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Defender Picks



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

Jazz Fest (Eve) After Hours: 4.23.15

The Fest has not yet begun. The late night shows have. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of power pairing and celebrity sit-ins. Tonight is not a bad start though. Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Band of Heathens, Jon Cleary, and the Soul Rebels are just a few of the late night choices. A full guide to tonight’s music options follows.

Today in NOLA: 9.20.14

Dr. John pays a house call tonight with a hometown show at the Joy Theatre. Big Sam’s Funky Nation comes to Blue Nile, and Tiptina’s prepares to kick off Saints season (first home game is tomorrow!). Plus, a conservation official from the African Wildlife Trust lectures at the zoo. Details tonight:

Dr. John Hospitalized, Newport & NYC Gigs Cancelled

Louisiana legend, Dr. John was rushed to a New York City hospital last night. The Nite Tripper was scheduled toheadline a double bill at Central Park's Summerstage along with NOLA based, Hurray for the Riff-Raff, but after the opening act, the show ended. According to the openers and twitter, the good Doctor was feeeling ill and sought out medical help before his gig was slated to begin. 

Local & Nat'l Artists Join for Dr. John Tribute at the Saenger

The revamped Saenger Theatre has hosted Broadway musicals and national acts since they reopened last June, but fans will only have one night to catch Dr. John’s star studded tribute show. “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music” is coming to the Saenger this summer, and it will feature artists from Irma Thomas to Widespread Panic.

Trombone Shorty, Dr. John in NBA All Star Halftime Show (VIDEO)

Most of the players were from outside of Louisiana, but the NBA All Star Game's halftime show was filled with locals. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and friends and Dr. John joined Gary Clark Jr., Janelle Monae, and Earth, Wind & Fire for a performance that transitioned seamlessly from Mardi Gras classics like "Iko Iko" to Janelle Monae's R&B hit "Electric Lady." Click through to watch. 

Jam Session

Locals Kept in the Hoop for NBA All-Star Weekend

This weekend, the newly named Smoothie King Center will host the 63rd annual NBA All Star game. The Crescent City will again be the center of national TV attention for the dunk contest and other events of All-Star Saturday night, as well as the game itself on Sun., Feb. 16. But there are plenty of other events getting locals involved all weekend.  

French Quarter Fest Counts Down to Dr. John, Roots of Music

French Quarter Fest is back this year, bringing fresh local talent to the stage, along with some veteran musicians. Organizers, sponsors, and supporters of French Quarter Fest gathered in Jackson Square this morning to usher in the event's 31st run, and to introduce this year's poster. While Dr. John is returning after a 24 year hiatus from the fest, the young artists of the Roots of Music are getting a chance to perform on the big stage for the first time.

Six Months Later, Dr. John Responds to Jazz Fest Review

Some musicians claim to never read their reviews. Dr. John's approach apparently involves a cooling off period. Six months ago, the New Orleans piano master took some flack for his first JazzFest performance with his new band, the Nite Trippers. The April 28 review from's Keith Spera said the 72-year-old 's new band, which was led by trombonist Sarah Morrow, "never caught fire" at the Fair Grounds. Apparently, Dr. John couldn't let that one go. In a letter to the editor published today at website, the man born Mac Rebennack rebutted Spera.

Today in New Orleans 8.16.13

Tonight in City Park, jazz vocalist and guitarist Cristina Perez is keeping NOMA open late. Dr. John is at Tipitina's, and Who Dats will flock to the Superdome for the Saints' second preseason game. On this day in 1831, "The Great Barbados Hurricane" hit west of Baton Rouge and killed 1500 people. Now, more ways to kick off your weekend. 

Top Chef New Orleans Reveals Premiere Date, Guest Stars (VIDEO)

With the all the Padma sightings around town and video teasers, it's clear Bravo is jumping on the Big Easy bandwagon. Top Chef came to New Orleans for their 11th season, and now they've told us when the world will get to see it on TV. 

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