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Halloween on the Lower D & Frenchmen

Gentle reader, society is a work of collaborative art wherein each of us paints but a pixel.  Follow me now through the atomizer of that integration, into the main limbic cable of the Halloween Universe, Lower Decatur Street, as I chase highs and lows, friends and foes, a woman, and bro’s.  And forgive the purple prose.  Dear friends, here we go.

NOLA's Night Out Against Crime

Hundreds of Parties Fight Violence Tonight (Listing)

Tonight marks the 31st annual night out against crime, an event initially organized by Officer Kelly Marrione of the NOPD in an effort to increase communication between district officials and the people and neighborhood organizations in the areas they patrol. The national Night Out took place on October 7 in the rest of the country, but in South Louisiana we do things a little different.



Lost Bayou Ramblers Release Live Album

Gasa Gasa Live the newest album from Grammy-nominated Cajun rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers is a combination of a happy accident and a pure unadulterated love for music. The band recorded the album May 2nd at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret Street). According to Louis Michot vocalist for the band, the product is a “perfect snapshot of the band at the time.” 

Ladies Ready to Storm the Sazerac

By Ashley Larsen

The Swinging 40’s are back, this Friday, at the Roosevelt’s Sazerac Bar. Bust out your best vintage wear, and come celebrate the day women were first allowed to enjoy their drinks at the Rooosevelt Hotel’s signature bar. Friday, October 26th marks the 65th anniversary of the bar going co-ed and the Roosevelt is throwing a party. 

Goodwill's Ghoulishly Good Time

In a few weeks, New Orleanians will head to second hand shops to piece together costumes. They will also have an opportunity to wear a costume in support of one charity behind many of these stores. Goodwill Industries, the nonprofit known for their thrift stores, is getting a might macabre with their annual fundraiser. On Saturday, October 18th, the group will head to the Parish at the House of Blues (225 Decatur Street) for “Ghoulwill Goes to Hollywood.” The night will feature lots of food, drink, and an all star music lineup.

Fins Win

Scales & Ales Features Fish, Beer, Music, & Invasive Species

Aquatic spectators looking to release their inner child without children around have an opportunity this weekend. On Friday September 13th, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas hosts its fifth annual event Scale & Ales, benefitting their education and conservation efforts.  With music, 35 restaurants, a long list of Abita beer to taste, as well as wine and specialty cocktails set up throughout the Aquarium and outside on the lawn of Woldenberg Park.

What Are You Doing Friday Night?

by Arielle Schecter

Coming to our party, that's what! Remember to email to reserve your TWO FREE DRINK TICKETS, and your chance to win some great raffle prizes, including a weekend stay-cation at the Hotel Storyville, a bar tab at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and other tourist-tastic (mis)adventures. Hey, you've lived in New Orleans this long - why not see what all the hype is about? The party gets underway this Friday at 7pm, at the Esplanade Gardens. Entertainment by the Treme Brass Band and your dogged NoDef staff and reporters. O

Party with the Treme Brass Band

This Friday, NoDef invites you to join us for some drinks and dancing with the Treme Brass Band. A week later, Halloween hits, and so does the Season; so, join us for Trick or Treme, a final night of fun for locals. Plus, we'll give you two free drinks if you shoot us an email at Full deets after the jump!

Cockabilly on Clio Street

NoDef Parties 'til the Bearded Lady Sings

Photos by Chris Klarmann

It may be a far trek to the Boardwalk (especially a non-oily one), but the Crescent City has proved it can host a fine send-up to Coney Island, New York.


Yes kids, the circus was in town, and this was no shoddy tiger tent. The Coney Island Cockabilly Road Show put the bearded lady to shame: Saturday night at The Big Top was an affair to remember, and not just because of the unisex bathrooms.

NoDef Abides

Loyal readers, today, we bring you two very different outlets for libation consumption.

- Tomorrow, Wednesday, we officially Launch our site! We will celebrate the occasion with aplomb and gusto... well, maybe, just gusto! We'd love to see you there. Drop us a line for info.

- When Treme begins airing, we will be sponsoring weekly screenings at Buffa's Lounge. Many of us don't have HBO (or even TV.) And, even more of us don't want to watch alone... So, feel free to laugh and cry with NoDef.

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