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Defender Picks



October 3rd

Gleason Gras

3525 Bienville St., 9a.m.

Race, fundraiser and fest in honor of Steve Gleason


New Orleans Wicked Wine Run

Pontchartrain Vineyards and Winery, 4:30p.m.

For those drinkers with a running problem


Art For Art’s Sake Celebratory Market

Magazine St. Art Market, 5p.m.

Art, music and champagne drink specials


Run The Jewels: Jewel Runner Fall Tour

Republic, 8p.m.

EL-P and Killer Mike also ft. Bishop Nehru and Cuz Lightyear


Art For Art’s Sake

Julia St. & Magazine St., 5p.m.

Art, music and plenty to drink


Pelicans v. Pacers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 6p.m.

First Pelicans pre-season game


Preservation Hall Ball

The Civic, 8p.m.

Concert benefitting the Preservation Hall Foundation


October 4th

Anatomy of a Murder

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Halloween Classic Series


Gay Day at da Zoo

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.

Prideful adventure through the zoo


Saints v. Cowboys

Superdome, 7:30p.m.

Nola Saints take on Dallas Cowboys at home



Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.

World premier of this contemporary ballet


Taste The Rainbow

The AllWays Lounge, 9p.m.

Drag and burlesque presented by Dykeadence


October 5th

Mac McClelland

Tulane LBC, 8p.m.

Award-winning human rights journalist and author


In The Valley Below

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Also ft. The Moth & The Flame



Peace Officer

Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

Documentary about police militarization and brutality


Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Sybil Haydel Morial’s memoir


Nikki Glaser

Freret St. Publiq House, 7p.m.

Comedian as a part of Hell Yest Fest



October 6th


Mardi Gras World, 8p.m.

Latch, Help Me Lose My Mind musicians



Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Flick about child assassins


Night Bus to the Afterlife

Columns Hotel, 7p.m.

Mortality and the Gulf South


Tommy Malone

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Nola native guitarist


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

This week ft. WATIV


October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser

Weekend Fete is Always For Pleasure

By John Bisone

Self-gratification, satisfaction, and enjoyment needn't be justified in the Crescent city; pleasure is allowed to be its own reward. This weekend the collective that brought us Beasts Of The Southern Wild, celebrates artists and institutions that work for pleasure in their first annual Movies Music Art Mayhem festival, Always For Pleasure. The festival kicks off tonight at 7p.m. at AFP Headquarters at 2735c Toulouse, with a showing of festival namesake and inspiration Les Blank's iconic New Orleans masterpiece, Always For Pleasure.

Four Folks & A Goat

Catching Up with Goat in the Road Productions

The four members of downtown theatre group Goat in the Road Productions (GRP) currently have at least four major projects in the works through 2016, leaving one to wonder if goats ever sleep. 

Beyond 'Beasts'

The Bathtub Comes to Life at the CAC

Hollywood's stars are still recovering from Oscar excesses. Meanwhile, Hollywood South's Quvenzhané Wallis is trending on Twitter and being parodied on Saturday Night Live, baker-turned-actor Dwight Henry is working to develop three new restaurants. For their part, the creators of Beasts of the Southern Wild are getting down and dirty.

Exclusive: Beasts Director Benh Zeitlin Talks Oscar Nods, NOLA

This week's news about Beasts of the Southern Wild’s four Oscar nominations hasn’t altered much for the Bayou-set film's director, Benh Zeitlin. A native of New York City, the director became enamored with New Orleans and South Louisiana after moving here in his mid 20s. However, Zeitlin says it’ll take a lot more than a couple gold statues to tear him away from the Crescent City. 

Beasts of the Southern Wild Receives Four Oscar Nods

Beasts of the Southern Wild director and New Orleans resident Benh Zeitlin has swept the independent awards circuit, but today’s news about the film’s Oscar nominations bumps Zeitlin and his cast into a new category. The Academy seems to have been as impressed as Sundance and Cannes, and Beasts and the movie's cast are up for a number of statues, including Best Picture. 

Today's Events: 4/7/11

The Defender Picks (a gauche) lay down our list of suggestions each jour de la semaine, but here's our daily ‘pick of the litter,’ spotlighting a few of the day's offerings with some added detail.


Thursdays are for music, especially when it’s the first day of French Quarter Fest, and the first time that FQF starts on a Thursday. Full circle! From 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., you best be hopping between Woldenburg Park, Harrah’s, the aquarium, and Jackson Square to catch the Spirit of New Orleans (Brass Band) and all the Zydeco(sis) your little heart desires.

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