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Defender Picks



July 30th

Idina Menzel
Saenger Theater, 8p.m.
Broadway star, Glee actress


Hello, Dolly
Tulane Dixon Hall, 8p.m.
Tony-winning musical produced by Tulane Summer Lyric Theater


PR July Networking Event
NOLA Brewing Tap Room, 5p.m.
Drink beer, meet PR professionals


The Bipolar Millionaire and The Operation
Garden District Bookshop, 6p.m.
Memoir about the struggles of living with Bipolar disorder


Nola Social Ride Happy Thursday Ride
St. Roch Neutral Ground, 7p.m.
White linen themed

"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. 

Cultural Exchange: Museum Month Offers Cerebral Saturation

Triple digit temperatures make August a perfect time to spend some time indoors, like at a museum. Fortunately, New Orleans Museum Month (a.k.a. August) is almost upon us offering an opportunity for local to soak SoLa’s numerous cultural offerings.

Six Beers and the Truth

Chef Ron Duprat Talks Haiti and NOLA

Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers And The Truth with Top Chef Ron Duprat."

Perkins Nests With Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are continuing to make their nest in the offseason. On Tuesday (7.28), the team announced the signing of free agent Kendrick Perkins, a vet with plenty of postseason experience.

Pops Rocks

Satchmo SummerFest Previewed with Director Marci Scramm

The summer heat is starting to peak which means that the time chill out with some cool jazz is nearly upon us. Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron' will be celebrating 15 years of festin’ and feting Pops this weekend (7.30-8.02). NoDef checked in with Executive Director Marci Schramm for the inside track.

Spoiler Alert: Heat Advisory in Effect

In case y’all haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed the obvious and reminded New Orleanians of the dangers that accompany the weather. On Saturday (7.25), the federal agency issued a Heat Advisory for Orleans Parish.

The Strength of Street Knowledge

Fourth World ATD Brings Books to the Block

Especially after Katrina, New Orleans has become home to many non-profits, but some organizations have been here since long before the storm. One such group is Fourth World All Together in Dignity. The international non-profit is present in 35 countries worldwide and has been a staple in New Orleans for around twenty-five years. 

Drinking Culture

La Vie Erin Rose

Gentle reader, a full glass of liquor can sometimes do the office of a shew stone. Sit quietly upon the bar edge and run a thoughtful hand along the crystal curvature. Peer within. And with enough drink, the soothsayer’s gift will be yours. So it was I found myself gazing into deep distances of gin. Images of the past week of Tales of the Cocktail emerged. Mysteries of the present summer lull. Auguries of days yet to come. All these I saw in a tumbler made cloudy and uncertain with ice at the Erin Rose. 

Jillian Johnson, Magazine Street Business Owner, Victim of Lafayette Shooting

By Lucy Leonard

Last night (7.23), a 58-year-old gunman opened fire in at the Grand Theater in Lafayette according to the Lafayette Police Department (LPD). The suspect killed two and injured seven more before turning the gun on himself, said LPD Chief Jim Craft. One of the victims of the tragedy was Jillian Johnson, who owned Red Arrow Workshop with her husband in New Orleans (3926 Magazine Street) and in Lafayette. 

Mayor Mitch Meets Pope, Talks Hope

Mayor Mitch spent his high school years as a Blue Jay, but this week he is meeting with the most famous Jesuit of them all: Pope Francis. Landrieu traveled to the Vatican for a conference on climate change, human trafficking, and sustainable development with other mayors and the Pontiff himself. On Wednesday (7.22), Landrieu dressed the group explaining NOLA’s challenges, victories, and lessons.


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin


Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond


Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.


B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock