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April 21st

Dyngus Day

Siberia (6 p.m.)

Debauche performs along with the G-String Orchestra


Traditional Irish Music

The Irish House (7p.m.)

Murphy's bangers are the most authentic in town, & the Gaelic jam is straigh outta Offaly


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Prytania Theatre

(12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Wes Anderson's latest features a star studded cast as his signature eccenctrics, this time set in a luxury lodge.


Pyeka Balkan Trio

The Marigny Opera House (7p.m.)

A night of "musical meditation" scored by an all female vocal trio.



Magnetic Mondays with Magnetic Ear

Gasa Gasa (10 p.m.)

Free weekly show from Martin Krusche’s jazz group


King James & the Special Men

BJ's Lounge (10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- Burgundy in the Bywater for that downtown rhythm and blues.


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a. (10p.m.)

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday


Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

NOLA funk-gypsy-rockers in Carrollton


Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor (8p.m., 10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- The Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen

Today in New Orleans 4.21.14

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Just in time for Lent’s end, there is a Dyngus Day celebration on St. Claude. Also in the Marigny, folk trio Pyeya is performing for this week’s musical meditation. On this day in 1970, the first annual Jazz Fest began at Armstrong Park. Performers included Mahalia Jackson, as well as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Now, more to do this Monday.  

NOPD Releases Sketch of French Quarter Robber

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

According to NOPD, at 3:30a.m. on Saturday morning, one unlucky pedestrian found themselves a victim of New Orleans' crime problem. Police said that the man was walking down the 1200 block of Chartres St when an unknown male crossed the street and punched him to the ground.

Mother and Two Children Missing

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Police are reaching out to the public for help in their search for a missing mother and her two children. According to the NOPD, 26 years old Damica James last spoke with her mother on Friday, April 18th. Neither she nor her children, Chaniya Marshall, 3 and Jeremy Collier, 1 and been seen of heard from since.

Easter Parade Planner 2: Routes and Weather for Good Children & Gay Easter Parades

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Two more parades are in store for the afternoon. The Quarter has one more procession in store, and it's the most colorful. This afternoon, the annual Gay Easter Parade kicks off from Armstrong Park. Over on St. Claude, the Good Children Social Aid & Pleasure club is bringing their unique DIY creations down the corridor. Full details and weather follow.

Patois' Reef Mixes a Modified Vieux Carre (Video)

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Uptown eatery Patois (6708 Laurel St.) recently launched a new late-nite Sinatra-esque lounge. With the exacting standards of the Chairman of the Board staring down at them with piercing blue eyes, the establishment raised the bar on their already excellent bar program. General Manager Lorenzo Reef taught NoDef a trick or two about mixing a modified Vieux Carre.

Grand Isle Tarball Rodeo

Four Years After Big Oozy, Oil Cleanup Continues on La. Beaches

Photos by Daniel Paschall 

April 20, 2014 -- In the parking lot of a nondescript office on Grand Isle, three petty officers stood over the gate of a pickup truck, and sifted through a pile of earthen clumps.

Shadows and Fight

Ogden Museum Exhibit Trains Lens on Civil War Photography

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art opened the traveling exhibit “Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War” which features the best-known photographs of the Civil War, original photos by the period’s greats. 

Ale in Comparison

Brews News: New Beers from NOLA Brewing, Bayou Teche

With spring comes bloom, but also new beers from local breweries NOLA Brewing Company and Bayou Teche Brewing.  NOLA Brewing introduced its Rebirth Pale Ale with a party at its brewery on April 16 while Bayou Teche is preparing to premiere Bayoust, a limited-release collaboration ale with French brewery Brasserie La Bambelle.  Bayou Teche is also currently preparing specialty beers for release in May and late summer.

A Walk in Her Shoes

Review: Solo Show 'Shoebox Lounge' at Shadowbox Theatre

NoDef reviews Jen Pagan's solo performance, a funny, sad tale of shoes, booze, and lost loves.  


April 22nd

Octavia Books (6p.m.)

Reading: Pirates You Don't Know and Other Adventures in the Examined Life


Monty Banks as Frank Sinatra

Mahogany Jazz Hall (at the Harem)

Old Blue Eyes Impersonator at a Gentlemen's Club


Dayna Kurtz w/Rob Mache

Cafe Istanbull (8p.m.)

Sultry songstress belts out rare gems of the past and originals 


Albinas Prizgintas 

Trinity Episcopal Church (6p.m.)

Classical organist creates “nights full of mystery”



Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar (7p.m.)

Come see Kermit at home in the 7th Ward, and get to bed early


Most Wanted Brass Band

Hi-Ho Lounge (10 p.m.)

Ex-Stooges members retake the St. Claude spot


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway St Market (9a.m.-1p.m.)

Weekly Tues Gig- Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a (10p.m.)

The 6th Ward's home brass band saunters over to Frenchmen for some New Orleans music.

Easter Parade Planner: Routes & Weather for Chris Owens, Pigeon Town Steppers

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy Easter! Today featuyres parades for every taste. After mass, the first round kicks off. In the Quarter, the immortal Chris Owens once again holds her annual Easter Parade. Uptown, the Original Pigeon Town Steppers and Pigeon Town Lady Steppers will stut their stuff with a traditional second line. Click through for routes and details.

Today in New Orleans 4.20.14

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy Easter! Religious and secular folks can find a parade that suits their needs this afternoon. Following the floats, Americana singer/songwriter Todd Snider is performing at Tipitina’s. Gulf Coast residents continue to recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which happened four years ago today. On a lighter note, find out where to celebrate Easter Sunday.  

Whooping Cranes Lay Eggs in La. for First Time in 70 Years

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

With the help of wildlife experts, it appears whooping cranes are readjusting to Louisiana life. Biologists said this week that a whooping crane laid eggs in the Bayou State for the first time in more than 70 years.

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

April 10-17

St. Claude comes back strong in April, with porcelain mishima at Byrdie’s that will melt your heart; wonky travel machines at UNO St. Claude and Barrister’s, and process as task-master at Press Street.  Andre Bohren entertains with classical at Ogden After Hours this week, and NOMA goes semi-pro with Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble.  Somethin’ about springtime really gets art’s blood pumping this month on the NOLA visual arts scene.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Morial Maligns City Council's Residency Rule Decision

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Marc Morial has moved on to become president of the National Urban League, but the former mayor still maintains his residency views. Following the New Orleans City Council's decision to do away with a City rule that required police officers, firefighters and other public safety workers live in Orleans Parish, Morial issued a lengthy statement calling the decision a "cop out."

Record Store Day Spins Through New Orleans

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Vinyl junkies often get up on Saturday morning in search of a gem, but Saturday morning offered added reason to rise. Every April, Record Store Day brings a bevy of new and special edition releases nationwide. The Day also provides a reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available.

Uptown Home Invasion Reported By Tulane Police

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Two men forced their way into a house Friday afternoon in the University area, according to Tulane police. About 3 p.m., a man who is not affiliated with the university answered the door of his home, which is located on Broadway St. near Spruce.

Today in New Orleans: 4.19.14

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

This Easter weekend, there is Earth Day Fest, an Easter Keg Hunt from NOLA Brewing, and a book reading and signing for a local author’s new  courtroom drama. On this day in 1960, Gov. Jimmie Davis was elected. Now, more to do this Saturday.

Route, Weather for Crescent City Classic

Friday, April 18th, 2014

After all the Good Friday crawfish is digested, the Crescent City Classic is set to send New Orleanians scurrying through the streets to get them hungry for Easter. To make way for the thousands of runners that will head out for the 36th annual 10K, the City is shutting down streets from the French Quarter to City Park. 

Docket 76

Local Author Reads & Signs Debut Novel in French Quarter

A new novel is using the Crescent City as a backdrop, but the book eschews the cliches of vampires and carnival for meatier matter of legal lit. Docket 76 is suspenseful courtroom drama. In her debut book, Arita M.L. Bohannan details the life of Sandy, a young, successful prosecutor who finds herself involved in an eerily personal case. 

Lot or Not

Neighborhood Groups, Habitat for Humanity Weigh Options for Bywater Lot

The lot that sits across from the Bywater barbeque spot, The Joint, is currently an unoccupied area, but may not be for long. 

Shooting Gallery

New Project Takes Guns from the Streets and Puts them in Galleries

Violence and tragedy often inspire art, but a new project in New Orleans is taking the connection literally. The Jonathan Ferrara Gallery announced its new project, Guns in the Hands of Artists, which takes 186 guns from the streets of New Orleans and gives them to 31 local and national artists to create original works that aim to shift the conversation about guns and give it new perspective. 

Thirsty Throwback

Uptown Creole Eatery Patois Becomes 1940's Era Bar Every Friday

This Friday, cozy Uptown creole eatery Patois (6078 Laurel St.) will become a 40’s-style cocktail lounge for the night. The general manager, Lorenzo Reef, and co-owner, Leon Touzet, are launching a weekly throwback night, a shift from fine dining to casual, 40’s and 50’s  

The Louisiana Approach

Breakdown of Louisiana's Same-Sex Household's Tax Return Process

Tax Day has soured the moods of millions of U.S. citizens, but marriage laws in certain states make the process particularly burdensome for many same-sex couples. In the 12 states that use the “Louisiana approach,” each spouse must file “as if” returns that estimate individual income for state returns, after both members have filed their federal returns jointly.   

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Mysteries of Prehistory

This week, the Louisiana Lazarus unearths the latest Bayou State education controversy.

Nagin Disputes Feds' Bribe Payback Plan

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Ray Nagin is still facing off with the feds over money. A lawyer for the former NOLA mayor is disputing how much payoff money he should have to forfeit as a result of his conviction on corruption charges earlier this year, according to court papers filed Friday.

Running Sucks: A Crescent City Classic Op-Ed

Friday, April 18th, 2014

by Trey Monaghan 

Saturday is the Crescent City Classic, a race I have run more times than I can remember.  I plan to run it yet again, and I truly don't know why. I'm not running it to set a personal record,  or to impress a lady, or even to feel good. I'm just running to run. Over the past year I have become addicted to the run, and tomorrow is just another chance to feed that addiction.

Bunarchy Hops Through Marigny

Friday, April 18th, 2014

There is no better costume than a bunny for a bar hop, and the tall-eared hoards will take to the streets this Saturday night. Bunarchy will usher in Easter with a Saturday night bar crawl through the Marigny, with proceeds going towards NOLA’s Ark Animal Rescue. 

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