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November 26th


Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games



Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

American indie film


Ed Volker

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

The Radiators lead man


The Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Ft. Johnny Vidacovich and special guests


Cornhole Thursdays in the Courtyard

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Celebrate Turkey Day with cornhole


November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party

Today In NOLA 11.26.15

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Happy Turkey Day! If you can still move after stuffing your face, catch a movie— Mockingjay Part 2 is showing at Prytania and LAMB is playing at Zeitgeist. Ed Volker will play at Chickie Wah Wah, and The Trio will jam with Johnny Vidacovich at the Maple Leaf. On this day in 1769, members of the Natchez tribe killed 300 French colonialists. Now, more to do this Thursday.

Turkey Trot: Bayou Classic Parade Route

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Mardi Gras is early this year, but for those who can not wait until February 9th, there will be plenty of floats, throws, and bands on Turkey Day! The Annual Bayou Classic Parade will roll from the SuperDome to the French Market on Thursday (11.26) from 3:3op.m. until 5:30p.m.

Turkey Talk

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Thanksgiving turkey is a beloved American dish served only once a year. Unfortuantely, since it's only served once a year, lots of us don't have too much experience cooking these birds. So, we truened to Chef Jason Klutts of Cane & Table for some pointers on taming the beast.

Smoking Bandit

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Another convenience store fell victim to an armed robbery early on Wednesday (11.25) morning. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are turning to the public for help in finding the suspect.

Beyond the Bird

Thanksgiving Events in NOLA

Turkey Day is about much more than turkey. Food is paramount in New Orleans, but so is music, football, decorations, and of course the track. There is plenty to do after that lst spoon of dressing and the final rant about politics from Aunt Sally. NoDef presents our annual list of the holiday's highlights.

Holiday Out

NOLA Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Dinner

Is your DIY kitchen rennovation still a work in progress? For those who don't want to fire up the burners this holiday, there are plenty of options. Several restuarants in Orleans Parish are serving up Thanksgiving dinners for al budgets. NoDef offers our annaul list.

Ballot Blowout

Edwards Upsets Vitter

Saturday (11.21) bore witness to one of the largest upsets in Louisana political history. Democrat John Bel Edwards defeated Republican David Vitter by nearly ten percent to become the next goveror of Louisiana.Billy Nunguesser offed Kip Jolden tot winthe race for Lieutenant Governor and Jeff Landry outed incumbent James "Buddy" Caldwell for Attorney General.


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Today In NOLA 11.25.15

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Today in New Orleans, the Pelicans take on the Suns, and Jon Cleary is back at Chickie Wah Wah. At Bullet’s, Kermit Ruffins will jam, and you can grab your groceries at Crescent City Farmers Market. Happy Birthday to Zydeco guitarist Joseph “Cookie” Chavis, born on November 25, 1967 in Lafayette, La. Now, more ways to celebrate.

Stompin' Time

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

In New York City, there is a little parade annually that involves no open containers, no throws, and a lot of cold. So, New Orleanians have taken to heading up north to offer a clinic in proper parading. On Thursday (11.26), the 610 Stompers will return to Gotham for their second appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Lock Jock

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

With crime running rampant, some simple steps can help protect citizens. For example, before you start stockpiling more ammmo, start by locking your car doors. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are searching for an alleged burglar who simply walked down the street looking for unlocked autos.

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

Light Bright: Luna Fete Returns

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

LUNA Fete (Light Up NOLA Arts) debuted at Gallier Hall last year and became an instant classic. A diverse crowd ranging from families to teens in altered states packed Lafayette Square to watch a sound an light installation tell the City’s history using the Greek Revival façade of the architectural landmark as a canvas. In 2016, the show is returning, but much, much bigger.

Today In NOLA 11.24.15

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Today in New Orleans, Joe Bonamassa is coming to the Saenger and Rebirth Brass Band will play their normal gig at Maple Leaf Bar. You could also jam with Stanton Moore Trio at Snug Harbor Jazz Trio. For your food needs, head to the weekly Crescent City Farmers Market. On this day in 2008, the Saints scored a franchise record 51 points.  On the same day in 1980, head coach Dick Nolan was fired after losing to the Rams. Now more for your Tuesday.

Suspect In Shooting Of Tulane Student In Custody

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) announced that a suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting of a Tulane med student last week. 21-year-old Euric Cain will be charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Second Degree Kidnapping and Armed Robbery.

Don't Call It A Comeback: Mr. Ghetto's New Release

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Before New Orleans became a factory for reality shows and before Morris Bart went viral, there was Mr. Ghetto. The local bounce artist broke onto the scene with the popular “Wally World” video, released a few more tracks, and found himself in a standoff with the NOPD’s SWAT unit. After an absence, Mr. Ghetto is back with a new video.

Dressed for Success

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Got a few hours to spare? Ask a bar filled with locals where to find the best po-boy in town and you're sure to hear a lot of conflicting opinions. Now, there are some answers--at least for a year. On Sunday (11.23), thousands of New Orleanians gathered on Oak Street for the Annual Po-Boy Fest. At the conclusion, winners were eannounced. Clikc on through for the full list.

16 Shot At Park Party

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

16 people were shot at Bunny Friend Playground (1903 Desire Street) in the Upper Ninth Ward on Sunday (11.22) afternoon according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). Witnesses describe the gunfire breaking out during a guerrilla video shoot during the unofficial after-party for the Nine Times second line.

Today In NOLA 11.23.15

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Today in New Orleans, classics Alexis & the Samurai will jam at Chickie Wah Wah and Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses will play at Maison. In book news, Garden District will present The Hard Times. Emperor Sumo will bring psychedelic noise rock to Circle Bar. Today in 1812, Alan Magruder and Jean Destrehan elected Louisiana’s first U.S. Senators. Now, more to do today.

And Finale!

Faux/Real Fest's Final Weekend

Hungry for the arts? With almost 40 oerformances at the Faux/Real Festival of the Arts this wekeend, you're in luck. Whether you're looking for some serious ideology or just want to laugh, the fest has a few options. NoDef runs through your choices for the weekend.

Okay, Someone's Making A Blood Offering

An interview with Alex Mar

Alex Mar’s new book, Witches of America, is a search for meaning, esoteric and otherwise. She takes her reader on a spiritual cross-country road trip from the Bay Area of California to New Orleans, from the prairies of the Midwest to woodsy little towns in the Northeast. She introduces us to some of the different disciplines in this new kind of faith—Feri, Wicca, Ordo Templi Orientis—whose names sound almost beyond language. With the writer as a proxy, readers experience ritual, spell-casting, initiation, all of it striving for connection to the divine principle that, for most of us, remains so elusive. Throughout Mar proves an intelligent, candid guide.

Real Big

F&B, Words, and Parties at Week Three of Faux/Real

Faux/Real Festival of the Arts is rolling into a third and final weekend. The offerings show no signs of slowing down though. Along with the numerous theatre offerings, F/R has plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and listen to some local authors.

Room 220

Margaret Eby on Exploring Towns and Homes of the Southern Literary Canon

Birmingham, Alabama, native Margaret Eby returned South from her adopted home in New York City to write a travelogue about the towns where the stories of the Southern canon take place, as well as the authors who lived and worked in them. The result of her visits to Jackson, Mississippi, Monroeville, Alabama, Oxford, Mississippi, New Orleans, and other haunts is a new book, South Towards Home: Travels in Southern Literature.


Faux/Real Week Two Lineup

The Faux/Real Festival of the Arts is entering the second wekend of a three week run. With over 150 events, all the choices can get a bit confusing. So, NoDef compiled a quick rundown of your choices this weekend. Click on through to check out the offerings.

Bat & The Ball

Die Fledermaus Explained

On Friday (11.12), the New Orleans Opera Association will stage a production of Die Fledermaus (The Bat) as part of the Faux/Real Festival of the Arts. The Johan Strauss operetta is classic opera, complete with love triangles, balls, and disguises. However, with all the twists and turns the action can be a bit much for the uninitiated. Enter NoDef’s “Idiot’s Guide to Die Fledermaus.”

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Frack Your Brain

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

Suspect Named in Shooting of Tulane Med Student

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

With intense national coverage focused on at the shooting of a 25-year-old Tulane medical student, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is working quickly on the case. On Sunday (11.22) at a police HQ presser, Mayor Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Harrison announced that 21-year-old Euric Cain is the top suspect for the crime.

Arches' Enemy

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

You deserve a break today! Unfortunately, employees at the McDonald’s at 3025 Elysian Fields Avenue will not be getting a break today. Instead, they got a break-in according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

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