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Today in NOLA: 4.3.2015

Runners in the 37th Annual Crescent City Classic embarked on their mission ending in City Park this morning. The race is a New Orleans staple, happening over Easter weekend, but this metropolis is always blossoming with fresh, new events. Today, the young Freret Street Festival sets off in the burgeoning locale, and the third annual Pyrate Day bucks up in Houma. If you hear the faint sound of music coming from City Park this evening, keep your eyes peeled for the first performance of The Music Box Roving Village. Ernie K-Doe’s hit “Mother-In-Law,” written by Allen Toussant, topped the Billboard R&B charts today in 1961. Now, more on Saturday.

Today in NOLA: 3.20.15

Head out to the Fairgrounds for Starlight Racing early this evening to get the weekend juices flowing. Later, body painters will be using the bodies of pole dancers, belly dancers and more types of performers as canvasses at One Eyed Jacks. Local group COYOTES plays for an album release show at the Howlin' Wolf, and Movies in the Garden screens Indiana Jones. On this day in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published the seminal Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now, more to do this Friday. 

Make a Joyful Noise

#ThisIsNOLA's Electric Debut (Photos)

The line queued up for This Is Nola at the Joy Theatre an hour before doors opened Friday (10.17) and didn’t stop. Hyped by hashtag, #ThiIsNOLA, the inaugual event of Winter Circle Productions' new series looked like a success even before the first band hit the stage. The night's promised fusion of contemporary arts indeed delivered.

Best of the Fest: FQ Festival Picks 4.14.13

The sun is starting to peek through the clouds, so pack up your chairs and head to the Vieux Carre. Close out the 30th annual event with local favorites like The Dixie Cups, newer acts like Coyotes, and more. Click through for NoDef's must-sees this Sunday.

Today in New Orleans 1.19.13

Mardi Gras parades kick off tonight! Before you head to Krewe du Vieux, check out literary events, theatre, MicroFest tours, and more. On this day in 1994, Aaron Neville’s album The Grant Tour was certified Platinum. Now, more things to keep you busy until you hit the streets of the Vieux Carre! 

Hunting Heaven: Nutria Rodeo Aims to Tame Invasive Beasts

Finally, someone found an event to bridge the gap between guns and green. The meddlesome varments that run rampant in SoLa like nutria and wild boar aren't only annoying. The invasive species damage the wetlands and other parts of the fragile ecosystem,  too. So, it's time to stop letting Jefferson Parish cops have all the fun. It's time to get together and shoot these critters! On Dec. 3, an environmental group is staging the first-ever Nutria Rodeo in the Bayou Lafourche town of Golden Meadow. For as little as $10, eager participants can have access to the fertile bayou hunting grounds, where they will try to capture the two aforementioned ferals, coyotes, and, because Sportsman's Paradise is a Big Tent, Flying Asian Carp.

Coyotes Scouting Lakeview in Buyer's Market

City Park is roomy and has plenty of access to recreation, but our local coyotes seem to have outgrown the space they first moved into over the summer. With Park Island a nagging swim away, the canines seem to be scouting Lakeview for better real estate, as neighbors have spotted several of the predators prowling around the neighborhood. The most notable recent siting was in the 6800 block of General Diaz. Wally Lamb told ABC-26 the coyotes seem to be hiding out in houses that are being rehabbed. Dangerous beasts? Sure, but at least they aren't afraid of a fixer-upper.

Hunt or Front?

As Coyotes Push into Orleans, Wildlife Group Pushes Hazing Over SWAT

With coyote sightings on the rise in south Louisiana, many residents are gearing up for a battle of man vs. wild, while others are asking why we all can't just get along.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Diversifies Machismo Portfolio with Coyotes, Nutria Reportedly Jealous

Harry Lee would relish the photo-op. With the recent spike in savage canine stalkers, the nocturnal hunters known as the Jefferson Parish SharpShooters were forced to diversify their portfolio. It ain't all plugging nutria anymore. Coyotes are implicated in a series of pet disappearances in Harahan, and it's time for them to be taken out. According to ABC-26, the Sharpshooters are equipped with a device that makes the yelp of a distressed rabbit (Is there an app for that?), but have only been able to capture one beast so far. Maybe it's time for TNT.

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