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Defender Picks



December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

The Roux: Spicy Brown Burlesque Show

Performer Aims to Bring Diversity to NOLA Burlesque Scene

Although the New Orleans burlesque scene is in itself animated and vibrant, some believe it lacks a certain “color.” NoDef had the opportunity to speak with a local performer and her vision for a different kind of burlesque show she is bringing to the Big Easy.

Of Peepshows and Freaksheauxs

The Burly Beat

As she prepares to unbutton for a new chapter of life, NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac issues her final NoDef dispatch. Here, she sizes up the state of NOLA burlesque, and, as always, provides some info on where to see some action tonight.

Hot Fun in the Summertime

The Burly Beat

Summer in New Orleans is typically a time of hibernation, even for those of us who run around half naked to begin with.  

The Burly Beat Guide to JazzFest Burlesque

by Moxie Sazerac

While it’s true that burlesque and live music go together like sunburn and mango freezes, there are just a few select offerings for this year’s festers. This Saturday April 28 brings the return of Mistress Kali’s Freaksheaux to Geaux to the All Ways Lounge and Marigny Theatre. The circus flavored show, originally conceived as a one off fundraiser now cultivates the best in traveling and local sideshow and burlesque.

Vixens of Verse

The Burly Beat

NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac previews this week's happy marriage of Storyville and the Gold Mine Saloon: The Poetry Brothel.

Ruby Rage Revealed

The Burly Beat: An Interview with NOLA Burlesque's Country Cutie

NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac talks to local burly up-and-comer Ruby Rage about NOLA music in local burlesque, watching girls take their clothes off on the Internet, and her background in fire.

Blue School

The Burly Beat

NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac gets taken to school at Bella Blue's twice-weekly burlesque lessons.

A Burly Halloween Schedule

Halloween weekend is rapidly descending upon us, and some may be scraping for last minute ways to put a new twist on that old Storm Trooper costume. What? Not you? Well, anyway, don't let the calendar pass you by in the maelstrom of costuming. As NoDef Burlesque columnist Moxie Sazerac declared earlier this month, Halloween in New Orleans is the unofficial holiday of Burlesque. Read her latest column to find out where to see some costumes come off after putting yours on.

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