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Defender Picks



November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

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

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity


NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections

When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving turkey is a beloved American dish served only once a year. Unfortuantely, since it's only served once a year, lots of us don't have too much experience cooking these birds. So, we truened to Chef Jason Klutts of Cane & Table for some pointers on taming the beast.

Holiday Out

NOLA Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Dinner

Is your DIY kitchen rennovation still a work in progress? For those who don't want to fire up the burners this holiday, there are plenty of options. Several restuarants in Orleans Parish are serving up Thanksgiving dinners for al budgets. NoDef offers our annaul list.

Dressed for Success

Got a few hours to spare? Ask a bar filled with locals where to find the best po-boy in town and you're sure to hear a lot of conflicting opinions. Now, there are some answers--at least for a year. On Sunday (11.23), thousands of New Orleanians gathered on Oak Street for the Annual Po-Boy Fest. At the conclusion, winners were eannounced. Clikc on through for the full list.

Later Gator

Pitmaster Damian Brugger grew up on barbecue in Texas. Since his childhood, he has smoked just about everything. At Black Label Icehouse, he focuses on Texas classics like brisket and barbecue staples like pulled pork. At events like Hogs For The Cause, he has been known to get funky, even tossing crawfish into the smoker. However, tonight (11.17), Brugger is exploring some uncharted territory: the whole, smoked alligator.

Funky Food, Mescal, & Laughs

Hungry? Thirsty? Need to laugh? Wednesday at the Faux/Real Fest has something for you. Michaelopoulous Studios is hosting one funky dinner. In the Quarter, check out some mescals straight outta Oaxaca. And, over on St. Claude take a tongue-in-cheek tour of the United States.

Food & When?

New Orleans is a tradition steeped city that does not like too much change. So, the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) are reverting to a previous plan. Today, the fest announced a change in dates back to their original Memorial Day setting.

Hops Hoopla

Courtyard Brewery Celebrates One Year

An old maxim prescribes that the first year of business os the hardest. For Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato Street) co-founder Scott Wood, this is certainly true. However, the first year has also been somewhat sweet for the nano-brewery. So, on Saturday (10.24), Wood and his partner Lindsay Hellwig are throwing a party to mark Courtyard’s one year anniversary.

Great Scott! Future Day Drinks

As anyone with a social media account is well aware, today is “Future Day.” In the cinematic classic Back to the Future, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward in time to today October 21, 2015. With the prediction fact-checking played out, NoDef went searching for a local angle. Not surprisingly, we found it in a bar.

Hop Heaven

It was only a few years ago that all of NOLA Brewing’s beer was “small batch.” However, the local brewery’s growth has been nothing short of mercurial and their familiar cans are now ubiquitous. So, harkening back to the roots, NOLA Brewing announced the launch of the Lagniappe Series, limited edition, adventurous beers. 

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