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Defender Picks



August 30th

The Cincinnati Kid
Historic NO Collection, 10:30a.m.
Starring Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson (free)


George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, Tab Benoit
Howlin’ Wolf, 4p.m.
Plus Bonerama, The Boogiemen, Dave Ferrato and Tchoupazin & more


Guitar Lightnin’ Lee & His Thunder Band
Kajun’s, 5p.m.
Stay late for karoke


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Two Gentlemen of Lebowski - A Reading
Mid City Theatre, 8p.m.
A comedy reading that’s half Shakespeare, half Dude ($10)


Panty Wasted, TV-MA, Beautiful Sons, Liquid Nailz
Siberia, 9p.m.

Decadence punk show benefits LGBTQ prisoner advocates Black & Pink New Orleans


Yelephants, Donovan Wolfington, Pope
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
All-star local band lineup in the Quarter ($5)


Rebirth Brass Band
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Grammy-winning band is a can't-miss New Orleans standout ($15)


Caddywhompus, Vox and the Hound
Carrollton Station, 10p.m.
Local indie math rock champions


Part Time, Sea Lions
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
California synth-psych ($5)


Naked Karaoke—Decadence Edition
Allways Lounge, 10p.m.
Clothing optional, in case karaoke wasn’t bad enough

TNM Presents: The Megaphone Show
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.
The New Movement’s flagship storytelling improv show ($8)


August 31st

Southern Decadence Parade
Royal Street, 2p.m.
Official song: Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch”


Musical Mediation: Travis Bird
Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.
Local singer-songwriter offers a partially improvised set (by donation)


Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Bounce TV Summer Music Festival
Lakefront Arena, 7p.m.
Starring Maze ft. Frankie Beverly & Patti Labelle ($60+)


Hi Ho Silver Oh, Dark Rooms
the BEATnik, 10p.m.
Precious pop from Los Angeles


Psychedelic Winter
One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.
A tribute to Pink Floyd tribute ($10)



Polyphonic Spree, Sarah Jaffe
Southport Hall, 10p.m.
Choral rock band from Dallas (rescheduled date)


September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers


Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue


Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday


King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


Weekend Weather & Tropical Outlook: 8.23, 8.24

By Patrick J. Pearson

Hot! The Song remains the same as we burn into a particularly hot weekend, weather-wise. Highs are projected in the mid to upper 90's with Heat Indices into the triple digits both Saturday and Sunday. Stay cool and hydrated and check in on the elderly and shut-in's you may know too. Rain chance are 10 percent at best both days. Off Puerto Rico, we're keep an eye on 96L which is still disorganized.

Alliance Française Holds Open House as NOLA Says Bienvenue to New Consul

Are you thinking about learning French? This Saturday, Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans invites the public to enjoy une journée portes ouvertes, or open house, to sample the organization’s language courses—glass of wine in hand, of course. With a new Consul General of France arriving in New Orleans this week, it’s a great time to take up la belle langue.

Discreet Affair: Site Provides Census of NOLA Cheaters

Does your idea of the perfect extramarital affair include romantic candlelit dinners and long walks in Audubon Park? You should probably take things a little farther from home, because according to data from a “married dating” site, most philanderers in New Orleans live Uptown.

Michael Cerveris Gets Crunk With ALS Ice

Michael Cerveris took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with an interesting twist this weekend. The actor and song & dance man posted a video depicting him dumping a pitcher of ice--well, you'll see--today. He then challenged Evita co-star Ricky Martin to rise to the occasion. (Video after the jump.)

Today in NOLA: 8.17.14

Let the good times roll! The first-ever New Orleans Sushi Fest rolls into Mardi Gras World this afternoon, with live entertainment, traditional crafts, Miss Linda the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, wrestlers wearing blow-up sumo suits, and oh yes, sushi. The Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrates another cultural tradition as Mardi Gras Indian elders gather to give awards and share oral histories. Details today:

Weekend Weather & Tropical Outlook, 8.16-8.17

By Patrick J. Pearson

It's August in NOLA which means lots of heat, and a chance of storms, but this weekend is looking fairly tame. The southerly flow returns today as we say adios to the lower dewpoint's. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms are forecasted but none are expected to be severe in nature. Highs are predicted to be around 90F area wide. Details follow.

NoDef Bids Farewell to Managing Editor

by B.E. Mintz

Friday (8-15) marks the final day as Managing Editor of NOLA Defender for Stephen Babcock. During Babcock’s tenure at the Defender, the publication grew from a novelty into a thriving news source. He worked countless hours to enable and often spearhead that evolution. Babcock will retain the position Editor Emeritus and sit on the Defender’s board. Next week he will move to Baltimore where he will pursue several journalistic opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic.

Superdome Roof Gets New Fall Coat (VIDEO)

The Saints may be in West Virginia to get ready for the season, but Mercedes Benz Superdome workers still have their own peaks to climb. This week, crews are fanning out across Da Dome's roof to clean and provide a new coat of resin that will protect against algae.

Local Immigration Court Faces Backlog of Unaccompanied Minors Cases

by Charles Maldonado, The Lens

Gov. Bobby Jindal chided President Barack Obama last week for not informing him that more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly Central American children fleeing violence in their home countries, are now in Louisiana. Among his questions: “In which parishes are these children now living?” Odds are, they’re in and around New Orleans.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Turns Two

NoDef Visits the 'Danger Zone'

Photos by Daniel Paschall 

On the second anniversary of the Bayou Corne sinkhole's formation, taking stock of what's still bubbling up.

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