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Noisician Coalition Alternative Holiday Art Market

Still have some Christmas shopping to do? Need something for the more whimsical person on your list? Hungry for pizza? Aching for the musical stylings of Stix Duh CLown? …Well then you’re in luck. Head on over to Desperado’s where members of the Noisician Coalition will be having an “alternative holiday art market. 6pm-11pm.

 

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Algiers Christmas Tree & Holiday Gift Sale

if you need a Christmas tree and holiday gifts anyway, why not have your purchases benefit the Hubbell Library in Algiers? They have “trees, wreaths, garlands, jewelry, books, art and more.” And Santa will be there! ’til 5pm @ Gulf Pizza.

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Ugly Dolls

I just liked the title of this event invitation so much, I had to repost it. Who doesn’t want to go to an ugly doll making workshop? I also wanted to post about the Martin Luther King branch of the New Orleans Public Library in the lower Ninth Ward, because it seems like they have some great people working there, doing some really great and free community events. Here’s the invite I got:

Come for an all-ages crafty event! Bring a pair of old tights or pantyhose and we’ll provide you with everything you need to make your perfect halloween companion! Have fun adding googly eyes, silly grins, fangs, funny hair, and anything else you can think of!

Today from 2:30-4.

 

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Gretna Fest

The Gretna Heritage Festival continues today. And you couldn’t ask for a prettier day. Today the fest is from 2pm-9pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, kids 12 and under are free.

There’s food, a German beer garden, the Italian Village, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and of course, music. You missed out on the Doobie Brothers and REO Speedwagon, but cheer up, here’s the line-up for today:

Main Stage
West Jefferson Medical Center & Magic 101.9
3:00PM – 4:30PM
5:30PM – 6:45PM
7:45PM – 9:00PM
AMANDA SHAW & THE CUTE GUYS
THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
BLAKE SHELTON
Gretna Fest Stage
Crescent Crown, Miller Lite & Bayou 95.7
2:30PM – 4:00PM
4:30PM – 6:00PM
6:30PM – 8:00PM
R. SCULLY & ROUGH 7
BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION
LOS LOBOS
Market Stage
First NBC, IESI & Boomtown Casino
4:00PM – 5:30PM
6:00PM – 7:30PM
8:00PM – 9:00PM
WAYNE TOUPS & ZYDECAJUN
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
IRMA THOMAS
Riverfront Stage
Zatarains, Banner Chevrolet & Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau
2:00PM – 3:30PM
4:00PM – 5:30PM
6:00PM – 7:30PM
THE TOPCATS
BUCKTOWN ALLSTARS
THE FRANKIE FORD SHOW
Old Post Office Stage
First Bank & Trust, AT&T & Entergy
3:00PM – 4:30PM
5:00PM – 6:30PM
7:00PM – 8:30PM
ALEX MCMURRAY BAND
PAUL SANCHEZ ROLLIN ROAD SHOW
CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND
1st Street Stage
Peoples Health, Harvey Gulf Marine & Iberia Bank
2:00PM – 3:30PM
4:00PM – 5:30PM
6:00PM – 7:30PM
JUNIOR & SUMTIN SNEAKY
BIG AL CARSON
TOMMY MCCLAIN, WILLIE TEE & THE CYPRESS BAND
Festival Grounds
4:30PM – 6:30PM
4:30PM – 6:30PM
KIRK JOSEPH’S 504 BRASS BAND
CREOLE WILD WEST MARDI GRAS INDIANS
Italian Village Stage
Omni Bank & Cox Communications
2:30PM – 4:00PM
4:30PM – 6:00PM
6:30PM – 8:00PM
BOBBY LONERO
CARLO DITTA
THE YAT PACK

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Harrison Avenue Marketplace

It seems everyone is in a taking stock frame of mind. It’s been a hundred days since Mitch Landrieu took office; the five year anniversary of Katrina is upon us. So, how are we doing?

Well, if you’re looking for optimistic signs, theĀ Harrison Avenue Marketplace in Lakeview is encouraging. It started three years ago, simply to provide people returning to that neighborhood with basic services. Now, it’s grown to more than 70 vendors, live music, arts and crafts, and of course local food and produce. Today. 5pm-8:30pm. Here.

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Cinco de Craft Mafioso

Need a project? I find I always need one to get through the summer. Well, maybe you need to hook up with the New Orleans Craft Mafia. (I love how they make stuff your grandma would do sound totally tough.)

This evening from 6-10, they are having their five year anniversary party at The Factory, a new space that will begin hosting screen-printing lessons on July, 7th.

Here’s what they have to say about this evening’s event:

Cinco de Craft Mafioso is a celebration of all things crafty. The event is free and open to all ages, and will feature free craft workshops, including t-shirt recycling and screen-printing. Bring your old t-shirts in and revamp them – we’ll show you how to breathe new life into your old tees!

The event will also feature a crafty marketplace with handmade goods by members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia, as well as music and snacks. Be sure to stop by for free beer (while it lasts!) and get there early because the first 20 guests will receive a free New Orleans Craft Mafia tote bag filled with handmade goodies!

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Bayou Boogaloo

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo gets underway this evening at 5, and continues through Sunday night. It takes place on the banks of Bayou St. John. Here’s a map.

The Boogaloo has three stages, with more than thirty musical acts over the weekend. “The festival features a wide variety of musical genres including New Orleans roots in Blues, Jazz , Funk, Cajun, Zydeco, Latin, Brass, Country, Alternative, Hip Hop and Rock.”

Also, there is a huge art market, featuring local artists.

But, really, my number one priority at a festival is the food. We’re talking fresh-squeezed lemonade, snowballs, soul food, Jamaican food, crepes, sushi, poboys, Middle Eastern food, pizza, and a whole lot more, including alligator sausage sliders–for some reason I am especially excited about those.

Beyond the food, art and music, this festival is really cool because it a “zero waste” event, and it arranges alternative transportation in keeping with its environmentally-conscious theme. And, also, it is free! They want it to keep it that way, too, so, if you can, throw ’em a few bones via the website.

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