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Defender Picks



November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Movin' On Up: NOLA's James Beard Finalists

The next round of James Beard nominees was announced today. After a strong showing in the semis, seven locals made it into the finals of the “Oscars of the culinary world.”

Matzo Meal: Shaya Unveils Passover Prix Fixe

The limelight has been good to Chef Alon Shaya as of late. Two new restaurants and a James Beard nomination have guaranteed plenty of ink. However, fame has not caused Shaya to forget his traditions. Today, the star chef announced the menu for his annual Passover dinners. 

Hannukah Gift: Domenica's Alon Shaya to Fry Up Latkes at Bellocq

NOLA is immersed in Christmas, but there is also another Festival of Lights. Hanukkah starts on the night of December 16, and the Jewish Children’s Regional Services (JCRS) will be staging an early celebration on December 11 with Domenica’s Alon Shaya at the Hotel Modern's Bellocq.

Besh, Emeril, McPhail Among New Orleans' James Beard Award Finalists

From almost a dozen nods in the semfinals, five New Orleans interests have made the final cut for the James Beard Awards, set to be given out on May 6 in New York City. New Orleans once again outpaces the rest of the region in the Best Chef: South category, and will see one of her own earn recognition for giving something back.

Master Barista Heads to CBD Next Week

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Coffee snobs and everyday caffeine addicts alike can look forward to next week’s espresso extravaganza. Monday and Tuesday nights in the CBD, restaurants Merchant and Domenica are teamed up to host illy Master Barista Giorgio Milos. 

Today's Events: 4/12/11

April 12 is, like most days, a day of births- rollcall: Henry Clay (1777), Beverley Cleary (1916), Herbie Hancock (1940), David Letterman (1947), Bacchus King Andy Garcia (1956), Shannen Doherty (1971)…and what’s life without death? FDR died on this day in 1945, as did (Brandeis alum) Abbie Hoffman (1989). And what’s life without milestones? The Civil War began on this day (Fort Sumter, 1861), Simon and Garfunkel released ‘The Boxer’, and 1988 saw Harvard U. simultaneously patent the genetically engineered mouse while Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs. These hapnin’s are hard to beat, but we’ll try:

NoDef Nods

Top 10 Places to Eat in 2010/Top 11 Places to Eat in 2011

2010 was a year when casual dining reasserted itself in NOLA- from street food, to Pho, to star chefs gone dress-down, we loved to eat without airs this year. 2011 will bring us a bit more of the same, conversely some bar food gone fancy, lots of ethnic cuisine, and a few other surprises. The (again, unordered) list y’all...

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