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The Happiest Hour

Mama Maji Co-Founder Discusses Clean Water Initiatives at Wayward Owl Brewing Fundraiser



I wandered into Wayward Owl Brewing on Thursday night a little thirsty, considering the subject that had drawn many young and old, heartfelt philanthropists around the ales and saisons that dotted the chic esthetic of this gutted Mid-City movie theater turned hip brewery. A local group called Mama Maji hosted iNight at the brewery to raise funds for their programs that liberate Kenyan women by bringing safe and accessible water to their communities in tandem with Drink Local Think Global

 


NOLA Lore: The Makings of American Voodoo



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the origins of Voodoo in America.


France Dance

Photos from NOMA's Annual Bastille Day Bash



Friday (or le quatorze juillet) marked La Fête Nationale, a celebration of the French holiday Bastille Day, which honored the 1789 storming for the fortress prison that ignited the French Revolution. One of the stand-out events during NOLA’s edition of the holiday was held at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Scroll on for Brandon Robert's photographs to see how New Orleanians laissez les bons temps rouler. 

 


Best Fête

Celebrate Bastille Day With Parties, Wine, Waiter Races, and More



This weekend (7.14-7.16) offers the chance for New Orleanians to toast the red, white, and blue of a different sort — this time in honor of our French ancestors. Bastille Day (or le quatorze juillet) commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, an event that ignited the French Revolution. It’s also a chance to celebrate the country’s daughter, La Nouvelle-Orléans. Check out NoDef's list of events below, and laissez les bons temps rouler. 

 


Who Comes Next?

Algernon Sidney Badger, Stalwart of the Republican Party



Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes during the Civil War era who could serve as positive replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. This week, learn about the life of Algernon Sidney Badger, a Union colonel and defining figure in the Battle of Liberty Place.  

 


The Showman

Johnny Azari Talks Transition From Blues Music to Stand-Up Comedy



A little more than two years ago, Johnny Azari would probably have called himself a musician. But now, the multi-hyphenate artist would count stand-up comedy at the top of his résumé, above his years in music production and his sprawling delta blues career. Fresh off of a 20-state tour across America, where he recorded both an audio album and debut comedy special called The Revolution Will Be Hilarious, Azari spoke with NoDef about everything from life on the road to new marriages and new presidents. 

 


Horoscopes for Week of July 10th



Asteroid Eris, goddess of war, sits on our shoulders and spits fire at our transgressors this week. Eris is associated with wrath and jealousy, but that read is far too basic for this being, whose righteous pettiness started the Trojan War. People may see Eris as the parts of us that cause drama and disarray for ’no reason,’ but Eris is also the part of us that informs others, beyond a shadow of a doubt, “this is what you are NOT going to do.” 

 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Summertime Blues



There is a point at which the brain shuts down upon hearing news of another murder, gunshot victim, kidnapping, carjacking, or drug overdose. It is necessary to block out the madness, the sadness, the grim prospects that stand in opposition to those principles which comprise the “good life” we cherish thanks to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 


Fashiona-Bull

Running of the Bulls in Photos



This weekend, NOLA held its annual less bloody (but still as red) version of the Running of the Bulls. San Fermin en Nueva Orleans ran red through the streets of the CBD and French Quarter on Saturday (7.8). The horned and bat-toting Big Easy Roller Girls were again on hand to bring the mayhem. Photographer Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all the action. 

 


Mr. Independent

Mayoral Hopeful Asks ‘Isn’t it Time for a Bruski?’



“I want to be the mayor of the people and for the people.” If there is just one thing to know about mayoral hopeful Edward Bruski, that sentiment would be it. The independent candidate has been a New Orleans resident for nearly a decade, and hopes to bring the people’s perspective to the highest office in the Crescent City. 

 


The Man Behind the Plaque

The Life of Lafcadio Hearn



When I was growing up in Japan, I heard the name “Lafcadio Hearn” a lot. My grandfather was a college professor specializing in languages and literature, so it didn’t strike me as odd that I heard so many references to Hearn and his Kwaidan, a collection of Japanese ghost stories (my family was big on stories, and the Japanese have always been big on ghosts), to Hearn and his examination of Asian folk tales in general, to Hearn and his writings about Japanese culture as interpreted for a Western audience.

 


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