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July 23rd

The Apartment
Prytania Theatre, 10a.m.
1960 classic inspired creators of Mad Men


Wednesdays on the Point
Algiers Ferry Dock, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Soul Rebels, Tank and the Bangas, DJ Rik Ducci (free)


Theatres at Canal Place, 7p.m.
N.O. Film Society presents Bong Joon-ho’s new film ($12.50)


Dave Hill, Fayard Lindsey
One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.
Comedy presented by Hell Yes Fest ($15)


Dinky Tao Poetry
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.
Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson


Surrender the Fall, Artifas, Colossal Heads
Southport Hall, 8:30p.m.
Heavy rock out of Memphis ($10)


Peter Matthew Bauer, Ben Jones, Skyler Skelset
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.
Former bassist of The Walkmen ($10)


July 24th

Crescent City Farmers Market
3700 Orleans Ave., 3p.m.-7p.m.
Midcity edition of the city's prime local market


Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.
This week ft. country rockers Pontchartrain Wrecks


Thursdays at Twilight
City Park Botanical Garden, 6p.m.
This week ft. Paul Sanchez ($10)


Dying City
Shadowbox Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Christopher Shinn’s play about the social effects of the Iraq War ($15)


Gisela in Her Bathtub & A Hand of Bridge
Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.
9th Ward Opera Company presents two one-act operas ($20)


20,000 Days On Earth
Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.
Screening of the Nick Cave doc


Yojimbo, Down By Law
Joy Theatre, 7p.m.
Double feature worthy of the Criterion Collection


Coathangers, White Fang, Trampoline Team, Bottom Feeders
Siberia, 7p.m.
Feminist punk rockers at the early show ($8)


Reggae Night
Blue Nile, 11p.m.
Hosted by DJ T-Roy

Letter: Planned Parenthood Responds to Anti-Abortion Protesters

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

As NoDef's Jessica Placzek reported Tuesday, an out-of-town group known as Operation Save America is in New Orleans this week holding anti-abortion rallies in Jackson Square and the site of a new Planned Parenthood clinic on Claiborne Ave. Today, Planned Parenthood and a host of other health care providers, faith leaders and social justice advocates issued the following response to the demonstrators:

Tagged for Carjacking: NOPD Seeks Woman in 7th Ward Ambush

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

NOPD detectives are searcing for a woman who arranged a meeting with a man on the Internet, then carjacked him when they met face-to-face in the 7th Ward. The woman, known as Ali W, stole the man's flame-adorned 2010 Dodge Challenger about 4 a.m. Wednesday in the 2200 block of St. Anthony St., police said.

Jazz Funeral Set for Lionel Ferbos

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Lionel Ferbos, the city's oldest jazz musician at the time of his death, will get a jazz funeral sendoff next month. Services for the trumpeter, who passed away July 19 at the age of 103, will take place on the same weekend as Satchmo Summerfest, where he often played.

Loop South Levels on Movie Sound Production

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

by Christopher Romaguera

With increased movie production in New Orleans, more learning opportunities are also emergin for pros and locals alike. This weekend, the New Orleans Video Access Center is set to offer the latest installment of a course series on movie sound production titled In the Loop. The Saturday (7-26) class on Intro to Loop Recording for Actors will be presented with Loop South. 

Casting Their Lot

Film Project Focuses on Improving Algiers 'Park'

Filmmaker Russell Blanchard didn't intend to start a new project when he went into Black Star Books & Caffe, just a block from his Algiers home. But, as many neighborhood conversations go in New Orleans, he got to talking to Black Star owner Baakir Tyehimba about the closest blight.

Tarpon Time

Grand Isle's Grandaddy Fishing Rodeo Returns

Anglers are jumping over to Grand Isle this weekend for the oldest fishing tournament in the United States, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.  Originally founded by a New Orleans fishing club back in 1928, the long-running competition celebrates its 93rd anniversary. Or, maybe it's the 94th.

Anti-Abortion Protest

Operation Save America Holds 'Wake' in Jackson Square

Even though it's not Mardi Gras or Southern Decadence, conservative Christian protesters from out of town are in New Orleans this week. A series of protests are being run by a national anti-abortion organization called Operation Save America. The latest public demonstration took place Tuesday (7-22) morning in Jackson Square, where the group held a wake for an aborted fetus.

Into the Breach

Local Levee Board, Forbidden to Sue, Begins Long Suit

A local levee board will continue its fight to sue oil and gas companies for wetlands damage.  But, for the time being, their focus has shifted to a fight against the government.  

A Mid-Summer's Night Scene

Reviews: The Dying City, The Human Buffet, Behind My Enemy's Eyes

With NOLA's major producers stilling their big guns until autumn and nearly everybody financially able skedaddled out of town, summer is the humid season of works-in-progress, festivals and, especially, vanity productions, (No disrespect intended: over a third of my résumé, including some of the highlights, is of shows created by or featuring me, for which I picked up the tab.)


July 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA
NOMA, 5-9p.m.
Murals On Screen film series begins with Multiple Perspectives: the Crazy Machine


Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue
Siberia, 6p.m.
Authentic N.O. honky-tonk rock (free)


Zephyrs vs. Omaha
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Closed Curtain
Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.
Jafar Panahi made his new film despite Iran’s ban on his work


Dying City
Shadowbox Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Christopher Shinn’s play about the social effects of the Iraq War ($20)


Johnny Angel & Helldorado
Old U.S. Mint, 8p.m.
Country Western swing from New Orleans ($10)


Gisela in Her Bathtub & A Hand of Bridge
Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.
9th Ward Opera Company presents two one-act operas ($20)


King Buzzo, Dax Riggs
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Melvins leader goes solo acoustic ($15)


The Hood Internet, Jermaine Quiz
Hi-Ho Lounge, 9p.m.
Mashup DJ extraordinaires ($12)


PUJOL, Natural Child, Heavy Lids, Planchettes
Siberia, 10p.m.
Garage rock from Nashville & NOLA


Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
This week ft. Eddie Roberts & Friends


Rocky Horror Picture Show
Prytania, 10p.m.
Ft. The Well Hung Speakers shadow cast


July 26th

Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Historic New Orleans Collection, 10:30a.m.
1964 film stars Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten


Renee Broadhead: Unveiled and P.L. Jones: Bonded By Blood
Garden District Books, 2-3:30p.m.
Two YA authors read from their supernatural novels


Big Easy Rollergirls Double Header
UNO Human Performance Center, 5p.m.
vs. Hattiesburg & Chicago ($15)


Zephyrs vs. Omaha
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Symbols of the Illuminati in New Orleans
Zeitgeist, 6:30p.m.
They’re reeeeeal (presented by Tony Green)


New Orleans Voodoo vs. San Antonio Talons
Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.
Local arena football


Ceremony, Nothing, Back to Back, Heat Dust
Mudlark, 7p.m.
Cali & Philly punk rock ($5)


Dying City
Shadowbox Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Christopher Shinn’s play about the social effects of the Iraq War ($20)


Gisela in Her Bathtub & A Hand of Bridge
Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.
9th Ward Opera Company presents two one-act operas ($20)


Steely Dan
Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.
Kings of cool-dad rock ($62+)


Bantam Foxes
Old U.S. Mint, 8p.m.
Local indie band incorporates fuzzy blues rock ($10)


Rocky Horror Picture Show
Prytania, 10p.m.
Ft. shadow cast the Well Hung Speakers


Hi-Ho Lounge, 11p.m.
DJ Soul Sister’s rare groove dance party

Gert Town Shooting Victim Found, Suspect Sought

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Police caught up with a weekend shooting victim Tuesday who left the hospital without permission from doctors. Now, detectives are looking for the man who shot Isiah Miller in Gert Town early Sunday morning.

Hardie is Backer of Lower 9th Ward Rebuilding

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

A much needed delivery was made Tuesday (7-22) morning in the Lower 9th Ward. About $25,000 dollars worth of interior and exterior siding was handed over to the non profit,, courtesy of the James Hardie company. 

Flash Flood Warning in NOLA

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

New Orleans is under flash flood warning until 11:15 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. A band of strong thunderstorms are moving across the area.

Today in NOLA: 7.23.14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Hell Yes, the NOLA/Austin comedy fest, brings comedian Dave Hill to One Eyed Jacks tonight. Plus, Peter Matthew Bauer of the Walkmen at Gasa Gasa and hard rock band Surrender the Fall at Southport Hall. Happy birthday to Soul Rebels snare drummer Lumar LeBlanc, celebrating his 47th today. Read on for more details tonight:

Second Suspect Arrested in Memorial Day Murder

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

FBI agents arrested the second suspect in a Lower 9th Ward murder that happened on Memorial Day, according to a news release. Jeremiah Washington, 28, turned himself in on Tuesday (7-22) morning.

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

NOPD 5th District Returns to Claiborne Ave.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

After nine years, the NOPD 5th District has finally returned to its home at 3900 N. Claiborne. Nestled between a daycare and the New Salem Baptist Church, the 5th District’s new base is housed in an angular and modern 17,000 sq ft. building.

Common Core Goes to Court

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

With Gov. Bobby Jindal and state education leaders still at an impasse over Common Core, it appears it will be up to the courts to decide how to resolve whether the national education standards will be applied in Louisiana for the 2014-15 school year. So far, the state education leaders haven't filed suit as expected, but legislators and a group of parents and teachers were happy to lawyer up in the meantime.

Indoor Film Series at NOMA Spotlights Mexican Master

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the New Orleans Film Society are once again teaming up to show movies among the rarefied art in City Park. For the hotter, soggier summer months, the latest cinematic series will move into the museum's marbled halls, and focus on the work of a famed Mexican cinematographer.

Tropical Update: TD2 Not Expected to Strengthen

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Despite coaxing from ratings-hungry Weather Channel producers, a tropical disturbance making its way west across the Atlantic Ocean is expected to collapse into downward spiral of depression. As of Tuesday (7-22) morning, Tropical Depression 2 was not expected to reach Tropical Storm strength, according to National Hurricane Center forecaster Michael Brennan.

Today in NOLA: 7.22.14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Tuesday night is your last chance to catch Life Itself as Roger Ebert would have wanted you to see it: on the big screen. Writer Josh Weil appears in the Garden District tonight, touring in support of his first novel. Plus, two quality indie shows, with A Sunny Day in Glasgow performing at Gasa Gasa and folk-pop newcomers James Wallace & the Naked Light at the Mudlark Theatre. More details:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Local Teaches Filmmaking Through Mentorship

"I just think it's kind of useless to go to school for film to be perfectly honest with you," suggests Louisiana filmmaker Marshall Woodworth. "I don't know if it's U.N.O or it's all film schools. I don't know. I only went to U.N.O. It teaches film theory and that was fabulous. So I feel like I paid $60 Grand to get three or four really good film theory classes that definitely made me a better film director." 

Daiquiri Day

Cane and Table's Nick Detrich on Drink's Caribbean, Rum-Filled Origins

Unwrap the straw and raise up a styrofoam cup. July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, and New Orleans, with its gallon pricing and drive thru options, is the Daiquiri capital. (Plus, there's a parade). Moving beyond Bourbon Street’s frozen flavors, NOLA Defender wanted to dig down to the roots of the subtropical favorite. Cane & Table’s Nick Detrich, an expert on rums and Caribbean cocktials, provided some guidance.

Tails and Tales

Cocktail Extravaganza Features Beachbum on Rum, Llama on Bourbon (PHOTOS)

Tales of the Cocktail rolled on Thursday (7-18), with special appearances from bartending tandems that could happen nowhere else, a beachbum and a llama. Just like Wednesday, Dr. Bill Copen was on the scene:

Another 48 Hours

Fast Film Fete Comes to NOLA

The New Orleans installment of the 48 Hour Film Project begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Maison St. Charles Hotel Ballroom (1319 St. Charles Avenue.) NOLA Project Producer Bill Rainey reports that as of last night 48 teams (he insists it's a coincidence) have registered for the two-day competition which gives teams two days to create a movie script and then complete a film at least four minutes, but no longer than seven minutes long. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Pace Connects the Dots of Comedy

Monday, July 21st, 2014

"Do your best, be funny, and don't be a dick." That represents comedian Duncan Pace's three maxims for anyone wanting to be a part of the New Orleans comedy scene. "That's a great combination of rules.  And other comedy scenes might not have 'Don't be a dick.' And they would be great comedy scenes, and there may be great comedians, but the environment would be more cut-throat."  

NOPD Arrest Treme Stabbing Suspect

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Police announced that they have identified and apprehended a suspect in a fatal Treme stabbing. NOPD said that the suspect, 75 yr. old, Seabon "Tom" Gibson was bought in for questioning around 8 p.m. Sunaday (7.20.14) evening and subsequently confessed to killing his live-in girlfriend around 1:25 a.m. this morning.

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