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Samedi

April 25th

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saenger Theater, 9:30p.m.

Rock, funk and one hell of a stage show from NOLA's favortie son

 

Colin Lake

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rising singer-songwriter

 

Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl

Maison, 2a.m.

Funk ensemble

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Beloved local DJ spins funk, soul, and more, always in the groove

 

Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

All-star lineup of local bands plus a great trumpeter

 

Mississippi Rail Company

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

NOLA rhythm & blues of quartet

 

The London Souls

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Energetic duo evoking classic rock sounds

 

Anders Osborne

Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.

Songs about struggling with drugs, love, and New Orleans.

 

Dumpstaphunk

One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

Ivan Neville's funk outfit

 

Bonerama

Republic

All trombone funk band

 

Father John Misty

The Civic Theater

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell

The Joy Theater

Modeliste, Nocentelli, and Porter plus Phish keyman

 

Galactic

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

NOLA funk pioneers in their favorite venue

 

Fire Water

Steamboat Natchez, 10p.m.

All star lineup mashed up on the river

Dimanche

April 26th

Slayer

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest

 

Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue

 

Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist

 

Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

 

Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso

 

Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl

 

The Nth Power

Republic

New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama

 

Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks

 

Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art

 

The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater

 

Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters

 

JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk

A Year Later, Cleanup Still the Gig for Venice Fisherman


by Shay Sokol

Last May, NoDef spoke with fourth generation Venice fisherman Herman Demoll as he was attempting to navigate the then-fledgling claims process BP had set up to compensate fishermen who were put out of work when the Deepwater Horizon exploded. At the time, Demoll was signed up for the Vessels of Opportunity, but his boat hadn't been called. So, he took a job moving boom on the docks, hoping his turn would come. When we checked back in with him this week to see how things were progressing, he said his turn never came. 


NOLA Sues BP In the Nick of Time


Today's year mark of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was a day of mourning and reflection. But for legal eagles, it was also a day of deadlines. The passing of a year means the passing of the statute of limitations to file suits against BP, Transocean and other responsible parties in hopes of collecting damages for the damage the Big Oozy wrought. Getting in at the last minute was the City of New Orleans, who filed just enough paperwork to get in on the fun this week. The suit asks for damages to cover drops in property values, monitoring citizens' health, increased tourism promotion and, here's a new one: "the increased cost to educate children affected by the oil spill and moratorium."


BP Picks Up Another Pair of Yes Men


by Shay Sokol

Good news finally came one year after the Big Oozy at the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit yesterday. Dr. Dean Winkeldom from the U.S. Department of Health announced the feds would set up 35 clinics along the Gulf Coast to provide health care for those affected by the oil spill. Sending the press into a particular tizzy, the federal government also promised to ban further use of the toxic dispersant. In a video that appeared along with the news release, a BP official, Steve Wistwil, expressed regret over the company’s lack of attention to this issue, and agreed to foot the bill of $525 million. Then an angry man who claimed to be with BP barged into the room and interrupted the conference, asking who the hell Wistwil was. The two men argued, each claiming to be the real BP representative. Amid the din, the truth emerged: the news was too good to be true.


Big Oozy Roundup: 365 Days Later


A year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and injuring more than a dozen. The tragedy was only beginning that day, as it took about a week for officials to admit that oil was leaking unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico from the base of the well. Like all full throttle news stories, the disaster brought many new words - some with the ring of porn - to add to the collexicon: dispersant, tarball, blowout, top kill, junk shot and, as ever, Nungesser. The national media is bringing their own gusher of coverage this week. Links to a few of today's important stories after the jump.


Big Oozy Roundup: 364 Days Later


In case you ain't heard, tomorrow's the one-year anniversary of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 and spawned the biggest, ooziest oil disaster the country has ever seen (or so they said at the time). Along with the anniversary has come a torrent of national media coverage not seen around here since, well, the last anniversary of a major manmade disaster. In any case, click through for a roundup of coverage.


Raking the Murk


Next week, the one-year anniversary of the Big Oozy is upon us. You know what that means...Media saturation! Since most of the national reporter types picked up and left in September, they'll want to get an update on what's been happening since the Macondo well was capped. Well, aside from going down to Grand Isle to see the oil that's still on the beach, they can just read the Interweb. Turns out, there's a few issues to explore. The just haven't been out in the open, yet.


You Defile It, You Buy it


When BP's oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, little did they know they would eventually end up gaining a piece of real estate. Everyone's favorite oil company purchased a swath of land this week near Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi. The land, located on Cat Island, is apparently fouled with oil. BP intimated to the Sun Herald of Blioxi, Miss., that they bought it to make the cleanup easier. Upon news of the sale, three new watchdog groups were formed dedicated solely to keeping watch for Tony Hayward's yacht.


BP's Back


BP might face criminal charges for fouling up the Gulf of Mexico, but that's not stopping them from reaching a deal to start drilling again. Everyone's favorite oil company is set to begin production again in July, but they'll only be allowed to drill from wells that already exist. Speaking to ABC yesterday, NOLA's Congressman, Cedric Richmond, said the revamped permitting process and new regulator safeguards that have been put in place by the Interior Department since the Big Oozy is enough to stave off his concerns. "If BP can make it through that then I think they should be allowed to drill," he said.


LaPlace Man Gets Shot, Brings the Wall Love


After a double shooting left two people wounded in LaPlace over the weekend, police appear to have put out a standard description. Sketchy man comes to door twice, looking for man who is not there. Sketchy man returns a third time, shoots man through the door, and also hits woman on the couch. Sounds mysterious, right? Well, luckily, in the mordern media age, we have the Interweb to fill in the details. As he apparently sat healing from his wounds, the call of the Facebook was too loud to ignore for Tucker Mendoza.


Dead Dolphin Distention


It's been about a week since the last reminder of the serious paddling against the tide that's going in the Gulf, so we could use another one. Ah, yes, here it is: The AP reports scientists who were catching fish to test for oil exposure accidentally killed three dolphins in the process. The cetaceans apparently got trapped in the trawl, and drowned as a result. But don't worry, they were only small dolphins (6-7 ft. long), and their species isn't endangered. We're willing to admit that the outrage of this news coming on this particular week might be a matter of degree. The accident follows a report that says the Big Oozy might have killed 50 times more dolphins than first estimated.


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock