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NPR All Things Considered: “Smithsonian Folkways Celebrates 50 Years Of Jazz Fest’s Serendipity”

This past May, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary, attracting an estimated 475,000 people to its annual celebration of Louisiana music and culture. To mark this milestone, Smithsonian Folkways has released its Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival box set that includes rare live recordings and photographs of the momentous gathering.

At Jazz Fest, the fear of missing out is real. It’s pretty much unavoidable. There’s music happening on 14 stages — sometimes, all at once…

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The Advocate: “In New Orleans, find cheap movies, free laughs, more!”

New Orleans summer is here. You know this because your sweat-drenched shirt is sticking to your body, and all you did was walk outside.

Our challenging relationship with the summer months isn’t a new thing. As described in Richard Campanella’s book, “Bienville’s Dilemma,” one observer looked at what was then back-of-town swampland and said, “This boiling fountain of death is one of the most dismal, low, and horrid places, on which the light of the sun ever shone.”

But we New Orleanians are a fun-loving people…

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Gambit: “Need to cool off? How to get into New Orleans museums for free…”

One of the many perks of living in New Orleans is access to the city’s plethora of museums. Another perk? Louisiana residents get in free on select days thanks to the Helis Foundation and other programs. Here’s the who/what/where on free and discounted museum day passes around the city.

Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St., 504-528-3800;

Louisiana residents get free admission on Sundays. Children and students up to 12th grade get in free daily…

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