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Defender Picks



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


December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


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

Y'at Pack

In New Orleans, we love our local music, but there is still a respect for the masters. On October 23rd, local musical institution David Torkanowsky will convene a meeting to honor the Chairman of the Board. The Orpheum Theater will play host to a night honoring Frank Sinatra.

Release the Sounds! Shearer Returns to Simpsons

Exxxxccccellent news Smithers! New Orleanian Harry Shearer will be returning to The Simpsons. In May, Shearer announced that he was departing from the beloved television series, but after extended talks Shearer decided to return to Springfield.

Harry Shearer Leaves the Simpsons

Ask a Simpsons fan how much more dark their Thursday (5.14) could be, and the answer would be “None.” Late last night, New Orleanian Harry Shearer took to Twitter to announce that his relations with the powers at Fox were not exxxxcelllent and consequently, he would be leaving the show that he has appeared on since its 1989 premier.

Harry Shearer Launches 'Honey Poo Poo' Webisodes (VIDEO)

NOLA resident Harry Shearer has taken on everything from comedy to Christmas carols. Now, the This is Spinal Tap star is venturing into a the world of webisodes. Featured on My Damn Channel, Shearer's premiere of his new show What's with Honey Poo Poo?, a spoof of the Toddlers in Tiaras sensation Honey Boo Boo. As the title implies, the scatalogical series is not for the squeamish. 

Smalls Talk

Harry Shearer Looks Back at 'This is Spinal Tap' as Vinyl is Rereleased

Blame it on a bizarre gardening accident if you’d like, but there’s little question that Spinal Tap has stood the test of time. 

Today in New Orleans 4.8.13

Tonight, post-punk at Siberia, Harry Shearer at Loyola, and weekly gigs from Frenchmen to Oak Street. On this day in 1682, the Louisiana Territory received its name from Sieur de la Salle. Now, more to do this Monday.

Cokie Roberts, Harry Shearer to Speak at Loyola

Usually pushing forward with the day's news, levee criticism or jokes, Cokie Roberts and Harry Shearer aren't much for looking back. But Loyola will find the news diva and comedian in nostalgic moods in separate events over the next week. Roberts is scheduled to speak at the Uptown university Thursday, while Shearer takes the stage Monday, April 8. 

Today in New Orleans 12.19.12

Tonight, enjoy sing-a-longs at the CAC and the Allways, plus catch a broadway performance of Mary Poppins. On this day in 1836, the City Council prohibited masked balls and parades. Now, more to do this holiday hump day.

Harry Shearer, Judith Owen Set for 2 Night Holiday Sing-A-Long Stand

by Emma Boyce

Jazz up your holiday season with some much needed folly at the Contemporary Arts Center on December 18 and 19 for Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-A-Long. If you’re already grunting ‘bah, humbug’ at the very idea of a sing-a-long, think again. Shearer—the guy who brought you the sinister scrooge himself, Mr. Burns of The Simpsons, and helped bring you the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap— and his singing, songwriting wife revitalize hackneyed Christmas classics with plenty of biting wit and irony.    

Night Out for NoDef Unfolds Tonight on Frenchmen

There won't be a red carpet and the guest list is out in the open for everyone to see, but we did manage to get Harry Shearer for our benefit! This evening, Night Out for NoDef rolls into Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street, with proceeds helping NOLA Defender recover losses from a recent burglary that wiped out the upstart publication's technological capabilites.

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