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October 13th

Home Free

The Civic, 7p.m.

Country vocal band and winner of The Sing-Off


The Creeping Garden

Zeitgeist, 9:30

Sci-fi documentary


It’s Your World

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

Chelsea Clinton teaches you to Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!


A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Recipes inspired by the novel


October 14th

Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Hold-ups in Belfast


Getting Off at Elysian Fields

Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Obituaries from the Times-Pic


Tony Joe White

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Louisiana singer/songwriter


Cole Williams

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

African Rock Wednesdays for Breast Cancer Awareness


Computer Magic

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

Dance beats and relatable lyrics


October 15th

The Universe of Keith Haring

Freeman Auditorium, 7:30p.m.

Movie about New York artist Keith Haring


Saints v. Falcons

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:25p.m.

Saints coming off a loss to Eagles


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Marc Stone Acoustic Band


Extraordinary People

Octavia Books, 5:30p.m.

A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals


Jackson Browne

Saenger, 8p.m.

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee


October 16th

Who’s Bad— Thriller Night

The Civic, 8p.m.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Triubte


Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Riff Raff

The Willow, 9p.m.

The Versace Python


Concerts in the Courtyard

533 Royal St., 6p.m.

This week ft. Banu Gibson


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Movies in the Garden ft. Beetlejuice


The Thing

Prytania, 12:15a.m.

Classic 1982 horror movie


October 17th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


Witchy Drag Brunch

The Country Club, 10a.m.

Drag, food and all-you-can-drink mimosas


Anba Dlo

New Orleans Healing Center, 1p.m.

Free Halloween fest and water symposium


Pelicans v. Kings

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Pelicans take on Kings at home


Coton Jaune— Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story

WRC, 9:30a.m.

Documentary about Cajun women who handwove blankets


Mac Demarco

The Civic, 8p.m.

Old school indie music


October 18th

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

Southern food and music fest


The Cut

Zeitgeist, 7:20p.m.

Epic about a man’s journey throught the Ottoman Empire


City on Fire

Garden District Book Shop, 3p.m.

Love, betrayal and art


Alvin and the Chipmunks

Saenger, 3p.m.;8p.m.

Chipmunks…live on stage


Polymnia Quartet

Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.

Weekly Sunday Musical Meditation

Council Votes Down Noise Ordinance

After two years of sound walks, noise ordinance talks, and expert testimony, it is back to the drawing board for a new noise ordinance. At Thursday's City Council meeting, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, LaToya Cantrell, and Jackie Clarkson voted down a proposal that would have regulated sound on Bourbon Street.

Runoff Election Results: Williams, Ramsey Cruise Onto Council

Updated 4:25 a.m.

Election results are coming in, and a longtime councilwoman is the first to fall. Jason Williams beat Current District D rep Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for the remaining at-large seat. Hedge-Morrell conceded the race, ending her attempt to stay on the council despite term limits. Williams handily won the race, securing 68 percent of the vote to Hedge-Morrell's 32 percent.

Runoff Rundown: Sheriff, Council, Audubon Millage on Saturday Ballot

It's time to stop the robocalls and head for the polls again. A slate of runoff races are on the ballot to determine the outcome of the local elections that weren't settled in the Feb. 1 primary. Three citywide races are in play, as well as a hotly-contested City Council district.

Mayor Mitch Helps Councilwomen Reload for Runoff

Mayor Mitch doesn't have to campaign for the upcoming runoff round of local elections, but he's still hoping to offer his coattails to a pair of candidates. Da Mayor is hosting a pair of fundraisers this week for two Councilwomen looking to remain on the city's legislative body, just with different seats.

Election Results: Landrieu Cruises, Runoffs in Sheriff, Council, Coroner

The Mitch is back. NOLA voters gave Mayor Mitch Landrieu a second term at the top of the City letterhead in Saturday's local primary elections. Landrieu secured 64 percent of the vote, easily avoiding a runoff in March. Former Judge Michael Bagneris was da Mayor's next closest competitor, with 33 percent of the vote, while local NAACP chapter president Danatus King finished third with 3 percent. More results:

Mayor Mitch Touts Rec Renewal

by Megan Pearl

Along with a new ad, Mayor Mitch and other city officials gathered for another end-of-year press conference on Thursday. Never one to shy away from a slide, da Mayor gathered city officials corporate sponsor representatives and a few strategically placed children to speak about the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's programs and funding.

NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year

On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:

Jackie Clarkson Announces District C Run, With Mayor's Backing

City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson was all set to retire, until Mayor Mitch came calling. At an event to formally announce that the longtime NOLA pol will run for the District C seat on the Council in February's election, Landrieu said he urged Clarkson to get into the race after sitting Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer decided not to run for the seat again.

Jackie Clarkson to Run for District C

Now that Kristin Gisleson Palmer is out of the race, Jackie Clarkson is moving in for a chance at her former District C council seat. The current Council Prez and former Representative for Algiers (District 102) is vying to continue her long history with Downtown and the West Bank. 

At-Large & In Charge

Plethora of Pols to Vie for Open Seats in 2014

Several City Council seats will be up for grabs in next year's slew of elections. Here at the Defender, we aim to keep you informed, and offer up the requisite knowledge to make an informed choice for the future of New Orleans. On that note, in this installment, we'll take a look at the early runners in the City's coming at-Large Council race.

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