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Defender Picks



October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


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

Chef Pete Vazquez Brings Sunday Supper Club to Stein's

by Brad Rhines

Pop-up restaurants keep popping up all over New Orleans, with the latest venture, Hush Supper Club, serving its first meal last night at Stein’s Market and Deli on Magazine St. While most pop-ups are devoted to a particular dish - ramen noodles or burgers, for example - the globe-hopping chef behind Hush Supper Club refuses to be fenced in by such conventional expectations.

Dante's Kitchen Brings Ramen Revolution to Coulis with Noodle and Pie

by Brad Rhines

Throughout the city - and across the country - fine dining chefs have taken to the task of elevating junk food favorites like burgers, pizza, and tacos to suit the tastes of a more sophisticated audience.  This week, a new pop-up restaurant in the Coulis kitchen, called Noodle and Pie, is tackling ramen, that dorm room staple made hipster famous in recent years. The staff from Dante’s Kitchen is taking over the Prytania St. breakfast-lunch spot on Sunday and Monday nights, selling steamed pork buns, bowls of handmade noodles, and slices of homemade pie.

Vegetarian Food Pops Up at Tsai

by Ben de la Cour

Burgers and pizza are highly successful pop-up fare in New Orleans, but now it's the veggies' turn. Scheduled to operate out of Esplanade Avenue's Dragon's Den for at least one week, Tsai is New Orleans' newest (and only) pop-up vegetarian restaurant. The name, which means “vegetable”, “dish” as well as “cuisine” in Chinese, is the brainchild of Karen Wang & Aron Chang, two Taiwanese-born chefs living in New Orleans. This week, NoDef went down the bamboo shoot, and asked Wang about  the operation.

Drivin' 'Em Patty

MVBurger's Pop-Up Popularity

UPTOWN - While waiting in line outside Slim Goodie’s Diner on Magazine Street for an hour in the rain on Sunday night, there's a common refrain: “This burger better be damn good." And with a name like MVBurger (Most Valuable Burger), the bar for said burger is raised all that much higher.

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Theatre Critic

Michael Martin


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Film Critic

Jason Raymond


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