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Defender Picks



October 3rd

Gleason Gras

3525 Bienville St., 9a.m.

Race, fundraiser and fest in honor of Steve Gleason


New Orleans Wicked Wine Run

Pontchartrain Vineyards and Winery, 4:30p.m.

For those drinkers with a running problem


Art For Art’s Sake Celebratory Market

Magazine St. Art Market, 5p.m.

Art, music and champagne drink specials


Run The Jewels: Jewel Runner Fall Tour

Republic, 8p.m.

EL-P and Killer Mike also ft. Bishop Nehru and Cuz Lightyear


Art For Art’s Sake

Julia St. & Magazine St., 5p.m.

Art, music and plenty to drink


Pelicans v. Pacers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 6p.m.

First Pelicans pre-season game


Preservation Hall Ball

The Civic, 8p.m.

Concert benefitting the Preservation Hall Foundation


October 4th

Anatomy of a Murder

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Halloween Classic Series


Gay Day at da Zoo

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.

Prideful adventure through the zoo


Saints v. Cowboys

Superdome, 7:30p.m.

Nola Saints take on Dallas Cowboys at home



Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.

World premier of this contemporary ballet


Taste The Rainbow

The AllWays Lounge, 9p.m.

Drag and burlesque presented by Dykeadence


October 5th

Mac McClelland

Tulane LBC, 8p.m.

Award-winning human rights journalist and author


In The Valley Below

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Also ft. The Moth & The Flame



Peace Officer

Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

Documentary about police militarization and brutality


Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Sybil Haydel Morial’s memoir


Nikki Glaser

Freret St. Publiq House, 7p.m.

Comedian as a part of Hell Yest Fest



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

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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