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Defender Picks



July 30th

Idina Menzel
Saenger Theater, 8p.m.
Broadway star, Glee actress


Hello, Dolly
Tulane Dixon Hall, 8p.m.
Tony-winning musical produced by Tulane Summer Lyric Theater


PR July Networking Event
NOLA Brewing Tap Room, 5p.m.
Drink beer, meet PR professionals


The Bipolar Millionaire and The Operation
Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.
Memoir about the struggles of living with Bipolar disorder


Nola Social Ride Happy Thursday Ride
St. Roch Neutral Ground, 7p.m.
White linen themed


"and yes I said yes I will Yes"

Irish House Ready for Bloomsday

To most, today, June 16, might just be another Tuesday. But for James Joyce fans around the world, June 16 marks the ever-important literary celebration, Bloomsday. In commemoration of the Irish writer’s novel Ulysses, The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) will be hosting a reading of the epic story. Writers and literary enthusiasts from across the city will come out to narrate excerpts of the famously dense, Ulysess. 

Cultural Exchange: Museum Month Offers Cerebral Saturation

Triple digit temperatures make August a perfect time to spend some time indoors, like at a museum. Fortunately, New Orleans Museum Month (a.k.a. August) is almost upon us offering an opportunity for local to soak SoLa’s numerous cultural offerings.

Art Lark

CAC Preps for White Linen Night

As the old saying goes, you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Luckily for you, you have one more chance to don your best white linen suit this year— the annual Whitney White Linen Night! This Saturday (8.1). the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, in conjunction with the Arts District of New Orleans, will host the annual art party. Many galleries around Julia Street will be open to the public as a part of the free block party, and both the CAC and Ogden Museum of Southern Art will premier new exhibitions of Louisiana art. 

State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.29-8.12

Compiled by Michael Martin

These are unusually lively dog days for the New Orleans theatre scene. A much-missed venue reopens under new management, an equally missed company returns with one of its biggest productions to date, two ambitious new companies make their debuts…and it isn’t even Labor Day yet.

Pops Rocks

Satchmo SummerFest Previewed with Director Marci Scramm

The summer heat is starting to peak which means that the time chill out with some cool jazz is nearly upon us. Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron' will be celebrating 15 years of festin’ and feting Pops this weekend (7.30-8.02). NoDef checked in with Executive Director Marci Schramm for the inside track.

Uplifting: Trailer Released for Katrina-USCG Doc

The federal government offered little help to New Orleans is the days following Katrina’s levee breach. However, the U.S. Coast Guard proved the exception to the rule, hoisting over 33,000 locals to safety. Filmmaker Kaitlin Smith just released the trailer for her film, Paratus 14:50 which chronicles the USCG’s efforts in the fall of 2005.

Room 220

What you were always trying to avoid was being party to an atrocity: An interview with Michael Pitre

Michael Pitre’s debut novel, Fives and Twenty-fives, delves into a war of endless tedium and Sisyphean roadwork, but there is no boredom. There is only routine, which saves lives, and a fog of death that clouds them. Each day, the soldiers—Pitre joined the Marines in 2002 and was twice deployed to Iraq—find potholes and, in each, a bomb. They deactivate the devices and move on to the next, motivated by banal routine rather than a sense of accomplishment.

Second Story Gallery to Mark K+10 With Art

As the city approaches the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, events are popping up all over the city to commemorate the disaster and its aftermath. One such event is the DECADE exhibition hosted by Second Story Gallery at the New Orleans Healing Center from August 8 until September 5. The installation will feature artists from around the city and their work reflecting on their experiences during and after Katrina.

Pilgrims' Pride

Louisianans To Bring NOLA Flavor to New Tennessee Fest

Fest lovers, pack your bags— New Orleans resident Michael Whelan, along with Monroe native Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra and Brandt Wood, is bringing a Jazz Fest-inspired music festival to Franklin, TN. In its inaugural year, Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival will feature headliners including Wilco, Willie Nelson, Weezer and Cage The Elephant as well as New Orleans favorites like Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 

In The Valley: The Revivalists' Zack Feinberg Talks New Album

By Lucy Leonard

Last Friday (7.17), rising New Orleans rockers, The Revivalists, released their new album Men Amongst Mountains. Coming in on the heels of their previous album, City of Sound, Men Amongst Mountains has a more live sound, with most of the songs having been recorded with the entire band in the same room. While on the long drive from Nashville to Gainesville, Zack Feinberg, The Revivalists’ guitarist and one of the band’s founders, had a chance to chat with NoDef about the new album and what’s next for the band. 

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