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May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone


Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir


Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA


Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden



Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow


Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati


Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs


Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels


May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan


Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo


Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes


Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food


Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues


Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies



Pour Job: NOLA Chefs Star in Coca-Cola Ad Campaign

Be it jambalaya and Sazeracs or po-boys and Abita, the union of food and beverage is the holiest of matrimonies in the Crescent City. A new campaign “Serve with a Coca-Cola” enlisted several top New Orleans chefs to do just that — with Aarón Sánchez of Johnny Sánchez and Byron Bradley of Sylvain offering meals to pair with the soda in a series of new ads. 

NOLA to Complete Take Down of Confederate Monuments

Before the day is out, all traces of the controversial Confederate monuments will be removed from the city's landscape, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's team promised in a statement. In an announcement made on Thursday (5.18) night, the City of New Orleans also outlined the future plans for the four statues in question. 

Overnight Crime Report: Armed Robbery, Stabbing, Purse Snatching

The New Orleans Police Department saw three crimes hit the city on Thursday (5.18). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to an armed robbery, purse snatching, and stabbing. 

Today in NOLA 5.19.17

Today, Bayou Boogaloo kicks off in Mid-City. Go back to the 90’s with the Prytania’s midnight showing of Twin Peaks’ movie ahead of this weekend’s revival, or go experience the “Total Package” at the arena as NKOTB, Boyz II Men, and Paula Abdul all take the stage. Drag classic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be screened at NOMA’s Sculpture Garden. On this day in 1949, Elisha Archibald Manning III (better known as Archie) was born. Manning played for the Saints from 1971 to 1982 and sired two sons, Peyton and Eli. More on activities today after the jump.

Easy Does It: NOLA-Set Indie Movie Adds a Double Dose of Hollywood

It’s a big week for Hollywood South, with several big casting announcements made about NOLA-based projects. Fresh off the news that Dennis Quaid will play George W. Bush in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Katrina: American Crime Story, it was announced that another member of Murphy’s stable Ben Matheny has added two major stars to the cast of his independent film set in southeastern Louisiana. 

Fire Walk With the Prytania at Their David Lynch Retrospective

Twin Peaks fans, that gum you like is coming back in style. Over 25 years after David Lynch’s cult classic series ended, the much-anticipated new installment will premiere on Sunday, May 21st on Showtime. In honor of the revival, the Prytania Theatre will screen several of the director’s best known works during a four-week retrospective.

Overnight Crime Report: Four Armed Robberies, Shooting, Stabbing, Homicide

The New Orleans Police Department saw seven crimes hit the city on Wednesday (5.17). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a shooting, a stabbing, homicide, and four armed robberies. 

Today in NOLA 5.18.17

Today, see Tank without her Bangas. So You Think You Can Dance all stars and sibling duo Derek and Julianne Hough bring their dance styles to the Saenger. CAC brings a veterans-themed show in honor of Veterans Appreciation Month. Tip's guarantees a good show, with Reckless Kelly and Blue Water Highway in support. On this day in 1896, Plessy vs. Ferguson established the constitutionality of segregation with “separate but equal” reasoning. Now, more to do this Thursday.

NOLA/Balkan Band Blato Zlato Drops Folktale-Inspired Music Video

New Orleans-based Balkan band Blato Zlato (Bulgarian for “Swamp Gold”) today shared their first music video in support of their debut album, released earlier this year. “Miatalo Lneche Iabalka” is a musical retelling of a Bulgarian folktale. 

Two Arrested at Beauregard Monument, NOPD Reports

In the hours following the dismantling of the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the entrance of City Park on Tuesday night, two people have been arrested on charges of graffiti at the base of the monument.

NOPD Seeks Teen Girl Runaway From St. Roch Area

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 17-year-old girl. Keita Zeyna was last seen around 5PM on Monday (5.15) at her home on the 2800 block of Law Street in the St. Roch area.

Community Launches GoFundMe Campaign for Mr. Okra

He has bananas, he has the mango, and now he has a new community-backed fundraising initiative. New Orleanians from the Ninth Ward to Uptown have been missing Mr. Okra’s unmistakable voice coming through his truck’s speakers as of late, with recent health issues and repairs for his trusty painted truck keeping the local legend from work. 

NOLA Continues Take Down of Confederate Monuments With PGT Beauregard

It looks like all traces of the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” will be wiped from the city’s landscape soon enough. Late Tuesday night, the City of New Orleans removed the controversial P.G.T. Beauregard statue from its location at the entrance of City Park on Esplanade Avenue. It was the third take down in a series of four monuments that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove before he leaves office, following the dismantling of the Battle at Liberty Place monument late last month and the Jefferson Davis statue less than one week ago. 

Overnight Crime Report: Five Robberies, Three Shootings, Two Homicides, Rape, Carjacking, Property Snatching, Unclassified Death

The New Orleans Police Department saw fourteen crimes hit the city on Tuesday (5.16). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to an aggravated rape, two homicides, two simple robberies, three armed robberies, three shootings, car jacking, property snatching, and an unclassified death. 

Today in NOLA 5.17.17

Today, NOMA welcomes all ages crowd and large scale puppets to the Sculpture Garden. Anders Osborne and Tank & the Bangas play an outdoor show. Get your music fix with shows at the Carver and Howlin Wolf. On this day in history, schools in Louisiana and the rest of the country were ordered desegregated with the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling (1954). Here's more of today's happenings.

Abandoned Marigny Church to Begin Conversion into Hotel & Event Space

The abandoned St. Peter & Paul Church and School in the Marigny will take its biggest step in its long-awaited conversion into a 71-room hotel and event space. In a letter provided to neighbors of the property, located at 2317 Burgundy St. between Marigny and Mandeville, construction is set to begin on the extensive renovation this week. 

Brad Pitt Wanted to ‘Do Better’ Than Politics in New Orleans

Long gone are the days when Brad Pitt would stroll the French Quarter, snacking on Verti Marte with Angelina Jolie and their brood or throwing beers to Matthew McCounaughey, but the A-list actor is still fond of his time in the Big Easy, as he told GQ magazine in his first interview since splitting with his movie star wife.

Desiree Charbonnet, Possible Mayoral Contender, Has 'Something Important' to Share

We here at NoDef aren’t ones for gossip, but community speculation has had it for months that Desiree Charbonnet would run for Mayor of New Orleans this fall when current Mayor Mitch Landrieu leaves office. Though she has always shied from directly commenting on a possible mayoral run with the press, Charbonnet announced today that she has an “important announcement” to share with the city. 

Booze for a Cause with Speak Truth Louisiana

On Friday (5.19), Treme Hideaway will play host to a happy hour with a purpose far beyond scoring half-price beer. Speak Truth Louisiana, a citizen-run New Orleans organization committed to ensuring equity and access in minority and poor communities, will raise awareness and funds for communities most affected by the state’s criminal justice policies.

Overnight Crime Report: Two Homicides, Shooting, Armed Robbery, Rape

The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Monday (5.15). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two gun-related homicides, aggravated rape, armed robbery, and a shooting. 

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