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April 17th

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

LPO along with John Kimura Parker present the music of Beethoven and Shostakovich


For the Gulf

Howlin’ Wolf, 7p.m.

Benefit concert  ft. The Honey Pots, special guest Charmaine Neville and more! Plus a screening of "The Restoration"


Tank and the Bangas

Prytania Bar, 9p.m.

Local spoken wordsmiths mix funk and performance art Uptown


The Transplanted Roots

Hi Ho Lounge, 7p.m.

Folk rock



Maison, 12a.m.

Bringing the funk on Frenchmen


Buena Vista Social Latin Dance Night

Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

Downtown spot trades techno for tango


Eric Bolivar, Casandra Faulconer, Brian Coogan, Andrew Block & Jason Neville

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

JazzFest is near and the allstar jams are beginning


April 18th

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Pioneer of Mardi Gras Indian music crossing over into funk


BERG Double Header

UNO, 5p.m.

AllStars vs. Detroit Derby Girls, Crescent Wenches vs. Cajun Rollergirls


Story Time with Miss Maureen

Maple Street Books, 11:30a.m.

Reading circus sotry, Keith Graves' Second Banana


Earth Day Festival and Solar Derby

Palmer Park, 11a.m. to 7:30p.m.

Russel Honore leads an eco-fest

The Girls in the Band

Friday, April 17th, 2015

by Ashley Rouen

Jazz Fest is just around the corner, but Jazz Heritage is a pillar upon which this city spins all year round, especially for our young musicians. On Jazz Fest Eve (4.23) next week, locals have will have a chance to help raise money for a girl's band camp by attending a film screening of "The Girls in the Band" at Funky Nola, located a stone's throw from the festival gates (1700 N. Broad,) at 6p.m. this Thursday (doors and refreshments at 5:30p.m.)

Op-Ed: Escape from the Zoo

Friday, April 17th, 2015

by Alex Johnson

As Earth Day (4.22) approaches, a reader recalls a wild sighting of the Great Horned Owl near Audubon zoo and reminds us to pause for a moment, look up from our Smartphones and listen to our natural mother.  

A Little Help From Our Friends: Beatles Piano Fetches 99K for Habitat

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Ebony and ivory are capable of far more than perfect harmony. With a little help from the remaining Beatles, the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build Program raised a 98,888 dollars by auctioning off a hand painted piano signed by Sir Paul and Ringo.

Today in NOLA 4.17.15

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Today in NOLA, the LPO is offering some top flight classical music. Tank and the Bangas are continuing their mercurial rise and musicians are banding together to fight for the Gulf. On this day in 1811, Attakapas Country was abolished and established as St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes. Now, more to do in Orleans Parish.

'Week of Action' Precedes Big Oozy Birthday

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Tis the season for lineup rollouts. But, amidst all of the festivals roster reveal, one somber schedule was released. April 20 marks the five year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill. A week of activities is scheduled preceding the Big Oozy’s birthday.

Drinking Culture

Pew Study: The Abbey

Gentle reader, Lower Decatur Street is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Dive Bar Galaxy. Four or five drinking holes occupy more-or-less the same point of a sodden singularity. Woe unto those who set toe across that event horizon where time and space contort. For many a careless patron has passed within for a drink only to emerge and find the job gone, the Land Baron unpaid, the kids all grown up and spiteful. But to hell with it: I’m going to the Abbey.

Fest Vet

George Ray's 32 Years Behind the Scenes

Last Saturday, thousands danced in the streets to the sounds zydeco music, but amidst the joyful chaos, George Ray sat quietly content. Dark eyes peered up from under a bright orange hat, monogrammed "French Quarter Fest" in bold black letters. The wizened man kindly smiled, offering his hand in greeting, "Pleased to meet you." The familiar grip of a working man's calloused hand tightened around my own in a firm shake.

The Sunday Critic

If You Breathe, It Breaks
: The Glass Menagerie at ABCT

Gwendolyne Foxworth’s portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie alone makes the ABTC production worth your time…at least if you haven’t visited Tennessee Williams’ game-changing memory play for awhile, or ever. (Even then, I assume no plot summary is necessary. This is one of those perennials that every theater lover “knows” even if they don’t know it.)

City of Compton: Top Chef Alum Announces NOLA Restaurant Details

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Chef Nina Compton came to New Orleans to film Top Chef (Season 11) and became an instant convert.  Shortly after the series aired, she announced plans to make the move permanent and open the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, a new boutique hotel coming to Warehouse District. Now, she is announcing the details of the venture to be named Compère Lapin.

Shuck Smoke: Kitchen Fire at Felix's

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Quarter residents and visitors had a scare Thursday (4.16) morning when a fire broke out at oyster mecca, Felix’s (739 Iberville Street). In another stellar performance, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) managed to get the blaze under control within 25 minutes.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 4.16– 4.20

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Compiled by Michael Martin

The spring season is winding down, but there still is plenty to see. Tennessee Williams continues to enjoy a local resurgence. Southern Rep is rolling out their much hyped multi-disciplinary Boudin project. For full listings of theatre in teh area, click on through.

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Frenchmen Art Market Heist: NOPD ID Suspect

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Not everyone loves the quaint Frenchmen Street Art Market and its Christmas light bathed ambiance as much as Chase. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have issued a warrant for the arrest of Lewis Jerome Lomax on charges of Simple Burglary after he allegedly stole the institution’s safe. 

Today in NOLA 4.16.15

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Tonight offers a double bill of art in the CBD, an alt country heart-throb at One Eyed Jack’s, and lots of bounce at Republic. On St. Claude, Ginger Licous is bringing her edgy burlesque to the Hi Ho. Today, April 16, is the date New Orleans was officially founded in 1718. Now, more to do a few hundred years later.

Gang Hang: Member of Central City's Young Melph Mafia Gets 13

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

While the Quarter cleanup is visible to most with Polaris ATV’s and cherries and berries flashing, there is also another battle against crime being waged in Central City. On Tuesday (4.14), yet another gang member from the neighborhood was sentenced as part of the sweep that followed the shooting death of five-year-old Briana Allen.

Something Beautiful: Shorty Fest Reveals 2015 Lineup

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

In the midst of Jazz Fest madness, New Orleans favorite son Trombone Shorty hosts his own star-studded celebration. Troy Andrews is headlining his own festival for the third year. The concert for a cause just released their impressive 2015 lineup which will also includes John Boutte, Sweet Crude, and an all-star salute to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.

Timecode:NOLA Focuses on Indie Film at Fest

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

All fests do not involve music and rows of vendors. Timecode:NOLA’s latest project tends to skew more towards soundtracks and rows of sprockets. On Thursday (4.16), the Third Annual Independent Film Fest hits local screens.

Nagin Questions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Federal inmate No. 32751-034 is appealing his conviction. In a 49-page brief filed late Tuesday with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, disgraced, former Mayor Ray Nagin argued that poor instructions to jurors resulted in his conviction.

Today in NOLA 4.15.15

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

It's Tax Day, but after the last return is post-marked, there is plenty happening. The Pelicans’ season comes down to tonight, DJ T-Roy is spinning reggae, Big Sam and Amanda Shaw are playing the Square, and trad-jazz is swinging on Frenchmen. On this day in 1795, the Pointee Coupee Slave Rebellion began their revolt on Julien Poydras’ plantation. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 

Feasting at the Fest

FQF Food in Photos

Music is the main draw at the French Quarter Fest, but the food should not be forgotten. A crawfish eating contest, meat pies, and more po-boys than a streetcar strike are just a few of the highlights. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen set out on a mission to capture the fare for the hungry.

French Quarter Best

Photos From the Fest

French Quarter Fest started to get serious on Friday (4.10). Undeterred by dark skies, crowds filled Woldenburg Park and the Quarter to dance to music by everyone from the Dixie Cups to Lynn Drury. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture all of the sites of the Fest.

French Quarter Photos

Snapshots from First Day of the Fest

On Thursday (4.10), French Quarter Fest got rolling. After a parade throught the Quarter, the stages began firing up the amps and the music began. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture all of the sites of the Fest.

Drinking Culture

Opening Day for the Cubbies at the Milan Lounge

Gentle reader, our abstinence is at an end! For this Easter Sunday past ushered in the sun and the blossom and the boys of summer. Pale and Lenten entertainments are behind us. A fair season awaits. Come with me now to a neighborhood bar, or perhaps a dive bar – a bar that gives us occasion to wonder what the hell could be the difference between the two. My friends, we’re bound for Uptown. The Cubbies are opening the baseball season at the Milan Lounge!

French Quarter Fleet

How to Get to the Fest Car-Free

The French Quarter is a lot of fun during the fest... unless you're a car. Fortunately, a host of options exist including bike park, extra buses, free pedicabs, and car service discounts. To help sort out the options (and avoid driving in circles), NoDef put together a quick guide of options. 

Revolt of the Believers

Cripple Creek's Civillian Theatre Project

Recently, Cripple Creek performed The Revolt of the Beavers at Stein’s Deli. Shannon Flaherty did some research on the supposedly innocuous children’s play and the work’s effect on community, then and now.

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Frack Your Brain

This week, the Louisiana Lazarus ponders the Northshore's fracking-filled future.

Warrant Issued After Alleged Brutal Domestic Violence

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

An argument between exes allegedly turned very ugly and ended with a beaten woman laying in the middle of Tulane Avenue. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are now hunting for Brekh Veitenheimer on a warrant for Acts of Domestic Violence (Strangulation).

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