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August 17th

FIKA: Is New Orleans a Creative City? 

The Blue House, 10AM

Coffee hour about the theories of creative cities


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum 6PM

Feat. Julie Odell


My Best Friend's Wedding

W Hotel, 6:30PM

Poolside screening of this Julia Roberts classic


Tarot 101

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Learn the concepts behind the Major and Minor Arcana


Van Jones

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

We Rise tour, powered by #LoveArmy



Valiant Theatre, 8PM

Premiere performance of Tallulah Bankhead comedy


Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl Movie Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Two film screenings, plus Q&A with the writer/producer/actor

Women of Note Explores Female Jazz Artists in NOLA

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

After a particularly contentious political election, 2017 has been largely marked by a renewed consideration of women’s rights in the political sphere, technology, the workplace, and culture. A new exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Museum sheds a light on the profound influence of female music makers in the Crescent City jazz scene that has been dominated by their male counterparts over the past century. 


Overnight Crime Report: Stabbing, Suicide, Unclassified Death, 2 Simple Robberies, Aggravated Burglary, Att. Robbery, Carjacking

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw eight crimes hit the city on Tuesday (8.15). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a stabbing, suicide, unclassified death, two simple robberies, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, and a carjacking. 

Today in NOLA 8.16.17

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

This Wednesday, craft your way to herbal health. NOMA provides an in-depth discussion about their latest exhibition, while The Tchoup Yard opens backyard for a free yoga session featuring food trucks and music. Or, celebrate the life of Elvis Presley at Bar Redux on the 40th anniversary of his passing. On this day in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was filmed by local TV stations passing out pro-Cuba leaflets at the International Trade Mart (now known as the World Trade Center) on Canal Street. Now, more to do today. 

Rum Head

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 

Promotin’ the General Welfare

For Whom Is America Really?

Since Donald Trump began his run for President, he signaled clearly that he was willing to target minorities of all kinds, immigrants from all parts of the world, and, in particular, sanctuary cities.  

Horoscopes for Week of August 14th

Rest. As the moon wanes in preparation for a new moon, energies seem to wane right along with it. We can resist, grinding ourselves down until we are too exhausted to do much of anything, or we can follow the example of a much older, much wiser source of light in the world. If the moon is resting and turning inward this is a good time to do the same.

Well Red

Red Dress Run 2017 in Photos

On Saturday, the streets of New Orleans ran red as thousands took part in a race for a cause. The Hash House Harriers presented their annual run, which shifted from Armstrong Park in the French Quarter to the Marigny's Crescent Park this year. Not divergent from tradition is the event's signature red-hot fun in the sun, which included drinks, food, and live music. NoDef's Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all of the debauchery (and a little bit of the fitness.)


August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure


Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora




Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival


Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle



Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph


Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom

Overnight Crime Report: Three Armed Robberies, Two Simple Robberies, Rape, Stabbing

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw seven crimes hit the city on Monday (8.14). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two simple robberies, rape, a stabbing, and three armed robberies. 

Today in NOLA 8.15.17

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Today, learn how to harness the powers of the retrograde with the New Orleans School of Esoteric Arts. NOLA born comedian Mark Normand plays the Quarter, while locals-gone-big Water Seed play their recurring gig on Frenchmen. Gasa Gasa hosts a free screening of Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law. On this day in 1988, the Republican National Convention opened festivities in New Orleans. They would nominate George H.W. Bush by the end of the week. Now for more of today:

Overnight Crime Report: Stabbing, Armed Robbery, Homicide, Simple Robbery

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw four crimes hit the city on Sunday (8.13). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a stabbing, an armed robbery, a homicide, and a simple robbery. 


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 8.14.17

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Today, Aurora Nealand will kick the week off right with her recurring Frenchmen gig with the Royal Roses. Learn about astrological moon cycles with the New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts. Shane Cooley & The Midnight Girls play Gasa Gasa, while Dawn Reno Langley is reading from her new novel. On this day in 1903, Albert Batson was hanged in Calcasieu Parish after being tried and convicted for murdering five members of the Earle family. Now, more to do this Monday. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Shootings, Simple Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Stabbing

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Thursday (8.10). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two shootings, a simple robbery, an aggravated burglary, and a stabbing. 


Today in NOLA 8.11.17

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Today, Project Lazarus's annual fundraiser returns with art and music in the name of people in need. NOMA's John Waters Festival showcases a young Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby. Catch some psych music at Poor Boys or see two NOLA legends James Singleton and Aurora Nealand perform at SideBar. Happy birthday today to the Superdome, where construction started on August 11, 1971. Now, more to do this Friday. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Unclassified Deaths, Two Rapes, Two Armed Robberies, Attempted Robbery, Homicide, Carjacking

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw nine crimes hit the city on Wednesday (8.9). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to an attempted armed robbery, two unclassified deaths, homicide, two rapes, carjacking, two armed robberies. 


Today in NOLA 8.10.17

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Today, the Ogden stays open late while Kermit Ruffins plays early in the Seventh Ward. A nine-month pregnant woman takes the stage at the Allways for a one woman comedic show. Bar Redux opens its patio for a night of nunsploitation. On this day in 1936, Louisiana clocked its highest-ever temperature: 114 degrees in Plain Dealing. It could be worse! Now, more to do this Thursday. 


Overnight Crime Report: Rape, Armed Robbery, Car Jacking, Simple Robbery

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw four crimes hit the city on Tuesday (8.8). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a rape, an armed robbery, a car jacking, a simple robbery. 

Today in NOLA 8.9.17

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Today, learn the art of tarot or show off your movie trivia knowledge. John Mayer plays the arena, while a troupe of performers and storytellers make up Esoterotica. On this day in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in New Orleans following an altercation when he was distributing pro-Cuba leaflets on Canal Street. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 

White Night

Whitney White Linen Night Returns to Julia Street

The biggest night of the year for the Warehouse District art scene took place on Saturday. From the CAC to all the way down Julia Street, galleries threw their doors open for the white-clad public. Scroll on for photos by Julian Orr. 


Horoscopes for Week of August 7th

Our dreams have us in their grip and will not let us go easily. Not during Leo season, and certainly not while the north node of the moon transits Leo and all but demands we let our light shine, no matter how seemingly little. The potent Leo themes of this year are neither casual or ethereal—not when transformational Uranus and fearless Eris are involved. With Uranus supporting the north node’s nudges, you may have found that particularly since may, jobs, friends, lovers, and habits that are not aligned with your highest purpose have been getting shaken up by Uranus’ and Eris’ give no fucks / turn the table over / set the office on fire antics. By no means is this easy, but as I said last week, Uranus’ blessings are usually best seen in hindsight.

Who Comes Next?

P.B.S. Pinchback, America’s First Black Governor

Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes or pivotal figures during the Civil War era who could serve as replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. This week, learn about Union Army officer, Governor, and publisher P.B.S. Pinchback. 

Who Comes Next?

James Longstreet, Traitor to the Lost Cause

Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes or pivotal figures during the Civil War era who could serve as replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. This week, learn about James Longstreet, the controversial Confederate general who later became a noted Republican and key figure in the Battle of Liberty Place. 

NOLA Lore: New Orleans in the JFK Web

Part One - Lee Harvey Oswald, Crescent City Child

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 strange role that New Orleans played in the conspiracy surrounding President John F. Kennedy's assassination as we explore the upbringing of Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Veteran Politician

Get to Know Michael Bagneris, the Man With a Solid Campaign to Be the Next Mayor of New Orleans

It would be a mistake to underestimate Michael Bagneris. Sure, he faces 17 other candidates in his bid to become Mayor of New Orleans — including his two leading opponents, up-and-coming political stars Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Judge Desiree Charbonnet — but Bagneris makes a strong case to take over the highest office in the Crescent City. Read on for NoDef’s interview with the mayoral candidate, where he sounds off on the city’s safety, job markets, and his dreams of New Orleans in the future. 


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Frack Your Brain

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

Overnight Crime Report: Three Carjackings, Two Simple Robberies, Two Shootings, Stabbing, Homicide, Unclassified Death

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw ten crimes hit the city on Monday (8.7). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a stabbing, two shootings, three carjackings, homicide, two simple robberies, and an unclassified death. 

Today in NOLA 8.8.17

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

This Tuesday is a fine day to experience the sounds of the city. Meschiya Lake will play her residency on Frenchmen with the Little Big Horns. Just up the street Treme Brass Band and Johnny Sansone will perform. For the late night crowd, catch Rebirth in their regular gig at Maple Leaf. On this day in 1916, Pelicans shortstop Henry Antone “Cotton” Knaupp became the only player in the Southern Association history to complete an unassisted triple play. Now, more to do today.  

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