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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

Today in New Orleans: 3.1.14

The women of Iris and the raucous men and women of Tuck’s are parading this afternoon, with 2700 riders set to ride in Mid-City for Endymion this evening. Galactic and Morning 40 Federation are performing following the parades. On this day in 1932, the Louisiana State Capitol building was completed after 14 months of construction. Now, more to do this Mardi Gras Saturday. 

Today in New Orleans 8.28.13

Tonight, Love Sessions continues, with proceeds to benefit the Louisiana Children's Museum. Culture Collision is bringing 65 local organizations under one roof in the Warehouse District, followed by an after party with Morning 40 Federation. On this day in 1956, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Cultures to Collide in Warehouse District

NOLA’s fifth annual Culture Collision will descend upon the Warehouse District for one night only, Wednesday, August 28th, 5:30p.m.-8:00p.m. The event was described as  “one-stop shopping for anything related to New Orleans visual and performing arts,” by Culture Collision organizer Janet Wilson.  

Today in New Orleans: 7.19.13

Friday arrives just in time once again. Once work is all over, it's time to play as Tales of the Cocktail continues, and a pair of on-again, off-again local music combos get their bands back together. For those looking for a little midsummer costuming, Rocky Horror Picture Show rolls at midnight. Here's all the details:

Post-Parade Roundup: Rebirth and Riff Raff

The post-parade party continues tonight with a litany of costume balls, live music, and of course a little bit of dancing.  From a trip to the moon to a band of lackluster superheroes and even to a nineties flash back, this night offers everything.  And as you leave the marching bands for the stage bands, remember there’s more than one party to see tonight.  Whether you head downtown to One Eyed Jacks for a Morning 40 Federation reunion show, uptown to check out the riff raff or to the CBD for some Rebirth, everywhere you look a party is waiting.  Check out the full list of fun below:   

Today's Events: 2.18.12

Today Mardi Gras parades are shifting due to rain, but the show must go on. Even if Endymion doesn't roll, there's plenty happening tonight as, Better Than Ezra plays the House of Blues, Galactic plays Tips, and Spellcaster’s Maritime Ball goes down with Quintron at his Spellcaster Lodge. Most important, NOLA’s Soul Queen Irma Thomas was born on this day in Ponchatoula, LA back in 1941. Back to today:

Today's Events: 10.31.11

Today, Galactic plays Howlin’ Wolf, Quintron and Miss Pussycat play One Eyed Jack's, and a parade from Molly's at the Market marks Halloween. But before such traditions, Nevada became the 36th state (1864), Mount Rushmore wass completed (1941), Bethany Hamilton lost an arm and three liters of blood to a tiger shark (2003); Dan Rather was born (1931), and Harry Houdini died (1926). Oh, and it’s Halloween:

Morning 40 Federation

Music Playlist Series

Although they broke up two years ago, the Morning 40s continue to haunt New Orleans around these busy times. With two dates set for this weekend - including a spot at Voodoo - the vaunted 9th Ward outfit turns in a playlist to give NoDef readers an idea of what influences all that glorious, madcap noise.

After the Fest, Day 2

After a full day of cubin’, it’s back to the drawing board for post-Fest options. There’s more on the list than fit on NoDef’s fingers and toes, but here’s where we’d try to be:

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