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DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films

LUNDI

May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all

 

Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin

 

WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots

 

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre

 

Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 

 

 

MARDI

May 2nd

Collison

Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference

 

United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists

 

GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band

 

Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir

 

Gojira

House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 

 

Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM

 

Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour

 

The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers

MERCREDI

May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 

 

Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio

 

Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin

 

Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show

 

Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott

 

The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'

 

Pixies

Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons

 

Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville

 

Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support

 

New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass

 

Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends

JEUDI

May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off

 

May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party

 

Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 

 

Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance

 

Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion

 

Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health

 

Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation

 

AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who

 

Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious

 

Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste

 

Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp


  Food

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:


Big Easy Bucha’s Karl Hartdegen Becomes Eighth Certified Cicerone in Louisiana


This week it was announced that Karl Hartdegen, brewer at Big Easy Bucha, has been recognized as a Certified Cicerone. Hartdegen is the eighth Louisiana resident in history — the sixth in New Orleans — to be designated this title in the competitive Cicerone Certification Program. 


Tea Party

Big Easy Bucha Leads the Farm-to-Bottle Kombucha Movement



Tucked amongst somewhat nondescript buildings in Gert Town is bright pop of color where New Orleans’ first and only small batch kombucha brewery, Big Easy Bucha, greets its visitors. That immediate splash of vibrancy is carried forward into the brewery, which crafts the fermented beverage of choice for both the health-conscious and trend-conscious of today. 


Jazz Feast: NoDef’s Guide Where to Eat

New Additions & Fest Traditions



The 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival is just days away. By now, you’ve likely mapped out your custom schedule based on the Jazz Fest cubes, stocked up on sunscreen, and planned your fest-friendly fashions. Now, let’s turn our attention to possibly the most important aspect to any NOLA festival: the food. 


Eco-Conscious Cocktails (Recipes)


With Earth Day just hours away, everyone should raise a glass in toast to Mother Gaia! NoDef's pals at Bombay Sapphire offered up a few suggestions for environmentally-minded libations ahead of Saturday's celebration. The team called upon some of the top cocktail creators from across the country to share zero-waste cocktails to sip the sustainability lifestyle. 


Top of the Hops: Courtyard Brewery Hosts Inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival


On Thursday, Courtyard Brewery will host the first ever Louisiana Hop Festival, a showcase of the best brews from the Boot. The one-day fest will benefit the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, and offers a chance for hopheads, beer snobs, and brew newbies alike to grab a pint and enjoy music, food, and drinks as the work week comes to an end.


Farm to Pantry

The Best Farmer's Markets & Co-Ops in New Orleans



There are an endless number of reasons to buy local, especially in the Big Easy. The food tastes better and is higher in nutrients since produce has to travel a much shorter distance from the ground to your family’s table. Local food is also GMO-free, a quality many people now strive for in their food. Buying local-farmed produce also supports local farming families, helps build community, and preserves open space — which can quite the commodity around here. In New Orleans, locals are fortunate to have an array of famer’s markets and co-ops, all of which work closely with local growers and producers to bring the best they have to offer.

Check out the list below of the best (and tastiest) ways to support our local economy.


Southeastern U.S. Salads Recalled


Here's one excuse for anyone wanting to quit their post-Carnival diet a few days early: there is a chance that your salad might have a dead animal in it. At least, that is what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Saturday (4.8). According to the FDA, Fresh Express is conducting a precautionary recall of Organic Marketside Spring Mix greens distributed to Walmart stores in the Southeastern United States. 


Shrimp Pasta Named Most Popular Louisiana Dish


Forget gumbo or beignets — shrimp pasta is the most popular food in Louisiana. At least, that's according to Pinterest (you know, the website where you created your secret wedding inspiration board). Over 150 million people visit the website every month, with the food category far and away the most popular section. The team at Pinterest analyzed their search indexes and compiled a list of the 50 most popular meals in The Foodnited States, based on what users searched for in each state. 


Veg Out

NoDef's Unofficial Vegan & Vegetarian Guide to New Orleans



After a month of meat-free Fridays, many of the Lenten faithful may be getting tired of the weekly fish frys around town. All of us here NoDef have known for a long time that vegetarians and vegans are pretty sexy, so why not take a few pointers from the herbivores around town and add some greens to your plate? 
 
NoDef is making it easy for you, outlining the best restaurants, diners, cafés, and hidden gems in New Orleans for each meal of the day. Check out the list below, and be sure to check back in as we continue to update the green scene in town. 

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