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City Park, 11AM
Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour
1112 Mandeville St., 2PM
Talk dreams and crystals
Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM
Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM
Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work
The Orpheum Theater, 6PM
29th annual event
Shrine On Airline, 7PM
Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers
Cafe Istanbul, 7PM
French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one
Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM
Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir
Carver Club, 8PM
Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill
City Park, 4PM
Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more
The Country Club, 5:30PM
Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music
Ashé Cac, 6PM
Story of the creation of the world
Eiffel Society, 6PM
A benefit to aid horses in need
Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM
All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner
City Park, 7PM
Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM
Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh
Sidney's Saloon, 10PM
Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen
Lafayette Square, 5PM
Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes
Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM
Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books
City Park, 5PM
Feat. Raphael Bas
Black Penny, 6PM
The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns
Paradigm Gardens, 7PM
Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
Alton Brown live
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic
Three Keys, 9PM
This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio
NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM
Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks
The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM
Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest
City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM
Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
House of Blues, 6:30PM
The 'We Will Detonate!' tour
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM
Celebration of jazz music and its influence
Hyatt Regency, 7PM
19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more
Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise"
Get Lit at the Second Annual NOLA Poetry Festival
April is the cruelest month no more. For National Poetry Month here in New Orleans, the city welcomes everything from erotica in iambic pentameter (one hopes) to pizza poetry. Tonight marks the start of the second annual New Orleans Poetry Festival, organized by Lavender Ink Press and Trembling Pillow Press. The fest, which will run April 20-23 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.), will feature four days of readings, panels, bookmaking workshops, walking tours, musical performances, and more odes to the art.
La Fest en Rose
French Film Festival Offers Classics, Premieres, and More
Starting this week, francophiles and cinephiles alike can support l’art pour l’art as the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) presents the 20th annual French Film Festival. Running Friday (4.21) through Thursday (4.27) at the Prytania Theatre, the fest highlights the crème de la crème of current and classic French cinema, with features starring the likes of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve and former vampire Kristen Stewart.
Patois Film Fest Returns to the Broad Theater
In the uncertain political climate of today, there is no shortage of social issues that warrant a large-scale platform — from immigration and healthcare reforms to LGBTQ rights, racial protests, and gender inequality. This week, some of the most contentious concerns of our time will be examined as Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival brings focus to these issues through the lens of the camera.
No Strings Attached — Giant Puppet Festival Returns For 5th Year
This week, musicians and cinemaphiles won't be the only folks celebrating their art in New Orleans on the stage. The annual Giant Puppet Festival will return for its fifth year to delight and amuse patrons of all ages. This year, instead of occurring on two consecutive weekends, the fest will run continuously from Wednesday (4.19) to Sunday (4.23). 2017 brings even more action as the festivities have been extended to two fabulous venues in the Marigny. The Mudlark Theatre, owned by the fest's founder Pandora Gasteulm, will play home base to the program. Joining in on this year's fun is The Fortress of Lushington, a boutique performance space in the same neighborhood.
Outlaw Music Festival to Kick Off in New Orleans
For its second annual outing, the Outlaw Music Festival will swing by New Orleans this summer on the first stop of a six-date tour across the country. The New Orleans show will take place July 1 at Shrine On Airline, the Metairie home to the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Time Is On Her Side
Irma Thomas Returns to French Quarter Fest
New Orleans continues to hail royalty long after Mardi Gras is over. Irma Thomas, the New Orleans Queen of Soul, will once again grace the stage of the French Quarter Fest presented by Chevron. Thomas' set will be one more jewel in a crown that she has worn with dignity for decades.
Annual Hogs for the Cause Festival Returns This Weekend
Oh pork, how do New Orleanians love thee? Let NoDef count the ways. Smoked ribs, pork shoulders, and whole hogs will be offered at the 9th annual Hogs for the Cause, a nonprofit food and music fest taking place this year at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds this Friday (3.31) afternoon through Saturday night. 90+ teams will vie for a chance to win the Hog Grand Champion title, while festivalgoers can indulge in their efforts. Start the smokers, y’all!
Best of the Fest
NoDef's Guide to This Weekend's Festivals
Festival season is officially in full swing in New Orleans — with locals and tourists alike gearing up for heavy hitters like Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Bayou Boogaloo, the team at NoDef is keen to do some strength training with this weekend's full schedule of mini-fests. Plan your Saturday (4.1) with this rundown of the of the best arts, culture, and food festivals around the city. Don't be fooled, there's something for everyone around town.
Annual Freret Street Festival Returns This Weekend
The Freret Street Festival is gearing up for a music and art-filled Saturday (4.1) to help kick off the festival season in New Orleans. Stretching from Napoleon to Valmont along Freret St., the festival has been growing and evolving for a number of years. However, their goal remains the same: to bring together tourists and locals alike to enjoy great food, music, and company. Isn’t that what this city is all about?
Jazz Fest Reveals 2017 Cubes
Check Out the Full Lineup Here
For weeks now, New Orleanians and tourists alike have been studying this year’s Jazz Fest schedule, trying to piece together their fest itineraries. Stevie Wonder or Snoop Dogg? Usher & the Roots or Dr. John & the Gris-Gris Krewe? Soul Queen Irma Thomas or Taylor Swift's BFF Lorde? Tuesday (3.28), the team behind the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival dropped the complete hour-by-hour schedule that seasoned festivalgoers know as "the cubes."
Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz