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Defender Picks



January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show


Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions


Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA


Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again


Soul Creole

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

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop


Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce


In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes


Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi


January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route


Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


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:

Concentrated Effort: Three Iced Coffee Recipes from PJ's

In New Orleans, we do things a little different. For an example, one need look no further than the common cup of coffee… or iced coffee as the case may be. Here we cold drip and buy concentrate. In celebration of the local favorite, the brew krewe at PJ’s is giving away a recipe book. The Louisiana institution shared a preview with NoDef.

Drinking Culture

Walking on Kilts: Kajuns on Robbie Burns Day

Gentle reader, days of want and strife are upon us. The sunlight is brief and often wreathed in clouds. The despotic forces of hypocrisy have decreed the end of smoking in public. Criminals ravage the land while my tax return languishes and moans in the underfunded limbo of the Internal Revenue Service. And though I’ve always known, sometimes the truth comes too much home: there is no governing consciousness in the Universe. No help is on the way – ever – and our mortal kernel of awareness creeps ever-closer to an oblivion without end.  But at least I had the Robert Burns Day Celebration and Sparklehorse popup to attend at Kajun’s Pub on St. Claude Avenue yesterday.

NoDef Announces Details of 3rd Annual King Cake Walk

Carnival is a time filled with traditions simultaneously common and unique. The king cake might be the ultimate manifestation of that dichotomy. With so many choices, it’s best to let the people choose. So, NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on February 5 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 

Herbsaint Staffers to Offer Haggis Lagniappe at Second Sparklehorse

On Sunday (1.25), Herbsaint Executive Sous Chef Marcus Jacobs is going to cook up something he calls “North Sea Boudin.” In Scotland, the dish is known as haggis. The dish will be some NoDef sponsored Robbie Burns Day lagniappe during the second appearance of the Sparklehorse Grill (Jacobs’ collaboration with fellow Herbsaint staffer Caitlin Carney) at Kajun's Pub (2256 St. Claude Avenue).

Zoot Suit Riot: Hannah and Lund to Bring West Coast Pop-Up to Oxalis

“It’s about the East Coast, West Coast rivalry,” says Chris Hannah from behind the bar at French 75. Then the man in the distinct white dinner coat adds, “And zoot suits.” Watch out Daddy-O! On Sunday (1.25) night, Hannah and his former co-worker, Vince Lund, are putting on some funky threads and taking a swing at the pop-up game. 

NOLA Raised A Cane

Raising Canes only serves one thing: chicken fingers. However, one outlet is just not enough for New Orleanians. On Thursday (1.22), the company will open an outpost at 2900 South Claiborne Avenue, their sixth opening in the city over a one year time period.

Drinking Culture

A Trip to The Delachaise for Wine on the Avenue & All That Implies

Gentle reader, sometimes the desire to appreciate obscures the objective faculty. Other times a backward kind of joy comes from overly-objective observation. That is to say, sometimes we really just want to like something, and the judgment is clouded. And other times merciless faultfinding arouses an impish delight, and again the judgment is clouded. At the risk of sounding pretentious, my friends, I cannot say which of these reasons sent me last week to The Delachaise wine bar.  

King Cake Baby: Ryan Haydel Talks About the Family Biz

By Ashley Larsen

King Cakes are kind of a big deal in New Orleans. The delicious treat is almost synonymous with Mardi Gras itself, and in NOLA perhaps no other bakery is as famous as Haydel’s. With Mardi Gras season gearing up the bakery has gone into overdrive but Nodef managed to sneak away Ryan Haydel, third generation baker and co-owner, from the kitchen just long enough to find out what it’s like to be a King Cake baker.

Mixing It Up: DeGroff & Dobard to Sing and Speak at MOTAC

Fresh off the opening of Ryan Hughes’ Purloo, The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) is hosting a talk with a couple of their bold faced name supporters. Today (1.16), the center announced that at 6:30p.m. on February 5, they will host the NOLA debut of “King Cocktail in Story and Song: Dale DeGroff in Conversation with Philip Dobard” as well as grand rededication ceremony.

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