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December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)


Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson


Soul Rebels

Champions Square, 10a.m.

Saints pregame party


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

The members of this band have been playing together since 1995; $10


Jon Roniger

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Folksy blues Americana



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

NOPD Investigate Treme Shooting

Saturday, December 20th, 2014
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating another shooting on Saturday (12.20) evening. Clues including the exact location of the Treme shooting are still scarce, but police have released the basic details.

Home in 'da Dome: ULL Caps Season With 16-3 Win Over Nevada

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The Ragin’ Cajuns of University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) know what it means to be at home in the dome. On Saturday (12.20,) afternoon, the Cajuns won their fourth consecutive R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The 16-3 victory of the University of Nevada Wolfpack set an FBS record as the only school to win same bowl game four straight times.

Second Line Alert: Big Nine

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The Big Nine makes sure both sides of the Industrial Canal get to step out for a second line, and their annual parade is back again this weekend. Club President Ronald Lewis of the House of Dance and Feathers always puts on one of the best street parties of the year, and Sunday's noontime get-down should be no different.

Leave the Shrimp, Take the ATM

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

New Orleanians often confuse the permutations the City’s seafood joints. Kajun Seafood is different than Today’s Kajun Seafood which in turn is different than Today’s Cajun Seafood. However, two men knew exactly where they were going when they burgled Cajun Seafood (1479 North Claiborne Avenue.)

Yule Jewel

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

With over ten million albums sold and the ten millions fans who make holiday pilgrimages to arenas around the world to witness the giant spectacle, it’s not a stretch to call Trans-Siberian Orchestra kind of a big deal. This week, founder and composer Paul O’Neil, former manager of bands such as Aerosmith, Scorpions, and AC/DC, brings his big deal to New Orleans Arena in the form of holiday rock opera, The Christmas Attic.

NOLA Libre?

What The Thaw With Cuba Means for NOLA

On Wednesday (12.20,) President Barack Obama made the biggest changes in US-Cuba relations since 1961. In doing so, he has changed over 50 years of policy, and set a precedent for American relations with Cuba to come. The City of New Orleans has a long history with Cuba, but the new move raises questions about the Crescent City’s future connections with Havana.

Hot or Not

Tales of the Toddy 2014 in Photos

On Thursday (12.18) night, hundreds of bartenders, chefs, and drinkers gathered at House of Blues for the annual Tales of the Toddy cocktail competion. The toddies were served both hot and cold, and the two man bartending teams were decked out in their finest costumes. Treo, Sylvain, and Barrel Proof's staff were all repreented amongst the winners. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture the action.

Op-Ed: Let It Glow

Positive Christmas Cards for Louisiana

Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Today in NOLA: 12.20.14

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The Ragin’ Cajuns face the Wolf Pack in the New Orleans Bowl today, and the Pelicans battle the Trail Blazers. A team of Cajun musicians plays at d.b.a. Irvin Mayfield celebrates a birthday with special musical guests. Helen Gillet and Lynn Drury will be providing the tunes for Siberia’s happy hour. Today marked the first fireworks display New Orleans has ever seen in 1803. Now more on Saturday happenings. 


Sidney D. Torres Trashes Crime, Offers Reward for Robber

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Sidney Torres IV says that he is frustrated “by delays in apprehending a suspect who broke into his home on Dec. 10.” Now, he is taking action. The former trash baron announced that he is placing an 8000 dollar bounty on the alleged robber.

Bowl Flow: New Orleans Bowl Events

Friday, December 19th, 2014

If the Saints quest to make the playoffs despite no potential for a winning record is not enough football for y’all, this weekend has plenty of gridiron attractions to offer right in town. The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is offering a host of events ranging from Cheap Trick in concert to a footrace over the next two days. Click through for highlights.

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

Council Grills Harrison on Sex Crimes

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is spending a lot of time investigating homicides, but to many, including the City Council, it appears that his focus comes at the cost of victims of other crimes. In the wake of an audit released by the Office of Inspector General, that sentiment grew into an impassioned exchange at City Hall. The report revealed five detectives in the Special Victims Section (SVS) were barely filing any paperwork on sexual assault cases at all. About 840 (or 65 percent) of the 1290 cases the unit had been assigned between 2011-2013 were designated miscellaneous. Councilmember Susan Guidry led a meeting of the Criminal Justice Committee (12.18) to discuss how the NOPD plans to rectify their entire police culture and regain the public’s trust.

Failed Fence Provides Carjacking Clues

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Theft appears to be rampant in New Orleans. However, to monetize the crime, the crooks must find a way to fence the goods. Those in doubt need only visit Jean Lafitte’s old blacksmith shop in the Quarter. An attempt to sell off the loot provided Second District Detective John M. Castelin the clue he needed to identify two suspects in a Wednesday (12.17) carjacking.

Today in NOLA: 12.19.14

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Tonight New Orleans celebrates birthdays and anniversaries. WWOZ is 34. Kermit Ruffins is 50. Shotgun Cinema is one year old. In another type of celebration, Republic hosts a winter edition of Bounce night with Big Freedia to help locals tweak their way into the new year. Remembering our past, the Streetcars began running again today in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina. Now, more details on the festivities this evening. 

Botched Bywater Robbery

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is looking for three suspects connected with a failed Bywater robbery on Tuesday (12/17) night. Right now, clues are sparse, but authorities are reaching out to the public in hopes of help.

Hand Me Down: District's New Venture Ready to Go

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Ashley Larsen

District. Donuts. Sliders. Brew. The folks behind the decadently inventive donuts found on Magazine are now bringing the same passion and innovation to hand pies at District Hand Pie & Coffee Bar (5637 Magazine Street.)

Hollaback Calls Out Street Harassment

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

These days there is an app for everything - including for victims of street harassment. Hollaback is a non-profit movement to end street harassment by letting victims and the general public expose harassers with the help of their phone. A new chapter just began in New Orleans with a goal of fighting harassment in the Crescent City. 

Stabbing on Governor Nicholls

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

“Help. Help. Help.” Those were the desperate cries that rang out in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls St. last night (12.17) when a 43 year old victim was stabbed. 

Ode to Joy

A Look at the Joy Theater Three Years After Reopening

Three Decembers ago, the Joy Theater reopened its doors post Katrina and became a pioneer in the revitalization of Canal Street’s theatre district. A little over three months ago, Winter Circle Productions helped keep the renewed spirit alive through their contemporary art series This Is NOLA. The event showcased the storied space’s past and provided a glimpse into the Joy’s vibrant theatre.

Hot Fest

Kirk Estopinal Talks Tales of the Toddy

Tales of the Cocktail’s winter event, Tales of the Toddy is slated to mix things up on Thursday night from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. The contest will feature 48 bartenders, 14 restaurants, 27 spirit brands, and (of course) music. Before the sipping starts, NoDef chatted with one of the evening’s judges, Kirk Estopinal of Bellocq.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Resident Sinner Heads to the Saint

Gentle reader, I was not lost geographically – I was on Magazine Street, walking upriver through the Garden District – when I ran into our favorite Scotsman, Richie Wolfe. His arms loaded with Christmas presents from a Magazine shopping trip, Richie said he’d been trying to get home for hours. I had done myself great harm over the weekend, and the weekend had spilled over the walls of Sunday like Attila and his hordes, pillaging into Wednesday.  Somewhere on the wrong side of midnight, already concussed with drink and needing succor; Richie and I careened left and into The Saint.

Metaphysical Music

Music at the Mint Interview: Astral Project's Tony Dagardi

Tony Dagardi has been a fixture in the NOLA scene for decades. The sax-man is well known for his part in Astral Project, but he also has influenced many up and comers through his work at Loyola. NoDef's partners, Music at the Mint, spent some time talking with him and even recorded a couple tracks.

Down the Mighty Mississip

Living History Site to Open in Time for Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

In 1814, Colonel Jackson took a little trip, but Wednesday (12.10) of 2014 was groundbreaking. Literally. The Louisiana Living History Foundation broke the ground on what is going to be according to the Founder’s President Timothy Pickles "a venue for living history for generations to come." 

Wookies & Wigs

Chewbacchus' Intergalactic Fashion Show Returns

Calling all Wookiees, weeping angels, and wizards or any other sci-fi characters/species/things. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is hosting its annual sci-fi fashion show: Set Your Phasers to Stunning (SYPTS) on January 9th. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Art Venue Opens in 'da Parish

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Ashley Larsen

New Orleans is known for its art, and now Poydras is too. Poydras, Louisiana that is, not Poydras Street. Nestled next to the Mississippi River levee and the lake created by the Crevasse of 1922, a new art space, The River House, is taking center stage in an effort to mesh the talent of local artists with the local beauty of the area. 

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