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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

Thomas Beller Tracks iPhone Snatchers of Black Pearl, and Writes About It

Here at NoDef, we've chronicled the iPhone Snatchers of New Orleans, but rarely do we get the inside story of these "enterprising little criminals," with details about where they hang out, and what books their victims leave behind when they take back their phones. Over at the New Yorker's Page Turner blog, Tulane's Thomas Beller (who's no stranger to stalking) describes getting his iPhone stolen from a bench, and his effort to track down those darn kids in Black Pearl, give them a literary education and ignore warnings about getting shot in the process. Read the whole thing here.

Mosca's Owner, John Mosca, Passes

If it weren't for the smell of garlic, Mosca's may be undetectable on a drive down Highway 90 toward Avondale. The same could be said for the leadership style of John Mosca, the famed roadhouse's founder and owner, who died yesterday at the age of 86, Da Paper reports.  As Calvin Trillin relayed in a New Yorker article last year, Mosca and his wife didn't even close the place down to go to the Big Apple and pick up their prestigious James Beard award.

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