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January 26th

Kate Voegele (CANCELLED)

The Beatnik, 8p.m.

Now Nashville based, former One Tree Hill musical starlet brings her acoustic set to New Orleans


Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Sixers take on the Pelicans on their home turf


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring an instrument and join in (free)


Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor, 8p.m. & 10p.m.

Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)


Lift Off

by Ashley Rouen

The ecosphere of the Lower Ninth Ward has been changing ever since Katrina. As the neighborhood revitalizes, art grows from and within the community. One such project inspired by the abandoned St. Maurice Church is coming to a close. Airlift’s final episode in their Space Rites saga blasts off this Saturday (1.24.) The brass section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra along with Guggenheim Award Winning Composer Yotam Haber will perform in front of Altarpiece, the sound installation of over 30 TVs rigged to interpret sound through light waves projected on the screens.


NOCCA's Birthday Bash

The event titled “The Big 4-Oh!” will appropriately feature representations from all arts. At the center of it all will be co-chairs Terence Blanchard and Robin Burgess. Blanchard’s NOCCA education catapulted him into a distinguished career as a trumpeter and composer. Terence's wife Robin Burgess serves as Blanchard’s business partner and runs an artist management company.

Sticking With Mardi Gras

Carnival Crafts: Glue Guns Part I

It’s Carnival time! In addition to everyone having fun, the season also means that the time for costumes and crafts is upon us. Any New Orleanian who bleeds purple, green, and gold knows that the glue gun is a key tool in creation. NoDef is taking a look at the device so beloved by so many in the Dirty South. In this first installment, we run down the basic varieties of glue guns. In future pieces, we will look at specific models and then tips for use.

Cocktails and Charcoal

Prospect 3 may be winding down on Saturday (1.24) night, but the art scene in NOLA continues year round. Right after the wrap party at the Ogden slows down, an opening party will take place.

From Pakenham to Playgrounds

THNOC's New Exhibit Fetes 200 Years of Louisiana Art

Sometimes, the past is best celebrated by looking to the present. The Historic New Orleans Collection THNOC) will fete over two centuries of local art with a show featuring additions made over the past four years in the organization’s newest gallery. THNOC just opened “Recent Acquisitions in Louisiana Art, 2010–2014”.

State of Undress: Burlesque 1.21-1.26

By Angie Z

The Burlie Beat is back. NoDef will provide weekly listings of all the city's burlesque and drag in this column. So, get your feathers ready and your pasties on point. The next week features dozens of opportunities for glam and glitter, sparkles and seduction.

Curtain Closes on Exhibit BE

Goodbye to the Largest Temporary Art Gallery of the South

The final hours of Prospect.3 wound down with the grand closing of Exhibit BE (1.19.) On Martin Luther King Day, visitors packed into the once abandoned, now repurposed five-story De Gaulle Manor Apartment Complex in Algiers to celebrate the temporary exhibit intended to be open to the public for a single day (11.15). That day stretched out for over two-months.

Idol Idles, Crue's Krewe Coming

Retro fans received mixed news today. Eighties icon Billy Idol was forced to postpone his Wednesday (1.21) show at the House of Blues. However, music lovers may find some consolation in an announcement by Motley Crue that the band will include a NOLA stop in their final tour.

Jesuit Grads Duplass Brothers Talk About Their HBO Show

Jesuit High School turned out New Orleans’ current Mayor and Sheriff. A trio of entertainers also claim the proud Blue Jay heritage. On Sunday (1.11), HBO debuted Togetherness, a show created by ninteies grads Steve Zissis, Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. This week, they are making the media rounds to plug the project.

Shadow of Life in a Box

Your Lithopedion Ushers In New Era at Old Marquer

Your Lithopedion, a new play by locally-based playwright Justin Maxwell, opened Thursday (1.15) night at the recently renamed Old Marquer Theatre (formerly the Shadowbox). The production was the work of the venue’s new, in-house company Lux et Umbra and featured the direction of company member Bonnie Gabel.

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