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Defender Picks



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


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Crescent City Classic?

The Runner: Nic Cage's Louisiana Political Drama Reviewed

Nicholas Cage loves New Orleans. The actor has taken a few trips to OPP, built himself an illuminati-esque mausoleum in St. Louis No. 1, and shot several features in the City. The Runner is the latest addition to Cage’s NOLA love affair. Written and directed by Austin Stark, the film depicts the trial and tribulations of a disgraced Louisiana pol.

Big Dollars for Big Oozy

BP Agrees to 18.7 Billion Dollar Settlement for Deepwater Horizon

The protracted Big Oozy saga is one step closer to a legal resolution. On Thursday (7.02), the Justice Department announced that BP will pay 18.7 billion dollars to settle civil claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster including over 6.8 billion dollars to Louisiana.

Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest

This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.

'Week of Action' Precedes Big Oozy Birthday

Tis the season for lineup rollouts. But, amidst all of the festivals roster reveal, one somber schedule was released. April 20 marks the five year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill. A week of activities is scheduled preceding the Big Oozy’s birthday.

BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Big Oozy Disaster

BP’s conduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was “grossly negligent,” U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled this morning (9.4). Barbier also ruled that Transocean and Halliburton were each “negligent.” The decision assigned 67% of responsibility for the incident to BP, 30% to Transocean, and 3% to Halliburton.

BP Wants Money Back from Claims

Even though the Supreme Court looking poised to parry BP's Big Oozy claim appeal, the British oil giant is looking at a new legal strategy to take some of its money back. In a motion filed Friday, the company asked a U.S. District Court Judge for restitution payments because of a change in the Deepwater Horizon claims process.

Study: BP Oil Slowed Fast Fish

Big Oozy oil slowed down one of the fastest fish in the Gulf, a new study shows. According to University of Miami researchers, oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster cut the ability of mahi mahi to swim by up to 37 percent. Along with impairing one of mahi mahi's key survival skills, a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology shows oil could have slowed other species of fish, as well.

Supreme Court: BP's Big Oozy Payouts Should Continue

Even though BP is trying to get the highest court in the land to weigh in on their claim appeal, the oil giant will still have to pay people who are eligible for Big Oozy losses and damages in the meantime. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the claims process set out by a 2012 settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and indviduals could continue while BP prepared their case.

Blowout Preventer Was Activated, Says BP Oil Disaster Report

More than four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, oil is still being collected and the court case drags on. On Thursday, investigators also revealed they're still learning more about what happened at the bottom of the Gulf on April 20, 2010. Turns out, the much-discussed Blowout Preventer worked. But instead of shutting off the flow of oil, it directly caused the unmitigated flow of crude into the Gulf. BP disputed the new findings.

Court Denies BP's Big Oozy Claim Appeal

At least for now, BP's claim crusade is stalled in federal court. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided Monday not to rehear the British oil giant's imploring about the process by which Gulf Coast businesses can receive money from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster settlement reached in 2012.

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