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August 23rd

Big Easy Rollergirls Double Header
UNO Human Performance Center, 5 p.m.

vs. TBA


Nymphomaniac Volume 1
Indywood, 6:30p.m.
Indywood screens Lars von Triers’ sex drama



House of Blues, 7p.m.

Craft brew & music fest ft. Colin Lake, Brass Bed, The Wooden Wings & more ($15)


Jake Owen
Champions Square, 7p.m.
Pop-country personified ($42+)


Crosby, Stills & Nash
Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.
Fathers of popular folk music ($80+)


Allways Lounge, 8p.m.
Darkly comedic play written by Tracy Letts


HipHoptions Launch Party
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.
Ft. Bujie and The HighRise, Rei The Imperial, DIVVVY UP, Meta//Quirk


Lillian Axe
Tipitina’s, 9p.m.
Hard rock from NOLA ($15)


Papa Mali
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.
With Lightnin Malcolm


The Kodiaks
the BEATnik, 10p.m.
Louisville, KY punks


TNM Presents: The Megaphone Show
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.

The New Movement’s flagship storytelling improv show ($8)


August 24th

Micah McKee & Little Maker
Circle Bar, 5-9p.m.

Free music for happy hour


Nymphomaniac Volume 1
Indywood, 6:30p.m.
Indywood screens Lars von Triers’ sex drama


24 Hour Play Festival
Shadowbox Theatre, 8p.m.
Flambeaux Theatre writes and stages seven 10-minute plays in one day ($12)


Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.
Authentic N.O. honky-tonk rock


Alligator Chomp Chomp

One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

A Louisiana and Gulf Coast vinyl dance party (free)


August 25th

Nymphomaniac Volume 1
Indywood, 6:30p.m.
Indywood screens Lars von Triers’ sex drama


Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You)
Café Istanbul, 7p.m.
A crime novelist investigates an apparent suicide in Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s thriller ($5)


California X, Heat Dust, Pope
Saturn Bar, 9p.m.
Noisy garage punk from western Mass ($5)


King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.
Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


Doyle, Ashylus, The Bills
Siberia, 10p.m.
Solo project from ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein ($15)


August 26th

Michael Pitre: Five and Twenty-Fives
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Iraq vet presents his debut war novel


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.
See Kermit at home in the 7th Ward and get to bed early


Hard Girls, Broadcaster
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.
Powerpop from both coasts, plus All People & Donovan Wolfington ($8)


Nymphomaniac Volume 1
Indywood, 9:15p.m.
Indywood screens Lars von Triers’ sex drama


Open Ears Music Series
Blue Nile, 10p.m.
This week ft. Piero Bittolo Bon & Marta Raviglia with James Singleton & Marcello Benetti ($10)


Opinion: No Justice, No Peace: Violence and New Orleans' Criminal Justice System

By Kezia Kamenetz

Just this summer, New Orleans has suffered from numerous heinous acts of violence – including a shower of bullets released on innocent Bourbon Street revelers and the drive-by shooting of children as young as two in the Lower Ninth Ward. Every time someone is killed in the streets of this city I find myself questioning how I can live here. How can I love a place where such violence takes place regularly? How can I invest in a city where a majority of citizens justifiably live in fear for their children? What kind of future does a place where babies are shot have?

Letter to the Editor: Maness the Real Republican

Reader Skip Caissie Jr. weighs in on the Louisiana Senate race's third candidate, Colonel Rob Maness (ret.)

Former Louisiana Representative Tony Perkins, chairman of FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected with Family Research Council has endorsed Colonel Rob Maness for U.S. Senate.  Perkins was once a Louisiana senatorial candidate.  Perkins stated earlier in the year "If the Republicans want to win, they actually need to find a stronger candidate (than Cassidy)."

Letter: Planned Parenthood Responds to Anti-Abortion Protesters

As NoDef's Jessica Placzek reported Tuesday, an out-of-town group known as Operation Save America is in New Orleans this week holding anti-abortion rallies in Jackson Square and the site of a new Planned Parenthood clinic on Claiborne Ave. Today, Planned Parenthood and a host of other health care providers, faith leaders and social justice advocates issued the following response to the demonstrators:

Letter: City Council Prez Opposes Hotel Plans

The New Orleans City Council is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal to develop a 65-foot hotel in the Warehouse District. Fillmore Hospitality's plans call for a Cambria hotel at 632 Tchoupitoulas St. near Piazza d'Italia that is 10 ft. taller than the current height limit in the Warehouse District, necessitating a Council vote after the City Planning Commission recommended denial. Prior to the vote, City Council President Stacy Head wrote a letter explaining her plans to oppose the development. Read it:

Op-Ed: In Defense of Sugar

by Jim Simon, Manager, American Sugar Cane League

Louisiana sugarcane farmers get frustrated nearly every time an article about "sugar" is published because the authors tend to target sugar as “the problem” in our diets.

Letter: Lawmkers Shouldn't Have Special Gun Rights

SB 651 allows Louisiana Senators and Representatives to carry firearms in restricted areas. They can carry anywhere that law enforcement can except the State Capitol Building itself. The measure passed the state legislature this spring, but has yet to be signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Today, Gun Rights Across America's Louisiana coordinator weighs in with an open letter to Jindal:

Paul '8' Spooner, A Remembrance

by John LaTier

Paul Vincent Spooner aka "8" was shot and killed in the 8th Ward on Friday, May 9. Before his death, Paul was moving toward a life and career in music. He founded the St Roch Music Group with a solid crew of likeminded artists and believed so strongly in the future of his new path that he had the letters SRMG tattooed on his neck.

Running Sucks: A Crescent City Classic Op-Ed

by Trey Monaghan 

Saturday is the Crescent City Classic, a race I have run more times than I can remember.  I plan to run it yet again, and I truly don't know why. I'm not running it to set a personal record,  or to impress a lady, or even to feel good. I'm just running to run. Over the past year I have become addicted to the run, and tomorrow is just another chance to feed that addiction.

NoDef Inbox: Sly Cox Has Local Internet Monopoly

by Douglas Duckworth

For some horrible reason, the NOLA City Council granted Cox Communications a cable Internet monopoly in the City of New Orleans. This seems rather odd as monopoly power only means innovation-stifling price gouging. As expected, Cox raised internet rates in Orleans Parish despite accruing nearly 15 billion in revenue annually.  

NoDef Mailbox: La. Expat Despondent Over JazzFest Lineup

by Margot Kern 

Reader Margot Kern sent NoDef this satirical letter via email. The Louisiana native mourns her absence for JazzFest 2014 after seeing the lineup. The acts for this year include Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Public Enemy, to name a few. 

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