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March 1st

Cult Fiction

PubliQ House, 9p.m.

This month, catch "The Dude" on the big screen in The Big Lebowski


The Southern Hootenaney

Siberia, 6-9p.m.

Freaksheaux to Geaux Fearless Femmes


Hannibal Buress

Civic Theater, 9p.m.

Comedian has some funny things to say about New Orleans



Mid-City Theater, 6p.m.

Last night to catch a comedic retelling of Dumas' classic tale


3rd Annual Musician's Clinic Benefit & Jamie Galloway Memorial

Maple Leaf, 3p.m.

Big Ass Party and Crawfish Boil!


6th Annual Recycled Fashion Show

Rock n Bowl, 6p.m.

Thrift store finds turned haute couture all for a cause

Straw Man? Jindal Fails at CPAC Poll

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Bobby Jindal refuses to state whether he has decided to run for POTUS or if he just likes to visit Iowa, New Hampshire, and conservative retreats. Da Gov’ still found himself running in an election this weekend. Jindal was candidate in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)’s straw poll and he did not fare well.

Tonight in NOLA: 3.1.15

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Tonight, NOLA fashionistas are voguing for a cause. A tubercular courtesan is running rampant on one stage while Hannibal Buress yucks it up on another, and the dude shall imbibe. On this day in 1932, the Louisiana State Capitol building was completed after 14 months of construction. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Two More Shootings by I-10 Service Rd.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

The area around the I-10 Service Road has been a hotbed of violent crime for the last 12 months. The trend showed no signs of abating in the last 12 hours. The New orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating two shootings, one fatal, in the hot spot.

Second Line Alert: VIP Ladies & Kids Parade

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Super Sunday is two weeks away, but the celebrations are starting to heat up in Central City. The VIP Ladies and Kids hit the streets today for their twelfth annual second line. 2015's theme will "The Looking Glass Self."

NOLA in the News: Odell Beckham Jr., Stuart Smith

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

A pair of New Orleanians garnered some serious press over the past few days. Newman’s Odell Beckham Jr. is in England promoting the NFL and learning a little about what the Europeans call “proper football”. Stuart Smith is promoting a book about the abuses of oil companies on public television.

Kongo Fair

NOMA Opens Kongo: across the Waters

New Orleans prides herself on the fusion of cultures that combined to build the city we now know. One of the most commonly cited example of those evolutions is jazz’s origins in Congo Square. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)’s new installation, Kongo: across the Waters aims to illustrate how the art of a different Kongo evolved through other influences and eventually came to influence the fabric of the American South.

Trad Hop

Nesby & Fiend Bring Hip Hop to Pres Hall

Pres Hall Brass is known as the standard bearer for traditional New Orleans jazz, but sometimes the group is anything but traditional. Tonight (2.28), Pres Hall will dive into fusion. Hip hop artists Nesby and Fiend will join the band for a special show mixing the new with the old.

Out of the Frying Pan

New Orleans Fish Fry Season Picks Up Steam

For many Catholics, the 40 days following Mardi Gras is a time of fast punctuated by fish on Fridays. For many more locals, Fridays are a time for community and unity. Fish Frys are popping up around New Orleans today and for weeks to follow. 

The Bank Job

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

It wasn’t quite the daring daylight of Hollywood, but the Regions Bank in the Central Business District was robbed early on Tuesday (2.17). The New Orleans Police Department are on the lookout for a suspect.

Bam Jam: Measles Hits Emeril's Nevada Outpost

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

One of Emeril Lagasse’s satellite restaurants will not be kicking it up a notch this week. Instead, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand will be down with disease. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) linked three cases of measles to the establishment. 

65 Year Old Woman Missing

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Another person has gone missing in New Orleans. This time the lost soul is an adult, not a runaway. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are soliciting the public’s help in the search for Josephine Johnson (pictured).

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: 2.28.15

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

NOLA is hopping tonight. Diana Ross is in town. Pre Hall is fusing jazz with hip hop. Big Charity is screening and Shinyribs are bringing some Texas twangs to MidCity. On this day in 1985, then Governor Edwin Edwards was indicted by a federal grand jury on 51 counts of racketeering. Now, more to do on the right side of the law.

Magnolia Honey

Friday, February 27th, 2015

by Ashley Rouen

Plenty of mansions exist in New Orleans' Garden District's premiere real estate market, but they don’t usually create much of a stir in the community. However, the Magnolia Mansion, a bed and breakfast located at 2127 Prytania Street, is catching heat from neighbors opposed to plans to add a bar and restaurant to the B&B. After much debate, a zoning change was granted.

Hemingway's Loop

Friday, February 27th, 2015

by Ashley Rouen

While the smoking ban passed with flying colors, it’s still creating some upset and confusion in the community, particularly for cigar bars since no definition of a cigar bar currently exists in city law. Though cigar bars were grandfathered in when the smoking ban passed (meaning existing cigar bars may continue to operate but no new cigar bars can be created,) one such bar, La Habana Hemingway Cigar Bar located in the French Quarter, got some special treatment on Thursday at the City Council’s Regular Meeting (2.26.)

Vogue With a Vision

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Fashionistas get ready! Bridge House/Grace House’s 6th Annual Recycled Fashion Show is slated for Sunday (3.1) at Rock N Bowl from 6:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. The evening will feature an auction of repurposed threads to benefit the nonprofit.

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Friday, February 27th, 2015

After Mardi Gras, more than one New Orleanian might be considering retiring a pair of shoes. The Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association is asking locals to think twice about their old kicks. The group announced the launch of a seven week campaign to collect shoes for the needy in conjunction with global non profit Soles4Souls. 

13 Year Old Arrested for Rape

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Few details are available in a rape arrest form Thursday (2.27). However, the facts released by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are chilling. A 13-year-old male is in police custody after allegedly sexually assaulting three other minors.

Today in NOLA: 2.27.15

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Tonight features some unique fare. One bookstore is holding a dating event for nerds. NOMA is opening a new show and Sweet Crude is continuing their mercurial rise. On this day in 1827, New Orleans kicked off her first ever Mardi Gras.

'Art World Warrior'

Ogden Curator Sumrall Talks Jim Roche

On Friday (2.27), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is opening “Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic.” The new exhibition is a 46 year survey including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture from Roche’s prolific career. Curator Bradley Sumrall sat down with NoDef to answer a few questions about the show.

Drinking Culture

Columnist Launches His Own Tet Offensive

Gentle reader, I say to thee, cung chúc tân xuân! And through the written word, you are spared my pronunciation in wishing you the best new spring. Come with me now and throw off pale winter like a tired cloak. The Lunar Calendar is turning in that most vibrant of New Orleans communities, the Village de L’Est, Little Vietnam. Food and drink! Music, explosions and Lion Dances! Games of chance! My friends, the Year of the Horse has passed into the great glue factory of time. But hark! In The East, the Year of the Goat breaks upon the horizon a new dawn.  

Room 220

Brian Boyles Talks Boom and Blackout

I’ve worked with Brian Boyles since we met at Handsome Willy’s in 2008. We’ve worked City Council DJ Happy Hours, cross-generational panel discussions, yard parties, music festivals, and many, many Saints games. His new book, New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, is a nonfiction account of the 100 days preceding the 2013 Super Bowl. The book depicts the city in the throes of developments economic, infrastructural, and political as New Orleans rushes to meet the expectations of its first true post-Katrina national debut.

Tet Fete

Vietnamese New Orleanians Celebrate New Year

For many New Orleanians, the celebrations did not end on Ash Wednesday. The local Vietnamese community is set to celebrate Tet, or the Lunar New Year, this weekend at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East.

Slash & Burn

Legislature OK's Another $36.4 Mil in Cuts

The old saying goes, “The first cut is the deepest.” Yet, in the case of Louisiana’s budget, it seems that the cuts just keep coming. On Friday (2.20), the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee approved their $36.4 million portion of the $60.7 million budget cut proposed by Bobby Jindal’s office.

Drinking Culture

All On A Mardi Gras Day

Gentle reader, I write to you from Wednesday with a sore jaw and the taste of ashes in my mouth.  The first dawning after our great festival ever warms a melancholy day.  For never within the year’s reach are we further from another Mardi Gras Day. My friends, we idle for a day together upon the collective couch, amidst the world’s greatest hangover. But be not dismayed: yesterday I was a wizard, and you a king, and you a unicorn, and that other guy was a dung beetle pushing a shopping cart enveloped in a huge piece of papier-mâché feces down Gov. Nicholls.  Yesterday our imaginings rained down like water upon the dry earth of our reality, new-storing those ideas of what it means to live in New Orleans.

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Frack Your Brain

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

White Collar Crime: CPA Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $2.8m from Clothing Retailer

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

A Mandeville accountant employed a NOLA clothing retailer is giving an added meaning to white collar crime. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Polite announced today (2.26) that Michael Sapera pled guilty to a four-count Bill of Information which charged him with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud. In total, he confessed to embezzling over $2.8 million.

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