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New Orleans Arts & Culture

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: Treme’s Historic Carver Theater

Arts & Culture Things To Do

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

Arts & Culture History Things To Do

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

Arts & Culture Music Nightlife

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

Arts & Culture Things To Do

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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GoNOLA Find: Arnaud’s Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

Arts & Culture Things To Do

Tucked away on the second floor of the classic French Quarter restaurant Arnaud’s is a hidden gem of a museum, well worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood or dining downstairs. Named after the woman who has reigned over more Mardi Gras balls than any other, the Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum is this week’s GoNOLA Find.

This …

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August Freebies: Free Things to Do in New Orleans

Arts & Culture Things To Do

With summer dwindling, you might be running low on the Benjamins, Abe Lincolns, or Andrew Jacksons. But fear not, because even if your pockets or pocketbooks are a little lighter than usual, there are plenty of free activities to keep you occupied through the rest of August in New Orleans. These deals are so fabulously delicious that you won’t believe …

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New Orleans Museum Month: History Spots to Explore – Part 1

Arts & Culture History Things To Do

Local patrons of the arts can get extra mileage from their museum memberships in August for the inaugural New Orleans Museum Month. Members at any of the 15 participating museums can get free admission for two to any of the other participants all month. Throughout this month, we’re going to give you a look at the participating museums, and …

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Second Saturdays in New Orleans: Art Gallery Hopping on St. Claude

Arts & Culture Events Things To Do

Art and culture abound in New Orleans, and what better way to spend a night in New Orleans steeped in culture than by going gallery hopping? In Downtown New Orleans and the Warehouse District, gallery openings are coordinated to the first Saturday evening of each month. But slightly further afield, the funkier downriver neighborhoods surrounding St. Claude Avenue: Marigny, St. …

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New Orleans Calling: Lipstick Traces

Arts & Culture Music

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

Welcome to the WWOZ’s new nationally syndicated program, New Orleans Calling!   You can listen to New Orleans Calling on WWOZ every Saturday morning from 7-8 a.m., and you …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Bella Blue

20 Questions Arts & Culture

“My favorite thing about being on stage is using that as an opportunity to connect with the people watching me,” said local burlesque performer and instructor Bella Blue. “There’s a lot of power in stillness. I try to take advantage of still moments to make eye contact with everyone in the room.”

In 2007, Bella was living in New Orleans, …

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New Orleans Second Lines: When You Hear ‘Em Coming, Get Behind

Arts & Culture Music Video

New Orleans culture stands apart from others in so many ways. It is in our food, in our architecture, but it is also in the rhythm by which we live our lives. Music is the heart of New Orleans, and we use it in celebrating anything and everything. A very special tradition involving our native music of brass band and …

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NOLA History: Movies Set and Shot in New Orleans

Arts & Culture History

The history of New Orleans offers film makers an incredible range of story lines and plot complications, as well as some very unique locations. In recent years, the number and type of films made in the city has increased, due mostly to the tax breaks available to film producers when they work in Louisiana. Now, not only do we have …

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Take a Week Off from Laundry: New Orleans Art at White & Dirty Linen Nights

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I’ve often thought that New Orleans is a city that has something to offer every side of a person, and this is perfectly illustrated by the upcoming events Whitney White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night.  Whitney White Linen is celebrating its 20th anniversary while Dirty Linen, which started as a spoof event and always happens exactly one week after …

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Have A Wonderfully Spooky Time In Haunted New Orleans

Arts & Culture History Travel

In a city with nearly 300 years of history, there are bound to be a few ghosts, and even more tales throughout New Orleans of haunting and inexplicable phenomena. There are so many ways and places to experience the paranormal and learn about the sometimes gruesome, sometimes comic and and always colorful haunted history of New Orleans. Here are some …

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