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MERCREDI

March 22nd

Arsenic and Old Lace

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant

 

The Bubble Lounge

The Tasting Room, 3PM

Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)

 

NOFW Top Design Competition

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize

 

Poetry Reading

Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM

Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin

 

NOCCA March Magic Dinner

Press Street Station, 6PM

Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner

 

NOFLAG Discussion: Bathrooms, Bodies, Technocracy

Peristyle in City Park, 6PM

NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights 

 

Book Release and Poetry

Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM

Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson 

 

Art After Dark

Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM

Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students

 

Rosé at the Museum

American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM 

A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market 

 

Tincture Making 101

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures 

 

New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

Two-step in the Marigny at this show 

 

H Jon Benjamin

Tulane University, 8PM

The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form

 

Snake and the Charmers

The Carver Theater, 8PM

Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand 

 

Film Screening: Indians A Comin' 

Bar Redux, 8PM

Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians 

 

Dikembe and Expert Timing

Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Featuring All People and Hestina in support

Equal Pay for Louisiana Women Won't Happen Until 2115


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Louisiana residents will not see the gender wage gap close until 2115, according to a report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Louisiana joins Wyoming, Utah, and North Dakota as the only four states still with a gender gap into the 22nd century. 

Indie Lit Fest Spotlights NOLA’s Queer, Trans, POC Poets


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

2tender4house, a new three-day literary festival, will take place this week with events all over the city. Presented by Tenderness, Yea, and 2fast2house, the inaugural indie fest showcases local queer, trans, and POC poets. The festival’s aim is to highlight New Orleans writers in an effort to build a more inclusive poetry community in the city and beyond. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Beatings, Two Unclassified Deaths, Lovers Quarrel Turned Violent


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

It was a strange 24 hours for crime for the New Orleans Police Department. According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a beating, an unclassified death, an attempted robbery, a lovers quarrel turned violent, and a dead body near the train tracks. 

Top Taco NOLA Kicks Off First Food Fest


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Grab your bottles of Cholula and Crystal, and let’s taco ‘bout a new festival coming to town this week. More than 30 restaurants and over 40 spirits companies will vie for top honors at the inaugural Top Taco New Orleans fest, kicking off Thursday (3.23) at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. 

French Quarter Festival Releases 2017 Lineup

FQF Unveils Music, Food, Merch, and More


Block out your vacation time now and get your tailgate chairs ready, y'all! The 34th annual French Quarter Festival, running April 6-9, unveiled their complete schedule this morning. 

Ten Out of Ten-nessee

NoDef's Guide to The Tennessee Williams Festival


Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with New Orleans. So goes a bon mot Williams once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” No offense to the rest of the country, but New Orleanians take great pride in being revered as decidedly not-Cleveland by the late playwright. This week, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its 31st annual celebration. The five-day fest kicks off this Wednesday, all culminating on Williams’s 106th birthday on Sunday (3.26). 

Preview: Bourbon Festival 2017

A New Fest With An Age Old Spirit


Bourbon and whiskey lovers rejoice! The inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival officially kicks off this Friday (3.24), leading revelers into three brim-filled days of spirit-centric tastings, talks, and parties.

JEUDI

March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers

 

Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone

 

Painters Painting Painters

NOCCA, 6PM

Local artists celebrate each other in their work

 

Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library

 

Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter

 

Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one

 

Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles

 

Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds

 

JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 

 

Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show

 

John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more

 

Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM

Country-blues 

 

Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop

VENDREDI

March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in New Orleans


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

A new report finds that immigrants make outsized contributions to the economy of New Orleans. “New Americans in Greater New Orleans,” released by think tank New American Economy (NAE) and the City of New Orleans, notes that immigrant households tremendously impact the city through large tax contributions, support for federal social programs, as well as higher rates of education and entrepreneurship in comparison to U.S.-born citizens. 

Today in NOLA 3.22.17


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

This Wednesday, comedian and voiceover actor H. Jon Benjamin is playing a free show at Tulane. The Cary Grant classic "Arsenic and Old Lace" is at the Prytania, and Snake & the Charmers perform at the Carver. Bar Redux will host a free screening of three films about Mardi Gras Indians. On this day in 1967, local businessman Clay Shaw was indicted for conspiracy in relation to the assassination of J.F.K. Now, more happenings around town. 

Comedy Central to Film Free Stand-Up Specials at Civic Theatre


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Comedy Central's long-running series of short stand-up specials, "Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents..." (formerly known as "The Half Hour") returns to New Orleans for live filming April 19-22. For four nights, The Civic will play host to some of the sharpest voices in the emerging comedy scene. Seven shows are scheduled, each featuring two comics. All shows are free — check out Comedy Central's round up of comedians coming to NOLA below. 

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

Overnight Crime Report: Suicide, Purse Snatching, and Stabbing by Umbrella


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department had a slow 24 hours, with only three crimes recorded in the Major Offense Log (MOL). The NOPD responded to a simple robbery, an incident of aggravated battery, and a suicide. 

Today in NOLA 3.21.17


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

This afternoon, Washington Square Park salutes Ray Charles at their inaugural mini-fest, while New Orleans Fashion Week hosts a panel about the fashion industry. The Louis Moreau Institute plays the sounds of Hungary at Tulane. Classic rock band Chicago is set to take the Saenger stage. On this day in 1788, the Great New Orleans Fire burned down 856 of the 1,100 buildings in the French Quarter. Now, more on Tuesday's happenings. 

'NOLA Circus' Shares Surreal Rivalry Between NOLA Barbershops


Monday, March 20th, 2017

NOLA Circus, a French-produced dark comedy about a rivalry between two New Orleans barbershops, dropped its U.S. release date and new trailer this week. The film is a Romeo and Juliet-type tale set near the Mississippi, shot in New Orleans from May to June 2014. 

NOPD Continues Search for Missing Woman


Monday, March 20th, 2017

NOPD Third District detectives continues the search for a missing 28-year-old woman. According to NOPD Superintendent Michael S. Harrison, Susan Kay Lee has been missing since March 4th. She was last seen at 7:14AM leaving her apartment on the 2600 block of Acacia Street that day. Lee’s cellphone has been turned off in the two and a half weeks since her disappearance. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Shootings, A Purse Snatching, Infant Death


Monday, March 20th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) had their hands full with four major crimes on Sunday (3.19). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), police responded to an infant death, a purse snatching, a drug deal gone awry, and a mysterious shooting. 

Richard Simmons's Manager Addresses 'Missing' NOLA Fitness Guru


Monday, March 20th, 2017

The success of podcast Missing Richard Simmons, which explores the fitness guru's life since he left the public eye three years ago, has given rise to new rumors that Simmons is in distress or has disappeared altogether.

Today in NOLA 3.20.17


Monday, March 20th, 2017

Tonight, explore the poetic beauty of the New Orleans cityscape with Beau Boudreaux. The Blue House hosts their inaugural film in a free screening series, while "Hedwig & the Angry Inch" is back at the Allways Lounge. Indie rock bands Big Thief and Mothers will take the stage at Gasa Gasa. On this day in 1853, Harriet Beecher Stowe published the seminal Uncle Tom's Cabin. Now, more Monday happenings. 

Sunday Best

Mardi Gras Indians Step Out for Super Sunday (Photos)


Yesterday marked Super Sunday 2017, the third and final celebration of the year when Mardi Gras Indians don their suits and masks. In addition to all of the festive dress, the fête also featured strutting from the Young Men Olympians and the Lady Buckjumpers, and live music by the Hot 8 Brass Band, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, D.J. Captain Charles, Big Al Carson, D.J. Jubilee, Dave Lemon, To Be Continued Brass Band, and B.R.W. Singing Group. 

 

Above the Cut

NoDef’s Rundown of New Orleans Fashion Week


New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) returns for its seventh season this week, bringing the most cutting-edge designers, retailers, models, photographers, and stylists from across the gulf region to New Orleans. Running March 18-24, the weeklong celebration will feature over 50 runway shows, a variety of fashion-focused panel discussions, and of course, more than a few glittering parties. 

Suit Up for Super Sunday

Details & Routes to See Mardi Gras Indians


Mardi Gras Indians only don their suits three times a year. The first is obviously Mardi Gras, the second is St. Joseph’s Day, and the third is a massive meeting of the tribes known as Super Sunday. This year, St. Joseph’s Day coincides with the annual event held by the Mardi Gras Indian Council on the third Sunday of March, so expect celebrations to be bigger and better than ever for 2017. 

Final Countdown: NOLA's James Beard Nominees

A Quick Look at the 2017 Contenders


New faces and repeat contenders alike grace the ranks of this year's James Beard Awards finalists, announced earlier this afternoon. After a strong show in the semifinals, eleven locals made it into the finals of the Oscars of the culinary world. The indulgences of Carnival season and the holidays may be too close in our collective memory for us to handle dining out to the hilt, but try to explore some of the city's top offerings before the James Beard Foundation announces the 2017 winners at a ceremony in Chicago on May 1st. 

Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 2

Stay On The Health Kick With Tips from ILoveKickboxing


It’s the second week of the post-Carnival cleanse that the more faithful call Lenten. Those who gave up beer for Lent may struggle with St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, while everyone who swore off sweets might want to steer clear of all the St. Joseph’s Day altars around town. As part of our ongoing series, NoDef is calling upon a different health expert each week to ask for tips for the fit and faithful. By Easter, NoDef will have 40 tips for each day of the season. Laughing Lotus Yoga’s Dana Trixie Flynn started the series last week with some tips to ease people into mindful health practices. This week, Jenny Kern of ILoveKickboxing's New Orleans outpost offers her ten tips for getting in shape as well as some advice on how to stay strong during this booze-and-bread filled weekend. 

LPO Treats Audience to Central European Sampler

Superstar Violinist Augustin Hadelich Joins for a 'Fantastic Voyage'


The Orpheum Theater was packed and teeming with energy on Friday (3.10) night for a performance that will surely be marked as a victory for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Celebrated violinist Augustin Hadelich joined Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto for a program showcasing a wealth and diversity of folk music traditions in Central Europe.

 

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Second Line Alert: Single Men


Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Today, Super Sunday festivities are kicking off at A.L. Davis Park. All the Mardi Gras Indians will be out today, but that does not mean that second lines are stopping. Today (3.19), the Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club is ready to strut. The parade will mark the group's 22nd anniversary. 

Today in NOLA 3.19.17


Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Between Super Sunday and St. Joe's Day, there's lots to do around town during the daytime. But the fun doesn't stop there. Tonight two powerhouse female singers come to town. Following a decade-long legal battle, singer JoJo is back to play from her album "Mad Love," her first LP in ten years. Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson is taking the House of Blues stage, while Joe Krown Trio is doing their thing at Maple Leaf. The Theatre at St. Claude is playing host to an all-female retelling of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing," moving the drug-addled action from Las Vegas to the streets of New Orleans. On this day in 1919, "The Axeman" said he would kill anybody at 12:15 a.m. who wasn't playing jazz music inside their establishment (nobody died that night.) Now more to do this Sunday. 

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