Second Line


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016

"Ain't It Great To Be 88!"

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

You Go Girl's haunted house opens Oct. 20

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

You Go Girl — whose fun neon nightmares and comic creatures offer windows into a bizarro Lisa Frank party — stages an "immersive haunted experience" this Halloween. You Go Girl and several New Orleans artists present Beyond the Haunted Puddle, running at PORT (2120 Port St.) this month (Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 28-31).

Beyond the Haunted Puddle "is based on the unsolved mystery of two children who disappeared into an unearthly puddle in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. The true tale of their journey remains a mystery, but this experience allows daring souls to fantasize about what happened that lurid October night. Horrible, beautiful, and alarming, The Haunted Puddle would ask for those faint of heart, squeamish or prudish to stay at home and keep your heads on your sweet soft pillows. Be scared or leave."

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Hogs for the Cause opens registration, Crescent City Blues & BBQ up next

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Hogs for the Cause drew 95 teams to New Orleans City Park in 2016. - WILL COVIELLO
  • Hogs for the Cause drew 95 teams to New Orleans City Park in 2016.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is Oct. 14-16 in Lafayette Square, but the city's other big barbecue festival is gearing up for its first year at the UNO lakefront. Hogs for the Cause opened registration for teams interested in participating in its March 31-April 1, 2017 event at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds. 

Hogs for the Cause featured 95 teams at its 2016 event at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. Teams compete for top honors in cooking ribs, pork butt/shoulder, whole hog, "porkpourri," a category for creative dishes, and sauce.

Hogs for the Cause raises money to support families with children battling pediatric brain cancer. 

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. It features live music and barbecue from local restaurants, food trucks and caterers including Blue Oak BBQ, The Joint, Saucy's and Vaucresson Sausage Company. The music lineup includes Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Tucka, Little Freddie King, Jon Cleary and others. 

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