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New Orleans is known as a ‘museum city’ with 46 museums and arts and culture attractions. However, the arts and culture scene is rich in live music, all star bands, local artists, theater and many cultural festivals. Soak it up!

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

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New Orleans taps into its balletic history this weekend. As one of the very first cities to introduce ballet into theaters, New Orleans also was home to Suzanne Douvillier, the first female choreographer in the United States. Dancers and spectators can enjoy the Fleur de Lis Semi-Finals Ballet Competition starting Friday; on Saturday, the New Orleans Ballet Association presents New …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Edward Spots

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“I took my first ballet class at New Orleans Dance Academy on Magazine Street when I was 13,” said Edward Spots, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey II who has recently moved back to New Orleans to build up the dance community in his hometown.

Spots’s interest in dance was first sparked when he attended New Orleans Charter Middle School, …

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NOLA History: Ballet in New Orleans

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Even though the city of New Orleans was founded in 1718, it wasn’t until the late 18th Century that truly “refined” entertainment, such as opera and ballet, made its way to New Orleans. With the influx of French refugees from Saint-Domingue during that island’s revolution, the 1790s were a time of cultural growth for the Crescent City. Opera comes to …

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Video: Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas

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Tank and the Bangas is quickly becoming one of those New Orleans bands you have to see live, and that is in part because of the electric frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball. With a background singing in church and slam poetry, Ball infuses passion, presence and infectious energy into her music, which combines R&B, soul and spoken word.  Be sure to …

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Most Instagrammable Places in New Orleans

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New Orleans has no shortage of visual inspiration. Everywhere you look in this magical city, you will find colors, textures and scenes that will make you want to stop and capture the moment. Here are some of the most highly Instagrammable spots in NOLA, featuring photos taken by you!

Best Outdoor Spots Crescent Park

City Park wildflowers field

Under the…

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Things To Do

We suggest making the weekend after Mardi Gras a low-key one. Take the family to Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Saturday afternoon for Chinese New Year crafts and activities, or enjoy the inaugural Tulane Film Festival on Friday and Saturday. There’s also a bike workshop aimed at commuters and a new exhibit showcasing the private works of Edgar Degas. …

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Lunar New Year (Tet) Celebrations in New Orleans

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One of New Orleans’s largest immigrant waves in the last 40 years has been the Vietnamese. As the Communist regime took over Vietnam in the mid-1970s, the Catholic church resettled several thousand Vietnam natives here in South Louisiana. As with many other local ethnic groups, despite their tenure here, many people of Vietnamese ethnicity maintain their distinct ancestral culture and …

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Snapshots of NOLA: Mardi Gras Instagram Photos

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Instagram has transformed the way people document their lives, imbuing creativity into users’ tiny snapshots of what they see around them. Mardi Gras — an eminently photographable occasion —  is in full swing in New Orleans,  and what better way to show you the celebrations underway than through real NOLA locals’ Instagram dispatches. Here are some of our favorite Mardi …

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New Orleans Calling: Carnival Time

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WWOZ’s nationally-syndicated one-hour program New Orleans All The Way Live has been recently renamed and re-imagined in a great new form, with a new name — New Orleans Calling.

Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.-8 a.m., and you can …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

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The second weekend of Mardi Gras provides plenty of opportunity for day-and-night revelry, whether at fetes like the Krewe de Lune Space Ball and Not-So-Superhero Party or the Endymion pre-party, Samedi Gras Festival. Parade-goers can also acquire a new mask at French Market before Fat Tuesday. Looking for something more intimate? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special five-course meal at …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans this Weekend

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Though plenty of fun, parades aren’t all you’ll find in New Orleans this weekend. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum expands its ranks to welcome the Museum of the American Cocktail on Friday, offering visitors a glimpse of iconic beverages past and present. A charity run takes place on Sunday, followed by plenty of live music. Experience Cuba at the …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

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Krewe du Vieux makes a historic cross over Canal Street on Saturday – the route may be new, but the wicked satire remains the same with this year’s theme, “Begs for Change.” Friday night brings laughs with the New Orleans Comedy and Art Festival on Freret and the Bushwick Book Club’s interpretation of A Confederacy of Dunces. Other things …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to do in New Orleans This Weekend

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Things To Do

This weekend in New Orleans, Prospect.3 rewards last-minute visitors with closing ceremonies and free admission at the Ogden. Comedy fans looking for a late night show can enjoy John Mulaney’s tenure at the Civic Theatre on Friday; beer lovers should plan to attend the Courtyard Brewery Grand Opening on Saturday. Nurture your sweet tooth on Sunday – Champions Square morphs …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Arts & Culture Events Music Nightlife Things To Do

This weekend in New Orleans is one of contrast. You’ll find ExhibitBE closing ceremonies in Algiers and a hotel and bar grand opening in the CBD, plus a brass band blowout and a piano legend playing the very same night. Two popular musicals are sure to command (or divide) attention: Jesus Christ Superstar at Le Petit Theatre and Mamma Mia!

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Charm Taylor

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“My music is influenced by the overall human condition; our personal truths, our history, the emotions we project, the communities we are a part of, the lives we lead,” said Charm Taylor, lead singer and songwriter for The Honorable South.

Taylor first moved to New Orleans in 2007, attracted by the stories of the city’s musicians. After making a documentary …

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Revitalizing New Orleans Intersections Through Art

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The next time you’re stopped at a red light in New Orleans, look around and see what inspires you. It might be the architecture or the canopy of live oaks, but it might also be the utility box in the middle of the neutral ground (that’s what we call medians here in NOLA.) All around town, an ongoing community project …

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