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    Mermaid-themed ball Jan. 28 benefits BreakOUT! LGBTQ youth rights group

    Krewe of Mermoux, the mermaid-themed krewe that celebrates "inclusion, community and glitter," hosts its inaugural Old Gold Maritime Ball at Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Ave.) Jan. 28.

    Ocean- and gold-themed costumes are strongly encouraged for the event, which features a drag show, a "sea smooch booth," a photo area and punch. There also are DJ performances.?

    Review: Reefer Madness The Musical

    I hope fears about our current national problems turn out to be as unfounded as the perils of marijuana posited by the 1936 cult classic film Reefer Madness.?

    SWEGS Kitchen opens in Mid-City

    SWEGS Kitchen (231 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-301-9196), a health-conscious grab-and-go meals spot with locations in Metairie and Mandeville, is now open in Mid-City.

    The retail spot opened last week in the same strip mall that houses a Subway and Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar.?

    At Tulane appearance, columnist Charles Blow defends the press in 'fake news' era

    In a Jan. 16 conversation that ranged from his childhood chasing hogs in Gibsland, Louisiana, to a discussion of the ultra-polarized 2016 election, New York Times columnist Charles Blow defended the media against charges of bias and stressed the importance of its role in the Trump era.


    Brewsday Tuesday: beer news on the Northshore

    The craft beer scene is growing on the Northshore. Chafunkta Brewing Company (21449 Marion Lane No. 2, Mandeville, 985-869-0716) has expanded its tasting room hours to 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.?

    Radiohead announce U.S. tour., including New Orleans performance April 3
    Following its acclaimed ninth album A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016, Radiohead will perform nine shows in the U.S., including two headlining spots at 2017's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Radiohead also performs in New Orleans for the first time since 2003, when the band headlined the UNO Lakefront Arena after the release of Hail to the Thief.

    The band performs April 3 at the Smoothie King Center.?

    Promo: Gambit's Pop Quiz
    January 17 - January 23 Put on your thinking cap, it's time for Gambit's weekly POP Quiz! Each week, we'll compose a short quiz to test your knowledge of who's who and what's what in the Big Easy.?

    Comedy show Jan. 19 benefits New Orleans Abortion Fund

    As a presidential administration widely feared to be hostile to reproductive rights takes office, women's health care observers make note of a significant date: Jan. 22, the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion services. To mark the occasion, Paul Oswell's Thursday night comedy show Jan. 19 becomes "Night Church v. Roe v. Wade," a benefit for New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF).?

    Y@ Speak: health caring
    Last week in Twitter: The battle for health care, the ballad of King Cake Baby, Mississippi being supremely Mississippi, and resistance in the days before the Trump era.

    New Orleans marches against Trump
    Protests, parades, comedy and other inauguration week events On Friday, Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to take the oath of office in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., becoming the 45th President of the United States. As has been the case with most of his predecessors? inaugurations, protests also have been planned in Washington that weekend, as well as in cities around the country, including New Orleans.?

    Inauguration week events in New Orleans
    Racial healing, book clubs, comedy, burlesque, dance parties and more Tuesday, Jan 17In response to a contentious election fraught with racial anxieties, there are events for the National Day of Racial Healing at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) with discussions, music, yoga, acupuncture and refreshments. 5 p.m.?

    ?Everything is terrible?: a national comedy festival debuts on inauguration week
    What A Joke is Jan. 21 at AllWays Lounge New York comics Jenn Welch and Emily Winter are the organizers of What a Joke Fest, a national comedy festival of 83 shows in 33 American cities over the inaugural weekend, from Jan. 19 to 21. ("Because, seriously, what a joke?" they say.)?

    New Orleans joins the Women?s March
    Women from across the U.S. head to D.C. for Jan. 21 event At the Bywater home of Tracy Talbot, several women are talking and laughing as they huddle around two tables littered with purple satin, glitter, hot glue guns, Mardi Gras beads, rhinestones, pins and plastic cups of wine. They're decorating sashes modeled on those originally worn by suffragettes for the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington, where they're headed to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.?

    ?We are on the move?: inauguration day protests in New Orleans
    Rallies and marches galvanize Louisiana?s resistance Louisiana recorded 1,178,638 million votes for Donald Trump. Only 24,292 came from New Orleans, where Hillary Clinton had nearly 134,000 votes.?

    Here are the nominees for the 2017 Big Easy Tribute to the Classical Arts
    The annual event celebrates dance, opera and classical musi The Big Easy Foundation, or Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education (FEDE), announced two special awards and nominees for outstanding performances of classical music, opera and dance in the New Orleans area in 2016. Awards will be presented at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Friday, Jan. 27, at the Hotel Monteleone.?

    Dance, theater and musical events in New Orleans this week (Jan. 17-23, 2017)
    Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother TongueThu.-Sun. Jan. 19-29 | Junebug Productions reprises its dance-based theater piece combining jazz, hip-hop and spoken word.?

    Live music in New Orleans this week (Jan. 17-23, 2017)
    Sexy Dex and the Fresh album releaseWed. Jan. 18 | Kicking down the door with the Prince-ly 2016 singles "SP33D R4CR" and "My BAE-B," Plus 1 Edition (Community/VoidLife) ? the first full-length by local dance-floor provocateurs Sexy Dex and the Fresh ? doubles as a debut and an encore.?

    Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
    Dots Diner restaurants raised more than $34,485 and collected hundreds of pounds of pet food since 2010 to benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana. In December, the restaurants raised more than $1,385 and collected pet food following devastating floods in August.?

    I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans this Week (Jan. 17, 2017)
    1. STATE OFFICIALS TOUT MEDICAID EXPANSIONOne day after President-elect Donald Trump held a New York news conference in which he repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of Louisiana leaders gathered at University Medical Center in New Orleans to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order expanding Medicaid.?

    Review: The Lion King roars into New Orleans
    The crowd-pleasing Broadway show runs at Saenger Theatre Scar, the bitter, devious brother of King Mufasa, doesn't seem like he has what it takes to be leader of the Pride Lands in Disney's The Lion King, and when he and his unlikely allies, a pack of hyenas, take over, the kingdom falls apart. It sets up the challenge for Mufasa's son Simba to try to restore order in the long-running musical currently playing at Saenger Theatre.?

    Modern Market's Gus Grow Modern Event
    All Gus Modern furniture and accents will be marked 15 percent off during Modern Market's (3138 Magazine St., 504-896-2206; Gus Grow Modern Event. Gus Design Group, a Canadian-based design and manufacturing company known for its minimalist, upholstered styles, will plant a tree for each product purchased during the sale.?

    Kendra Scott's spring collection sneak peek
    Get a sneak peek at Kendra Scott's spring collection while enjoying light refreshments at the designer's preview party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 The party is hosted by Fashion Group International at Kendra Scott (5757 Magazine St., Suite C, 504-613-4227;

    Winter Record Raid
    The Winter Record Raid takes place at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-371-5849; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.?

    Review: a trio of surrealist shows in the Warehouse District
    Works by Anastasia Pelias, Kikuo Saito and James Kennedy Are there more coincidences in New Orleans than elsewhere? Sometimes it seems that way, as evidenced by three abstract painting shows on Julia Street that remarkably yet coincidentally complement each other.?

    Review: Hunter Gatherer?s messy reality and promising debut
    The impressive small-budget drama screens at Zeitgeist There's no shortage of small, independent films vying for audience attention throughout the year. Even little-known film festivals are flooded with hundreds (or thousands) of well-intentioned but essentially ordinary entries.?