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Defender Picks



December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister


Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band


Bounce Holiday Edition


Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5


Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies


Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each



December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II


Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker


Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests


Pine Leaf Boys

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

Local grammy nominees take the stage



December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action


Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)


Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show



Riverwalk Lights Up With Massive Menorah

Bonfires on the river are not the only pyrotechnics that New Orleans employs to celebrate the holiday season. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Tuesday (12.16) and menorahs will be springing up around the city. An eleven foot tall model will be springing up in Spanish Plaza courtesy of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Chabad of Louisiana.

Orion Blasts Louisiana Back to Space

By Ashley Larsen

Today, millions of Americans watched as the Orion spacecraft was launched into the sky from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but what most people didn’t know is that it carried a lot of Louisiana with it. Both the capsule and a piece of the payload can lay claim to roots on the bayou.

Christmas on the Bayou: Lafayette's Noel Acadian au Village

By Ashley Larsen

It’s that time of the year again. The time filled with twinkling lights, holiday cheer, and a little bit too much hot chocolate. The Noel Acadian au Village in Lafayette has all of those things and Santa Clause to boot. The Christmas festival fundraiser features half a million lights filled with animated displays, carnival rides, and live entertainment. 

Best Shot to Fight the Flu

Tis the season to be jolly, that is, if you can manage to keep from catching the dreaded Influenza virus. The flu takes its toll on thousands of Americans each year, leaving us fatigued and unable to attend work or do anything but sleep because the achy flu is making you feel like you're at your rope’s end. Don't fear, NoDef sat down with Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Chief Medical Officer at MHM Urgent Care's seven locations Greater New Orleans area clinics. Dr. Gerry offered up some tips on the virus and the vaccine.

Pets in Spayce

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) does much more than facilitate adoption for our four legged friends. One of the agency’s responsibilities includes enforcing Chapter 18 Animal Ordinances and the Intact Permit law. That means the group is in charge of making sure that pets are spayed or neutered or permitted.

Loyola Law Adds Social Justice Certificate

Ever hear the old joke about lawyer and the shark? Some academics at Loyola University have not. The school has noticed that many graduates prefer the street to the high-rise and taken action. Loyola is now offering a new Social Justice Certificate Program for students who want to effectively advocate for the poor and the marginalized.

WaPo: Congress Honors 231 Year Old Promise to Louisiana Gov

By Ashley Larsen

231 years is an awful long time to avoid keeping a promise to Louisianan. Yet, according to a recent Washington Post article, that is exactly what Congress did to former Louisiana Governor Berndardo de Galvez, a key Spanish ally in the Revolution. A WaPo article describes how one determined secretary, Teresa Valcarce, broke through beltway gridlock to hang a portrait. Congress drew up a resolution to hang a portrait of the hero in Congress – in 1783. The painting was finally hung a few days ago.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Headpieces

By Amanda Thompson

The clock is counting down to the witching hour. Literally. However, if you still don't have a Halloween costume, don't despair! There's still time to find something to wear. Fire up your glue guns, and make yourself a unique headpiece for the big night.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: DIY Skeleton Shoes & Party Plans

By Amanda Thompson

Everyone has skeletons in their closet just waiting to come out and dance. Today, I walk you through a simple DIY project for skeleton shoes. They are affordable and perfect for a last minute costume. In addition, I offer up five tips to spice up your Halloween night party.

Petting Boo: Tips for Keeping Four Legged Friends Happy on Halloween

The web loves pets in costumes be they spider dogs or pirate cats. Yet, the folks over at the Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) are quick to caution that the holiday can be rough on animals. The organization has provided a quick list of pointers to make sure that the year's spookiest night doesn't scare your four legged fellows too much.

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