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April 24th

Zurich Golf Classic

City Park, 11AM

Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour


Crystal Energy Healing & Dream Play

1112 Mandeville St., 2PM

Talk dreams and crystals


Andrew Jackson Hotel Ghost Hunt

Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM

Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel


International Sculpture Day

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM

Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work


Big Easy Entertainment Awards

The Orpheum Theater, 6PM

29th annual event


New Orleans Baby Cakes

Shrine On Airline, 7PM

Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers


Movie Screening: La Bataille de Solférino

Cafe Istanbul, 7PM

French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one


Cacao Ceremony

Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir


Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill


April 25th

Earth Day Celebration

City Park, 4PM

Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more


April Hobnobber

The Country Club, 5:30PM

Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music


Movie Screening: Ipileaye

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Story of the creation of the world 


Pony Up for Horses

Eiffel Society, 6PM

A benefit to aid horses in need


Vinyasa & Vino

Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM

All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner


Swing in the Oaks

City Park, 7PM

Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


New Moon Medicine Circle

Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM

Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing


Aaron Cohen Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh


High Profile | New Orleans Nightlife Awards

Sidney's Saloon, 10PM

Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen


April 26th

Wednesdays at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5PM

Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes


Blackout Poetry Workshop

Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM

Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books


Evenings with Enrique

City Park, 5PM

Feat. Raphael Bas


Vietnamese Style Crawfish Boil

Black Penny, 6PM

The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns


Paradigm Pizza & Pies

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria


Eat Your Science

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Alton Brown live


Movie Screening: Annie Hall

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic


Sound Observatory New Orleans: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Three Keys, 9PM

This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio 


April 27th


NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks


Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest


Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show


Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour


International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence


Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more


St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 

Overnight Crime Report: Stabbing, Three Robberies, Two Rapes, Three Unclassified Deaths

The New Orleans Police Department saw nine crimes hit the city on Friday (4.21). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a stabbing, two armed robberies, a simple robbery, two aggravated rapes, and three unclassified deaths. 

Today in NOLA 4.22.17

Happy Earth Day, New Orleans! Day two for both the French Film Festival and the New Orleans Poetry Festival is underway, while the 10th annual Record Store Day spins through the city.

Peace of Strength Celebrates the Power of the Survivor

Every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted. And every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), only 6 out of 1,000 perpetrators of sex crimes will end up in prison. For the last several decades, the month of April is dedicated to Sexual Assault Awareness in its many forms. Although the U.S. has a long way to go to improve state-level responses to sexual assault, a new community initiative in New Orleans aims to inspire victims to embrace life as a survivor and find strength in the aftermath of abuse. 

NOPD Searches for Two Runaway Juveniles

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, who went missing this week in unrelated incidents. 

La La Land Comes to Life on Frenchmen Street

A bit of Hollywood magic is coming to the French Quarter next week. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the almost-Oscar winning film La La Land, d.b.a. on Frenchmen St. will be transformed into the movie's iconic club Seb's for one night only. 

Green Slate: The Top Earth Day Events Around NOLA

Saturday (4.22) is Earth Day. Even though Louisiana may not be the greenest of scenes, there are plenty of events in New Orleans to honor the 47th annual fête. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting warm temps in the low-to-mid 80’s, with scattered storms expected in the afternoon through the night. But don’t let the chance of rain spoil your fun! These top events around town make it feel easy being green. 

Overnight Crime Report: Stabbing, Armed Robbery, Unclassified Death

Turns out those security checkpoints did not yield many results at all. The New Orleans Police Department saw just three crimes hit the city overnight, starting Thursday (4.20). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a stabbing, an armed robbery, and an unclassified death. 

Eco-Conscious Cocktails (Recipes)

With Earth Day just hours away, everyone should raise a glass in toast to Mother Gaia! NoDef's pals at Bombay Sapphire offered up a few suggestions for environmentally-minded libations ahead of Saturday's celebration. The team called upon some of the top cocktail creators from across the country to share zero-waste cocktails to sip the sustainability lifestyle. 

Today in NOLA 4.21.17

Today, both the New Orleans Poetry Festival and the 20th annual French Film Festival kick off their programming. NOMA hosts an outdoor screening of Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge," while Glen David Andrews leads a crowd through a tribute to Prince on the one year anniversary of his death. Count yer dubloons and make your way over to Castillo Blanco for a night of pirate burlesque. The Ogden teams up with the Shops at Canal Place for a fashion-conscious benefit for the museum. On this day in 1970, the first annual Jazz Fest began at Armstrong Park. Performers included Mahalia Jackson, as well as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Now, more to do this Friday.

NOPD Releases Surveillance Footage of French Quarter Rape Suspect

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Special Victims division released a surveillance video of an unknown male suspect in connection with a sexual assault in the French Quarter. As NoDef previously reported, the incident occurred during the early morning hours of April 16 on the 1400 block of Chartres Street. 

Will Smith's Killer Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Former Crescent City Kings player Cardell Hayes was convicted Thursday in the slaying of beloved Saints captain Will Smith. Hayes silently accepted the sentence of 25 years in prison on charges of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the incident that left Smith dead and Smith’s wife Racquel suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. The sentencing comes just days after the one year anniversary of Smith’s death. 

Get Lit at the Second Annual NOLA Poetry Festival

April is the cruelest month no more. For National Poetry Month here in New Orleans, the city welcomes everything from erotica in iambic pentameter (one hopes) to pizza poetry. Tonight marks the start of the second annual New Orleans Poetry Festival, organized by Lavender Ink Press and Trembling Pillow Press. The fest, which will run April 20-23 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.), will feature four days of readings, panels, bookmaking workshops, walking tours, musical performances, and more odes to the art.

Record Store Day Spins Through NOLA This Weekend

This Saturday (4.22), the 2017 Record Store Day will take place at vinyl outfitters across the nation. The 10th annual celebration of indie record stores toasts audiophiles, music makers, the vinyl devout — and, of course, the record stores that make it all possible. Record Store Day brings plenty of new and special edition releases nationwide. The day also provides ample reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available. 

Overnight Crime Report: Three Robberies, Attempted Burglary, Shooting, Rape, Unclassified Death

The New Orleans Police Department saw seven crimes hit the city on Wednesday (4.19). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two armed robberies, a shooting, a rape, a simple robbery, attempted burglary, and an unclassified death. 

Today in NOLA 4.20.17

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the Big Oozy disaster. BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 people, and then proceeded to leak millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf. The hemorrhaging took almost six months to stop and the effects are still with us today. On a brighter note, click through to find out about all the events in town tonight.

NOPD Announces 4/20 Sobriety Checkpoints

Attention all 4/20 revelers around town: the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) announced sobriety checkpoints to smoke out any offenders in Orleans Parish ahead of Thursday's notorious unofficial holiday.

HBO Documentary Shines a Light on the Nation’s Troubling Trend of Untested Rape Kits

On Law and Order: SVU, detective Olivia Benson (played by Mariska Hargitay) is a member of an elite squad who has helped victims of sexual assault get justice from their attackers for nearly two decades. In the upcoming HBO documentary I Am Evidence, Hargitay explores the real life fight for police to examine the hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country. The documentary's focus is especially relevant as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States — and draws renewed attention to the state of affairs in Louisiana. 

Top of the Hops: Courtyard Brewery Hosts Inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival

On Thursday, Courtyard Brewery will host the first ever Louisiana Hop Festival, a showcase of the best brews from the Boot. The one-day fest will benefit the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, and offers a chance for hopheads, beer snobs, and brew newbies alike to grab a pint and enjoy music, food, and drinks as the work week comes to an end.

Overnight Crime Report: Domestic Battery, Three Armed Robberies, Two Carjackings, Triple Shooting

The New Orleans Police Department saw seven crimes hit the city on Tuesday (4.18). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a domestic aggravated battery, three armed robberies, two carjackings, and a triple shooting. 

NOPD Searches for Man Missing Since Monday

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking help in the missing persons case of a 22-year-old man. Joseph Consonery was last seen Monday, April 17th, at around 5PM leaving his girlfriend’s house on the 4800 block of Touro St. in Gentilly near Dillard University. 

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