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May 29th

HOP Fest

Cafe Istanbul, 8p.m.

Katey Red and the Honorable South headline benefit


Little Freddie King

BJ’s, 9p.m.

Bywater Bluesman at home



HOB, 9p.m.

Strange Music rapper with Chopper style


Mike Dillon

Maple Leaf, 9p.m.

Eclectic talent spans from punk to funk


Meschiya Lake, 6p.m.

Songstress sings the classics


The Seven Five

Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

A documentary about an extremely crooked NYC cops

Autistic Teen Missing

Friday, May 29th, 2015

A teen suffering from autism has gone missing. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are reaching out to the public for help in finding Marvin Bell.

Open Season: Ursa Major, Avo, Compére Lapin Set Set For Launch

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Memorial Day kicked off restaurant opening season in New Orleans. Three big names are opening there doors this week. Ursa Major, Avo, and Compére Lapin are all welcoming the public this week.

Darren Sharper Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Friday, May 29th, 2015

The sad saga of Darren Sharper continued to inch towards a conclusion on Friday (5.29) morning. The former Saint pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape in a federal courtroom blocks from the Dome today.

The Cradle Will Rock

Part I: Theatres of Necessity

Cripple Creek Theater has begun a new-ish dramatic series titled the Civilian Theatre Project. It’s a socio-political blend of theatre that takes its cue from the Great Depression.

Drinking Culture

Homedale Inn Provides Shelter from the Storms in Lakeview

Gentle reader, I wandered alone through the purple moor of Lakeview. Memorial Day had been swallowed up in a dense and silent gloom. A thunderstorm the size of Alabama hurtled toward the city from Texas and I needed a place to hole up. Friends, entering into an ancient neighborhood bar for the first time can be an unsettling business – being a strange face out of the storm. But I was in need of shelter, and by lucky chance, at the door of the Homedale Inn.

About Shucking Time

Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend

It’s finally that shucking time of the year again. This weekend (5.30-5.31), the New Orleans Oyster Festival is back for its sixth year. The free festival, which takes place at Woldenburg Park, features live music, crafts, eating contests and perhaps most obviously, oysters. 

Today in NOLA: 5.29.15

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Today in history: in a crushing blow to the Confederates, Union forces captured New Orleans on May 29, 1862. This evening, HOP Fest comes to Cafe Istanbul, blues are in the Bywater, and Mike Dillon is doing, well, his Mike Dillon thing uptown. For more to do, click on through.

Drive-By (Paintball) Shooting in Bywater

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD is investigating a different kind of shooting. The boys in blue are searching for the culprits in a Bywater paintball shooting on May 19.

Room220: Kate Tempest Brings Her Contemporary Epic to NOLA

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

By Benjamin Morris for Room 220

For an ancient art, the epic poem has experienced a long and slow near-demise. In preliterate times, the bardic storyteller traditionally served a variety of purposes: historian, entertainer, propagandist, even prophet—functions that bound a community together and offered a common narrative and identity. Today, however, epic poems are usually taught only as a segment in broader coursework—Beowulf, the Iliad and Odyssey, or the Aeneid getting a nod, possibly Chaucer or the Gawain poet for medievalists. In just a few centuries, what was once poetry’s central, founding mode of presentation has been relegated to its fringe, a mode that few today read, much less write.

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

Fiya Department: Musicians' Clinic Launches Bo Dollis Fund

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

By Lucy Leonard

This year, New Orleans lost one of the biggest names in the Mardi Gras Indian community— Big Chief Bo Dollis. In the wake of his death, the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation established the Big Chief Bo Dollis Memorial Fund to both honor his name and help financially support Mardi Gras Indians in the city.

Telling It on the Mountain: Ashé's Cultural Summit

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

By Lucy Leonard

In 2018, the city of New Orleans will celebrate its tri-centennial. But Luther Gray says that there are many changes that still need to be made in the city before then. To kickstart those changes, Gray, the Community and Cultural Programs Coordinator of Ashé Cultural Arts Center, helped found the annual Douglas Redd Cultural Summit. Now in its eighth year, this year’s summit on June 6 aims to bring New Orleans artists together and specifically to organize Afro-Orleanians in the art and cultural community.

NOPD Quickly ID Suspect in NOLA East Murder

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

On Tuesday (5.27) a 32-year-old man was killed in the East. After some quick detective work, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) ID’d 28-year-old Brian Ronald Thomas (pictured) as the primary suspect.

Today in NOLA: 5.28.15

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

From Mardi Gras Indians to singer songwriters, there is plenty going on tonight. Farmers Markets, concerts in the park, and Ogden After Hours are just a few of the options in New Orleans today. On this day in 1818, PGT Beauregard, inventor and first prominent general of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was born in St. Bernard Parish. Now, more to do this Thursday.

Fat Tuesdays: Louisiana ranks 3rd in Obesity

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By Alex MacDonald

In the Boot, we love our food, especially fried food. However, a recent study says that the calories be damned mentality may be biting us in our (apparently large) posteriors. Louisiana has the third highest rate of obesity, according to a new Gallup-Healthways report released today. 

Eyes on the Storm: NOAA's 2015 Hurricane Forecast

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By Lucy Leonard

With only a few days left until the official start of hurricane season on June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today (5.27) released its initial forecast for this year’s Atlantic season. Though predicted to be a below-normal season, the NOAA says that does not mean that hurricanes may not occur. 

Lineup Reveal: FestiGals

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

As the summer season approaches, the New Orleanian’s festival schedule begins to fill. Yesterday, the schedule for the fifth annual FestiGals weekend (6.11-6.14) was released. The weekend is aimed at both empowering and pampering women New Orleans style. 


Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest

This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.

Room 220

An interview with Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans

Sula Janet Evans is a singer-songwriter with the world beat/reggae band Zion Trinity and the lead singer ofMojuba, a band that focuses on sacred orisha music. She is also founding director of the Na’Zyia Doula Collective, a member and medicine queen of the Mardi Gras Indian Queens of the Nation, and an Akan/ancestor priest at the Shrine of Impohema in Ghana. A native of New Jersey with a B.A. in African Studies and English Literature from Rutgers, Evans has lived in New Orleans for more than twenty years and is the co-owner of the retail store King & Queen Emporium Int’l on Bayou Road. She is also my longtime friend and sometimes collaborator.

The Sunday Critic

Theatre Review: She Was Born

Last year a friend brought to my attention a quotation from the famed producer, playwright, and critic Robert Brustein that is much less sunny than he thought it to be. "The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent." I take Mr Brustein to mean that theatre has no higher goal than to make it possible for genius to operate, fully and freely, whatever it takes.

Requiem & A Dream

LPO Says Farewell to Mahalia Jackson with Verdi's Masterwork

On Saturday (5.23) night, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) closed out both their season and their 10 year run at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in symbolic style. The orchestra joined by a sizable choir performed Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork “Messa da Requiem.”

Drinking Culture

A Night Amongst Royalty at the King Pin

Gentle reader, time and place are not two things. When choosing one, we elect the other. In the neighborhood watering hole, the hour in which we visit can greatly alter the destination at which we arrive. After the university students mustered out this past weekend, and before the nights of food trucks, hipsters, and planned events, I chose a balmy evening to visit the beating heart of an Uptown neighborhood, The King Pin.


Game Points

AVP Serves Up Beach Volleyball Tourney

This Memorial Day weekend (5.22-5.24), you don’t have to get caught in the vacation traffic, because the beach is coming to New Orleans. The Association of Volleyball Professionals is bringing the first of seven beach volleyball tournaments nationwide to Kenner with the New Orleans Open. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Earth Play

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By Lucy Leonard

Sustainability is the name of the game and the winners are out. On May 14, LifeCity honored the winners of its 2015 Green Games. The Green Games is an annual competition to see which LifeCity businesses have become holistically more sustainable.

Crash Course: Cops Lands in Hospital After Assisting With Accident

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Traffic accidents are dangerous. Sometimes, even helping out with a traffic accident can be dangerous. One New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer is in the hospital after assisting the victims of one accident ended with him becoming the victim of a subsequent wreck on Wednesday (5.27) morning.

Today in NOLA: 5.27.15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Today, check out the myriad of movies and music in the city. Indywood presents Miami Connection and Irma Thomas rocks YLC Wednesdays at the Square.  Then later this evening, catch New Orleans’ own bands, Treme Brass Band and Tin Men. On this day in history, Henry Shreve and his men began the creation of Shreveport (1836), and two regiments of former slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation made six unsuccessful charges on the Confederate fortifications at Port Hudson, LA (1863). But now for more on today:

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