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May 6th

Katt Williams

UNO Lakefront, 8p.m.

Comedian brings his Conspiracy Theory


The Unnaturals

Bank St. Bar,

Beachabilly with a little swing, dress appropriately


Hot 8 Brass Band

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

Mix of brass standards and funky covers


Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 10p.m.

Romy Kaye & the Mercy Buckets provide soundtrack


The Jesse Smith Project

Maison, 10p.m.

Big brassy swamp funk


May 7th

Independent Bookstore Day

Book Stores, All-Day

Bibliophiles rejoice with deals and swag


Crawfish Mambo

UNO, 11a.m.-6p.m.

Annual mudbug fest



HOB, 10p.m.

Depeche Mode tribute band



Republic, 11p.m.

Ooah and Marty Party bring their EDM bonanza


Celtic Woman

Saenger, 8p.m.

All female celtic vocal extravaganza


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Shorty proteges play funky takes on classics


Little Freddie King

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

Locally grown blues

City Park Drops "Thursdays at Twilight" Lineup

Friday, May 6th, 2016

As Fest Season enters the final leg, New Orleans is looking ahead to the popular outdoor concerts that provide our weekly dose of live music. Today, City park dropped the lineup for their “Thursdays at Twilight” series. Bruce Daigrepont, John Boutté, and the Pfister Sisters are just a few of the familiar names on the roster.

Overnight Crime Report: Sexual Assault, Shooting, Mugging, Domestic Violence

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Crime continued to be sparse, but violent, in the last 24 hours according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). The Major Offense Log (MOL) for Thursday (5.05) lists a case of domestic violence, a shooting, a rape, and a mugging.

Today in NOLA: 5.06.16

Friday, May 6th, 2016

As you recuperate from two weekends of Jazz Fest, there is still some music playing. Katt Williams is providing some laughs at UNO and things are getting steamy on Bourbon. On this day in 1996, Aaron Neville performed for then President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton on the White House South Lawn. Now, more to do this Friday.

David Duke Salutes the Donald

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Perhaps, Hillary Clinton should consider borrowing Edwin Edwards’ legendary “Vote for the Crook. It’s Important” slogan. EWE’s old nemesis, David Duke, has been buddying up to Clinton’s presumed opponent Donald Trump lately. On Wednesday (5.04), Duke used his radio show to shower Trump with praise as well as rattle off several anti-semitic conspiracy theories.

From the Fairgrounds to Churchill Downs

Guide to Louisiana Links at the Kentucky Derby

On Saturday (5.07), 20 horses will make the annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. The Swedish hockey player inspired Nyquist is the bettors’ favorite, but there are plenty of horses with more local ties in the Kentucky Derby. The field includes four colts with strong Louisiana heritage. Click on through for your guide to the contenders with NOLA roots. 

Mexican Standoff

NOLA's Many Opportunities to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

With all the fleur-de-lis decorating New Orleans, it is evident that the city puts our French heritage in the spotlight. So, finding a place to party for Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexico’s defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla, can be a bit tricky. NoDef has a list of all the specials and parties honoring the holiday tonight.

Crabby Cabbies Strike Back

Taxi Drivers Sue Uber Drivers

NOLA’s cabbies may have been forced to install credit card machines and accept pedicabs, but the livery drivers are drawing the line with Uber. In a Monday (5.02) filing, 26 cabbies sued 21 Uber drivers for what they see as unfair competition.

Bey to Bring her Honey to NOLA

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Last year, Beyonce spent a lot of time in Louisiana during shoots for her “Formation” and “Lemonade” videos, but the Crescent City did not make the cut for a tour to support the new projects. On Thursday (5.05), the Queen Bey remedied that omission, adding a NOLA stop to the Formation World Tour.

Overnight Crime Report: Unclassified Death, Fatal Crash, Bomb Scare, Domestic Violence

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Crime was down yesterday according to the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Wednesday (5.40). The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to a case of domestic violence, a bomb scare, an unclassified death, and fatal Lamborghini accident.

Today in NOLA: 5.05.16

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Now that Jazz Fest has passed, Cinco de Mayo gives New Orleanians yet another reason to party. There are parties all over the city and Croatian rockers Father are in town. On this day in 1713, Antoine Cadillac was appointed Spanish Governor of Louisiana. Now, more to do this Thursday.

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

Wednesdays at the Point Drops 2016 Lineup

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Wednesdays at the Square are in full force right now, but as season winds down, it’s time to look forward to Wednesdays at the Point. The popular series in Algiers Point dropped their 2016 schedule today.

Bell Spell: Jinxed Creamery Issues Another Recall

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The popular southern creamery Blue Bell issued an ice cream recall (again) on Wednesday (5.03) evening. This time the issue is not Listeria, but a simple case of mislabelling.

What Happened to GiveNOLA?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Tuesday (5.03) was an opportunity for New Orleanians to give to their favorite charities during the annual GiveNOLA Day. However, massive server issues at tech partner, Kimbia, meant that for almost ten hours, NOLA givers were unable to access the giving portal. One day later, there is plenty to explain.

Today in NOLA: 5.04.16

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The Fest has passed, but some of the celebration lingers. A mini-parade honoring Star Wars is on the docket. Locals are returning to their weekly gigs but some out-of-towners are still laying down the funk. On this date in 1970, author T.H. Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography on Huey Long. Now, more to do before it gets too late.

Sinkhole de Mayo

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The mix of an excuse for a party and public infrastructure failure is distinctly New Orleans. Likewise, the mix of a small joke and big, viral reaction is distinct to our modern web powered society. These world collided on Tuesday (5.03) when a Sinkhole de Mayo party became an instant rage. Then, organizers were faced with the dilemma of managing a joke that became a very real event for over 1000 people.

Before It Was Cool: NOLA "Hipster Hotspot"

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

“New Orleans is officially a hipster hotspot.” That is the judgment (and headline) of Jimmy Im over at the NY Post. Im continues to employ 833 words, several references to the Bywater, the David Bowie “second line,” and Shaya to put forth the un-ironic argument that NOLA is hipster haven. (Thanks for the, er, love NY).

Glitch NOLA Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

NOLA is a magnanimous place. Sometimes, it’s too magnanimous. Tuesday’s (5.03) annual GiveNOLA Day was disrupted when the online “giving portal” crashed “due to the high volume of generosity for giving days across the county.” Donors were asked to give via phone and charitable organizations expressed concerns about decreased donations.

All That Jazz

Photographs from Jazz fest 2016

Jazz Fest offered two weeks of food, drinks, sun, rain, and of course music. Paulo Steven Diniz and Rachel June braved the mud and sun at the Fairgounds to photgraph it all for our readers. Click on through to the check ou the best of the 2016 Fest in photos.

Singing in the Rain

A Wet Saturday at Jazz Fest (Photos)

On Saturday (4.30), the Fair Grounds were wet, very wet. Still, early end aside, Jazz Fest did manage to pack in six solid hours of music and fun. For those that  braved the entire day, there were some intimate moments seeking shelter. Rachel June was in the trenches (literally) to photgraph it all. Click on through for scenes from the Fest.

Festive Fotos

Pictures from Jazz Fest 2016

Jazz Fest is a sensory overload of sights and sounds. It's impossibel totake it all in, even over seven days. So NoDef dispatched Paulo Steven Diniz to the Fairgounds to photgraph it all for our readers. Click on through to the check ou the first installation of the 2016 Fest in photos.

Mud Bugs

Pro-Tips for Handling a Muddy Jazz Fest

It’s official now. After a healthy downpour on Thursday (4.28) afternoon, the Fairgrounds will be traditionally muddy for Jazz Fest. As the Fest halts for no man or mud, it’s time to embrace the mud! NoDef has some suggestions for vets and newbies alike about how best to handle the element.

Edible Ecstacy

NOWFE Bulks Up Lineup for 2016

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is really kicking it up in 2016. The ever-popular Royal Street Stroll and the GrandTasting will return, but they will be supplemented by an impressive roster of special events ranging from fishing with Donald Link to a Franco-Spanish Hog War.

Feast Season

Sparklehorse Pops Up at Carrollton Station

This week being the Jazz Fest break, there are lots of big name event son Monday (4.25) night. However, up in the Riverbend, there are is also some popular grass roots action. Burgeoning pop-up, Sparklehorse is hosting Carrollton Station (8140 Carrollton St.) cooking up some crazy food and offering some free music.

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Frack Your Brain

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

Today in NOLA: 5.03.16

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Some serious southern metal is coming to town tonight. There are also opportunities to check out folk, inside pop, and local NOLA tunes. On this day in 1699, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville returned home to France after exploring the northern coast of the Gulf. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Beards Bagged

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The rest of America is continuing to affirm what we already knew: the food in NOLA is great. On Monday (5.02) evening, tasterati gathered in Chicago for the annual James Bear Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry. New Orleans chefs took home three big honors.

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