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July 6th

Sidewalk Sale of New Work

Old Marquer, 6p.m.

NoDef critic Michael Martin produces 3 short ones


Glen David Andrews

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

Treme trombone man brings it on a Mondays ($5)


King James & the Special Men

Sydney’s, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


Conventional Wisdom: Summer Tourist Schedule

Summer in New Orleans is not the off-season that it once was. Events like tales and the Rolling of the Bulls keep locals busy. There will also be lots of tourists. Today, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau released a “sneak peak” at the loaded schedule for the next few months.

La-SPCA: Dogs Don't Like Fireworks!

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks display? Apparently, your pets don’t. Dogs have far better hearing than humans and those airborne booms do not go over well with them. 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 as well as some pointers to keep Spot happy.

NOFD Says Don't Be a Hoser, Be Safe on the 4th

It's the Fourth of July which means lots of fire. It's also time for the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) to weigh in with their annaul reminders about safety. First and foremost, NOLA's Bravest urge citizens to leave the pyrotechnics to the pros. The guys with the hoses also remind locals that reckless grilling can sometimes end in disaster especially after a few frosties.

Six Beers and the Truth

EJ "Skullcrusher" Snyder Talks Beer, Nakedness and Survival!

Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author wwas inspited to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers And The Truth with EJ "Skullcrusher" Snyder'. 

Quarantine Queries

Signs springing up around LaSalle Street are warning locals about an animal quarantine. The only problem is that there is actually no animal quarantine. Further, the issuing “agency” does not exist.

Corset Crawl

Freret Street Gets Risqué for Charity

Some say that fashion is pain. But can fashion also be philanthropy? On Saturday, July 25, The Creativity Collective will host its first ever Corset Crawl. The crawl will benefit the Collective’s project, Gradeuxity, and will travel to the various food and drink establishments along Freret Street.

Best of #LeeCircleReplacement Tweets

Compiled by Lucy Leonard

As talk about removing the Confederate flag escalates, New Orleanians are taking to Twitter to discuss making a few more changes. On the Tweetosphere, the now popular #LeeCircleReplacement hashtag is inspiring citizens to create new names for Lee Circle, a monument named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Though many of the suggestions are serious, including Louis Armstrong Circle and Allen Toussaint Circle, many Twitter users also used the opportunity for some comedic relief.  The Defender combed through the extensive list to bring you some highlights.

Hannibal Buress No Fan of the Berl

Comedian Hannibal Buress’ love of New Orleans is well documented through his famed ode to Coops on Decatur and the Quarter foot parade. But, Buress is no fan of the berl. In a recent video for Comedy Camisado TV, the funny man takes a few shots at one of NOLA’s most revered practices.

Hotel Muttleone: FQ Happy Hour for Furry Friends

By Lucy Leonard

Who let the dogs out? Tonight, the Hotel Monteleone is teaming up with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) for a pet-friendly happy hour. The event, which will benefit the La-SPCA, will take place at Hotel Monteleone’s Carosel Bar from 5p.m. to 7p.m.. 

Waving the Geek Flags: Jurassic World's JazzLand Makeover

Jurassic World managed to secure a spot in box office history after just 24 hours. The reboot of Steven Spielberg’s mid Nineties blockbusters raked in 82.8 million dollars on opening day, placing it this all time. However, locals will be more interested in the locale than the numbers. The theme park setting for the film is actually a made-over Six Flags New Orleans.

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