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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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Kwanzaa Celebrates Culture and Family in New Orleans

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It’s been said that New Orleans is the United States’ most African city. How fitting then that many New Orleanians would celebrate Kwanzaa as they do. Kwanzaa is an African-American cultural celebration that incorporates African ritual and concepts into a week-long commemoration beginning Dec. 26 – Jan. 1.

The African influence on New Orleans music, dance, and food is undeniable. …

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GoNOLA TV: Exploring Prospect.3

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There’s still time to check out Prospect.3, which has transformed New Orleans into a massive art event, inviting participants to see works in venues all across the city. Open now through Jan. 25, Prospect.3 features works in every medium by legends including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Paul Gauguin, plus artists from the city, the region and around the world. In this …

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GoNOLA Neighborhood Guide: CBD/Poydras Corridor

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It used to be that the peak of activity in New Orleans’ Central Business District/Poydras Street corridor occurred during the day, when a flurry of office workers embarked on their lunch break dashes. The neighborhood would quiet down significantly at night, unless there was a Saints game at the nearby Superdome. But in the last few years, the part of …

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9 Ways New Orleans is Different During the Holidays

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It’s no secret that New Orleans is different than most places, and this certainly applies to how the city celebrates holidays. We definitely take the holidays seriously: Stately homes are decked out to the max, festive holiday markets abound, and of course there are plenty of gatherings where food is the main focus. But if you find yourself in NOLA …

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Prospect.3: Walking & Wheeling to Art

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Small pink signs have cropped up across the city within the last few months, and you might be wondering why. Flashing “P.3” in white font, they denote the venues housing Prospect.3 art exhibits. Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the latest iteration of Prospect New Orleans’ contemporary art biennial, features the work of 58 artists in 18 venues across the city — …

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GoNOLA TV: The New Orleans Film Festival

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The New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country, and it’s easy to see why. It’s got the laid-back feel of a New Orleans gathering mixed with industry clout that brings in big films, important film industry names and prime networking events for emerging filmmakers. Held every October, the NOFF is also …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Boyfriend

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What comes to mind when you hear the word boyfriend? The warm fuzzies? Red-hot anger? Longing? Ambivalence? New Orleans-based rapper Boyfriend hopes you experience all of this and more when you come to her shows.

Boyfriend’s real name remains a secret, and her unknown identity challenges fans to really absorb the provocative stage persona and intelligent rhymes Boyfriend has …

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LUNA Fete Brings Fantasy through Light at Gallier Hall

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“Keeping it light” is often a necessity during holiday events, whether it’s choosing crudité instead of cupcakes or opting for small talk rather than heated political debates. However, the light option isn’t always the boring one. Starting Nov. 30, the French art collective La Maison Productions will treat audiences to LUNA Fete, an avant-garde light installation incorporating elements of video …

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Reading New Orleans: 5 Authors to Check Out

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In all art, New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta have appeared as major muses for creative minds. With a history of writers from Kate Chopin to Truman Capote to Tennessee Williams, the delta region has both produced and inspired a rich literary tradition in particular. While most people think of the works of Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite when …

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7 Places to Take Dance Classes in New Orleans

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New Orleans is a city full of celebration, costume, music and best of all, dance. We strut in second lines down the street, twerk in the clubs, and showcase burlesque as an art form, but what if you need help putting that rhythm back in your feet or just want to get a good workout while having fun? Lucky for …

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Under 21? Where to See Live Music in New Orleans

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Whether you’re college-aged and under 21 or just looking for some family-friendly entertainment, New Orleans has live music for everyone. Among hundreds of live-music events and venues in the city, there are many options for those looking for entertainment without age restriction or the necessity of purchasing alcoholic beverages. Below, we’ve detailed the best options for experiencing the New Orleans …

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Top 5 Unconventional Tours in New Orleans

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As New Orleans gains popularity nationwide and internationally as a top-notch tourism destination, many enterprising companies offer a variety of tours running the gamut from the standard ghost tour to the red-colored double-decker riding tours that take visitors around to various parts of the city. However, some of the most interesting and engaging tours aren’t given by the biggest and …

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Free Fall: New Orleans November Freebies

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Tom Petty doesn’t have anything on us! We are free falling all over some gems to keep you busy as fall finally begins to take hold in New Orleans. The best part is that everything listed here is free so you can enjoy the city without breaking the bank before the holidays.

National Park Service Ranger Jazz Walk

Every Tuesday …

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Insider’s Guide: 2014 New Orleans Fringe Festival

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There’s never a shortage of good things happening on stages across New Orleans at any time of year. However, the New Orleans Fringe Festival on Nov. 19-23 amps up the offerings in one gigantic, five-day, five-night celebration of the performing arts across the city. The festival brings multi-disciplinary artists from every corner and in between — performers come from across …

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Gumbo and Good Times: 2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

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One of the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s cultural enrichment programs, Treme Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 9 in Armstrong Park. Celebrating its seventh year, the festival pairs brass bands and jazz music with a variety of Creole dishes. Gumbo, of course, is the star here, but a few other standouts deserve mention.

Interactive Arts…

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Insider’s Guide: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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Now in its 15th year, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is one of New Orleans’ quintessential music festival experiences. Since its inception, the festival has hosted more than 2,000 musical acts, with a mixture of national headliners and local favorites, and one million attendants. In addition to musicians, the festival frequently features burlesque and circus acts, as well as …

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