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Defender Picks



September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie


Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers


Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue


Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday


King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues


September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)


Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band


Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show


Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)


Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating


September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)


The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution


Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)


Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)


September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.


Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution


Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)


Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band


Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics


Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus


Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?


Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret


Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)

Shooting Off Canal

NOPD Officer Hillal Williams said that there was a shooting on the 100 block of South Rampart. A call coded 34S went out around 4p.m. summoning officers to Canal and Rampart.

Baptist Convention on Deck

Southern Decadence will dominate this weekend downtown, but a different type of convention is coming to town on Monday (9.1). The National Baptist Convention (NBC) USA, Inc. is coming to town September 1st through 5th. 18,000 Baptists will flood the City for seminars, elections, tours, and of course, lots of praying.

Weekly Weather & Tropical Outlook: 8.18.-8.23

By Patrick J. Pearson

It's still August in SoLa. So, expect another week of afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms as we continue to see a typical mid-August pattern. Daytime highs will be around 90F with overnight lows in the mid to upper 70's. Out at sea, formations remain disorganized.

NoDef Bids Farewell to Managing Editor

by B.E. Mintz

Friday (8-15) marks the final day as Managing Editor of NOLA Defender for Stephen Babcock. During Babcock’s tenure at the Defender, the publication grew from a novelty into a thriving news source. He worked countless hours to enable and often spearhead that evolution. Babcock will retain the position Editor Emeritus and sit on the Defender’s board. Next week he will move to Baltimore where he will pursue several journalistic opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic.

Judge's Ruling Allows Common Core to Remain in La.

A judge denied a request Friday by 17 lawmakers to kick Common Core and its corresponding standardized test out of Louisiana. State District Judge Tim Kelley's ruling allows Common Core to continue in Louisiana, for now. It also dealt a blow to the many opponents of the more rigorous, national education standards, who count the governor among their ranks.

Bukowski Birthday Bash Sat. at Loa Bar

Poet Charles Bukowski’s mythology may lie in the dark side of Los Angeles, but a vist to the other LA proved instrumental in providing his start. Unlike Tennessee Williams and Walker Percy, whose identities are forever linked with the city, Bukowski came and went, only staying in the city for a short time. This Saturday, August 16th, marks what would have been Bukowski’s 94th birthday. In celebration, the Loa Bar at the International House Hotel (221 Camp St.) is throwing a party in celebration.

City Council Roundup: Truck Parades, Police Pension, Biking for Gold

by Ashley Rouen

Even though New Orleans City Council deferred judgment on the Uber elephant in the room, they still had plenty of city business to handle. As always, Mardi Gras and White Linen Night were on the minds of the elected officials, as was firefighters' retirement fund and subdivision names.

SEC Network Ready for Liftoff

With college football season around the corner, the SEC Network is set to hit small screens for the first time Thursday (8-14). Debuting at 5 p.m. CST, the ESPN-backed TV station will feature Louisiana sports legends like the Manning family and Shaquille O'Neal for the opening program.

Uber Deferred

Councilmembers Pass on Approval of For-Hire Vehicle App, But Suggest Change is Inevitable

Like committees before them, the full New Orleans City Council passed on their first chance to act on legislation that would allow upscale rideshare and taxi alternative applications, such as Uber Black, on the streets of New Orleans

Judge Deals Setback to Holy Cross Development

Though a proposed Holy Cross residential development got the blessing of the City Council, the project didn't get past a judge. Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin sided with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association Wednesday, ruling that the City and developer did not follow zoning requirements.

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