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September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers


Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue


Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday


King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)


Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band


Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show


Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)


Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating


September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)


The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution


Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)


Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)


September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution


Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)


Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band


Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics


Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus


Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?


Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret


Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)


Film Review: The November Man

Now is the winter of our discontent, made inglorious summer by another appalling, jejune movie. Films spotlighting a lone middle-age man kills dozens of people while taking a young woman somewhere should not be produced anymore. Alas, the previews for the disapointment that is Novemebr Man promise at least another two films of the formula. Hollywood now makes movies the same way GM makes cars. Sheer size, tradition and intermittent government assistance keep the assembly lines of shoddy products churning.

WDSU, WVUE May Be Blacked Out

NOLA viewers may have a hard time catching up on sports and sitcoms tomorow. Contract negotiations between WVUE's parent RayCom Media and DirecTV have prompted blackout warnings to customers. Cox subscribers are facing their own darkness as similiar negotiations between the cable giant and WDSU have created a similar threat. Both blackouts could begin as early as tonight (8.31)

Closing Time

Three to Summer Shows to See at NOMA Soon

Summer is ending shortly, and so are many of her offerings at the New Orleans Museum of Art. NoDef took a look at the exhibits closing soon. They run the gamut from New World colonial luxury, Civil Rights, and ultra modern work from Louisiana natives. There’s a little bit of something for everyone at NOMA.  

Autumn in Audubon Means Music

Audubon Park is the latest instituion to roll out a fall music schedule. Denizens of the uptown park will have the opportunity to forgo laying out on the Fly in favor of live music at the Newman Bandstand for four nights in September and October.

Nine Lives' Ninth Live

Paul Sanchez Talks About Restaging Post K Musical

Nine Lives--The Musical begins a three-night run at the Le Petit Theatre tonight.  The work is based on Dan Baum's iconic book depicting the lives of nine New Orleanians between Betsy and Katrina. Last evening NoDef's Jason Raymond met with co lyricist and composer Paul Sanchez to talk about the project.

Trumpeter Porgy Jones Passes

NOLA trumpet legend Warren "Porgy" Jones passed away on August 21st. During his life, Porgy epitomized the music of New Orleans. He grew up in the Quarter and Treme and recorded in the neighborhood with Cosimo Matassa. Then, horn in hand, travelled the world playing with greats such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Art Blakely, and Smokey Robinson.

State of Play: NOLA Theatre 8.26-8.31

Theatre is starting to crank up again in NOLA. An all-star team is staging a concert staging of the iconic post-K work (in progress) Nine Lives. Spuds McConnell is reprising his portrayal of Huey P. Long. On Frenchmen St. Compleat is getting funky. Full listings follow.

Film Review: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

I must concede I would have enjoyed this second Sin City had it run 20 minutes. The complex visual composition of the movie alone keeps your attention for that long. Credit Frank Miller and Robert Rodriquez for having a specific vision for each scene. I often chide films for being cartoons. However, cartoons take skill to create, and this one has been created with consummate expertise.

Lots of Louisiana at Emmys

Hollywood South is lined up for some national recognition this evening. At 7p.m., the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC and locally shot and set shows are in the mix with dozens of nominations.

Intense Experience

New Service Creates Reels for Aspiring Actors

Dream of screen acting? Actor/Director/Entrepreneur Vanessa Cloke suggests finding an agent: no agent, no real acting work. How do you get an agent? That remains tricky, even in a city with expanding performance opportunities. "One of the biggest challenges to even getting an agent out here," Cloke explains over coffee in Mid-City, "because it's becoming extremely exclusive, is if you don't have footage so they can see your acting, if you don't have a resume, if you don't have credits, you probably won't get an agent."

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