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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 Find: Piazza d’Italia

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In a quiet part of New Orleans’ Warehouse District, it’s quite a surprise to be confronted with the Piazza d’Italia. This Epcot-esque, almost tacky vision of Italy seems to have been dropped in for a movie set. While this architectural oddity has had its critics and confused onlookers, some consider the structure an postmodern icon. Others don’t even know it …

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New Orleans Public Art Tour: Sculptures

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The first time I drove by the bunny men, I was unprepared for these long-eared identical figures staring down at me. I kept driving, though, subconsciously questioning their presence. These bunny men are part of the many public sculptures in New Orleans that one might not even notice. This is a call to action: it is time to take notice …

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Fun Monday-Wednesday: Live Music to Catch During the Week in New Orleans

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Sometimes Mondays can rain or drizzle on your parade, and making it to Hump Day can feel like an eternity. But if you are savvy about the many live music offerings across New Orleans from Mondays to Wednesdays, you can fill those nights with some culture. Who can say no to good music? Here are some shows happening during the …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Maggie Koerner

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“I still recognize a lot of Catholic guilt in the songs I write,” Maggie Koerner said. We were talking about her musical background, which began with her singing in the church choir and in plays at her Catholic school. “Remember ‘Veggie Tales’?” she said with a laugh. Today, Maggie tours and sings with famed New Orleans funk band Galactic.

Maggie …

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GoNOLA TV: Discover New Orleans’ Bywater

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Everyone’s New Orleans itinerary should include a visit to the Bywater, a colorful, eminently walkable neighborhood that in the past few years has seen an explosion in hip restaurants, bars, coffee shops and art galleries. Whether you’re a foodie, a music aficionado, someone into outdoor activities, a lover of craft cocktails or a person more comfortable at dive bars, the …

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GoNOLA Find: Marigny Opera House

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For this week’s GoNOLA Find, visit what’s billed as a “church of the arts”: The Marigny Opera House, a deconsecrated former Catholic church-turned-arts venue whose varied program includes a puppet festival, inclusive spiritual gatherings that recall the space’s past, film screenings, dance performances and some actual opera (but not your typical opera house fare).

Inside the Marigny Opera House (photo: …

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What’s On Stage This Fall in New Orleans: A Theater Preview

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The local theater season is just heating up, and New Orleans has plenty to offer in the way of performing arts across the city this fall. In addition to the touring productions playing the Saenger Theater on Canal Street (Including Chicago on Oct. 7-12 and The Phantom of the Opera on Nov. 5-16) our local stages have a vibrant and …

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New Orleans Museum Month: Get in Touch With Nature

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You have just a few more days to take advantage of the inaugural New Orleans Museum Month, an August promotion that entitles those with membership at any of the 15 participating institutions to free admission for two at the other participating spots. We’ve told you about the art museums and history museums on the list; spend the final days of …

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Curtains Up: Broadway Across America in New Orleans

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There’s a very small gray area with musicals – you either love them or hate them. I belong to the former camp and am a huge fan of musicals; I have no idea which one was the first I saw, but there are many that I’m equally obsessed with: Grease, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Phantom

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Ashley Longshore

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“I think I’m from outer space,” Ashley Longshore said as we sat together in her studio on Magazine Street. She was standing, actually, and painting a large portrait of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, surrounded by glitter, sequins, and jewels that she uses to bedazzle her work when the painting is complete. Sitting in Ashley’s studio that morning, I felt …

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GoNOLA Find: Treme’s Historic Carver Theater

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New Orleans and classic movie theaters go way back. One of the very first movie theaters in the nation opened here, and during much of the 20th century, movie theaters were neighborhood gathering places in the way that neighborhood bars are now. Many of those historic theaters are long gone, but a few remain, and some have been restored and …

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New Orleans Museum Month: History Spots to Explore – Part 2

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August is almost over, but there’s still time to take advantage of the first-ever New Orleans Museum Month. All month, membership to any of the 15 participating institutions entitles one to free admission for two at any of the other participating spots. It’s a great way to get mileage out of an existing membership, or a perfect excuse to become …

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Exercise Your Ears: 5 Alternative New Orleans Music Clubs

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Turning a corner anywhere in New Orleans, you are likely to hear the sweet sound of music all around you. Follow that sound, and you will no doubt run headfirst into one of the city’s many music clubs. The tried-and-true classics such as Snug Harbor, Maple Leaf and Preservation Hall should not be missed, but if you are seeking something …

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New Orleans Arts Walk: Discovering Diverse Local Art By Foot

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New Orleans is a city teeming with artistic talent, and there are many opportunities to soak up our creative culture. One of the best ways to enjoy the visual arts in New Orleans is by taking part in one of the city’s two Arts Walks each month. The Arts Walks are opportunities to see the latest art exhibits and installations …

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New Orleans Museum Month: Art Museums to Explore

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August has become the ideal month for New Orleans arts lovers. White Linen Night kicked off the gallery season at the beginning of the month, and Dirty Linen Night provided a playful foil in the Royal Street arts district the following weekend. Cultural Collision, a casual happy hour event where New Orleans arts groups promote their upcoming seasons under one …

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GoNOLA Guide: Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

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Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is a historic and cultural products district in New Orleans. Originally a stretch of Dryades Street, it was later named after Haley, the late civil rights and social justice advocate who resided in Central City. Once known for being a corridor of economic opportunity for minorities, the boulevard became less populated as the years passed.

For …

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