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July 22nd

Josh Weil: The Great Glass Sea
Garden District Books, 6p.m.
Author’s new book is set in an alternative contemporary Russia


Life Itself
Chalmette Movies, 7:30p.m.
New doc about the life of critic Roger Ebert


James Wallace & the Naked Light, Julie Odell
Mudlark Theatre, 8p.m.
Sweetly folky pop from Nashville ($5)


A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.
Brooklyn-based shoegaze pop ($10)


Treme Brass Band
d.b.a., 9p.m.
The 6th Ward's brass band saunters over to Frenchmen


Rebirth Brass Band
Maple Leaf, 10p.m.
2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


July 23rd

The Apartment
Prytania Theatre, 10a.m.
1960 classic inspired creators of Mad Men


Theatres at Canal Place, 7p.m.
N.O. Film Society presents Bong Joon-ho’s new film ($12.50)


Dave Hill, Fayard Lindsey
One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.
Comedy presented by Hell Yes Fest ($15)


Dinky Tao Poetry
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.
Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson


Surrender the Fall, Artifas, Colossal Heads
Southport Hall, 8:30p.m.
Heavy rock out of Memphis ($10)


Peter Matthew Bauer, Ben Jones, Skyler Skelset
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.
Former bassist of The Walkmen ($10)


July 24th

Crescent City Farmers Market
3700 Orleans Ave., 3p.m.-7p.m.
Midcity edition of the city's prime local market


Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.
This week ft. country rockers Pontchartrain Wrecks


Thursdays at Twilight
City Park Botanical Garden, 6p.m.
This week ft. Paul Sanchez ($10)


Dying City
Shadowbox Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Christopher Shinn’s play about the social effects of the Iraq War ($15)


Gisela in Her Bathtub & A Hand of Bridge
Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.
9th Ward Opera Company presents two one-act operas ($20)


20,000 Days On Earth
Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.
Advance screening of the Nick Cave doc


Yojimbo, Down By Law
Joy Theatre, 7p.m.
Double feature worthy of the Criterion Collection


Coathangers, White Fang, Trampoline Team, Bottom Feeders
Siberia, 7p.m.
Feminist punk rockers at the early show ($8)


Reggae Night
Blue Nile, 11p.m.
Hosted by DJ T-Roy


Crash Course

Chewbacchus Captain Masters Drone, Offers Class

If the summer must drone on, Ryan Ballard believes it should at least fly. On Sunday, July 27, Ballard, overlord of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, will hold a three-hour class to teach those interested in learning how to fly drones.

Summer Reading: Jindal, Matalin, Roberts, Brazile

Beltway bulldog Politico took a look at what’s being read this summer by those with their hands on the handles of power. Louisiana was well represented in the survey. The article looked not just at names like Boehner, Emanuel, Rice, and Albright, but also at the Pelican State’s Bobby Jindal, Mary Matalin, Cokie Roberts, and Donna Brazile.

L-SPCA: Fireworks and Dogs Don't Mix

Fireworks are far from fun for our furry friends. The Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (L-SPCA) has issued a reminder that dogs are frightened by fireworks and often run away on the Fourth. According to the group, dogs have hearing 10 times more sensitive than humans, and the booms and bangs of pyrotechnics take a toll. Fortunately the group has issued some tips on keeping Rover calm.

Poverty Point Becomes Louisiana's First World Heritage Site

Locals in northeasten Louisiana know that Poverty Point is rich with history, Over the weekend, the rest of the world finally came around. The 3,400-year-old Native American earthworks was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site Sunday. The designation marks the first for a Louisiana landmark.

Bonnet Carre Breakdown (VIDEO)

by Liz Davas

New Orleanians can make a party out of any situation. A wedding, a funeral, or in this case, being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on I-10 over the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Posted to Facebook by Lana Hunt, a video that was taken following a fiery crash Sunday afternoon shows stranded motorists coming together and gettin’ down. Check it all out in the video. 

Protesters Hurl Tomatoes at Jindal Effigy (PHOTOS)

The French Market showcased many different uses for tomatoes, and public shaming wasn't exempted. As Creole Tomato Fest unfurled at the French Market, a group of protesters used the exposure opportunity to take aim at Gov. Bobby Jindal for supporting a bill that will end a local levee board's lawsuit against Big Oil.

D-Day at the National World War II Museum (PHOTOS)

Photos by Brandon Robert

The National World War II Museum marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy Friday with a full day of activities, culminating with an outdoor screening of Tom Hanks' Band of Brothers miniseries. The commemoration continues Saturday with a panel of WWII historians, tours of the museum's Higgins Boat and more. Photographer Brandon Robert was on the ground at the Museum Friday:

Hollywood Trucks Rolls Out Clean Energy Movie Star Trailer

Hollywood Trucks unveiled Wednesday to local media its first luxury talent trailer powered entirely by solar and thermal technology. Called the Celebrity, the 43-foot long fifth wheel can be used as a home or office during movie productions. Last month Hollywood Trucks President and CEO Andre Champagne lent Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie the Celebrity while they were in New Orleans attending this year's gala for Pitt's Make It Right charity.  

Jindal Holds Off on Signing Bill to Kill Levee Board Lawsuit

Gov. Bobby Jindal passed on his first opportunity to kill a local levee board's coast-focused lawsuit against Big Oil Monday. At a press conference, the gov was set to sign SB 469, which sets a legal framework that effectively bars the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East from suing the private companies.  But he decided to delay the signing.

All Aboard: Bike Easy Launches Bike Trains

Have some trepidation about taking on the streets of New Orleans in a two-wheeler? You don’t have to go alone. A new “bike train” program invites cyclists of all skill levels to pedal their way to the office – together. NoDef spoke with Bike Easy’s Anneka Olson for more information. 

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