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Voodoo Drops 2017 Lineup

We’re barely into the summer season, but folks looking for some sweet relief from the heat can turn their attention to the fall. On Tuesday morning, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience revealed their lineup for the Halloween weekend (10.27-10.29) fete. Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and DJ Snake are just a few of the big names on the 2017 roster. 

Total Composure

Birdfoot Festival Closes Out a Successful Program at Final Gala Concert

New Orleans’ premier chamber music festival came to a close this Saturday (6.3) with concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. At Birdfoot's gala finale show, listeners were treated to performances by an elite cast of musicians. Now in its sixth season, Birdfoot brings to New Orleans a series of world-renowned classical performances to informal and intimate settings not normally associated with classical music. 

The Shins to Play the Civic This Fall

If you feel an existential crisis or malaise afoot, oddly enough you’re in luck. The Civic Theatre announced on Monday (6.5) morning that The Shins — the band of choice for early noughties sad boys and girls — will bring their psych-tinged indie rock to their stage this fall.

NOLA R&B Singer August Alsina Opens Up About Health Battle

At 24 years old, New Orleans-born R&B artist August Alsina is on his way to being on top of the music scene. With a contract at Def Jam Recordings, two Alternative R&B studio albums that have garnered multiple award nominations, and collaborations with everyone from Chris Brown to Lil Wayne, he seems well-poised for super stardom. This week, the musician discussed his health problems and why his battle to live will not hinder his success. 

Broad Theater Discusses Women-Only Screening of 'Wonder Woman'

Art-house theater The Broad will join a handful of cinemas in America to offer a women-only screening of the new superhero film Wonder Woman. The Mid-City movie house spoke with NoDef about their decision to take part in the specialty screening, set to take place on Thursday (6.8). 

Arcade Fire Announce New Album, Fall Show in NOLA

Thursday (6.1) was a big day for Arcade Fire, as the band dropped the first single off of their forthcoming fifth album, scheduled for release July 28th through Columbia Records. The Canadian rockers also announced that they will swing by NOLA this fall as part of their major North American tour. 

Flight of Fancy at Birdfoot Festival

If you like the depth of chamber music, but want to ditch the martinis and the formal wear, look no further than Birdfoot Festival which nears its close this weekend. Led by an impressive cohort of musicians, Jenna Sherry, a New Orleans native turned UK resident, is the festival’s Artistic Director for 2017. The festival combines the norms invited by New Orleans infamous music culture with the precision of classical music to offer attendees from around the world a unique and informal setting with which to enjoy compelling renditions of chamber music.

Hero’s Journey

A Look at Southern Rep’s Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

One of the most fascinating aspects of Southern Rep’s newest production is how director Valerie Curtis-Newton and her cast express the intertextuality of the text with expert ease. Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), the 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist work by Suzan-Lori Parks, offers intercultural exchanges between Greek epics, Civil War spirituals, blues guitar songs, and modern day slang. What might be played as disjointed in less capable hands, Southern Rep Theatre synthesizes into a powerful examination of where our country comes from and where we are now. 

World-Renowned Artists to Celebrate NOLA’s Tricentennial

Prospect New Orleans announced the lineup for their triennial contemporary art event, Prospect.4, set to kick off this fall (November 16-February 25). The theme for the fourth edition is The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. 73 artists from over 25 countries will take part in the art installation which not just overlaps with the Crescent City’s 300th birthday, but celebrates the city’s artistic identity.  

The Iron Lattice

A Conversation with Stephanie Travers, Editor of New Local Magazine

The Iron Lattice, a New Orleans print magazine featuring local artists and writers, recently celebrated the release of its fourth issue. NOLA Defender sat down with Stephanie Pearl Travers, Editor-in-Chief, to discuss the project, its purpose and its NOLA-born and bred mission and vision.

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