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Defender Picks



April 21st

Dyngus Day

Siberia (6 p.m.)

Debauche performs along with the G-String Orchestra


Traditional Irish Music

The Irish House (7p.m.)

Murphy's bangers are the most authentic in town, & the Gaelic jam is straigh outta Offaly


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Prytania Theatre

(12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Wes Anderson's latest features a star studded cast as his signature eccenctrics, this time set in a luxury lodge.


Pyeka Balkan Trio

The Marigny Opera House (7p.m.)

A night of "musical meditation" scored by an all female vocal trio.



Magnetic Mondays with Magnetic Ear

Gasa Gasa (10 p.m.)

Free weekly show from Martin Krusche’s jazz group


King James & the Special Men

BJ's Lounge (10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- Burgundy in the Bywater for that downtown rhythm and blues.


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a. (10p.m.)

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday


Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

NOLA funk-gypsy-rockers in Carrollton


Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor (8p.m., 10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- The Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen


April 22nd

Octavia Books (6p.m.)

Reading: Pirates You Don't Know and Other Adventures in the Examined Life


Monty Banks as Frank Sinatra

Mahogany Jazz Hall (at the Harem)

Old Blue Eyes Impersonator at a Gentlemen's Club


Dayna Kurtz w/Rob Mache

Cafe Istanbull (8p.m.)

Sultry songstress belts out rare gems of the past and originals 


Albinas Prizgintas 

Trinity Episcopal Church (6p.m.)

Classical organist creates “nights full of mystery”



Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar (7p.m.)

Come see Kermit at home in the 7th Ward, and get to bed early


Most Wanted Brass Band

Hi-Ho Lounge (10 p.m.)

Ex-Stooges members retake the St. Claude spot


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway St Market (9a.m.-1p.m.)

Weekly Tues Gig- Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a (10p.m.)

The 6th Ward's home brass band saunters over to Frenchmen for some New Orleans music.


Shadows and Fight

Ogden Museum Exhibit Trains Lens on Civil War Photography

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art opened the traveling exhibit “Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War” which features the best-known photographs of the Civil War, original photos by the period’s greats. 

A Walk in Her Shoes

Review: Solo Show 'Shoebox Lounge' at Shadowbox Theatre

NoDef reviews Jen Pagan's solo performance, a funny, sad tale of shoes, booze, and lost loves.  

Today in New Orleans 4.18.14

Today is Good Friday, but once the boils and fries are over, the fun continues at night. Local DJs and Austin’s Chicken George are performing an electronic takeover at Tipitina’s, NOMA is screening classic cinema in the Sculpture Garden, and rapper YG is making a New Orleans tour stop at House of Blues. On this day in 1924, late blues artist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown was born in Vinton, Louisiana. Now, more to do this Friday. 

Docket 76

Local Author Reads & Signs Debut Novel in French Quarter

A new novel is using the Crescent City as a backdrop, but the book eschews the cliches of vampires and carnival for meatier matter of legal lit. Docket 76 is suspenseful courtroom drama. In her debut book, Arita M.L. Bohannan details the life of Sandy, a young, successful prosecutor who finds herself involved in an eerily personal case. 

Mayor Mitch Petitions 'Late Show' for NOLA Move

Mayor Mitch’s background as an actor is well documented, but now Landrieu is sending documents of his own in an effort to lure another born performer to New Orleans. Earlier this week, Landrieu sent CBS chief Les Moonves a letter petitioning the network conglomerate to move The Late Show to New Orleans in 2015 when Stephen Colbert takes the helm.

Today in New Orleans 4.17.14

Today, Jazz in the Park kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews. In the Warehouse District, Tuba Skinny is performing for this evening’s Ogden After Hours. On this day in 1811, Attakapas Country was abolished and established as St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Jurassic World Holds 2nd Casting Call

Crowds heard the call of Jurassic World last month, and filmmakers are headed back to Grace King for another round of casting.  Universal Pictures  is looking for men, women, people in the military, and families, ages 5-85, to work as paid background actors. 

Shooting Gallery

New Project Takes Guns from the Streets and Puts them in Galleries

Violence and tragedy often inspire art, but a new project in New Orleans is taking the connection literally. The Jonathan Ferrara Gallery announced its new project, Guns in the Hands of Artists, which takes 186 guns from the streets of New Orleans and gives them to 31 local and national artists to create original works that aim to shift the conversation about guns and give it new perspective. 

Call for Submissions: N.O. Fringe Festival

Local creative types are in high demand, from playwrights, to puppeteers, to contortionists, and more. Fringe Fest is accepting submissions for the 2014 Fringe Festival, due July 2.  

Shotgun Cinema Screens Psychosexual Sci-Fi Thriller

Shotgun Cinema returns Wednesday (4/16), and this time they're getting psychosexual. The nascent nonprofit film series that runs monthly screenings at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.) is set to host what is believed to be the Louisiana debut of Vanishing Waves. The 2012 Lithuanian sci-fi film follows a man who agrees to become the first human to test a new technology that allows thoughts to be transferred digitally from a comatose woman.

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