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June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez


Overnight Crime Report: Suicide, Homicide, Unclassified Death, Four Armed Robberies, Car Jacking, Rape, Attempted Armed Robbery

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw ten crimes hit the city on Sunday (6.25). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a suicide, an unclassified death, four armed robberies, homicide, car jacking, rape, and an attempted armed robbery. 

Today in NOLA 6.26.17

Monday, June 26th, 2017

This Monday, learn the basics of alternative medicine, enjoy the special sound that is children’s choir, get rowdy at Hi-Ho, or celebrate the start of a new month with Tasche. On this day in 1910, the St. Roch Playground, the third oldest playground in the city, was opened. Now, more ways to shake off that case of the Mondays. 

NOPD Searches for Pines Village Preteen

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a 12-year-old girl who reportedly ran away from her Pines Village home four days ago. 


Overnight Crime Report: Armed Robbery, Simple Robbery, Car Jacking, Attempted Homicide

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw four crimes hit the city on Saturday (6.24). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to an armed robbery, a simply robbery, a car jacking, and an attempted homicide. 

Horoscopes for Week of June 26th

Neptune continues to shower us with its magic this week and we have a beautiful opportunity to begin manifesting the work that has come up over the last few days since the new moon in Cancer. Whether you set an intention or not, allow what you feel passionate about and what is on your mind to guide you, your instinct is more on point than any astrologer could be.


The Greatest Swing

Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Photos by Brandon Robert


The Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Club stepped out on Sunday, marking one of the final walks as the annual second line season winds down. The procession wound around Central City, hit part of Uptown proper, and saw the group strut back to the hallowed second line ground along Washington Ave., Dryades St., and ultimately disbanded on Eden St. 

Promotin’ the General Welfare

New Orleans, Toward Becoming A More Sustainable City

“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” was the ominously comical punch line delivered by the mock-maternal figure in Chiffon Margarine commercials of the 1970s.


For the folks living in denial regarding rising sea levels and similar issues related to climate change, maybe the message should be, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.”


June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant


Second Line Alert: Uptown Swingers

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The Uptown Swingers are set to step out once again as the annual second line season winds down. The club is set to step out at 3:30PM. from 4622 Loyola Ave. Click through for the full route:

Today in NOLA 6.25.17

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Today, get ready to think deep once again, fund raise for a great cause with great book, get a book signed, or grab a beer and some sweet tunes at Banks St Bar. On this day in 1978, Abraham Lincoln Davis, the city’s very first African American councilman, passed away at the age of 63. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

Overnight Crime Report: Five Armed Robberies, Simple Robbery, Two Stabbings, Two Shootings, Rape, Unclassified Death

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw twelve crimes hit the city on Friday (6.23). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to five armed robberies, simple robbery, two stabbings, two shootings, rape, unclassified death. 


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 6.24.17

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Today, celebrate the weekend with a selection of festival events sure to suit anyone’s taste. For something a little more low key, learn how to grow your own veggies (and save money!), or partake in some of the local art. On this day, in 1991, the Lower CBD was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Now, more to do this Saturday. 


A Day Fit For A Praline

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

New Orleans is a city well-loved for it’s food, but not as well known for its sweets outside of cake-y creations like beignets, bread pudding, and King Cake. If you live in the Big Easy, chances are there is a certain sugary treat that is rather ubiquitous in your life: the praline. The humble praline is a staple in this city, and its sweet influence has finally garnered it it’s very own national holiday on June 24th.


Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Address U.S. Conference of Mayors as 75th President

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Further adding fuel to the potentially presidential fire, it was announced Friday that Mayor Mitch Landrieu will deliver an address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) on Monday, June 26th in Miami Beach. 


Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher Continue Their ‘Endless Honeymoon’ in NOLA

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Comedy Central power couple Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher will bring the funny to the French Quarter this summer. Following the success of last year’s Honeymoon Tour (which consisted of, yes, honeymoon-able spots like Santa Barbara and Honolulu), the duo is at it again with the Endless Honeymoon Tour, set to begin in New Orleans this July. 

Top Hops: Second Line Brewing’s Comeback Kid

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

You know what we here at NoDef love about these craft beers, man? We get older, but they stay the same taste. This weekend, Second Line Brewing will re-release a real crowd favorite: an IPA brew as smooth as Mr. McConaughey himself.


Great Exclamations: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) Announces Marigny Show

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Dance-punk band !!! (known audibly as Chk Chk Chk) is celebrating legal drinking status, as the critically acclaimed band marks its 21st year on the music scene with an international summer/fall tour. On Friday (6.23), the New York-based crew announced that they will drop by NOLA for a show along St. Claude Ave. this fall.  


Overnight Crime Report: Three Shootings, Armed Robbery, Rape, Simple Robbery, Stabbing, Officer Needs Assistance

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw eight crimes hit the city on Thursday (6.22). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to three shootings, armed robbery, rape, simple robbery, stabbing, and an officer in need of assistance. 

NOLA Lore: The Rougarou

The Werewolf of the Bayou

Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the Rougarou, the werewolves of France and Louisiana. 

Astro Forecast: New Moon in Cancer

Brave Enough to Do the Work of Getting Free

Friday’s New Moon occurs in Cancer at 9:32PM CDT. Cancer calls for compassionate interpersonal connections, room for drama, holding space for our feels, tenderness, honoring our ancestors, and connecting with our intuitions. Cancer is one of the major healers of the zodiac and is one of the major leaders of the zodiac. Things tend to pop off when it comes to Cancer, and this New Moon does not disappoint in that regard.


The Price Tag for Health Care

What the Senate GOP Health Care Bill Means for Louisiana

On January 12th, 2016, John Bel Edwards sat down at his desk on his second day of office as Governor of Louisiana. His predecessor Bobby Jindal had depleted the state budget (which prior was experiencing a rare surplus) to a $2 billion deficit. Edwards signed an executive order to allow an influx of $184 million in federal dollars to the state economy, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA had been passed, Louisiana was subject to it, Jindal just refused to accept the money. As Edwards said, “the easiest decision I will ever make as governor.”


Who Comes Next?

Paul Trévigne: From L'Union to Plessy v. Ferguson

Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes during the Civil War era who could serve as positive replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. This week, learn about the South's first black newspaper editor, Paul Trévigne.


Dad to the Bone

Perfect Gentlemen and Dignified Achievable Men & Women Second Line (Photos)

The annual Father’s Day second line was put on by The Perfect Gentlemen’s Social Aid & Pleasure Club along with The Dignified Achievable Men & Women Social & Pleasure Club (DAM). The paraders strut through Central City, stopping along the way for refreshments and “street-meat” straight-off-the-smokers that are resting on the backs of various pick-up trucks. The event featured TBC Brass Band, and started and ended at the historic Gladstone Bar & Lounge.

Horosocopes for Week of June 19th

This week we bloom in the abundant daylight of summer solstice. We attune to Mother Nature and her bounty and unite, even if for a moment, with vibrations that call us to shine and be free. It is in Cancer’s amniotic waters that we find the divine power to (re)birth ourselves into the primal perfection that runs deep within us, that perfection we cannot shake even if we try. It is in the sun’s vibrant light we fully let go of winter and step into our most radiant selves.

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Frack Your Brain

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


July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Today in NOLA 6.23.17

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

This Friday, enjoy Redemptions Family’s new release, celebrate the Solstice with a healthy dose of dance, get down to stylings of Nick Name and the Valmonts, or Sam Price & The True Believers at Blue Nile. On This day in 1948,  Lousiana Music Hall of Famer Luther Kent was born. Now, more about Friday's festivities. 

Oprah’s Louisiana TV Show Takes the Throne

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Whatever Oprah does, she does well — whether it’s building a television dynasty, starting a magazine, or eating 30 lbs. of mac and cheese, the woman can do it all. This week, she is celebrating yet another success as the Louisiana-set series Queen Sugar on her namesake OWN network was a ratings smash during its season two premiere event. 

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