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Defender Picks



December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

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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