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August 1st

Satchmo Summerfest
Old U.S. Mint, 12-10p.m.
Friday ft. James Andrews, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wycliffe Gordon, & more


Friday Nights at NOMA
NOMA, 5-9p.m.
Gallery talk by Anne Roberts, music by Cristina Perez


What Made Milwaukee Famous

Euclid Records, 5p.m.

Preview their Gasa Gasa show tonight—free!


French Film Festival
Prytania Theatre, beginning 5:30p.m.
At 5:30, Tom at the Farm; at 7:45, Yves St. Laurent


Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter
Garden District Gallery, 6p.m.
Local artist signs new memoir of his life 1955-1976


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


Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
Blue Nile, 7p.m.
Catch Kermit on Frenchmen


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


Twelfth Night
Tulane Dixon Hall, 7:30p.m.
Ft. the student actors of the All Things Shakespeare Program


Tulane Dixon Hall, 8p.m.
Summer Lyric Theatre presents


Sarah McLachlan
Saenger Theater, 8p.m.
Canadian superstar’s new album is Shine On


Grieves, Son Real
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Seattle-based MC ($15)


Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
This week ft. Iko Allstars


What Made Milwaukee Famous
Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.
w/ Breton Sound, A. Sinclair ($7)

Smoking Ban Starts Aug. 1 at Tulane, UNO, Delgado

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Stressed out college students across town are going to have reconsider their options this fall. Starting Friday (8-1) a smoking ban will be enacted in public colleges and universities across Louisiana, as well as on the campus of Tulane University.

Buffa’s, SDT IV Reach Temporary Agreement on Live Music

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

by Anna Gaca and Christopher Romaguera 

For now, Buffa’s Lounge will continue to host live music most days of the week, under a 60-day agreement the bar reached with former French Quarter trashanova Sidney D. Torres IV at a hearing in state Civil District Court this morning.

Dr. John Returning to NOLA for September Joy

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

After a searing JazzFest weekend set at the Saenger, Dr. John is staying on Canal St. for his next New Orleans gig. On the heels of a new album devoted to Louis Armstrong, The Nite Tripper is set for a Sept. 20 date at the Joy Theater.

New Orleans Museum Month Offers Members Free Admission

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

August is already known for its Coolinary prixe fixe offerings around Crescent City eateries. Not to be outdone, museums are taking out the prixe altogether, and offering free admission during the long, hot month.

Four-Time Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

An accused bank robber pleaded guilty Wednesday to four heists in the CBD and Gentilly, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office announced. Dwayne Hupp, 51, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., came to New Orleans to pull off the jobs in August and September of 2013.

Pops Goes the 4th

On Legend's Birthday Weekend, Satchmo Summerfest Celebrates Armstrong, New Orleans Jazz

As the Crescent City welcomes the cool front that is giving us relief from the heat, Satchmo SummerFest, New Orleans’ three-day summertime local music showcase, preparing to show off a jazz community that remains in Mint condition. Free and open to the public, the festival shifts the lens upon the roots of jazz music and the life of beloved trumpeter Louis Armstrong, as it celebrates its 14th anniversary with contemporary sounds from local jazz musicians and brass bands.   

Araña Coming in August

Chef Richard Papier Talks New Taqueria on Magazine Street

Local chef Richard Papier has spent time in some big name kitchens across town — Emeril Lagasse, Susan Spicer, and Donald Link to name a few.  But it was dinner at Guillermo Peters’ Coyoacán where Papier found his true culinary calling in Mexican cuisine. Now, he’s taking his appreciation of the ethnic fare to the next level by opening his own restaurant, Araña Taqueria y Cantina on Magazine Street.

Uber Heads to Council

Committee Looks to Further Tune Up For-Hire Vehicle Ordinance

A New Orleans City Council committee waved on a proposal Tuesday (7-29) that would amend for-hire vehicle regulations to allow on-demand companies like Uber into the New Orleans market. The committee sent the proposal to the full City Council for further consideration, and did not make a recommendation.

Satchmo Sets Up, NOFD Steps Up

Crews Ready for Quarter's Summerfest (PHOTOS)

With Monday red beans and a little help from the New Orleans Fire Department, Satchmo Summerfest is taking shape in the French Quarter.

Foxy Lady

Lisa Haas Fights Discrimination with Humor

The star of The Foxy Merkins and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same talks to NoDef's Jason Raymond.


August 2nd

Satchmo Summerfest
Old U.S. Mint, 12-10p.m.
Saturday ft. Glen David Andrews, Brass-A-Holics, Topsy Chapman & more


French Film Festival
Prytania Theatre, beginning 12p.m.
At noon, Le Chef; at 1:45, Marius; at 3:45, Mr Leos CaraX; at 5:30, Tom at the Farm


White Linen Night
CAC & 300-600 blocks Julia St., beginning 6p.m.
Julia Street art scene’s big night out


Zephyrs vs. Nashville
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.

Local baseball in Metairie


Jesse McCartney
House of Blues, 6:30p.m.
90s teen pop sensation, now sponsored by Twix ($25)


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


Twelfth Night
Tulane Dixon Hall, 7:30p.m.
Ft. the student actors of the All Things Shakespeare Program


Tulane Dixon Hall, 8p.m.
Summer Lyric Theatre presents


Hank III
House of Blues, 8p.m.
AKA Shelton Hank Williams, AKA Hank Williams III ($31)


Big History Hiatus Show
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
with Sweet Crude, Vox and the Hound ($10)


Ex-Cult, BABES, Giorgio Murderer
Saturn Bar, 10p.m.
Raucous post-rock out of Memphis ($7)


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


Mykki Blanco
One Eyed Jacks, 12a.m.
Queer hip-hop artist & performance artist ($12)


August 3rd

Satchmo Summerfest
Old U.S. Mint, 12-10p.m.
Sunday features Original Pinettes, Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport & more


French Film Festival
Prytania Theatre, beginning 12p.m.
At noon, A Summer’s Tale; at 2:30, Fanny; at 5, Mood Indigo


Twelfth Night
Tulane Dixon Hall, 1:30p.m.
Ft. the student actors of the All Things Shakespeare Program


Tulane Dixon Hall, 2p.m.
Summer Lyric Theatre presents


Zephyrs vs. Nashville
Zephyr Stadium, 4p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Justin Timberlake
Smoothie King Center, 8p.m.
Not A Bad Thing ($56+)


John Moreland
the BEATnik, 8p.m.
Tulsa, OK singer-songwriter

Lenar Whitney Goes Global

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Congressman Steve Scalise has been handed the House Majority Whip and Edwin Edwards is featured in New York magazine. But at least for a moment this week, Lenar Whitney is the Louisiana pol drawing the most national attention. The conservative state Rep. from Terrebonne Parish hasn't won a national seat yet, but she already has the Beltway buzzing after bolting from an interview with one of D.C.'s most respected rags.

Today in NOLA: 7.31.14

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

July winds down this Thursday evening. Will you end the month peacefully with Ole Man River Band at the Botanical Garden, or go out with a bang when punk band Flesh Lights hit Saturn Bar? Christopher Shinn’s award-winning play Dying City wraps this weekend at the Shadowbox. And happy birthday to cellist Monica McIntyre, playing at Cafe Istanbul tonight. Read on for all the details tonight:

Robbery Suspects Flee Straight Into a Canal; Pellet Gun Shooters Nabbed Downtown

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

NOPD reported the apprehension of two suspects in an armed home invasion gone wrong last Friday, July 25th in Eastern New Orleans. Two others remain at large. In addition, state troopers arrested five people after a homeless man reported being shot with a pellet gun by an occupant of their car.

Trailer Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

You may have missed the Twitter hysteria du jour focusing on a three-minute Audi commercial, punctuated with nipples and insinuated bondage. Fifty Shades of Grey released its red band trailer, which set off the standard faux-controversy phenomenon we use presently as a cultural opiate.  

Rodeo New Orleans Lassoes Lakefront in September

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The NOPD is giving New Orleanians a new alternative to Angola this fall. Organizers and members of the New Orleans Mounted Police gathered at the NOPD stables in City Park this morning to announce a new September event: Rodeo New Orleans.

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

Spirit Airlines Adding Nonstop Flights From New Orleans to Midwest

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Spirit Airlines is once again expanding operations in New Orleans. On Wednesday (7-30), the budget airline announced new nonstop flights to the midwestern destinations of Detroit and Chicago.

State of Play: NOLA Theatre Rundown for Aug. 1-10

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

As summer winds into its August apex, Shakespeare gets a variety of treatments on NOLA stages, from burlesque to cabaret to a more traditional rendering at Tulane. Plus, bug, a vacation to Grand Isle and dance in the Marigny.

Man Killed in 7th Ward

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A 19-year-old man was killed in the 7th Ward early Wednesday morning, police said. The incident happened after 2 a.m. in the 2000 block of Pauger St.

NOPD Officer Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A longtime NOPD officer was arrested Tuesday on child sex abuse charges, according to the department. Willie A. Gant, a 26-year veteran of the force, faces two counts of sexual battery on a juvenile, and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Jindal, BESE Jump Into Common Core Legal Showdown

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Just weeks before the start of the new school year, the Common Core battle between Bobby Jindal and the state's top education officials is headed for court. The state's top school board added its name Tuesday (7-29) to a list of Common Core proponents who sued the governor to prevent him from removing the national education standards from the state's curriculum. In response, Jindal filed a counter suit that argues the state's agreement to implement Common Core violates procurement code.

Dance, Dance Evolution (Photos)

Images from the LA Bucket Brigade's Dance Marathon

Photos by Brandon Robert

On Saturday, The Louisiana Bucket Brigade staged their annual fundraiser, the Dance-A-Thon at Café Istanbul. All ages and styles of dance were represented at the fancy footed benefit for the environmental advocacy group. NoDef's Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all of the action. Photos after the jump.

Saints Pitch Camp

How the Black and Gold Offseason Moves Translate to 2014 Strategy

The summer heat is starting to enter oppressive territory and Sean Payton is talking about Drew Brees' eating habits. It can only mean Saints' training camp is upon us.

Choice Vigil

Group Responds to Anti-Abortion Protesters at Duncan Plaza Rally (PHOTOS)

Operation Save America has been taking to the streets of New Orleans to speak out against abortion all week. On Thursday night, a pro-choice group marched outside City Hall to add their voices. The two groups came face-to-face when members of the out-of-town anti-abortion org showed up at Duncan Plaza.

Freshly Minted Interview

A Talk with Rejected Youth Nation

As part of their ongoing interview series, NoDef's partners at Music at the Mint talk to New Orleans natives Rejected Youth Nation, featuring Omari Neville on vocals. Visit Music at the Mint online for more details. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Film Review: Closed Curtain's Broken Images of Iran

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The fact that Director Jafar Panahi risks being executed by Iran dominates Closed Curtain. The filmmaker already faces a long stint in prison and has been banned for 20 years from filmmaking. However, the 54-year-old filmmaker defied what's an essentially lifetime prohibition with his 2011 documentary This Is Not A Film

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