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November 26th


Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games



Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

American indie film


Ed Volker

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

The Radiators lead man


The Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Ft. Johnny Vidacovich and special guests


Cornhole Thursdays in the Courtyard

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Celebrate Turkey Day with cornhole


November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Today in New Orleans: 2.1.14

Tonight, the Reese Johanson Collective presents their rock opera, a cabaret theater experience with complimentary Italian dinner. House of Blues is celebrating 20 years, and the Pelicans are playing the Bulls at the New Orleans Arena. On this day in 1929, 38 year-old Ada LeBoeuf was the first woman hanged for murder in Louisiana. LeBoeuf was executed for conspiring to murder her husband. On a lighter note, read on for more to do this Saturday.

Out to Spin

Three Choreographers, One Fest: New Dance Fest at Marigny Opera House

For a city that's known for bouncing, twerking, Lindy Hopping, and swinging, the New Dance Festival at the Marigny Opera House offers strong lines and trained arches to New Orleans' canvas of movement. 

Today in New Orleans 8.27.13

Tonight, DJ Soul Sister’s free film series is back with a screening of The Wiz. Love Sessions continues in the Quarter, and Art Klub is closing out their summer with Moose Jackson featured in tonight’s Literary Speaking event. On this day in 2010, Harry Connick Jr. appeared on Larry King Live to discuss what was the upcoming fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Art Klub Bumped to Tuesdays at Cafe Istanbul

Art Klub’s weekly Wednesdays has brought painters, dancers, filmmakers, and a variety of other creators together, and tonight, the collaboration is taking place a day early on St. Claude. Artist Inc. is inviting Sue Strachan and A.J. Allegra to Café Istanbul in the Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Avenue) for “Literary Speaking” at 7pm. 

Today in New Orleans 4.10.13

Tonight, see some soulful Bay Area rock in Lafayette Square. Head to the Art Klub and get inspired, see some folk on St. Claude, and more. On this day in 1965, the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko" entered the Billboard Chart. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Collective Movement

Reese Johanson Collective's 'Les Gitans' Travels to Marigny, Schools

Starting Friday, April 5, the courtyard of the Michalopoulos Studio will host Les Gitans, a piece by the Reese Johanson Collective. While only two words are uttered throughout the piece (in two different languages, no less), this movement-based performance aims to speak to all types of audiences. 

Literary Speaking: Artists Inc. Hosts Writers Panel

There’s no shortage of artists in New Orleans, but the city lacks spaces for fertile minds to come together. Artists Inc., a multi-media collective, is providing artists with performances and panel discussions geared towards bridging creative gaps. Tonight’s “Weekly Wednesday” event will feature readings from three local authors, followed by a Q&A session to be hosted by NoDef’s own Editor and Publisher, B.E. Mintz.

Fringe Binge, Vol. 5

More New Orleans Fringe Festival Shows Held Up to the Light

As the New Orleans Fringe Fest rolls on, so too do NoDef reviews. The latest helping includes tales of being buried alive, new takes on the works of Edward Gorey cards and Shakespeare and intimacy. Click through to peruse:

BYOBed For Creative Sleepover in the Marigny

by Erica Boni

There's no need to go to bed tonight. Join a host of artists of all mediums at Michalopoulos Studios (527 Elysian Fields Ave) for an all night event of creation, observation and collaboration, slumber party style! The party begins at 9pm and continues until seven in the morning. Reese Johanson, a theatrical producer, performer, dancer and visual artist manifested the event in the hopes of creating a space in which artists of all kinds could inspire one another.

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