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The Court is in Session

Jesters' Season Preview



In the event that you spot a purple cloud wafting across City Park on Saturday (5.09) night, do not be alarmed. The mysterious mist is not the usual petrochemical gas leak or radioactive metahuman pesticide, but instead smoke bombs lit by the Royal Court to signal the start of the New Orleans Jesters’ 2015 season.


Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks



Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.


The Height of Write

Tennessee Williams Fest Previewed



The Tennessee Williams Festival is growing to be as large as its namesake’s legacy. On Thursday (3.26), New Orleans will be treated to a dense schedule of literary events, theatre, and talks.


Six Beers & the Truth

Jim McCormick Talks Songs Over Suds



Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers And The Truth with Jim McCormick'. 


Sexual Evolution

Hip-Hop Outfit Sexparty Chats with NoDef



New Orleans unapologetic celebration of sex is shocking to many outsiders and recent trasplants, and appealing to many more. The appeal of the surprise journey of sexual self-discovery that follows parade season, sweaty tropical heat, and a friend group made entirely of people who couldn’t care less how depraved your sexual tastes are is immeasurable. One local band is trying to capture that libertine culture.


Six Beers & the Truth

Brian Collins Talks Beer & Career



Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author wwas inspited to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers And The Truth with Brian Collins'. 


NOLA in the News: Odell Beckham Jr., Stuart Smith


A pair of New Orleanians garnered some serious press over the past few days. Newman’s Odell Beckham Jr. is in England promoting the NFL and learning a little about what the Europeans call “proper football”. Stuart Smith is promoting a book about the abuses of oil companies on public television.


Room 220

Brian Boyles Talks Boom and Blackout



I’ve worked with Brian Boyles since we met at Handsome Willy’s in 2008. We’ve worked City Council DJ Happy Hours, cross-generational panel discussions, yard parties, music festivals, and many, many Saints games. His new book, New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, is a nonfiction account of the 100 days preceding the 2013 Super Bowl. The book depicts the city in the throes of developments economic, infrastructural, and political as New Orleans rushes to meet the expectations of its first true post-Katrina national debut.


In the Service of the King: Spitfire's Nicholas Christian


Carnival involves a lot of work for many locals. Over the next few weeks, NoDef will be interviewing the people that make Mardi Gras what it is. We will ask performers and service industry workers five basic questions about their season. Today, we start with Nicholas Christian of Spitfire Coffee (627 St. Peter Street).


Metaphysical Music

Music at the Mint Interview: Astral Project's Tony Dagardi



Tony Dagardi has been a fixture in the NOLA scene for decades. The sax-man is well known for his part in Astral Project, but he also has influenced many up and comers through his work at Loyola. NoDef's partners, Music at the Mint, spent some time talking with him and even recorded a couple tracks.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


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