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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

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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
  • 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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Friday, September 30, 2016

Second line Sunday: Family Ties Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Family Ties second line 2011
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  • Family Ties second line 2011

FAMILY TIES SOCIAL & PLEASURE CLUB 15TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE

1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2016

"The Greatest of All Times!"

This second line is dedicated to Ronald Kirton Jr. and Muhammad Ali

(route details below)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bayou Country Superfest moves to Superdome for May 26-28, 2017 event

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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Bayou Country Superfest will move from LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to the Superdome for its 2017 Memorial Day weekend event, according to a press release from Festival Productions.

LSU's Tiger Stadium will be unavailable due to scheduled renovations.

The 2016 Bayou Country Superfest featured Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan. Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town and others. The 2017 music lineup will be announced Dec. 1. The festival runs May 26-28, 2017.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Y@ Speak: debatable

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 6:38 PM


Remember 20 years ago when you tweeted about Disney's gumbo recipe? This week's edition spans a little longer than usual because we missed you last week. But this past week? I don't have enough fingers to chef kiss. David Duke looked like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beyonce and Big Freedia are the only people that New Orleans fans are happy about playing in the Superdome so far this month, and we begin the inaugural Complaining About the Fried Chicken Festival.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Annual Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 3:22 PM

YMO Jr. 132nd parade route
  • YMO Jr. 132nd parade route

YOUNG MEN OLYMPIAN JR. BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. 132ND ANNUAL PARADE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 1-5pm


Dedicated to the Memory of Bros. Elroy Stroughter and Howard Turner, Sr.

(route details below the jump!)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Second line Sunday: Goodfellas and The Wild Bunch

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Goodfellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Conrad 'Sam the Picture Man' Wyre
  • Goodfellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club
GOODFELLAS SOCIAL & PLEASURE CLUB ANNUAL SECOND LINE

1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2016

(route details below the jump!)

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Voodoo releases 2016 day-by-day lineup

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30. - ERIC KAYNE
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  • Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30.

Arcade Fire, The Chainsmokers and Band of Horses will close out the 2016 Voodoo Experience on Oct. 30, the last day of the 16th annual Halloween weekend event in City Park.

The Weeknd, G-Eazy and Kevin Gates headline Friday, Oct. 28, and Tool, Cage the Elephant and Die Antwoord headline Saturday, Oct. 29.

The festival unveiled its day-by-day lineup today — see it below. Single-day tickets are $70, three- day general admission is $155, and and three-day VIP Loa tickets are $450.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Esperanza Spalding opens Faux/Real festival Nov. 3

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3. - JOHANN SAUTY
  • JOHANN SAUTY
  • Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3.

Esperanza Spalding
will perform at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 3 to open the Faux/Real Festival of Arts. Spalding is touring following the March release of Emily's D+Evolution, and in the show, the jazz bassist roves through musical genres and adds theatricality. 

Faux/Real director Ben Mintz notes that the festival is evolving. It's still focused on elements of theater and performance art, and Spalding's piece is more than a concert, he notes. The festival is condensing its schedule from three weeks to 10 days (Nov. 3-13), and there will be 30 events, including theater, magic and culinary events. The full schedule will be released this week, Mintz says.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Anniversary Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 4:02 PM

YMO Jr. Anniversary Parade
  • Kim Welsh
  • YMO Jr. Anniversary Parade

YOUNG MEN OLYMPIAN JR. BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION 132th ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY PARADE

1 p.m.-3 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2016

Dedicated to the memory of Bro. Howard Turner Sr. and Bro. Elroy Stroughter


(Note: This is the club's two-hour anniversary parade — no stops. The Young Men Olympian Jr.'s big, multi-division parade is Sunday, Sept. 25.)

Route details below...

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