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Friday, February 3, 2017

Second line Sunday: Treme Sidewalk Steppers Parade

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Treme Sidewalk Steppers
  • Conrad 'Sam the Picture Man' Wyre
  • Treme Sidewalk Steppers


11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

"Coming to Treme"

(Route details below)

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Feb. 3-5

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 5:23 PM

Gambit music pencil Noah Bonaparte Pais rolls into WWL-TV to chat about weekend events: a benefit concert for Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams, a new Jim Jarmusch film and more.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NOLAW hosts fundraiser, community action night Feb. 7 to fight violence against women

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 1:24 PM

A NOLAW ref shields her eyes at a brawl. - EMMA RAYNOR
  • A NOLAW ref shields her eyes at a brawl.

In the seething maelstrom of news that's enveloped us all since Election Day, one issue in particular rang alarm bells for New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling League (NOLAW) members: the Trump administration's proposed cuts to grants administered by the Office on Violence Against Women. These grants fund local organizations which fight sexual violence, help women escape domestic abuse and offer resources for survivors.

In response, NOLAW will host a fundraiser and evening of community action designed to spotlight the potential cuts and organize people in the ongoing fight against violence against women. It's at Twelve Mile Limit (500 S. Telemachus St.) the evening of Feb. 7.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest posters announced

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.
  • Francis X. Pavy created the image for the official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.

The 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters have been announced. The festival poster features New Orleans' funk innovators, The Meters, and was created by Francis X. Pavy. The image depicts Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli in front of a curtain decorated with what look like French Quarter buildings. Pavy also created the image of the Neville Brothers used in the 1997 Jazz Fest poster and the Jerry Lee Lewis poster in 2007.

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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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