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July 28th

Young African Leaders Cultural Presentation
Woldenberg Arts Center, 2p.m.
African fashion, food, art and dance


The Civic, 7:30p.m.
French-German industrial favorites


The Joy Theater, 9p.m.
5-time Grammy nominee


Funny Bones Improv
Healing Center, 6p.m.
Crack some jokes, help some kids


Two’Fer Tuesdays
OEJ, 9p.m.
Guest DJs, drink specials

Landrieu Makes Donation Towards Repair of Vandalized Memorial

Monday, July 27th, 2015

A few hours after providing the setting for a memorial service honoring fallen New Orleans Police Officer Vernell Brown, a monument to fallen law enforcement officers in Lake Lawn Metaire Cemetery was vandalized. On Monday (7.26), Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that he will donate money from his campaign funds towards the cost of repairs.

BRG Releases Willa Jean Bakery Teaser

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Besh Restaurant Group (BRG) is offering just a taste of what’s to come at the much ballyhooed Willa Jean Bakery in The Paramount at South Market District (611 O’Keefe Avenue). According to a statement, the collaboration between Executive Pastry Chef Kelly Fields and Pastry Chef Lisa White is slated to open on August 6th.

Uplifting: Trailer Released for Katrina-USCG Doc

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The federal government offered little help to New Orleans is the days following Katrina’s levee breach. However, the U.S. Coast Guard proved the exception to the rule, hoisting over 33,000 locals to safety. Filmmaker Kaitlin Smith just released the trailer for her film, Paratus 14:50 which chronicles the USCG’s efforts in the fall of 2005.

NOPD Officer Arrested, Suspended After DWI Charge

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Drive-through daiquiris aside, driving drunk is illegal—even if you are a cop. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) arrested one of their own, a homicide detective, for a DWI on Sunday (7.27) morning. A suspension quickly followed.

Pops Rocks

Satchmo SummerFest Previewed with Director Marci Scramm

The summer heat is starting to peak which means that the time chill out with some cool jazz is nearly upon us. Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron' will be celebrating 15 years of festin’ and feting Pops this weekend (7.30-8.02). NoDef checked in with Executive Director Marci Schramm for the inside track.

Room 220

What you were always trying to avoid was being party to an atrocity: An interview with Michael Pitre

Michael Pitre’s debut novel, Fives and Twenty-fives, delves into a war of endless tedium and Sisyphean roadwork, but there is no boredom. There is only routine, which saves lives, and a fog of death that clouds them. Each day, the soldiers—Pitre joined the Marines in 2002 and was twice deployed to Iraq—find potholes and, in each, a bomb. They deactivate the devices and move on to the next, motivated by banal routine rather than a sense of accomplishment.

The Strength of Street Knowledge

Fourth World ATD Brings Books to the Block

Especially after Katrina, New Orleans has become home to many non-profits, but some organizations have been here since long before the storm. One such group is Fourth World All Together in Dignity. The international non-profit is present in 35 countries worldwide and has been a staple in New Orleans for around twenty-five years. 

Today in NOLA: 7.27.15

Monday, July 27th, 2015

At NOMA, tai Chi classes are helping some people find harmony amidst the summer swelter. On Frenchmen, Glen David Andrews is helping others let it all out. King James is holding court at Sidney’s. Longtime Louisiana Representative Lindy Boggs passed away one year ago today. She was the state's first woman in Congress . Read on for more of Monday’s featured events:

Two Teens Busted After Treme Car Theft

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

A man parked in the Treme before heading into the Quarter. A few hours later, the motorist had a broken window and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were arresting a pair of teens for a laundry list of charges.

Details Announced for Celebration of Jillian Johnson

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Friends and family will remember Magazine Lafayette shooting victim, Jillian Johnson, on Monday (7.27). A notice released by the artist and Magazine Street boutique owner’s family stated that a celebration of her life will be held at 12:30p.m. in the Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers (1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette) and visitation hours are set fot Sunday (7.26) as well as Monday.

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

Pair of Marigny Muggings Overnight

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The Marigny Rectangle was the scene of two muggings overnight. The New Orleans Police Department’s (NOPD) Major Offense Log (MOL) reports two armed robberies close to midnight in the booming neighborhood.

Today in NOLA: 7.26.15

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This Sunday in New Orleans, learn to dance at Ashé Cultural Center and jam with Electric Citizen at Siberia. For all the wannabe chefs out there, check out Low & Slow 2 at Octavia Books. Then, there’s always the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. On other side of the Gulf, today’s date evokes the 26th of July Movement, the revolutionary guerrillas Fidel Castro led to power in Cuba. More details tonight:

Spoiler Alert: Heat Advisory in Effect

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

In case y’all haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed the obvious and reminded New Orleanians of the dangers that accompany the weather. On Saturday (7.25), the federal agency issued a Heat Advisory for Orleans Parish.

Second Story Gallery to Mark K+10 With Art

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

As the city approaches the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, events are popping up all over the city to commemorate the disaster and its aftermath. One such event is the DECADE exhibition hosted by Second Story Gallery at the New Orleans Healing Center from August 8 until September 5. The installation will feature artists from around the city and their work reflecting on their experiences during and after Katrina.

Boil Water Advisory Enters Day Two

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Updated 17:00 - The Boil Water Advisory has been lifted. Tests for bacteria were negative. Go brush your teeth!

Evian prices skyrocketing? The majority of the City is entering a second day with limited water. Yesterday, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has placed the entire East Bank of the City under a “boil water advisory.” 

NOPD Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Updated 16:21

A man was fatally shot by a New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer on Saturday (7.25) morning according to NOPD PIO Frank Robertson. The fatal incident tookplace in the Holy Cross section of the Lower Ninth Ward.

Today in NOLA: 7.25.15

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Today in Nola, don your finest corset for the Corset Crawl, celebrate National Dance Day with free dance classes or enjoy the classy piano tunes of Peter Mack. In film, catch Alleluia at Zeitgeist. On this day in history, trombonist Charles Christian and cornetist Johnny Wiggs were born. Read on for more to do this Saturday!

Drinking Culture

La Vie Erin Rose

Gentle reader, a full glass of liquor can sometimes do the office of a shew stone. Sit quietly upon the bar edge and run a thoughtful hand along the crystal curvature. Peer within. And with enough drink, the soothsayer’s gift will be yours. So it was I found myself gazing into deep distances of gin. Images of the past week of Tales of the Cocktail emerged. Mysteries of the present summer lull. Auguries of days yet to come. All these I saw in a tumbler made cloudy and uncertain with ice at the Erin Rose. 

Wagging the Dog

Downtown Wieners Reviewed for National Hot Dog Day

New Orleans has a unique way of blending the very old with the very new as if were done with a careful and conscious hand. There are things we New Orleanians take very seriously: our independence, our neighborhood, our football team, our parties, and our food. Every aspect of food is debated be it seafood, poboys or yes...even hotdogs!  

Pilgrims' Pride

Louisianans To Bring NOLA Flavor to New Tennessee Fest

Fest lovers, pack your bags— New Orleans resident Michael Whelan, along with Monroe native Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra and Brandt Wood, is bringing a Jazz Fest-inspired music festival to Franklin, TN. In its inaugural year, Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival will feature headliners including Wilco, Willie Nelson, Weezer and Cage The Elephant as well as New Orleans favorites like Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 

Teatro Sin Fronteras

Jose Torres-Tama's Latest Project

The first time I went to Teatro Sin Fronteras (“Theater Without Borders), was the production's inaugural event. The scene reminded me of my native Miami, being surrounded by Hispanics, who weaved in and out of Spanish and English seamlessly, with different artistic forms being executed. The performance was in a small space and was very intimate. It was a beautiful experience, and I haven’t missed one since. 

Cup Floweth Over

Write Bros "First Flight" Reviewed

When I first heard of this project, I wondered if it would ever happen! Getting some of the best songwriters and musicians in New Orleans to record an album together, putting their talents on tracks and their egos on the side, would be no easy feat. But Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez a.k.a. the Write Brothers managed to put together "First Flight" this winter. I've listened to every track, note and word and offer this as my humble opinion.


Bittermens' Glassers Roll Out Syrup Line

Tales may be a destination for the elite of the craft cocktail industry, but Avery Glasser, co-founder of Bittermens Bitters is using the fest to introduce a product aimed at those who are enthused by cocktail but perhaps not quite “enthusiasts.” Speed Craft, a collaboration between Glasser and his wife and partner Janet, unveiled a line of syrups this week. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Mid City Woman Murdered by Fair Grounds

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The NOPD is investigating a fatal shooting that left a 25-year-old woman dead. The victim was discovered around noon inside of her residence in the 1600 block of Gentilly Boulevard.     

Event to Mark Three Years Since Sinkhole Devastated Bayou Corne

Friday, July 24th, 2015

By Lucy Leonard

On August 3, 2012, the lives of the people living on Bayou Corne changed forever. Deep beneath the feet of the city’s citizens, an underground salt dome cavern, owned by Texas Brine Company, collapsed. The event caused the creation of a dangerous sinkhole, which released oil and gases and sucked sediment, trees and more downward. As the now nearly empty community approaches the three-year anniversary of the disaster, documentary filmmaker and New Orleans resident Victoria Greene is hoping to bring the community back together for closure.

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