Events & Festivals

Monday, January 30, 2017

Y@ Speak: banned

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

From "sanctuary cities" to "extreme vetting," New Orleans responds to Week One in the Trump Era.

Also: a new surveillance plan and "3 a.m." rule, King Cake Baby leans into the whole "giant monster" thing, and Jazz Fest flips its "people complaining about Jazz Fest" switch.

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Dillard University recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with "condom contest"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM


It's a middle school rite of passage: the ceremonial fitting of a banana or cucumber with a condom. (The produce aisle was never the same.) At a Feb. 7 event to celebrate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day, Dillard University students can compete in an event to see if they still have those slightly risque health class skills. They'll be judged on whether they have the proper condom technique to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission.

The contest is part of activities on the historically black university's campus that day to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. This state has the country's highest rate of new positive diagnoses — a disturbing statistic in a time when the public health conversation around the disease has diminished somewhat since the epidemic's peak in the 1990s. And African-Americans account for 71 percent of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases in the state.

The event is sponsored by the university's Public Health Club and We PrEP Together, the St. Thomas Community Health Center program which helps people gain affordable access to PrEP treatments, which reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Admission is free for university students. Events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Louis C.K., 'alternative facts,' a market for Marigny and other stories you may have missed this week

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM


• FEST, FEST, FEST: The 2017 Jazz Fest lineup was announced. You people on Twitter had a few thoughts. And Aaron Neville is part of the just-announced French Quarter Fest lineup.

• COMING TO TOWN: Louis C.K. is coming to town this week for a couple of just-announced shows. The Pixies are coming later.

• LGBT NEWS: The LGBT Community Center is getting a new home. And a new eldercare group is launching a health care provider network for LGBT seniors.

• KRISPY KRUNCHY KING CAKE: Where you can eat king cake topped with crickets.

Lots more under the jump ...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Second line Sunday: The Chosen Few and The Winning Team Parades

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 5:39 PM

Chosen Few 2012 Second Line


The Chosen Few Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

Sunday 12-30-3:30pm


The Winning Team Second Line

Sunday 12-4pm

(Routes for both parades below)

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What you're saying about the 2017 Jazz Fest lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest. - ZORAN HIRES
  • Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest.

It's all about that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest this morning.

And reaction to the 2017 lineup (which is a very Jazzfestian lineup indeed) is a Rorschach test of one's musical tastes. (This year's "What is he/she doing here?!?!?" slot seems to be filled by poor Meghan Trainor.)

Here's what people are saying on Twitter about the event that's described both as "the GOAT" and "a hot, hairy human car wash."

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2017 Jazz Fest lineup announced: Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews and others headed to New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

  • Photo by Scott Saltzman

Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., Usher and The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, Pitbull, Alabama Shakes, Earth, Wind and Fire, Nas, Wilco, Patti LaBelle and many others will perform at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival returns to the Fairgrounds Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7.

Connick, Trey Anastasio Band, Nas with The Soul Rebels, Aaron Neville and Leon Bridges join opening day on Friday, April 28. Maroon 5, Usher and The Roots, Alabama Shakes, Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform Saturday, April 29. Tom Petty, Lorde, Pitbull, George Benson and Dr. John close out the first weekend on Sunday, April 30.

Thursday's lineup includes Widespread Panic, Darius Rucker, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tower of Power and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, with a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Hugh Masekela and Dr. Michael White.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Earth, Wind and Fire, Wilco and Rhiannon Giddens are on the bill for Friday, May 5. Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor perform Saturday, May 6. Closing out the festival on Sunday, May 7 are Kings of Leon, Trombone Shorty, Patti LaBelle, The Meters, Buddy Guy and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 27-29

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Gambit music sensei Noah Bonaparte Pais drops by WWL-TV to personally select weekend entertainment options: a country/comedy performer and firearm enthusiast (aren't they all?), Big Freedia's birthday jams and more.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Jazz Fest lineup coming Friday, Jan. 27

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM


The news came in a tweet from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: This year's Jazz Fest lineup will be announced Friday.

It's time to start speculating: Paul McCartney? Stevie Wonder? Tom Petty? Wilco? An Outkast reunion? A million jam bands?

Whom do you want to see at this year's Jazz Fest?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Aaron Neville to perform at 2017 French Quarter Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Aaron Neville makes his French Quarter Festival at this year's event, featuring a lineup of nearly 200 bands and artists at venues throughout the neighborhood. Neville headlines opening night on Thursday, April 6. The 34th annual festival runs April 6-9.

Also making their debut in 2017 are Louisiana LeRoux, Gregory Agid, Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Valerie Sassyfras, Soul Brass Band and T'Monde, among several others, joining a lineup of classic New Orleans R&B artists and funk, brass, jazz, rap and rock artists.

Check the daily lineup below.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Second line Sunday: Ladies of Unity parade featuring The Hot 8 Brass Band

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Ray Laskowitz
  • Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club


Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Special guests: Sophisticated Ladies Of Class

Featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band

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