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Today in NOLA: 10.20.14

After a busy festival weekend and demoralizing Saints game, take in a film screening or author lecture at one of the city’s many cultural outlets.  Many of tonight’s topics center on life in contemporary Louisiana, whether it be state’s rapidly eroding coast or the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010.

Arrest Made in FQ Hate Crime

The French Quarter is no stranger to crime. Over the last year, the historic district has been the setting for shootings, muggings, and credit card fraud. Early Friday (10.17) a rarer offense was added to the roster. NOPD have made one arrest and identified a second suspect in a hate crime.


Bjork-ing It Out

NoDef's Critic Reviews the Icelandic Artist's Two Films

The Zeitgeist MultiDisciplinary Theater brings two films about the Icelandic international music figure Björk Friday. The first is a British documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough discussing the influences of science on the pop star as she made her 2011 album Biophilia. The second is a concert film, Björk: Biophilia Live, a recount of her last stop on the Biophilia tour at Alexandra Place in London last September. The film premiered in America at the Tribeca Film Festival last April.

Today in NOLA: 10.17.14

Let the reminiscing commence this Friday evening, as bands from all over seek to channel the wayward days of your misspent youth. “Where-are-they-now?” groups like Soul Asylum (at Tipitina’s) and Brand New (at the Civic Theatre) will endeavor to make you feel not too much older, as another nostalgia-embracing group the Generationals brings jangly indie pop to One Eyed Jacks. Everyone’s favorite deranged Russian band Debauche celebrate their second album release, and the New Orleans Film Festival rolls on into its second night. On this day in 1861, General Mansfield Lovell arrived in New Orleans.

Big Event for a Little Parade

Krewe Formerly Known as "'tit Rex" Auctions Shoebox Sized Floats

The smallest of Carnival krewes is getting a little bigger. The krewe formerly known as ’tit Rex, known for their shoebox sized floats (and legal spat with Rex) is putting 17 of their shoebox sized floats on the auction block at a fundraiser on November 13th. Proceeds will go towards increasing pay for musicians in the parade, hiring an additional band, and the Roots of Music.

Roots Royalty

Luke Winslow King Talks About his Latest Release

If the Blues and BBQ Fest on Friday (10.17,) does not slake your thirst for NOLA music, swing by the Blue Nile to catch an album release party of Luke Winslow King’s latest compilation Everlasting Arms. The show is slated for 10p.m. after the festival in Lafayette Square finishes up. Little Freddie King will play with Luke to showcase a project they’ve been working on together, and trumpeter Johnny Sansonne is set to play the next set. Everlasting Arms stacked shelves on September 30th and celebrates an array of jazz, blues and rock sounds. King spoke to NoDef about the work.

Clap Board: New Orleans Film Festival Set to Start

By Jason Raymond

Everyone, take ten. It's time for Holllywood South to break from shooting and watch some movies. The 25th annual New Orleans Film Festival opens October 16th at the Civic Theater with a screening of Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. 

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bold Columnist Makes a Pilgrimage to See Clint Maedgen at Siberia

Gentle reader, Clint Maedgen has almost certainly gone insane. It hasn’t done him a bit of harm. But back to that in a moment.


My next journey began on a bright Sunday. It was fine weather for day drinking. Good, August heat for slow walking. I grabbed a beer at the Verti Mart and strolled into the Marigny. 

Weather Alert: Tornados & Hazardous Weather

Update, 10.13 16:39 - Governor Jindal has declared a state of emergency across the state in advance of the weather conditions.

Paging Helen Hunt. Twisters are in the forecast. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an official Tornado Watch for South Louisiana including Orleans Parish today. WhoDats should be prepared to hunker down until 10p.m.

Weekly Weather & Tropical Outlook: 10.13-10.17

By Patrick J. Pearson

Fall returns this week. A strong cold front will push through the area tonight bringing some strong to possibly severe thunderstorms. Chnace of rain is 6o percent today and 90 percent tonight. The rest of the week is looking very nice with cool overnight lows in the  mid 60's and daytime highs only in the mid 70's.

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