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Defender Picks


Vendredi (10.24)

October 25th

Gleason Gras

Champions Square (4p.m.)

Raise ALS awareness with a fest


Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

Food Network star brings his live show to the Crescent City


Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, 5p.m.

Alfred Hitchcocks thriller starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint


Selebrating Sierra Leone: Music by Imaginary Frenz

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Fundraiser to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.


Cottonmouth Kings

Spotted Cat, 10p.m.

Smokin’ swing and jazz music at one of the city’s best dancing venues


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 8p.m.

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen ($10)



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:

Drinking Culture

Our Columnist Visits Brothers III After a Harrowing STD Test

Gentle reader, mistakes were made. All the dim memories of the past few months resolved in a golem of introspective terror when I awoke, worrying me from my bed and onto a path that led through the Reproductive Health Clinic on North Rampart and into one of the greatest dive bars in the Northern Hemisphere. Stay awhile, dear friends. I will be faithful.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bold Columnist Makes a Pilgrimage to See Clint Maedgen at Siberia

Gentle reader, Clint Maedgen has almost certainly gone insane. It hasn’t done him a bit of harm. But back to that in a moment.


My next journey began on a bright Sunday. It was fine weather for day drinking. Good, August heat for slow walking. I grabbed a beer at the Verti Mart and strolled into the Marigny. 

Emeril Celebrates National Gumbo Day (Recipe)

Today is National Gumbo Day. That's right, by act of Congress, America is celebrating Louisiana's signature dish. If the first rule of gumbo is "make a roux", the second rule might be "no one agrees on the best recipe". However, in honor of the occasion, Emeril Lagasse shared the recipe for a serious seafood contender with us. 

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Intrepid Columnist Ventures to Lucky Pierre's on Bourbon

Gentle reader, I have come to Bourbon Street! At the ironic insistence of Your Cousin Dimitri of WWOZ fame, I have come. And now that I am here, I take it as a public service to enter into the maw and go down into the belly so that you, gentle reader, might remain unsullied and yet still know.

Pie in the Sky

Blaze Pizza Coming to South Market

New Orleanians have long debated the hierarchy of pizzerias in the city. Now, a new contender is throwing their crust into the fray. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is not made in a Bywater backyard. The new store is an offshoot of a national chain known for custom pies cooked in a 180 seconds.

Wey's Way

Nigerian Pop-Up Comes to NOLA

Tunde Wey, a Nigerian immigrant first came to America at the age of 16. And now, at the age of 31, he is bringing his authentic Nigerian cuisine to people all across America. His pop-up restaurant is coming to New Orleans October 17-18th, but will also be coming to San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Chicago. 

Brew Krewe: Beer Fest Winners Announced

The New Orleans on Tap (NOOT) beer fest came and went as fast as a keg at a frat party.  Attendees tasted from a selection of 300 beers and food from local vendors, such as Brats Y’all. Homebrewers lined up along the outer edge of the festival rousing up flavor controversy and exciting bland palates, while certified beer judges huddled with their flights of homebrews to determine winners in NOOT’s first juried competition.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bar Columnist Visits the R Bar

Gentle reader, I wandered into the R Bar and it was dark like a good bar should be. Three O’clock in the afternoon and it was still dark inside. The walls were vertical slats of cracked wood, faded bordello red. Above that, black metal paneling reached to the ceiling and continued like a black sky. More cracked wood along the bar, brown and rich. Friendly kind of gloom. No music played. A humming silence reverberated from the last juke box song, dead before I had arrived. They say Bukowski stayed at the inn upstairs. Good place to start.  

Pints in the Park (BeerFest Photos)

By Brandon Robert

On Saturday, the weather held out, and New Orleans on Tap, the city's celebration of beers was on in City Park. The event featured big brews, microbrews, homebrews, and lots of dogs befitting the LA-SPCA's cosponsorship. NoDef's Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all of the action. 

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