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May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more


Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art


Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork


YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families


Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye


New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop


Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music


May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

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. 

Today in NOLA 5.16.17

Today, enjoy a mid-afternoon concert at the Mint with Down On Their Luck Orchestra. International guitarists compete at a free fest, while legendary punk rockers The Damned take over the HOB stage. Spend a dramatic night in the red light with One Eyed Jacks' recreation of Storyville. On this day in 1929, 15 senators signed a pledge to block the impeachment of Governor Huey Long. Now, check out today’s events.

Report: Louisiana Ranks 15th Nationwide for Biggest Drug Problem

From the “just say no” Reagan-isms of the 80’s and President Bill “I didn’t inhale” Clinton in the 90's to Obama’s admission of marijuana usage, to Trump’s staunch denial of any substance whatsoever, America’s war on drugs has been a decades long battle often shaped by its leaders. On Monday, a new report revealed the extent of the country’s addiction issues. Drug Use By State: 2017’s Problem Areas revealed that Louisiana is among the states with the largest drug problem. 

The xx Announce Outdoor Fall Concert in New Orleans

When London electro-pop stars The xx first embarked on their lengthy American tour, the Big Easy sadly did not make the cut. On Monday (5.15), the band remedied this with the announcement that they will drop by NOLA for an outdoor concert this fall. 

Telefon Tel Aviv Releases 'Something Akin to Lust,' First Single in Almost a Decade

New Orleans-born electronic music act Telefon Tel Aviv dropped a new single on Friday (5.12) — its first in over eight years. “Something Akin to Lust” marks a powerhouse return for the band, which is considered one of the leading figures in the electronic music scene of the early 2000s. 

Overnight Crime Report: Three Shootings, Two Traffic Fatalities, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Unclassified Death

The New Orleans Police Department saw eight crimes hit the city on Sunday (5.14). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two traffic fatalities, sexual assault, a simple robbery, three shootings, and an unclassified death.

Katy Perry to ‘Witness’ NOLA on New Tour

Pop singer Katy Perry announced on Monday (5.15) the cities that she will drop by on her new arena tour. The new tour will be in support of her new album Witness, which the singer announced will be released on June 9th. 

Third Eye Film Festival to Come to New Orleans

New Orleans is riding high on the crest of festival season, but after Bayou Boogaloo wraps up, what's a festivalgoer to do? Cinephiles, feminists, and bar mavens alike are in luck, as a new female-focused filmmaker festival will make its debut in the Bywater this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Today in NOLA 5.15.17

Today, get your theatre fix with Dillard’s student showcase. Or, check out the offerings in the Marigny as the Theatre at St. Claude announces their new season. After, walk across the street to see NOLA all-stars hit up the Hi-Ho. Learn the what, how, and why behind dairy fermentation. On this day in 1915, Huey Long passed the Bar and became a “full-fledged lawyer.” Now, more to do tonight.

Overnight Crime Report: Three Shootings, Two Stabbings, Two Robberies, Burglary, Unclassified Death

The New Orleans Police Department saw nine crimes hit the city on Saturday (5.13). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two simple robberies, two stabbings, three shootings, an aggravated burlgary, and an unclassified death. 

Second Line Alert: Original Big Seven

It’s Mother’s Day which means that the Original Big Seven are ready to step out. The popular Social Aid & Pleasure Club will be hosting their 21st annual second line on Sunday (5.14).

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