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LUNDI

April 24th

Zurich Golf Classic

City Park, 11AM

Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour

 

Crystal Energy Healing & Dream Play

1112 Mandeville St., 2PM

Talk dreams and crystals

 

Andrew Jackson Hotel Ghost Hunt

Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM

Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel

 

International Sculpture Day

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM

Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work

 

Big Easy Entertainment Awards

The Orpheum Theater, 6PM

29th annual event

 

New Orleans Baby Cakes

Shrine On Airline, 7PM

Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers

 

Movie Screening: La Bataille de Solférino

Cafe Istanbul, 7PM

French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one

 

Cacao Ceremony

Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir

 

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill

MARDI

April 25th

Earth Day Celebration

City Park, 4PM

Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more

 

April Hobnobber

The Country Club, 5:30PM

Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music

 

Movie Screening: Ipileaye

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Story of the creation of the world 

 

Pony Up for Horses

Eiffel Society, 6PM

A benefit to aid horses in need

 

Vinyasa & Vino

Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM

All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner

 

Swing in the Oaks

City Park, 7PM

Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

 

New Moon Medicine Circle

Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM

Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing

 

Aaron Cohen Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh

 

High Profile | New Orleans Nightlife Awards

Sidney's Saloon, 10PM

Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen

MERCREDI

April 26th

Wednesdays at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5PM

Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes

 

Blackout Poetry Workshop

Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM

Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books

 

Evenings with Enrique

City Park, 5PM

Feat. Raphael Bas

 

Vietnamese Style Crawfish Boil

Black Penny, 6PM

The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns

 

Paradigm Pizza & Pies

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria

 

Eat Your Science

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Alton Brown live

 

Movie Screening: Annie Hall

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic

 

Sound Observatory New Orleans: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Three Keys, 9PM

This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio 

JEUDI

April 27th

 

NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks

 

Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest

 

Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show

 

Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour

 

International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence

 

Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more

 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 

Doc 'Rodents of Unusual Size' Follows Coastal Nutria Hunters


There’s a reason nutria have bounties on their heads, and it isn’t entirely because Harry Lee was such an avid sportsman. Existing in the marshy wetlands of Louisiana’s coast is a scourge of ecological destruction. When documentary filmmaker Quinn Costello found out about the eradication efforts against Nutria, he was intrigued. From there, the documentary, Rodents of Unusual Size began to take shape.


Hurricane Isaac Takes Toll on Nutria, Pelicans


Isaac's devastating consequences for humans have rightly been the focus of the recovery, but the wildlife didn't get off scot free, either. Along with everything else Isaac churned up, it appears to have created some new oil pollution. In the midst of a pollution assessment following the storm, the U.S. Coast Guard reported finding new oil on the coast in the marshes near Myrtle Grove. They also found three oiled pelicans - one of which was dead - and 10 dead nutria, according to a news release. Wildlife Response Services will attempt to rehabilitate the pelicans, and conduct autopsies.


Going Pirogue

A Roundup The 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session



On Monday, the 2012 legislative session wrapped up. But before our politicos head out on the hunt, we at NoDef recap some of the bills that were passed that you may not have heard about. 


Nutria Sympathizer Takes Cause to the Old Gray Lady


Down here, we have rodeoes and Righteous Fur. But up North, there seems to be a little more sympathy for the nutria. Over at the New York Times, Washingtion state animator Drew Christie has an "op-doc" titled "Hi! I'm a Nutria." The piece challenges the idea that nutria fit into the rodent family, and dares to ask the question, "How long does it take to become a native?" As any Louisianan can tell you, those varmints have to be born here, unless, of course, they came from eastern Quebec. Watch the video here.


Footing the Bill

What to Watch at the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session



It's time once again for a lot of guys named Buddy and Butch to gather in the House That Long Built. Up in Baton Rogue, the annual legislative session convenes today. This year's sesh doesn't have to wrap up until June, giving legos time to debate complex laws about the budget and education, with plenty of time left over to talk about issues near and dear to their hearts: hunting and gambling!


Nutria Rodeo Numbers Are In!


For the better part of the year, coyotes have managed to evade capture in New Orleans, as well as Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. But it was a different story at Golden Meadow. Last Saturday, participants in the first-ever Nutria Rodeo did their best roadrunner act, and managed to clip two of the beastly canines, an organizer said. The event was designed to raise awareness about invasive species like wild boar, Asian carp and the titular coypu, as well as the beast's culpability in destroying the wetlands. But, as the coyote net evidenced, there was some serious going on, too.


Hunting Heaven: Nutria Rodeo Aims to Tame Invasive Beasts


Finally, someone found an event to bridge the gap between guns and green. The meddlesome varments that run rampant in SoLa like nutria and wild boar aren't only annoying. The invasive species damage the wetlands and other parts of the fragile ecosystem,  too. So, it's time to stop letting Jefferson Parish cops have all the fun. It's time to get together and shoot these critters! On Dec. 3, an environmental group is staging the first-ever Nutria Rodeo in the Bayou Lafourche town of Golden Meadow. For as little as $10, eager participants can have access to the fertile bayou hunting grounds, where they will try to capture the two aforementioned ferals, coyotes, and, because Sportsman's Paradise is a Big Tent, Flying Asian Carp.


Nutria Caption Contest!


Howdy there, Defenders! Today, we have a treat for y'all as NoDef launches our first contest. Our cartoonist over at the Community Print Shop had some writer's block, and couldn't think up a caption for her comic (pictured after the jump). So, it's up to you; six lucky winners will receive tickets for this weekend's Daiquiri Days - a bus tour of neighborhood daiquiri shops with after party at the Hi-Ho Lounge. Leave your best caption in the comments with your e-mail, or leave it in the comments AND email it to us contests@noladefender.com. 


Nutria Numbers Are In!


If he gets tired of the Big Oozy and wants to go more Harry Lee, Billy Nungesser has a valuable lieutenant governor platform plank waiting for him. Plaquemines Parish took home the crown for killing the most nutria this year. According to the Houma Courier, the state's southernmost parish turned in roughly 80,000 tails this year.


Legislature Targets Tameless Beasts


Those on the hunt for invasive justice received a pair of helping hands from the Louisiana legislature yesterday. The state Senate approved a pair of bills that will assist in the eradication efforts of some of our craziest cast-off critters, Da Paper reports. One bill would allow hunters to trap or kill our most mysterious interloper, the feral hog, to at anytime, and allows any type of firearm to be used to kill them.


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Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Alexis Manrodt


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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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