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Defender Picks



December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister


Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band


Bounce Holiday Edition


Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5


Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies


Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each



December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II


Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South


December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show



Art Venue Opens in 'da Parish

By Ashley Larsen

New Orleans is known for its art, and now Poydras is too. Poydras, Louisiana that is, not Poydras Street. Nestled next to the Mississippi River levee and the lake created by the Crevasse of 1922, a new art space, The River House, is taking center stage in an effort to mesh the talent of local artists with the local beauty of the area. 

Ode to Joy

A Look at the Joy Theater Three Years After Reopening

Three Decembers ago, the Joy Theater reopened its doors post Katrina and became a pioneer in the revitalization of Canal Street’s theatre district. A little over three months ago, Winter Circle Productions helped keep the renewed spirit alive through their contemporary art series This Is NOLA. The event showcased the storied space’s past and provided a glimpse into the Joy’s vibrant theatre.

Masakowski Hines Collaboration Hildegard Releases Video

By Phil Yiannopolous

Spearheaded by two long-time collaborators and leading figures in the New Orleans  progressive music scene Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski, the band Hildegard just released their first music video, "A—Z." Directed by New Orleans’ own Zac Manuel—recently featured in New Orleans Film Fest—the video follows Hines, his stalker (Kate Adair), and a ghastly Masakowski. With a playful, Lynchian darkness the attitude remains fast-paced with several quick cuts and edited after effects lending tension to the grim narrative.

Cleary, Toussaint Go Through the Looking Glass at THNOC

By Ashley Larsen

In the midst of the 300+ emerging and established artists being showcased in P3+, Xiao Xiao’s exhibition truly stands out as both awe inspiring and as a bit of a mind boggler. Xiao Xiao (pronounced Sh-ih-ow, Sh-ih-ow) is both an artist and a technologist. In her most recent work, she fuses both skills with her NOLA upbringing to create a stirring homage to the piano music of the Crescent City.

T-Bois Announces Lineup

Louisiana is a state that knows how to fest. So much so that sometimes the event blend together. However, only one fest features a giant, burning alligator head rising out of the bayou: T-Bois Blues Blues Fest. The gathering held on an alligator farm in LaRose will be returning on March 20 and 21 with a newly announced lineup.

Metaphysical Music

Music at the Mint Interview: Astral Project's Tony Dagardi

Tony Dagardi has been a fixture in the NOLA scene for decades. The sax-man is well known for his part in Astral Project, but he also has influenced many up and comers through his work at Loyola. NoDef's partners, Music at the Mint, spent some time talking with him and even recorded a couple tracks.

New Jazz Center Keeps the Beat in Treme

After years of planning and work, a curious building located at 1255 North Rampart has new life. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation opened their long awaited jazz cultural center in the Treme, the birthplace of the genre.

Fringe Fest to Evolve into faux/real

New Three Week Celebration Will Spotlight Performing Arts, Food, Drink, and Literature

Today, New Orleans Fringe announced that in 2015, the popular New Orleans Fringe Theater Festival will evolve into faux/real [a chain of events]. The new event will be a celebration of performing arts, food & drink, and literature in New Orleans staged over three weeks in November. NOLA Defender will produce faux/real with NoDef publisher B.E. Mintz serving as Executive Producer. New Orleans Fringe will provide support to transition and launch the new effort.

Prospect Hits Gold, Switches to Triennial Format

The third time’s a charm. New Orleans art festival Prospect took a few runs before finding their pace, but the success of Prospect.3: Notes for Now has been indisputable and the organization is adjusting to reflect the lessons learned. Prospect New Orleans will now be a triennial.

Room 220: Speaking in Tongues

Bilingual Native Citizen of the Hemispheric Americas: Latino Immigrants & the Reconstruction

This is an excerpt from the introduction to Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares, a new collection of poetry by José Torres-Tama. Room 220 will host a Post-Brunch Salon to celebrate its release from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.)

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