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September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)


Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band


Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show


Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)


Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating


Stanton Moore Trio
Snug Harbor, 10p.m.
Moore, Singleton, & Torkanowsky play Frenchmen on Tuesdays in September ($15)


September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)


The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution


Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)


Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)

Reports Say Nicky Da B Has Passed Away

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Reports suggest that rising New Orleans bounce star Nicky Da B may have passed away.

Louisiana Seafood Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Seafood comes ashore this October at the three-day Louisiana Seafood Festival. Today, festival organizers announced a music lineup featuring Benjy Davis, Pat Green, and the Gin Blossoms, plus many local favorites. Nearly two dozen restaurants will contribute the finest in water-dwelling cuisine. Sea (!) the full lineup below:

NOPD Seek Five Suspects in Violent FQ Mugging

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Police are hot on the trail of five suspects involved in an August 23rd mugging in the Quarter. After investigation, NOPD Detective Chris Laborde retrieved video footage of the incident. Authorities have now released images and descriptions of the alleged assailants.

Tax Axe: Assessment Appeals on Agenda

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Property owners miffed by taxes will have the opportunity to speak their mind soon. The City announced today that owners appealing 2015 assessments will receive letters from City Council with hearing dates and information this week.

Hello, Dolly: Tropical Storm Predicted to Make Landfall in Mexico

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Now upgraded from a Depression to a Tropical Storm, Dolly continues to head for the coast of Mexico. The National Weather Service predicts that Dolly will make landfall later today or early tomorrow.

Serious Surplus

LA Agencies Got Rifles, Trucks, Armored Vehicles—and Snowshoes

Who wears shoeshoes in Orleans Parish?


Like law enforcement agencies across the nation, police and sheriffs’ departments in New Orleans received military equipment and supplies from the federal government. Louisiana agencies used a free Defense Department program to obtain weapons, trucks, and tactical gear, as well as mine-resistant vehicles, personnel carriers, and snow clothing.

Vape Escape

Where E-Cigs Land in Campus Smoking Bans

In 2013, the Louisiana state legislature passed a resolution that requires public universities in the state to create a smoking prohibition on campus. It's up to the individual universities how to implement this, and the decision has motivated some universities to take a stance on electronic cigarettes as well.

Crime Bits

More Murder, Marigny McDonald's, Roommate Robbed, FQ Carjacking

NOPD's busy summer continues. Police are investigating a new shooting and searching for suspecrs in an old shooting. A lead opened up in a home invasion. A man was carjacked in the Quarter, a McDonald's robbed in the Marigny, and uptown, a roommate squabble went awry.

Southern Stroll

Decadence Parade in Photos

Southern Decadence took to the streets of the Quarter on Saturday afternoon for the annaul parade. NoDef's Brandon Robert was there to capture all the costumes, dancer, and sequins.

Les Stress

LSU Comes Back to Defeat Wisconsin 28-24, But Questions Abound

Over the last few years, Tiger faithful have grown accustomed to an awkward dance. The courting begins in summer. This year we have a legitimate quarterback. Les Miles' antics should reveled in; pass the grass. It peaks around SEC Media Day. Time to delight in the folky malapropisms and tales of Smacker Miles’ athleticism. Then, the season begins. Despite a come from behind 28-24 win in LSU’s opener vs Wisconsin, the band is playing that old familiar tune for the purple and gold. Once again, we’re doing a Cajun two step baffled by play calling and quarterback selection.


September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution


Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)


Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band


Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics


Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus


Trumpet Black & The Heart Attack
d.b.a., 10p.m.
Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill keeps the New Orleans jam alive ($10)


Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret


Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?


Soul Rebels Brass Band
Blue Nile, 11.p.m.

Local favorites incorporate jazz, soul, funk, & hip-hop



Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)

Decadence Delivered (Photos)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

By Ashley Rouen

This weekend the rain stoppped and the sun beat down on Bourbon Street for Southern Decadence. The heat index hit a scorching 98 degrees as onlookers scrambled for shade. Still, the mood on the street is one of pride with a rainbow flair. Though public nudity is prohibited, leather daddys and beaus showed off their bodies in a gay celebration that got its start back in 1972.  Amidst a landscape of shootings and just after the ninth anniversary of Katrina, New Orleanians took a minute to pay tribute to the good times, ourselves and what makes us uniquely us -- our decadence.  

Today in NOLA: 9.2.14

Monday, September 1st, 2014

New Orleans has a new home for college football: Tulane celebrates the official opening of Yulman Stadium today. The team play their first game in their new home this Saturday against Georgia Tech. Get a taste of the history of New Orleans’ most venerable restaurants at the Louisiana State Museum, tonight and Thursday only. And it’s time to space out: Hawkwind’s Nik Turner saxes it up at Siberia tonight. Click through for more events and free punk rock tonight:

Tropical Depression Five Forms

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Stay with NoDef for Updates

Labor Day may be upon us, but Hurricane Season is not quite over. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Tropical Depression Five has formed in the Bay of Campeche.

Film Review: The November Man

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Now is the winter of our discontent, made inglorious summer by another appalling, jejune movie. Films spotlighting a lone middle-age man kills dozens of people while taking a young woman somewhere should not be produced anymore. Alas, the previews for the disapointment that is Novemebr Man promise at least another two films of the formula. Hollywood now makes movies the same way GM makes cars. Sheer size, tradition and intermittent government assistance keep the assembly lines of shoddy products churning.

Saints Sign Ten to Practice Squad

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Saints Executive VP/General Manager Mickey Loomis is nofor his mastery of details. Today, he continued putting together the final, but crucial pieces of a championship team. Loomis announced that the Black n' Gold signed ten players to the Practice Squad.

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

June 24-30

Great art continues all around NOLA this week! The Ogden extends its open invitation After Hours with 7 Walkers/Double Uptown Shotgun front man Papa Mali, kicking off the last weekend in June juuuuust right: by bringin’ the funk. Friday Nights at NOMA treats the senses with the guitar stylings of Daniele Spadavecchia, a handsome and talented transplant from Italy.  Friday Nights also features “The Artful Palate,” a cooking demonstration of dynamic and delicious proportioins. Registration for “The New Orleans Antiques Forum 2014” is open at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Wandering Toddler in MidCity, Shooting on Dreux

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Updated 12:07p.m.

It's not uncommon for the police to find lost people in New Orleans. However, today's perplexed pedestrian was a little younger than normal. NOPD are busy with a lost kid this morning. In Gentilly, homicide is on the scene of another shooting.

Weather & Tropical Outlook, 9.1-9.5

Monday, September 1st, 2014

By Patrick J. Pearson

As we slide into September, the weather is is looking to be pretty static all week A 30-40% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms will be a theme. Highs through Friday are expected to climb near 90F. However, nights will bring a reprieve with overnight lows in the upper 70's.

Today in NOLA: 9.1.14

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Happy Labor Day! We’ve made it through another August in New Orleans—not that it’s about to cool down just yet. If you’re not spending this holiday Monday grilling or chilling, how about going out to the ball game? For Labor Day, Antenna Gallery presents a special set of documentaries about the lives and work of labor activists. Plus, a daring classic film that was banned on release. Details tonight:

Bourbon Suite (Recipes)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Tomorrow starts National Bourbon Heritage Month and this time, we’re not talking about the French dynasty. In one of Congress’ more productive acts, they legislated September to be a celebration of Kentucky’s finest whiskey. NoDef is spending the month talking to bartenders about their favorite bourbon beverages. For starters we talked to Chris Benton at Le Foret (129 Camp St.), Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St.) and Emeril’s gang at NOLA (534 St. Louis St.)

French Quarter Stabbing (Video)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Early this morning, a come-on in the French Quarter turned into a crime. A man who denied the zealous advances of two women on the street found out that they were looking to get into his pockets not his pants. The incident ended in the hospital.

Moonlightin' in the Quarter

FQMD Ready to Act on Plan to Beef Up Safety With Off-Duty Officers

The State Police may be sticking around a little longer, but most downtown residents feel that policing is still an issue in need of attention. In the the Quarter, the French Quarter Management District (FQMD) is putting the final touches on a program to supplement safety by hiring off-duty New Orleans Police Officers (NOPD) to patrol four security districts within the Quarter.

Closing Time

Three to Summer Shows to See at NOMA Soon

Summer is ending shortly, and so are many of her offerings at the New Orleans Museum of Art. NoDef took a look at the exhibits closing soon. They run the gamut from New World colonial luxury, Civil Rights, and ultra modern work from Louisiana natives. There’s a little bit of something for everyone at NOMA.  

Marking Katrina

Ceremonies, Openings, Second Line Commemorate Storm

Nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. In the storm’s path, over one million were displaced, 1,800 lives were lost and billions of dollars of damage were created. 80% of New Orleans sat underwater; its citizens waited for salvation while three levels of government systematically failed the populace. On the coast of Mississippi, communities from Waveland to Ocean Springs were completely wiped out. To this day, parts of the coast remain vacant, despite a valiant and successful rebuilding attempt. 


Nine Lives' Ninth Live

Paul Sanchez Talks About Restaging Post K Musical

Nine Lives--The Musical begins a three-night run at the Le Petit Theatre tonight.  The work is based on Dan Baum's iconic book depicting the lives of nine New Orleanians between Betsy and Katrina. Last evening NoDef's Jason Raymond met with co lyricist and composer Paul Sanchez to talk about the project.
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Frack Your Brain

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

WDSU, WVUE May Be Blacked Out

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

NOLA viewers may have a hard time catching up on sports and sitcoms tomorow. Contract negotiations between WVUE's parent RayCom Media and DirecTV have prompted blackout warnings to customers. Cox subscribers are facing their own darkness as similiar negotiations between the cable giant and WDSU have created a similar threat. Both blackouts could begin as early as tonight (8.31)

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