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Defender Picks



November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

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

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity


Letter to the Editor: Meter Hike Will Have Local Biz Working for Dimes

The City recently announced plans to raise rates and increase hours for parking meters in the Quarter. Business owner, William Kahn thinks the change is going to hurt local business and push more consumers to chains and big box store. In the following letter to NoDef, Kahn lays out his case against the hike.

Mailbag: NOPD Must Embrace Project NOLA

Crime is on the rise and so are the surveillance cameras that let locals stream videos of violence at the click of a mouse. Bryan Lagarde of Project NOLA, a crime camera advocacy group, says that if the police worked better with his organization crime might be on the decline. In an open letter to Superintendent Harrison Lagarde calls on the Department to embrace Project NOLA. read the letter after the jump.

K10: La Renaissance de la Nouvelle-Orléans

An Op-Ed by Alexandre Vialou of

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees destroyed lives and the physical infrastructure of the City of New Orleans. With it, the indigenous connection that had existed between New Orleanians and their French cultural heritage for 297 years was -yet again- put to test. Iconic Cajun and Creole restaurants had to close, local french-singing musicians were scattered all around the nation. Uncertainty even surrounded the fate of Carnival in 2006.

Mailbag: "Stories That Do Not Belong to You," A Response to Beller's NY'er Piece

Tulane prof Dr. Thomas Beller recently published "Don't Call It Katrina," an essay about the Federal Flood and Katrina in The New Yorker magazine. the essay was received with critical kudos and social media buzz. However, reader Robin McDowell was not impressed. Below she offers a rebuttal arguing that Beller's article continues a dangerous practice of subjugating minorities.

Letter to the Editor: Smoking Ban Extinguishes Tourism

The ashtrays have been removed from bars and in the eyes of the Council, the smoking ban is fait accompli. However, the effects are still trickling down. One reader in Texas writes in to say that he believes the ban is misguided and will not be visiting NOLA as long as crime is high and smokers are unwelcome.

Op-Ed: MaCCNO & the Musical Masses

Cripple Creek's Civillian Theatre Project Series

This Monday at Cafe Istanbul, the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO) will be hosting their annual Fest Season fundraiser featuring Rebirth Brass Band, James Andrews, and more. This next installment of the Civilian Theatre Project series on Nola Defender was written by Hannah Kreiger-Benson, a musician and organizer for MaCCNO. In this opinion piece, Kreiger-Benson explains the controversial organization's stance and future.

Op-Ed: Escape from the Zoo

by Alex Johnson

As Earth Day (4.22) approaches, a reader recalls a wild sighting of the Great Horned Owl near Audubon Zoo and reminds us to pause for a moment, look up from our smartphones and listen to our natural mother.  

Letter to the Editor: Strike Debt NOLA

New Orleanians tend to focus much of their outrage towards FEMA, crime, and Roger Goodell. However, one group of readers believes that we are neglecting another key issue, student debt. The Strike Debt NOLA Collective wrote to NoDef calling upon citizens to join them in their fight for absolution. 

Revolt of the Believers

Cripple Creek's Civillian Theatre Project

Recently, Cripple Creek performed The Revolt of the Beavers at Stein’s Deli. Shannon Flaherty did some research on the supposedly innocuous children’s play and the work’s effect on community, then and now.

Op-Ed: Captain Black Says Remember Michael Price

By Nadra Enzi

Greetings fellow hostages! I just received a pizza delivery and gave the driver a tip AND a free can of pepper spray- in honor of Michael Price, the recently slain Dominos driver here in New Orleans. 

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