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October 22nd

New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing (Old U.S. Mint, 7 p.m.)

A tasting and lecture with two New Orleans brewmasters


Macy Gray with The Way Tour + The Honorable South + Cory Nokey

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

Soulful chanteuse to enchant audiences at Tip’s


Susan Morse: The Dog Stays in the Picture

Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.

Susan Morse discusses and signs her book


“Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business” a lecture with Joshua D. Rothman

THNOC, 6p.m.

Rothman to discuss three men who dealt in the slave trade during the 19th century


Crescent City Farmers Market

French Market, 2p.m – 6p.m.

Brand new French Quarter edition of the city's prime local market


October 23rd

The Delta Saints

Publiq House, 10p.m.

“Bourbon-fueled bayou rock” Nashville group


Dylan Landis: Rainey Royal  

Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.

14 narratives from Greenwich Village in the 70s


Julian Benasis

Republic, 10p.m.

EDM producter/ DJ to play with Buck 10, DXXXY & SFAM


James Nolan - YOU DON'T KNOW ME

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

New Orleans writer James Nolan reads and signs his new interrelated collection of short stories


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week featuring a Fais Do-Do with Ike Marr and Martin Shears


October 24th

Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

Food Network star brings his live show to the Crescent City



Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, 5p.m.

Alfred Hitchcocks thriller starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint


Selebrating Sierra Leone: Music by Imaginary Frenz

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Fundraiser to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa.


Cottonmouth Kings

Spotted Cat, 10p.m.

Smokin’ swing and jazz music at one of the city’s best dancing venues


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 8p.m.

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen ($10)


Order in the Court: Criminal Court Judicial Candidates on the Issues

On Election Day, New Orleanians will be picking judges as well as legislators. While the Senate race has generated a national media frenzy, the judge positions have slipped under the radar making the choice a bit more difficult. Fortunately, NoDef’s friends at WYES-TV are making the choice a little easier. As part of their ongoing initiative RESHAPING A GREATER NEW ORLEANS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE, in partnership with ProjectJusticeNOLA, hey invited Criminal District Court Judge candidates to answer the following questions about court governance, efficiency, and policy. 

Lighthouse Dims

GSA Policy Shift Leads to Layoffs for the Deaf & Blind

Seventy percent of people who are blind in America are unemployed. In SoLa, not for profit Lighthouse Louisiana strives to remedy the problem by offering competitive jobs for workers with disabilities. However, due to a recent change in General Services Administration (GSA) policy, the social enterprise’s beacon is dimming. Over 40 full-time employees, several of whom have worked at the establishment for decades, have been let go. 

Bobby J and Malloy Feud in Connecticut

Governor Bobby Jindal says that he must “think and pray” before he decides whether he is running for President. However, he’s spent several years making frequent out of state trips like a candidate for POTUS. Bobby J’s journeys have not fared well with the electorate and in the  most recent Senate debate, da Gov’ was painted as a GOP foil to Obama in terms of an albatross effect on his party. Now, people outside of his constituents are getting annoyed with the trips as well. This week Jindal tangled with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Southern Boss: Bubba Clinton to Stump for Landrieu

The Louisiana Senate race has been a national spectacle for almost two years. Given the seat’s potential to tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, the affair has drawn dollars from PAC’s on both sides and a number of prominent politicians from the rest of the country. Now, incumbent Mary Landrieu is pulling out the big guns. Bill Clinton is coming to Baton Rouge to stump for the senior Senator on Monday (10.20).

Legislative Roundup

City Council Tackles Body Cameras, French Quarter, & 9th Ward Legacy

Women of the City Council donned pink lady suits and men sported rosy ties in honor of breast cancer awareness month for the regular meeting Oct 16th.  Councilmember Ramsey was also honored with a cake for her upcoming birthday tomorrow Oct. 17th. Her strength beating breast cancer not once, but twice was commended through a reading of quotes. then business began.

Talking Points

#LaSen Debate Wrap

Based on ratings, it looks like most Louisianans tuned into the NCIS: New Orleans or The Mindy Project instead of last night's Louisiana Senate Debate. Well, never fear, NoDef is here to provide some Cliff Notes for y'all.

Election Selection

A Sample Ballot for Orleans Parish

Early voting begins in one week (10.21) and campaign ads are becoming unavoidable. It’s election time in Louisiana. In the weeks ahead, NoDef will provide in-depth analysis of the candidates and issues that voters will decide at the polls. Today, we begin with the basics, the ballot.

Going Viral: Injunction Bars Ebola Ashes From LA Landfill

Put away the duct tape and plastic tarps. Ebola will not be coming to Louisiana in any form today (10.13). This morning Judge Bob Downing of Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court signed an injunction, requested by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, that bars incinerated Ebola medical waste from Louisiana landfills.

Landrieu Shuffle: Mary Brings in Mitch's Man

Tonight, Senator Mary Landrieu(D) is finally getting a televised debate. However, before the cameras start rolling, the incumbent is shaking up her campaign. In addition to moving some staffers to the campaign side, Landrieu has enlisted Ryan Berni, the “golden boy of SoLA politics”, as her new campaign manager.

Taking It to the Top

What Monday's SCOTUS Actions Mean for Same Sex Marriage in Louisiana

While most of New Orleans was focused on Khiry Robinon’s game-winning TD, the Supreme Court of the United States was preparing a landmark announcement. On Monday (10.7) morning, SCOTUS announced that they will not be hearing any more cases where same sex marriage bans have been struck down as unconstitutional. The decision to reject seven petitions of certiorari from Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin means that states with legalized gay marriage now represent the majority.

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