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March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"


Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop


Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness



The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music


Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees


Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke


Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM

Today in NOLA 3.28.17

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Tonight offers a fine line-up of some of the best local bands around the city. Galactic's Stanton Moore will perform two shows with his namesake trio at his weekly gig on Frenchmen. Further up the street, interstellar future funk band Water Seed will play Blue Nile. Ethereal world soul-jazz band Laelume takes the Carver stage. Earlier in the night, Elizabeth Pearce talks NOLA drinking with her new book. Delta Flight 727 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked and rerouted to Cuba on this day in 1984. Now, more on This Tuesday. 


NOPD Searches for Missing Teen Runaway

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A 13-year-old female was reported missing after she left a residence following an argument on Friday, and has not been heard from since. At round 9PM, Aniya Davis left the home on the 5500 block of Wilton Drive in Gentilly, just a few streets over from the London Avenue Canal. 

Magic Man David Blaine to Play NOLA

Monday, March 27th, 2017

When you think of magic in New Orleans, local icons like Marie Laveau might come to mind. Decatur St. is littered with botanicas and mystical readings dominate Jackson Square, sure. Despite our long history with the occult, the city is not a destination for performance magic. That, it seems, is all about to change for at least one night. Magician, illusionist, stunt artist, and former member of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Pussy Posse, David Blaine will bring his many talents to New Orleans this summer. 

Jeff Sessions Calls for End of ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared on Monday (3.27) that “sanctuary cities” like New Orleans will face drastic cuts to federal funding as a result of their lack of cooperation. It was a daring move of political leverage, with Sessions issuing one of the most blunt warnings from the Trump administration's campaign to tackle illegal immigration. The hours since his announcement have given rise to citywide uncertainties about the state of local security, economy, and public safety. For New Orleans, the new mandate may threaten the much-celebrated economic symbiosis between foreign-born and U.S.-born residents. 

Dedicated Founder of Fashion

NOFW Creative Director & Founder Tracee Dundas Discusses NOLA Style

It’s not often that the fashion industry is viewed as an inclusive community, but Tracee Dundas has made it her life’s work to change the power of style in New Orleans. Before founding New Orleans Fashion Week, Dundas counted modeling agent, designer, and stylist among the many (sartorially stylish) hats she’s worn throughout her career. “When people ask me what I do, I just say I work in fashion,” Dundas explained, laughing. The NOFW Founder and Creative Director sat down in the team’s headquarters for the week, a gutted gallery space on the edge of the French Quarter, during the final hours before the seventh season kicked off to share her experience in not only growing the gulf region's fashion scene, but strengthening her community in the years following Hurricane Katrina. 

Libation Nation

Recipes for National Cocktail Day

Like most New Orleanians, the NoDef team enjoys a good cocktail ... or two, or three. The great thing about living in the Big Easy is that we really don't need any excuses to drink, but that doesn't stop us from finding new reasons all the same. (Cue today's Bourbon Festival and this month's absinthe celebration, for instance.) This Friday (3.24) is National Cocktail Day, the holiest of days for all fans of being spirited away. Today, mix up all-star cocktails with these recipes culled from NoDef interviews with NOLA's finest bartenders from years past. 

French Quarter Festival Releases 2017 Lineup

FQF Unveils Music, Food, Merch, and More

Block out your vacation time now and get your tailgate chairs ready, y'all! The 34th annual French Quarter Festival, running April 6-9, unveiled their complete schedule this morning. 


March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air


Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening


Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle


Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 


Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work


Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head


Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night


They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause


Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 


Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!


Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo


Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts


A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south



March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders


Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain


Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume


An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden


RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show


Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show


The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock


Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret


Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars


Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support


Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers


Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party


Overnight Crime Report: Two Rapes, Two Shootings, A Robbery

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The short weekend lull in crime was nice while it lasted. On Sunday (3.26), the New Orleans Police Department had their hands full. According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two rapes, a robbery, and two shootings. 

Soul Queen Irma Thomas Shares 'Instant Love' Single

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Instant Records released a new single as part of their Instant Love series, which is bringing famous love songs originally sung by men about women and rearranged with some of NOLA's greatest female vocalists. The newest tune comes from the Soul Queen of New Orleans herself, Miss Irma Thomas

Today in NOLA 3.27.17

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The weekend is over, but this Monday night you can ease into the work week at Big Easy Bucha’s night of yoga and fresh kombucha. Aurora Nealand will be doing her thing with the Royal Roses at Maison. Simon Berz will be joined by Kidd Jordan and James Singleton at Hi-Ho. Monkey Hill Bar screens Eddie Murphy’s iconic standup special. On this day in 1934, Rev. Gerald Smith delivered a speech to Sulphur’s “Share Our Wealth” Club. Now, more to do today. 

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

Overnight Crime Report: Purse Snatching, Two Unclassified Deaths

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

At the end of a busy week, the New Orleans Police Department had a relatively easy Saturday (3.25), responding to just three crimes. The Major Offense Log (MOL) recorded a simple robbery, and two unclassified deaths. 

Today in NOLA 3.26.17

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

This Sunday in New Orleans, The Playmakers Theater will perform their final staging of the Tony Award-winning play “Red.” Oak Street Icon Jamie Galloway will be celebrated at the fifth annual crawfish boil commemorating his life. Wonderland Studios is hosting the LGBT Spring Fest, and Audubon Park will play host to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. On this day in 1804, the Louisiana Purchase was divided into the the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans. Now, more to do around town.

Bloody Good: Howlin Wolf’s Bloody Mary Festival

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

It seems a perfect union: Bloody Mary, the perfect hangover restorative brunch drink. Sunday, the day of rest... and for the heathens among us, the day of brunch. The team at Howlin Wolf has done the city a favor, teaming up with the Bloody Mary Liberation Party to scour New Orleans for the finest beverages to nurse our post-Saturday night fevers and shakes at their Bloody Mary Festival

Judge Paula Brown Wins 4th Circuit Court Seat

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Paula Brown won a seat in Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal on Saturday (3.25), narrowly beating fellow Civil District Judge Tiffany Chase in an extremely close race. 

Overnight Crime Report: Four Stabbings, Three Robberies, A Shooting, A Purse Snatching, An Unclassified Death

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

The start of spring put a little pep in everyone’s step this week — the criminally-minded included. New Orleans Police Department had their hands full Friday (3.24) with a whopping ten crimes. According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a shooting, an unclassified death, four stabbings, a purse snatching, and three robberies. 

NOLA Man Wanted for Infant Murder in Orleans Parish

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

The NOPD announced a new development in the investigation surrounding the death of an infant on the 4700 block of Lafaye Street this week. Third District detectives were called to the home of Jeffery Edward Coleman on Thursday (3.23), after a 17-day-old infant boy was found unresponsive. Coleman told detectives at the time that the child fell from a sofa in the home, but the NOPD now believes that he inflicted “severe bodily harm,” according to police. 

Today in NOLA 2.25.17

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Take a break from all the fests and feasts happening this weekend, and check out some of the unique cultural events around town this Saturday. Comedy legend Chris Rock is blowing up the Saenger tonight. Film society Caravan Cinema will screen a 1990s cult comedy, starring RuPaul and “Orange is the New Black” star Natasha Lyonne, for free in the French Quarter. The geniuses over at Howlin Wolf combine emerging art and breakfast foods, while Fleur de Tease offerings their burlesque retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The Dixiana Bakery, famous for its Sarah Bernhardt Cake (rich wine cake with nuts, red apple jelly glaze and whipped cream) celebrated it’s grand reopening on this day in 1950. Now more things to do this Saturday. 

Ten Out of Ten-nessee

NoDef's Guide to The Tennessee Williams Festival

Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with New Orleans. So goes a bon mot Williams once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” No offense to the rest of the country, but New Orleanians take great pride in being revered as decidedly not-Cleveland by the late playwright. This week, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its 31st annual celebration. The five-day fest kicks off this Wednesday, all culminating on Williams’s 106th birthday on Sunday (3.26). 

Preview: Bourbon Festival 2017

A New Fest with an Age Old Spirit

Bourbon and whiskey lovers rejoice! The inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival officially kicks off this Friday (3.24), leading revelers into three brim-filled days of spirit-centric tastings, talks, and parties.

Sunday Best

Mardi Gras Indians Step Out for Super Sunday (Photos)

Yesterday marked Super Sunday 2017, the third and final celebration of the year when Mardi Gras Indians don their suits and masks. In addition to all of the festive dress, the fête also featured strutting from the Young Men Olympians and the Lady Buckjumpers, and live music by the Hot 8 Brass Band, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, D.J. Captain Charles, Big Al Carson, D.J. Jubilee, Dave Lemon, To Be Continued Brass Band, and B.R.W. Singing Group. 


Above the Cut

NoDef’s Rundown of New Orleans Fashion Week

New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) returns for its seventh season this week, bringing the most cutting-edge designers, retailers, models, photographers, and stylists from across the gulf region to New Orleans. Running March 18-24, the weeklong celebration will feature over 50 runway shows, a variety of fashion-focused panel discussions, and of course, more than a few glittering parties. 

Suit Up for Super Sunday

Details & Routes to See Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras Indians only don their suits three times a year. The first is obviously Mardi Gras, the second is St. Joseph’s Day, and the third is a massive meeting of the tribes known as Super Sunday. This year, St. Joseph’s Day coincides with the annual event held by the Mardi Gras Indian Council on the third Sunday of March, so expect celebrations to be bigger and better than ever for 2017. 

Final Countdown: NOLA's James Beard Nominees

A Quick Look at the 2017 Contenders

New faces and repeat contenders alike grace the ranks of this year's James Beard Awards finalists, announced earlier this afternoon. After a strong show in the semifinals, eleven locals made it into the finals of the Oscars of the culinary world. The indulgences of Carnival season and the holidays may be too close in our collective memory for us to handle dining out to the hilt, but try to explore some of the city's top offerings before the James Beard Foundation announces the 2017 winners at a ceremony in Chicago on May 1st. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

NWS Predicts an Explosive Storm Season

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The last few days have seen an increase in overcast cloudy skies and heavy winds clocking in above 30 mph in New Orleans — which some meteorologists believe is a small indicator of what is to come this storm season. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), record warm winters this year and above average temps in the Gulf of Mexico waters could mean "severe” storm activity this spring. 

New Orleans Ranks as One of the Best Cities for Women in Tech

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Fresh on the heels of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s projections that Louisiana will have a gender wage gap into the 22nd century, some good news was released this week for all the girl bosses and professional women in our city. A new study by SmartAsset ranked New Orleans as the fifth best city in the U.S. for “Women in Tech.” 

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