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November 1st

Voodoo Fest

 City Park, All Day

Outkast headline tonight


Gravity A

Blue Nile, 1a.m

Following Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers and Big Sam’s Funky Nation


Roger Bowie & the Midnight Visions

Bamboula’s, 12:30-4:30a.m.

Nola Party Music + 2nd set tribute to Band of Gypsies in the back room


Morning 40 Federation + Happy Talk Band

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

Funk, Jazz, and Rock from dat 9th Ward


Flow Tribe

Gasa Gasa. 9p.m.

Homegrown Nola Funk for your earholes


Hurray for the Riff Raff + Clear Plastic Masks & Dante the Magician

Hi Ho Lounge, 10p.m.

Jam out with hometown heroes and company 


Donde Wolf + Blind Dumb Pilgrums and Charles Bronsons Bronze Sons

Howlin' Wolf - "The Den", 11p.m.



Halloween Aqua Circus Extravaganza

Joy Theatre, 10p.m. 

Fishbone & MarchFourth Marching Band


Debauche + Dirty Bourbon River Show + Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawler & More

The Maison, 10p.m. 


Jim Monoghan's 19th Annual Halloween Parade

Molly's at the Market, 6p.m.

Join The Storyville Stompers, The Kazoozie Floozies & More for Molly’s freak fest


Quintron & Miss Pussycat + Ballzack + Manatees

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m. (sold out)

Psychedelic Nawlins Soul


Galactic Special Halloween Show + Earphunk 

Tipitina's, 11p.m. (sold out)


26th Annual Lestat Coronation Ball

The Republic, 8p.m.-2a.m.

Anne Rice, SkinzNBonez, 504 Dancin Man, Mardi Gras Indian Wildman John, Mary Fahl, Nightbird, Zebra with New Orleans Native Keyboardist, and The Black Bats. 


LEFTOVER CRACK, Potato Pirates, Juicy Karkass, Rats in the Wall, Mea Culpa

Siberia, 9:30p.m.-2a.m.

CRACKTOBERFEST 2014 Punk/SKA extravaganza


Halloweird: A Warehouse Party

2735 Toulouse Street

Brian T. Simonson & Poorboyz Productions Presents Epic Live Music and Djs with St. Clair Pizza

Halloween in NOLA: 10.31.14

Friday, October 31st, 2014

While Mardi Gras is the big party that New Orleans is known for, the Crescent City has always had a big soft spot for Halloween and all of its tantalizingly spooky delights. Here is a complete list of Halloween events to attend this weekend. 

SOFAB's New Exhibit a CakeWalk

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Ashley Larsen

“Let Them Eat Cake.” The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard) is hosting a debut of photographs from The Birthday Cake Project. The project is the brain child of S. Louise Neal, a local artist, who baked and gave away one free birthday cake a day for the entire month of June. 

NOFD Mourns Troy Magee

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) is mourning one of their own. On Sunday (10.26), Fire Captain Troy Magee passed away. Magee was a 13 year old veteran with numerous commendations.

Uptown Man Missing

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

October is proving to be a busy month for missing persons with the police searching for nearly two dozen individuals during the start of fall. officers are now busy looking for an uptown man who has not been seen or heard from in nearly two weeks.

Today in NOLA: 10.30.14

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Tomorow is Halloween, but the Ogden is already kicking off Day of the Dead celebrations. Those planning on healthy treats for the holiday can hit a farmers' market. Plus, there's live music in the City Park. On this day in Louisiana 2002, the then Hornets won their first NFL game in New Orleans against Utah. Now, more modern day happenings.

Farmers' Fete

Local Produce Trending at the French Market (Photos)

The Crescent City Farmers Market has taken to the streets of the French Quarter on Wednesday’s for the past few weeks. Located inside the French Market between Barracks and Governor Nicholls, it is open from 2-6p.m. every Wednesday. From local fresh produce to pastured meats, seafood, dairy, breads and baked goods, preserves, honey, pasta sauces, tapenade, fresh flowers, garden herbs and more. It’s a great new source of fresh eats for Quarter dwellers, locals and visitors alike! 

Parental Concerns

Theatre Review: Orphans

Damned if I know whether Frederick Mead is a genius or the luckiest director in town. 

I winced when casting was announced for Jonathan Mares’ production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans. The oft-produced, award-winning drama (three showy roles, simple unit set) is about grown orphan brothers, practically feral: the older Treat (Martin Bradford), a violent control freak who makes their lousy living as a petty thief; the younger Phillip (David Williams), submissive and so childlike as to seem mentally challenged.

Earning His Stripes

Music at the Mint Interview: Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson's band Zebra is iconic to many New Orleanians. In a City defined by Jazz, Jackson developed a rock sound. Zebra is also one of the longest running recording bands in any genre. NoDef's partners, Music at the Mint, spent some time talking with him.

Drinking Culture

Vignette: A Night at Bacchanal

Gentle reader, if you’re trying to do anything at all, everything is a race against time. I was trying to see Helen Gillet play at Bacchanal on Monday night before the booze robbed me of my faculties to appreciate the wine and music to come. I’d been on a barstool all afternoon in Mid-City before our friend DJ Dino from WWOZ scooped me up in his car. The race was on! It was going to be close. 

Book Nook

Tubby and Coos Mid-City Book Shop’s Grand Opening

“We’re going to have a lot of different things going on,” says Candice Huber, the owner of Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop. Huber’s new speciality book store has its grand opening October 31st through November 2nd at 631 N. Carrollton Avenue, just down the street from The Bean Gallery coffee shop. 

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Skeleton Shoes & Party Plans

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

By Amanda Thompson

Everyone has skeletons in their closet just waiting to come out and dance. Today, I walk you through a simple DIY project for skeleton shoes. They are affordable and perfect for a last minute costume. In addition, I offer up five tips to spice up your Halloween night party.

Today in NOLA: 10.29.14

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Season is beginning which is a mixed bag. Yes, the tourists are flowing, but so is the classic New Orleans music. Rebirth is on Frenchmen for a special appearance and downtown favorite Meschiya Lake is heading uptown. There's also poetry and theatre. Plus, the Tin Men are holding their regular d.b.a. gig.

Petting Boo: Tips for Keeping Four Legged Friends Happy on Halloween

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The web loves pets in costumes be they spider dogs or pirate cats. Yet, the folks over at the Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) are quick to caution that the holiday can be rough on animals. The organization has provided a quick list of pointers to make sure that the year's spookiest night doesn't scare your four legged fellows too much.

State of Play 10.28-11.03

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

As Fringe Fest and Halloween approach, theatre in NOLA is in the midst of small lull. However, the week does bring a remount of a Jim Fitzmorris classic and radio play about Nancy Dreaux. Plus, derivative fare like Rocky Horror, Trek a Go-Go, and a Living Dead musical continue their runs.

Police Investigate Missing Man, Student in Algiers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Police are busy looking for missing persons in Algiers today. In one case, a girl headed out to school and never returned. In an unrelated incident, a 51 year old man was seen pacing in front of his house and has been missing for two days since.

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: 10.28.14

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Halloween is around the corner. So, tonight may be the last evening to catch some local music in a mellow vibe before the season begins in full force. Meschiya Lake will be singing her standards at the Cat. The Nile and Gasa Gasa are both offering more progressive fare this evening. For those with tired feet, there’s also comedy at the Howlin’Wolf. 

Suspects Identified in Central City Shooting

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Police have identified two suspects in an afternoon shooting in Central City. Following the October 15th incident, NOPD are want 24-year-old Edward Patterson and 25-year-old Keron Cooper for Attempted Murder,

Countdown to Ecstasy: Voodoo Sets Up (Photos)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The Voodo Art + Music begins on Halloween Day (10.3). However, a spectacle of this size requires some serious setup. The main stage alone requires two cranes to erect. NoDef snuck out to City Park's festival grounds to check out the action. Click through for some photos.

Police Look for Missing KIPP Student

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Police are looking for a missing KIPP student today. 15 year old Ventures Draggs III has not been heard from or seen since Sunday (10.26) night. His worried mother and the police are asking for  community support in locating the teen.

Film Review: Gone Girl

Monday, October 27th, 2014

By Jason Raymond

After sitting through the endless, endless Gone Girl, I looked up the run times of David Fincher’s last seven movies. Here’s the list:

Afternoon Shooting in Central City Leaves One Dead

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Police are investigating an afternoon fatal shooting Central City today. The gunplay on the 2000 block of Washington Avenue left a 27 year old man dead.

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Scream Team

House of Shock Ponders Its Own Mortality

The legendary House of Shock is closing its doors forever. Or is it? House of Shock has become ingrained in New Orleans horror and Halloween culture over the past twenty-two years. The destination was named number one Haunted House in the country by Haunted Attraction Magazine, and one couple even got married at the festival last year. However, due to a crippling 2013 season, the haunted house which also includes live music and pyrotechnics, has been forced to declare this the last year ever unless they can receive sufficient funds. 

A Book By Any Other Name

Room 220 Interviews Eli Horowitz

from Press Street's Room 220

Eli Horowitz—former editor and publisher of McSweeney’s—released a new book about a generation of children born without speech, The Silent History, as a serialized novel that came out daily on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). It included e-specific features like “Field Reports,” mini-stories that existed within the world of the overall novel—deepening the story but not essential for the main narrative—that you could only read if you were in a particular geographic place (in the real world with your iPhone).

Parking Parade Remade

Behind the City's New Meters

Lovely Rita’s business is getting a makeover for modern times. Last month installation began on 1,361 new parking meters around the city. The city will be replacing 950 single-post meters, and 311 multi-box meters with a modern box. The new-fangled machines will be solar powered and touch screen enabled and will have replaced the old ones by the end of the year. 

Pablove Shows Some Love

New Gallery Show Fights Childhood Cancer with Art

One group is fighting childhood cancer with art. The first New Orleans class of the Pablove foundation’s Pablove Shutterbugs is celebrating its graduation with a show at the Du Mois Gallery (4609 Freret Street). The show features photographs by children battling the disease and the results are professional, if not moving.

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