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March 30th

Geek Trivia: Live Long And Prosper

Siberia, 7p.m.

Nerd out and win free Trakian ale


George Porter

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Hear the baddest bass in town


Trumpet Black

Ooh Poo Pah Doo, 7p.m.

Get your night started with this Andrews family hornsman


Higher Heights

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Always a packed house for this reggae band on Frenchmen



Indywood, 9p.m.

Oscar favorite about high school drummer


March 31st

Da Truth Brass Band & Action Jackson

The Bottomline, 10p.m.

WWOZ personality and band take the second line inside


Matt Rhody & John Rankin

Columns Hotel, 8p.m.

Fresh off a gig with Stevie Wonder, local violinist keeps it up


Ashlin Parker

Irvin Mayfields Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.

Cold trumpeter in a hot venue


Dr. Dog

The Varsity (BR!), 8p.m.

Diehards can see the band in Baton Rouge

Suds for Sausages

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Dat Dog quickly established themselves as the best at wurst. But, a good dog tastes better with a cold one. So, the popular sausage spot is now unveiling their join venture into beer with Bayou Teche.

Vitter Fights Change

Monday, March 30th, 2015

David Vitter does not like change. Louisiana’s Senator loves his fiat money the way it is. And, he is worried that a change to dollar bills could lead to more change, loose change that is. American money could wind up like European money—which he does not like. To that end, he introduced an amendment to fight change last week.

Double Shooting in Gentilly Claims Life

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In New Orleans, bad things come in twos. Yet another double shooting left one man dead on Sunday (3.29) night. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating the Gentilly homicide.

Today in NOLA: 3.30.15

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Tonight offers a great opportunity to geek out in a competitive fashion. For those looking for something a bit funkier, George Porter is playing. If you would rather your music on the screen, check out Whiplash. On this day in 1870, the 15th amendment officially gave African-Americans the right to vote. Now, more to do this Monday.

Pigging Out

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

By the closing hours of Hogs, most attendees were contending with a mix of full and fatigue. The event’s growth has been nothing less than mercurial. Still, one detail remained: the titles. Chefs spend months preparing for the cook-off, but winning yields an entire year of bragging rights.

Shaking the Tree

Park Fires Back After Another Protester Makes the Climb

Another protester opposed to the construction of a golf course occupied a tree in City Park this weekend. This time, the park got more aggressive in their response. In a detailed explanation of their stance, the Park declared their intent to push civil and criminal cases against the man in the tree.

'I'm Hip'

Ana Gasteyer Chats With NoDef

Tonight, Ana Gasteyer will be performing in a series dubbed Broadway on NOCCA. While this may be the funny girl’s first trip from the Great White Way to the Crescent City, but New Orleans has been in her heart and work for a long time.

Sweet Eats

NOLA Food Fest Takes Over Quarter

Foodies will be pigging out this weekend. In addition to Hogs, the annual Food Fest will be taking over four blocks of the French Quarter this week and turning it into a sunny smorgasbord of eats.

'Gutterpunk Roundup'

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Your leftovers are safe for a few days. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) say that 28 people were arrested on Friday (3.27) night “to address recent nuisance violation complaints.” Supportive residents are calling it something else: “a gutterpunk roundup.”

71 Yr Old With Walker Killed in Hit n' Run

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A 71-year-old woman with a walker was killed in a hit and run early on Sunday (3.29) morning. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have yet to identify a driver, but they have discovered several key clues.

Today in NOLA: 3.29.15

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Stella! The Tennessee Williams Fest wraps up in style today. Plus, local acts are playing everything from country to brass. On this day in 1962, the Archbishop ordered New Orleans’ parochial schools to desegregate. Now, more to do this Sunday.

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

A Smokin' Cause

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

by Ashley Rouen

The first day of Hogs for the Cause (3.27) started off with a bang. Teams gathered Friday night to prepare for the BBQ feast and charity drive popping off today (3.28.) Drive-By Truckers headlined, as neon lights radiated from private tent parties throughout the night. Today the Soul Rebels close out the fest and the winners of the pork competition will be announced at 7:30p.m. So, get your forks ready for some pork and head out to City Park to support the cause if you're looking for a smoky way to spend your Saturday.

Today in NOLA: 3.28.15

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The pork tasting competition begins for the second day of Hogs for the Cause, raising funds for pediatric brain cancer. Also tonight, world folk band hailing from all over the Southeast, Rising Appalachia is at the Civic Theater and will be joined by members from Toubab Krewe (also playing at Hogs) to kick off their show. Stein's Deli puts on Revolt of the Beavers, a Cripple Creek production. Delta Flight 727 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked and rerouted to Cuba on this day in 1984. Now, more on Saturday events. 

Baby Erin Bounces Back

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Baby Erin taught us how to bounce our booties like basketballs, then she became teacher for a day. The “Princess of Bounce” is getting a little older, but she still has skills bigger than her size. This week she released a new video. Click through to check it out.

Five-Week-Old Baby Missing

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

47-year-old Sarah Harris was supposed to take care of five-week-old Tristan Cayden Douglas while his mother worked. Instead, the infant and his babysitter are both missing.

An Account of Historical Fiction

Friday, March 27th, 2015

by Ashley Rouen

Moroccan author Laila Lalami spoke during a Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s Master Class (3.27) at The Historic New Orleans Collection about her new book, The Moor’s Account, which is a work of historical fiction told in the form of memoir from the perspective of the first ever black explorer of America, known as Estebanico, of whom not much is known. During the lecture entitled Deceptive Histories, Truthful Fictions, Lalami detailed what it takes to write a novel based on historical events, all the while giving a voice to a character whose story has been lost to history because of his status as slave. 

Foaming at the Mouth: La-SPCA Holds Rabies Drive

Friday, March 27th, 2015

With Harper Lee’s new (old) book set for release, the topic of rabid dogs in the South is once again vogue(ish.) But, in Orleans Parish, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) has been dealing with the issue for years. On Palm Sunday (3.29,) the group will host their annual Rabies Drive.

RUBARB Looks For A Piece of the Pie

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The DIY spirit that powered much of downtown New Orleans through the recovery seems to be replaced with realtors worried about APR these days. Yet, some elements of the communal spirit remain. Contrary to their name, there is no rust on Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes (RUBARB.) Friday (3.27), they are hosting a fundraiser.

Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks

Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.

Drinking Culture

Pal's Lounge, Mid City's Living Room

Gentle reader, at the six month point of my chronicle, I found myself wondering again at the qualia of a good local bar – its essential nature. A half bottle of Pernod later, I declared myself unequal to the task. Mine is but to see and to say, and no more. So it was that this sunny Sunday past, I walked into a sleepy corner of Bayou St. John. My friends, in lieu of pontification at this milestone, I offer my thousand-odd words as picture of a place: this, an abstract of a neighborhood, Pal’s Lounge in Mid City.   

Reveal Deal

French Quarter Fest Schedule Released

Festival season is knocking at the door. Today, the French Quarter Festival unveiled their 2015 schedule. Hundreds of performances over four days include local favorites like Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Raw Oyster Cult, and Amanda Shaw.

The Height of Write

Tennessee Williams Fest Previewed

The Tennessee Williams Festival is growing to be as large as its namesake’s legacy. On Thursday (3.26), New Orleans will be treated to a dense schedule of literary events, theatre, and talks.

Setting the Stage

Jazz Fest Cubes Reveal

Today, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the fabled "cubes" for 2015. Choices abound: Snarky Puppy, Wilco, or Jimmy Cliff, Dr.John or Trombone Shorty? Dust off your chairs and let the planning begin!

'That Hug Made It All Worthwhile'

Pararescue Man Searches For Girl He Saved During Federal Flood

As the ten year anniversary of Katrina and the levee breaches approaches, many locals still struggle with the effects of the Federal Flood. One Air Force vet is also still coming to grips with the experience. Pararescue man Mike Maroney was the subject of a famous photo after lifting a girl off of a rooftop. He has been trying to find her ever since.

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Frack Your Brain

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

NOPD Hunt Central City Shooting Suspect

Friday, March 27th, 2015

On March 22, two people were injured in a Central City shooting. Today, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) ID’d Derrick Mercelin as the primary suspect in the assault and initiated a manhunt for the suspect.

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