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MARDI

May 23rd

Joe Goldburg Jazz Trio

Bamboula’s, 3PM

Jam out to some clarinet and saxophone

 

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Garden District Books, 6PM

The author will read and discuss her new memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

 

Dine For The Animals

Vessel NOLA, 6PM

Dine for a great cause benefitting the SPCA

 

Concert Series Encore

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Food, drinks, music in a lovely garden

 

LOGAN NOIR

Prytania Theater, 730PM

One night only, Q+A to follow

 

Le Cinema et Les Mots

Français à la carte, 8:30PM

Discover the 1969 cult French film Trafic, by director Jacques Tati

 

Brass Lightning

Sidney Saloon, 10PM

Support by the BoomDocs

 

Steve Mignano Band

Apple Barrel, 10:30PM

Get down with some funky electric feels

MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

7th Ward & Tremé Soirée


The historic neighborhoods of the Tremé and the 7th Ward are arguably the most culturally rich areas of New Orleans. This weekend, an inaugural festival will pay tribute to their traditions with food, music, art, and an epic bar crawl. 


Shuck Yeah: New Orleans Oyster Festival Drops 2017 Details


In just under two weeks, the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival will return for it’s eighth attempt at educating the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, while celebrating the many restaurants and farmers who have made the French Quarter into the Oyster Capital of America. The free fest, which will run June 3-4, will feature food, drinks, crafts, and of course, live music. 


Best of the Fest

NoDef's Guide to Non-Jazz Fest Festivals



For many locals and tourists alike, the Fair Grounds will become a second home for the next seven days, offering a nonstop lineup of music, food, drinks, crafts, and fun.

 

But the party doesn't stop at Jazz Fest — many top NOLA talents will be taking the stage at your favorite venues across the city as part of the many mini festivals kicking off this week. 

 

On the eve on the 48th annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, NoDef offers a round-up of the best fests around town. 


All-Star Country Fest Celebrates the Sounds of Louisiana


For the New Orleanian who just ain’t getting their festival fix when Jazz Fest kicks off this Friday, look no further than a four-day celebration of Southern Americana music. Running April 30-May 3, the 2017 All-Star Country Fest will hop around town at a handful of venues in the Marigny and Bywater. Sponsored by NOLA County, a radio program showcasing Ameripolitan Music on WHIV 102.3FM, All-Star Country Fest features the sounds of Louisiana. The fest offers a lineup of honky-tonk, NOLA soul, rockabilly, Ameripolitan, Zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, country blues, and more. 


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. 


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