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Defender Picks



October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

"and yes I said yes I will Yes"

Irish House Ready for Bloomsday

To most, today, June 16, might just be another Tuesday. But for James Joyce fans around the world, June 16 marks the ever-important literary celebration, Bloomsday. In commemoration of the Irish writer’s novel Ulysses, The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) will be hosting a reading of the epic story. Writers and literary enthusiasts from across the city will come out to narrate excerpts of the famously dense, Ulysess. 

Five Questions

Author Michael Allen Zell Talks New Novel and NOLA

Michael Allen Zell’s thrid book, Run Baby Run was just published by Lavender Ink. A slight departure from Zell’s previous work, Run Baby Run is a crime novel set in New Orleans. NoDef sat down with the author to gain some quick insight into the story and its relation to the City.

RIP Smokey Johnson

Legendary New Orleans drummer Joseph “Smokey” Johnson joined the ancestors on Tuesday (10.07) night. Johnson died at the age of 78-years-old according to his family.

Burgundy Beatdown (Video)

A Project NOLA camera captured a French Quarter mugging as it happened. Early morning on Saturday (10.03), a man was attacked and then robbed by two women on the 800 block of Burgundy Street.

Nagin Again

Ray-Ray's Attorney Argues Appeal

Lawyers for federal inmate No. 32751-034 were back in court today. Lawyers for C. Ray Nagin asked the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the former Mayor’s 2014 conviction because the judge had poorly advised the jury.

Quick Collar in Seventh Ward Shooting

The boys in blue collared a man for murder in under three days according to a statement from the Department. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Violent Offender Warrant Squad paid Tony Branch a visit this morning and promptly relocated the man to Central Lock Up where he is awaiting a hearing on charges of Attempted Murder.

If The Saints Could See You Now

Kathy Lee’s late husband, Frank Gifford, played for the NY Football Giants. However, Carnival Cruises is teaming up with New Orleans’ own Saints. Today, the cruise giant announced that ships departing from New Orleans will have a black and gold theme.

Museum Mayhem

LSU is playing early today which leaves plenty of time for some culture—free. Saturday, September 26th, museums across the city are putting away their cash registers to honor the Smithsonian Institute. Eight institutes will be celebrating Smithsonian Day with free admission and tours. The holiday encourages the public visit cultural centers without a price to enrich themselves and honor our national museum.

Drinking Culture

A Stroll to the Avenue

Gentle reader, the winds of change blow bleak. The first temperate days of the coming fall intersperse with the lingering, hot afternoons of summer. The conventioneers and tourists like migratory things begin their return to the French Quarter. The football season opens to wild, Sunday afternoon shouts that cheer the sunshine at intervals from the dim barrooms. Though it should be fun, I find a period of wandering melancholy, intimate as these days are with the passage of time. And thus wandering in a black mood, found myself at the door of the Avenue Pub. 

Room 220 Reminds Us That Iowa is More Than Caucuses

By Room 220

The University of Iowa's creative writing program is widely lauded as the best in the nation. So, it was a coup when Room 220 bought the school's International Writers Program Even more impressive, on September 29th, the global writers will return for the fifth straight year. This year’s reading will feature Armen of Armenia (Armenia), Karen Villeda(Mexico), Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria), and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (Singapore).

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