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April 18th

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Pioneer of Mardi Gras Indian music crossing over into funk


BERG Double Header

UNO, 5p.m.

AllStars vs. Detroit Derby Girls, Crescent Wenches vs. Cajun Rollergirls


Story Time with Miss Maureen

Maple Street Books, 11:30a.m.

Reading circus sotry, Keith Graves' Second Banana


Earth Day Festival and Solar Derby

Palmer Park, 11a.m. to 7:30p.m.

Russel Honore leads an eco-fest


A Little Help From Our Friends: Beatles Piano Fetches 99K for Habitat

Ebony and ivory are capable of far more than perfect harmony. With a little help from the remaining Beatles, the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build Program raised a 98,888 dollars by auctioning off a hand painted piano signed by Sir Paul and Ringo.

Fest Vet

George Ray's 32 Years Behind the Scenes

Last Saturday, thousands danced in the streets to the sounds zydeco music, but amidst the joyful chaos, George Ray sat quietly content. Dark eyes peered up from under a bright orange hat, monogrammed "French Quarter Fest" in bold black letters. The wizened man kindly smiled, offering his hand in greeting, "Pleased to meet you." The familiar grip of a working man's calloused hand tightened around my own in a firm shake.

Carnival Floats into Bayou St. John

By Andrew Mullins III

Gather your sea legs! This weekend, the newly minted Tell-Tails Boating Collective is hosting their first floating carnival on the Bayou St. John. The carnival will feature putt-putt boat racing, floating bars, a canoe full of oysters, and all sorts of food delivered by boat. The collective will also provide canoes and sailboats so attendees can enjoy a lazy cruise around the bayou. 

Library Love

In the plastic age, books are an endangered species. However, the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) is using silicon plastic to promote cathedrals of pulp and print. The return of the Library Love Card and a new website rollout are just a couple of the local highlights of National Library Week (4.13-4.19).

Faster Than A Feline: Alleycat Races for a Cause

By Andrew Mullins III

On Saturday, pedal pushers on all kinds of bikes will gather in Duncan Square for the Alleycat Race to benefit Community Kitchen. Riders will navigate the city on their own terms, visiting checkpoints and performing bizarre tasks, to win prizes in several categories including Best Cruiser and DFL (Dead Fucking Last). All proceeds benefit the Community Kitchen, a volunteer-run organization that cooks and and serves homemade meals to individuals and neighborhoods. 

French Quarter Forecast

There is no question that the French Quarter Fest is a great festival. However, in a city where the phrase “rain on your parade” is used literally, eyes are fixed on the skies right now. NoDef turned to the National Weather Service (NWS) to check out the forecast for the four days of festin’.

Warby Parker Turns the Lens on Magazine

Spectacles snobs rejoice! Cult favorite, Warby Parker is opening a New Orleans location. The stylish eyeglass outlet will open on Saturday (4.11) at 3964 Magazine Street.

Murder Victim's Dog Reunited With Family

On March 19, Julia Anderson was murdered in an act of domestic violence. There is no cure for the pain that her family feels, but the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) took one small step to ease their pain. The group tracked down Anderson’s family in Missouri and returned the victim’s dog.

Foaming at the Mouth: La-SPCA Holds Rabies Drive

With Harper Lee’s new (old) book set for release, the topic of rabid dogs in the South is once again vogue(ish.) But, in Orleans Parish, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) has been dealing with the issue for years. On Palm Sunday (3.29,) the group will host their annual Rabies Drive.

RUBARB Looks For A Piece of the Pie

The DIY spirit that powered much of downtown New Orleans through the recovery seems to be replaced with realtors worried about APR these days. Yet, some elements of the communal spirit remain. Contrary to their name, there is no rust on Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes (RUBARB.) Friday (3.27), they are hosting a fundraiser.

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