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November 24th


George Packer (with James Carville) - The Unwinding

Octavia Books, 5p.m.

Carville introduces Packer’s book that details modern American democracy through the lives of several Americans


Tai Chi/Chi Kung

NOMA, 6p.m.

In collaboration with East Jeff Wellness Center, try your luck at the art of Chi


Saints vs Baltimore Ravens

Superdome, 7:30p.m.

Once upon a midnight dreary, Who Dats pondered, weak and weary, of forgotten victory; nevermore, nevermore they moaned carrying their Saints to the winning end zone


1815-A Bicentennial Moment-2015

Sweet Lorraine’s, 6p.m-Midnight

Fund raising event for the Historic Treme Collection with music by famed “Drummer Boy” Jordan Bankston and more


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal Monday Night Series

New Orleans cellist soothes those Monday blues with her Acadian croons


Blue Monday ft. Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill & Heart Attacks

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar

With James Andrews & Friends


Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Local rasta tributers spread one love for Nola


South Jones

Banks St. Bar, 9p.m.

Come early for red beans & rice


Antique Booty Music

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Antique booty music with Sasha Masakowski


Glen David Andrews

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

Native son sets d.b.a. on fire after the Saints game with his mighty trombone and nola funk


The Genial Orleanians

The Neutral Ground, 10p.m.

Sweet N’awlins blues and brass 


Smoky Blues Jam

BMC, 10p.m. 

Hit up the edge of the Quarters for some Monday night blues jammin’


Super Jam

Cafe Negril, 9:30

Monday’s never disappoint your dancin’ shoes for this one of a kind jamcase of local talent complete with live band


Future Punx with SSTR

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Broolyn’s preeminent Post-Wave ensemble + fiddle and guitar duo Local Honey



November 25th

Crescent City Farmers Market

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

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9p.m.

Traditional New Orleans brass music straight from Cool Uncle Lionel and Benny Jones


Jon Roniger

The Little Gem Saloon, 5p.m.

With songs like “Redneck Riviera” Roniger blends jazz, blues and folk sounds with a southern twang


Rebirth Brass Band

The Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

The OG’s of the New Orleans brass band movement


Open Ears Music Series ftg The Kirk Nasty

Blue Nile Balcony Room, 10:30p.m.

Do you know where your ears are? Organized by Jeff Albert with various performances


Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Spotted Cat, 6.p.m.

Jazz singer with a vintage twist


Progression Music Series ft. Merrily and the Poison Orchard & The Humble Kid

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Every Tuesday celebrate the contemporary music scene of Nola  


Jazz & Poetry

Sweet Lorraine’s, 8:30p.m.

Open mic slam hosted by African-American Shakespear; open to singers, poets, musicians


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermit at home in the 7th Ward and get to bed early

Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely (Again)

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Pelicans Guard Eric Gordon is injured again. The team said that the player will be out “indefinitely” while he undergoes medical evaluation. Gordon’s four year, 58 million dollar contract was lauded after Chris Paul’s departure, but since arrival Gordon and his salary look more like an albatross than a Pelican.

CBD Business Burglary Binge

Monday, November 24th, 2014

NOLA’s glazers were busy this weekend. Six establishments had to replace windows after a Central Business District (CBD) burglary binge in the early hours of Saturday (11.22) morning. Four of the businesses will also be replacing their cash registers, but one thief learned that the tills are emptied before the shops lock up for the night.

Today in Nola 11.24.14

Monday, November 24th, 2014

You might be feeling withdrawals from Fringe Festival on this Monday, but alas, there lies ahead much to do! First on the agenda, the Saints battle the Baltimore Ravens hopefully pulling out a win. George Packer signs his book The Unwinding with James Carville presenting an introduction on the nonfiction work that details modern democracy. Glen David Andrews rips his regular Tuesday show at d.b.a. Back in 2008, the Deuce was loose on the Green Bay Packers, breaking the record with his 54th touchdown.

Fully Dressed: Po-Bo Fest Announces Winners

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

If a New Orleanian is looking to start a debate, they need only enter a bar and declare where the best po-boy in town can be found. On Sunday (11.23,) the Oak Street Po-Boy Fest weighed in on the argument crowning their winners from over 40 establishments. The full list is after the jump

Poll-itics: Landrieu, Cassidy Push as Early Voting Begins

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

After the Louisiana’s jungle primary resulted in a December 6 runoff election, the talking heads were quick to prognosticate about what the second election meant for incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu. However, pundits and polls are no replacement for actual voting. On Saturday (11.23,) early voting began in the next round.

Fringe Finale

Reviews: My Horse's Name is Loneliness, Roller Rink Temptations

The plus of having your planned slate of Fringe Fest shows fall apart is that you start just wandering around to whatever’s still available and sounds interesting. That’s when synchronistic patterns emerge. Two of the four shows I saw Saturday night – My Horse’s Name is Loneliness, Aztec Economy’s sequel to its Fringe hit, My Aim is True, and newbie troupe Beaubourg’s production of Catherine Weingarten’s A Roller Rink Temptation – both seem to me to be modern, niche variations of the old-school gay sensibility’s main contribution to culture: Camp.

Pilgrims' Progress

NOLA's Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Events

Thanksgiving is a day devoted to delicious food and indulgence – and also being thankful and stuff. And no one does food quite like NOLA, while everywhere else in the world people eat to live, we proudly live to eat. However, there is much more to the day. So, NoDef has compiled a list of all the holiday's highlights.

Fringe Singes

Reviews: Palindrome, Baghdad Puppies, Montana, Now and At the Hour, & More

The second night of Fringe bought a fresh round of premiers. NoDef was there to catch all the action and deliver a fresh round of reviews as well. Palindrome, Baghdad Puppies, Montana, Now and at the Hour, The Wake, and Professor Nakamoto's Nexus of Numbers are all tackled in this installation.


November 26th

Mistress Kali’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Siberia, 6-9p.m.

Free monthly show featuring vaudeville and sideshow acts


Hump Day SIN

The Country Club, 10a.m.

Half off pool admission for service industry employees; bring proof (bar card or check stub)!


Shot & Haircut

Circle Bar, $20

Punk thrash London rockers, the Noise Complaints, play at 10p.m.


The Tin Men

d.b.a., 7p.m.

Sousaphone, washboard and guitar trio hit the stage prior to the Wolfman


Water Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters

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

Teeth pickin’ local guitarist appears on Frenchmen for his weekly show; $5 at the door


Frank Warren: The World of Post Secret

Garden District Book Shop, 6-7:30p.m.

Enter a world of strangers’ secrets as author discusses this collection from the award-winning PostSecret blog


Lagniappe Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Six horns and a whole lotta sweaty funk


Overnight Crime: Shooting, Six Year Old Raped

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

On Saturday (11.22) night, the quantity of crime in New Orleans was minimal. However, the two major crimes reported on the logs were severe. Deep in the East, another man was shot. Close to Lakefront Airport, detectives began investigating the rape of six year old.

Today in Nola 11.23.14

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Senator Mary Landrieu was born today. Po Boy fest kicks off on Oak St. Church throws down at the Dragons Den. Nola Comedy Hour and the Fringe Fest ensue on St. Claude. 

A Feel For Fringe: Loop's End, They Don't Eat Corn Here, City of Songs & More

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The Fringe Fest kept rolling on Friday (11.22) night. Of course, NoDef's team of critics was on hand to check out the theatrical offerings. In this edition of Fringe reviews, we check out Loop's End, Violence of the Lambs, They Don't Eat Corn Here, A Beaver Licous Family Affair, City of Songs, and Pussy Panic.

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

NOPD Search for Two Runaways

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Police are searching for two runaways on Saturday (11.22.) A 16 year old girl is missing from a treatment facility Uptown. In Mid City, a 14 year old girl has concerned parents after she ran away from home.

Draft of Cantrell's Smoking Ban Released

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

By Ashley Larsen

The state legislature has routinely taken a pass on passing anti-smoking legislation. However, New Orleans City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell proposed an ordinance to tackle the issue in New Olrelans. The proposed measure is severe elliminating smoking not only in bars, but many outdoor areas.

Council Marks Tragic Broadmoor Fire with Annual Day of Awareness

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

By Ashley Rouen

After a tragic fire in Broadmoor claimed the lives of two adult women and three children, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and City Council are taking action to prevent another tragedy. The Council declared November 11th “Anderson Family Smoke Detector Day,” in memory of members of the family who perished because their home was not equipped with working smoke detectors. Derrick Anderson was the only survivor. He and his relatives were present at the meeting. 

Today in Nola 11.22.14

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

It’s the second to last night of Fringe Fest, which has been rolling through indie theatres since Wednesday (Nov 19). Prospect 3 events continue today. A special second opening of the popular street art gallery Exhibit BE gives the public another chance to catch this building transformed into an amazing 5 story work of art. Rachelle Thomas and Steven Kennedy discuss Blight and property acquisition at the Treme Market Branch as part of P.3 and an effort to restore the historic building. Today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and famous Mafia Man Carlos Marcell was acquitted in his deportation case.

The Sunday Critic: Sarge, Enter Your Sleep, A Nudist's Wedding

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Besides the opportunity to be windy and wordy, the main advantage of keeping my amateur status as a critic rather than going pro (i.e being paid) is that I am not obligated to the scene as a whole. I get to what I get to. I’ve taken a pass on many shows. Sometimes, there's a conflict, other times shows are just not ready for a review, and sometimes words just don't do justice to a work.

Mardi Gras Zone Denied Alcohol Permit (Again)

Friday, November 21st, 2014

By Ashley Rouen

Hours of Thursday’s (11.12) City Council meeting were dominated by the budget, but the most passionate debate may have surrounded the Mardi Gras Zone. The neighborhood market and defacto community center in Marigny was denied a liquor license again. The question's appearance on the Council agenda brought an overwhelming number of supporters and many opposed to owner Benny Naghi’s desire to sell packaged liquor. Ultimately, the Council unanimously sided with the City Planning Commissions' recommendation to deny granting a zoning change that would let Mardi Gras Zone acquire proper licensing.

Three Thefts, Little Loot

Friday, November 21st, 2014

By Ashley Larsen

Crime doesn’t pay. Recently, several crooks have learned this age-old lesson. The NOPD are searching for some thirsty thieves with low ambitions, a low-dollar armed robber, and an unsuccessful shoplifter. 

Between the Bread

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest Returns: Details & Lineup

Po-Boys are as essential to NOLA as jazz, the Saints, or glue guns. It’s only fitting that they have their own fest. The seventh annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is returning November 23rd. From Leonidas to Willow, the street will be crawling with Po-boys and other delectables from over 40 vendors from all across South Louisiana. 


Fringe Begins

NoDef's Theatre Critic Does Opening Night: Cicada, The Other Mozart, Boesman and Lena

Two or three years ago, I grew disgruntled with the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Except for any absolute obligation shows, I started avoiding it in its entirety. Sheer size had not made the fest a “victim of its own success.” There’d been no noticeable decline in the quality of its slate. Rather I believed that the rest of the New Orleans scene had fallen victim to it. It’s all in the timing: Whereas in most cities a fringe fest invigorates the off-season, the theatrical dead zone, ours had set up camp in the middle of prime time – in a town where workable periods for full-run shows is already severely limited by the major holidays – then grown so huge as to suck all the air out of the room. 

Op-Ed: Pray, Don't Tell

Jindal Consulting Providence Before a Presidential Run

Don’t look now, but God is working overtime in Louisiana.

The Saints are looking increasingly incapable of producing a late-season miracle and the Pope confirmed that he’s coming to America in the near future. So consider yourself absolved of all sin if you missed the OTHER theological news of the past few days. Bobby Jindal transitioned from rejecting a run for the presidency to “mulling it over" about a year ago. Now he has reached DefCon 2; he's officially “praying on it.”

Plaques & Tracks

Club Founder Jimmy Anselmo to be Inducted into Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

Jimmy Anselmo, founder the celebrated uptown music club Jimmy’s, will be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame November 25th at Generations Hall at 6p.m. Hall of Fame President Mike Shepherd will host along with Hall of Fame musician Vince Vance. The event’s theme, “Such A Night” is a Dr. John reference. Shepherd says, “Mac will be there. He’s a close friend of Jimmy’s, and he will be assisting me in the actual inducting of Jimmy.”  

Drinking Culture

In Algiers, Columnist Searches for Burroughs, Finds The Crown & Anchor

Gentle reader, embark! All aboard the Algiers Ferry Col. Frank X. Armiger, bound for that phantom limb of New Orleans proper, Algiers Point. The afternoon was sunny and glorious, so I decided to cross the river and visit the house of the wonderfully trenchant writer and famously poor marksman, William S. Burroughs.

Book Look

Comics & Zines in Focus at NOCAZ Fest

Creators, artists, writers, and printmakers from New Orleans and from around the country celebrated the first New Orleans Comics and Zine Fest (NOCAZ) with readings, workshops, and panels this weekend at the New Orleans Public Library. The festival showcased artists who produce and print their own work through non-traditional methods and without the help or financing of the publishing industry. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Encore! Marigny Opera Reopens Doors

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The show must go on! The Marigny Opera House is once again open for (show) business and the Fringe Festival will be holding their regularly scheduled performances in the venue all weekend. The popular downtown venue made headlines last week when it hosted Solange Knowles’ wedding and then made the front page again on Wednesday (11.19) when the venue was briefly shuttered.

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