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MARDI

May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint

 

Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling

 

Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson

 

Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more

 

HIITuesdays

Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training

 

Train 

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield

 

Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender

 

Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio

 

Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents

 

High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage

LSU Snags Top-4 Seed in NCAA Baseball Championship


Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Boot will be represented in the Division I Baseball Championship this summer, as LSU was given the fourth seed in the NCAA’s summer classic. The LSU Tigers sailed into the fourth spot with a 43-17 ranking. The seeding guarantees that LSU will have home field advantage should they advance to the super-regionals — provided they win at the regional games this week. 

Overnight Crime Report: Suicide, Two Rapes, Stabbing, Armed Robbery


Monday, May 29th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Sunday (5.28). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a suicide, two sexual assaults, a stabbing, and an armed robbery. 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talks Monuments and POTUS Plans on 'Meet the Press'


Monday, May 29th, 2017

In an interview on "Meet the Press," Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke with NBC host Chuck Todd about everything from the "symbolic move" of the monuments removal to his future plans once he leaves office this fall. Watch the interview below. 

Today in NOLA 5.29.17


Monday, May 29th, 2017

On this Memorial Day, race your way down Bourbon for a great cause, check out some original comedy by an all female cast, celebrate the return of a New Orleans legend, and end your day with some wonderfully curated experimental music. On this day in 1948, the famous Streetcar Named Desire (I.E. Desire Line) was closed to the public. The line was converted to busses shortly after. Now, more to do this Monday. 

Serpentine Sound

Toonces Tell the Tale of Tang Tang at Marigny Opera House


Move aside rock operas, indie rock operas are here to stay. Toonces’ performance of “The Trials of Tang” at The Marigny Opera House on Friday (5.26) is making a strong case for this new form of musical opus. Toonces, a lush indie rock band from New Orleans with Chelsea Hines starring on vocals, created an indie rock orchestral performance that was centered upon Tang Tang, “an eternally lonely and wonderfully flamboyant sea serpent” who lives in the depths of Barataria Bay. Tang Tang is chasing “the mate of his soul’s true calling,” but due to his own demons, brings himself enormous despair.

Petrificus Totalus, Donald Trump

Witches Cast Spell to Bind the President


According to a magic spell gaining momentum across the U.S., the text at the end of this article serves as an incantation aid to bind the current U.S. President. New Orleans, along with multiple cities across American joined together in a mass binding spell this past Tuesday (May 23rd) in an effort to figuratively tie the hands of President Donald Trump.

As One

Innovative Opera and Transgender Illumination Comes to the Marigny


Since its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, the Laura Kaminsky-composed chamber opera “As One” has graced numerous stages and found acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Its protagonist Hannah is sung by two voices, baritone and mezzo-soprano, whose interactions, tumult, and equilibrium illustrate her dynamic gender expressions, core character, and growth as a transgender woman. The New Orleans Opera Association is presenting the work for two singers and string quartet this June 2-4 weekend at the Marigny Opera House. 

MERCREDI

May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk

 

Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted

 

Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga

 

CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour

 

Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village

 

Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader

 

Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs

 

Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots

JEUDI

June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris

 

Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center

 

Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting

 

Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show

 

Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock

 

ButchLivesMatter

14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs

 

Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester

 

Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 

 

VENDREDI

June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film

 

Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included

 

Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana

 

Self Absorbed

TREO, 6PM

A peek inside fifteen artists

 

Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen

 

As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey

 

Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 

 

SAMEDI

June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps

 

Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life

 

Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary

 

First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions

 

Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun

 

Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey

 

Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home

 

Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival

 

Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation

 

TRAX ONLY

Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest

Overnight Crime Report: Two Stabbings, Two Shootings, Two Rapes, Four Robberies, Attempted Robbery, Officer Needs Assistance


Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw thirteen crimes hit the city on Saturday (5.27). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a simple robbery, two stabbings, three armed robberies, fatality, two shootings, two rapes, attempted armed robbery, and an officer in need of assistance. 

Today in NOLA 5.28.17


Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Sunday, the day of rest…but not if you’re in New Orleans. Today, catch a new contemporary music series, revel in the lovely sounds of Erykah Badu’s musical skills, find your new favorite Fleetwood Mac remix or step back in time with some roots styled tunes. On this day in 1910, Page Mercer Baker, journalist and active participant in in the struggle to free the state from radical rule, as well as one of the founders of the New Orleans Herald, passed away in New Orleans.

Overnight Crime Report: Three Armed Robberies, Shooting, Rape, Property Snatching, Carjacking


Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw seven crimes hit the city on Friday (5.26). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to three armed robberies, shooting, rape, property snatching, and carjacking. 

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 5.27.17


Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Today, get prepared to have your mind blown by an myriad of mystical films on Bar Redux's covered patio. Check out the Jasen Weaver Band, express yourself at an open mic, or shake what your mama gave ya to Trey Songz. On this day in 1893, the remains of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederate States Of America, were exhumed and then eventually moved to the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. Now, more to do this Saturday.

All Greek to Me: Annual Greek Festival Returns This Weekend


Friday, May 26th, 2017

Opa! All other festivals can go to hellenic, as this weekend toasts 44 years of the annual New Orleans Greek Festival on the banks of the Bayou St. John. For just eight bucks, attendees can eat Greek food, learn traditional moves from Hellenic dancers, and tour the cathedral and Agora marketplace. Better yet, festival-goers can do all that with gyro and ouzo in hand. 

Overnight Crime Report: Three Unclassified Deaths, Three Shootings, Five Robberies, Attempted Suicide, Carjacking


Friday, May 26th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw thirteen crimes hit the city on Thursday (5.25). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to three unclassified deaths, three shootings, four armed robberies, simple robbery, attempted suicide, and a carjacking. 

Today in NOLA 5.26.17


Friday, May 26th, 2017

Today, country music's chart toppers take over the Superdome. Stroll down Royal St. for the ultimate wine and food experience in the Vieux Carre. On the music front, get down to some retro sounds in the Marigny or enjoy some completely free music at Fulton Alley. On this day in 1865, arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces West of the Mississippi. Now more about Friday's festivities. 

NOAA Predicts Above-Normal Hurricane Season


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predict this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30, will see an “above-normal” amount of activity. 

Overnight Crime Report: Three Armed Robberies, Simple Robbery, Rape, Shooting, Two Stabbings


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw eight crimes hit the city on Wednesday (5.24). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a rape, a shooting, two stabbings, three armed robberies, simple robbery. 

Today in NOLA 5.25.17


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

This Thursday, sway to the sweet sounds of Jazz in the Park or hit up the Ogden as it stays open late for Margie Perez. Enjoy a progressive conversation about an powerful art exhibit centered on the work of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña. Close out the day with some delta style blues from Luke Winslow King. In NOLA History, Roy James Brown passed away this day in May, 1981. An American R&B singer, songwriter and musician, he had a pivotal influence on the early development of rock and roll as the first singer in recording history to sing R&B songs with a gospel steeped delivery, which was considered taboo by many churches at the time.

Ale in a Day's Work

Royal Brewery Joins the NOLA Craft Beer Scene


Royal Brewery sits among, and is typical of, the many warehouses that mark the area of New Orleans East situated near the lip of the levee, near the low flying planes headed towards, or from New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport. Royal Brewery is one of those special places where one can feel the breeze of the Mississippi making its journey upon lucky New Orleans residents. Their headquarters is not markedly different from the other warehouses in the area, save for the three hard working souls and the 30-barrel brewhouse system containing the brewmasters’ effervescent ales. 

Film Review: Baywatch


For a certain generation, the word Baywatch brings to mind the dumb, kitschy show of the 1990s that gave the world Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. It was little more than tawdry storylines peppered with beautiful women in red one-piece swimsuits running slow motion in the sand. Its charm — a very loose interpretation — was its irony and campiness, much of it courtesy of the Hoff, offered in a hour-per-week package. The 2017 rendition of Baywatch, starring Dwayne (no longer "The Rock") Johnson and Zac Efron, drowns in its lack of specific identity throughout, even though it delivers genuine laughs in a juvenile bag of genital humor and an overbearing 119 minute run time.

Mitch for POTUS 2020?

Mayor Landrieu Might Be Looking to Make U.S. A Crescent Country


While fissures appear to be forming within the GOP, Republicans and Democrats alike are already looking to potential presidential candidates for the next election. Top 2020 contenders include expected names like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden, along with another that is less well-known in D.C. circles — Mitch Landrieu. 

Amuse-ing Bouche

Preview the 2017 New Orleans Food & Wine Experience


Year after year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) never fails to impress with a comprehensive celebration that would make Bacchus proud. This go around, NOWFE is really kicking it up in 2017. “We are excited to bring something new and unique to NOWFE for the 25th anniversary," said NOWFE Executive Director Jamie Hall. The ever-popular Royal Street Stroll and the Grand Tasting events will return, while joining the impressive lineup includes hand-making pasta seminar and a proper English high tea.

 

Horoscopes for Week of May 22nd


This week is rather gentle astrologically speaking, thank goodness. All the action happens on this Thursday (5.25) with the New Moon in Gemini and Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. Any New Moon is a time to set intentions, get back on track, and check-in. New Moons are also a time for beginnings and renewals. If there is something you are trying to call into your life, the day of the New Moon is when is when it is most auspicious to do so.

Promotin’ the General Welfare

The Monuments are Gone — Now What?


Well, the day after the monuments came down has come to pass, and I have to tell ya: it feels pretty… anticlimactic. Not that I thought there would be more drama, not that we needed more fodder for the national media for what was, basically, a smart business move by the Mayor. But now comes the hard part. Forgetting the news coverage and the protests, and the impotent charade of failed civil unrest brought to us by concerned neighbors from nearby parishes and states, where is the plan laid out that addresses how we move forward? It would have been a timely presentation to make, accentuating the positive in this graduation season. 

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Frack Your Brain

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


DIMANCHE

June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility

 

Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club

 

Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir

 

Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing

 

Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture

 

Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill

 

Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards

 

Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Confederate Monument for Priest-Poet Father Abram Ryan Defaced


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Updated Wednesday (5.24), 4:15PM

 

It has been less than one week since all four Confederate monuments were removed from the New Orleans cityscape. Though Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s targeted statues have come down, removing the remaining traces of the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” seems to have become a civilian guerilla cause. 

Police Seek Porch Furniture Bandits (Video)


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The NOPD released security camera footage in hopes that the public will be able to assist in identifying two subjects who allegedly stole pieces of patio furniture from the front porch of a Gentilly home. 

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