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January 27th

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a, 9p.m.

The 6th Ward's brass band saunters over to Frenchmen


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Gentilly Groovemasters

Snug Harbor, 8p.m. or 10p.m.

The groove masters play their own songs plus more from the Blue Note songbook



Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Jon Cleary

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

British-born keyboardist’s groove is all New Orleans


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early


Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Spotted Cat, 6.p.m.

Jazz singer with a vintage twist


January 28th

Gregory Alan Isakov

One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.

Isakov’s will be playing songs from his new album “The Weatherman”


Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Another home game for the win!


Dial M for Murder

Prytania Theatre, Noon

Hitchcock thriller in 3D!


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

A new breed of local brass gets the party going on Frenchmen


Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters

d.b.a., 10p.m.

This New Orleans bluesman often plays guitar with his teeth


Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Death metal bands unite in New Orleans ft. special guests


Mike Dillon

Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.

Gasa's resident percussionist plus Brian Haas and James Singleton

Central City Woman Killed in Morning Shooting

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Not only is crime trending in the Crescent City, but daylight felonies are also on the rise. This morning (1.27), a woman was shot to death in Central City at an hour when most people are heading off to work.

Whitney Reissues 7100 Cards After ATM Fraud

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Whitney customers are being hit with something far worse than ATM fees. The local bank is reissuing 7,100 debit cards after the bank discovered that many of their Louisiana clients are victims of a fraud scheme.

Today in NOLA: 1.27.15

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Tonight features lots of New Orleans staples. Treme is playing Frenchmen and Rebirth are holding down their weekly gig on Maple Street. Fresh groceries abound on Broadway. Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson passed away on this date in 1972 at 60 years old. Jackson was buried at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Black & Gold Untarnished in Pro Bowl

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Who Dats had one last chance to watch the Black n’ Gold this season on Sunday (1.25) night. Several Saints played in the Pro Bowl, and they made the most of the night. Four of the game’s touchdowns were the work of New Orleans’ players.

After a Struggle, Cops Bag Man Accused of Robbing Hunter

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Duck season is over in most of Louisiana. However, on Saturday (1.24), the New Orleans Police Department bagged one suspected crook after a hunter was robbed. 17 year old Kevin Allen is behind bars after allegedly robbing one man and assaulting the cops who came to investigate.


’tit Rǝx Ready to Roll (Route, Details)

The smallest of all Carnival parades is getting ready to roll. The Krewe of ’tit R?x announced the details of their February 7 parade. Themed “L’Enfant Terrible,” the shoebox sized floats will travel on the same Marigny route the parade graced in 2014.

Drinking Culture

Walking on Kilts: Kajuns on Robbie Burns Day

Gentle reader, days of want and strife are upon us. The sunlight is brief and often wreathed in clouds. The despotic forces of hypocrisy have decreed the end of smoking in public. Criminals ravage the land while my tax return languishes and moans in the underfunded limbo of the Internal Revenue Service. And though I’ve always known, sometimes the truth comes too much home: there is no governing consciousness in the Universe. No help is on the way – ever – and our mortal kernel of awareness creeps ever-closer to an oblivion without end.  But at least I had the Robert Burns Day Celebration and Sparklehorse popup to attend at Kajun’s Pub on St. Claude Avenue yesterday.

Runnin' on the River

Rock n' Roll Marathon Returns Sunday (Route, Closures)

Before the debauchery of Carnival begins in full, New Orleanians are taking to the streets for a healthier parade. On Sunday (1.24), the annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon is back in town. More than 15,000 runners are expected to cover the 26.2-mile, 12.1-mile races, and new 10k races. The runs step off at 7 a.m. from Camp and Poydras St. The pounding of the pavement won't be the only sound, however, as a band will be playing on every mile of the course.


January 29th

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5


Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event


Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013


Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas



Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”



January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show


Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions


Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA


Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again


Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop


Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce


In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes


Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi


January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route


Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux

Shopping List: Costume Shops for Carnival

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Krewe du Vieux is less than a week away, which means that it’s time to start taking Carnival seriously. No Mardi Gras is complete without a costume. But, NOLA has superior sartorial sensibilities and that vampire kit in a bag just won’t do. A good suit can take weeks to assemble. To get you started, NODef put together a list of our favorite shops to start.


Big Easy Globetrotter Breaks Hook Shot Record (Video)

Monday, January 26th, 2015

NOLA sports fans are focused on the All-Star exploits of the Brow, but another local basketball star is also breaking records. Harlem Globetrotter Big Easy Lofton just broke the Guiness World Record for the farthest basketball hook shot at 61 feet 4 inches.

Two More Fatal Shootings Monday Morning

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The week got off to a bloody start. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating two more homicides. The West Bank and the East were the scenes of a pair of fatal shootings on Monday (1.26) morning.

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

Today in NOLA: 1.26.15

Monday, January 26th, 2015

It's a regular Monday in New Orleans. The Pelicans play the Philadelphia 76ers at home. Kajun's Pub puts on a special drag karaoke show. Glen David Andrews does his usual act at d.b.a. Ellen Degeneres was born in Ochsner Hospital on this day in 1958. Now, more details on what to do tonight in the city. 


NoDef Announces Details of 3rd Annual King Cake Walk

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Carnival is a time filled with traditions simultaneously common and unique. The king cake might be the ultimate manifestation of that dichotomy. With so many choices, it’s best to let the people choose. So, NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on February 5 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 

St. Charles Stickup

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Muggings are not exclusive to downtown. The New Orleans Police Department’s (NOPD) Major Offense Log (MOL) reported only one crime on Saturday (1.24) night. On the otherwise quiet night, officers responded to an armed robbery on St. Charles.

NOLA Bound Flight Diverted After Twitter Threat

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

New Orleans bound flights can be raucous affairs. However, some passenger en route to the Crescent City experienced a buzzkill on Saturday (1.24) when their plane was intercepted by fighter jets and diverted to Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson Airport.

Second Line Alert: Ladies & Men of Unity

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Central City marches as one on Sunday, as the Ladies and Men of Unity step out for a Sunday second line. The parade starts at noon at the landmark address of Second and Danneel Sts., and ends at the same location. Four bands and lots of friends keep the parade going.

Today in NOLA: 1.25.15

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Today is the last and final day of the triennial Prospect.3. The Ogden, along with other P.3 locations, open their doors to the public for free to commemorate the mini art festival. Runners will be circling the town for the annual Rock n Roll Marathon. Prytania screens Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder as part of their Classic Movie Series. The second annual King Cake Festival kicks off at 11a.m. and rolls until six. The first edition of The Picayune, containing just four pages, debuted on this day in 1837. Now, more ideas for wrapping up the weekend. 


Hit and Run Caught on Camera

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Cameras are changing crime. On Friday (1.24), surveillance caught a hit and run collision on tape. Now, the New Orleans Police Department are searching for the suspect vehicle.

Sticking With Mardi Gras

Carnival Crafts: Glue Guns Part I

It’s Carnival time! In addition to everyone having fun, the season also means that the time for costumes and crafts is upon us. Any New Orleanian who bleeds purple, green, and gold knows that the glue gun is a key tool in creation. NoDef is taking a look at the device so beloved by so many in the Dirty South. In this first installment, we run down the basic varieties of glue guns. In future pieces, we will look at specific models and then tips for use.

No Smoking Signs On Your Cigarette Break

New Orleans City Council Passes Ban on Smoking in Bars

Updated 1.22 at 5:52p.m.

The final results of the citywide debate on the Smoking Ban ended in a shocking unanimous vote by the City Council. What many New Orleanians could not fathom happening, has happened. Smoking is now banned in bars and certain public spaces. The ordinance will go into effect in 90 days and any individual violators will be subject to a 50-dollar fine.

Benson Hedges

Saints Shocker: Gayle Benson, Not Rita LeBlanc to Succeed Tom Benson

Saints owner Tom Benson shocked Who Dats by announcing that his wife Gayle Benson, not granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc will run the family business after his death. The T-P first broke the story Wednesday (1.22) night and Benson released additional details today. 

From Pakenham to Playgrounds

THNOC's New Exhibit Fetes 200 Years of Louisiana Art

Sometimes, the past is best celebrated by looking to the present. The Historic New Orleans Collection THNOC) will fete over two centuries of local art with a show featuring additions made over the past four years in the organization’s newest gallery. THNOC just opened “Recent Acquisitions in Louisiana Art, 2010–2014”.

Curtain Closes on Exhibit BE

Goodbye to the Largest Temporary Art Gallery of the South

The final hours of Prospect.3 wound down with the grand closing of Exhibit BE (1.19.) On Martin Luther King Day, visitors packed into the once abandoned, now repurposed five-story De Gaulle Manor Apartment Complex in Algiers to celebrate the temporary exhibit intended to be open to the public for a single day (11.15). That day stretched out for over two-months.

Drinking Culture

A Trip to The Delachaise for Wine on the Avenue & All That Implies

Gentle reader, sometimes the desire to appreciate obscures the objective faculty. Other times a backward kind of joy comes from overly-objective observation. That is to say, sometimes we really just want to like something, and the judgment is clouded. And other times merciless faultfinding arouses an impish delight, and again the judgment is clouded. At the risk of sounding pretentious, my friends, I cannot say which of these reasons sent me last week to The Delachaise wine bar.  

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Frack Your Brain

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

Herbsaint Staffers to Offer Haggis Lagniappe at Second Sparklehorse

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

On Sunday (1.25), Herbsaint Executive Sous Chef Marcus Jacobs is going to cook up something he calls “North Sea Boudin.” In Scotland, the dish is known as haggis. The dish will be some NoDef sponsored Robbie Burns Day lagniappe during the second appearance of the Sparklehorse Grill (Jacobs’ collaboration with fellow Herbsaint staffer Caitlin Carney) at Kajun's Pub (2256 St. Claude Avenue).

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