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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

Holiday Out

NOLA Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Dinner

Is your DIY kitchen rennovation still a work in progress? For those who don't want to fire up the burners this holiday, there are plenty of options. Several restuarants in Orleans Parish are serving up Thanksgiving dinners for al budgets. NoDef offers our annaul list.

NOPD Snag Person of Interest in Uptown Restaurant Robberies

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) reported a significant step in the effort to catch the crooks behind a string of Uptown restaurant robberies. A little after 11p.m., Dwayne "Butter" Winns, a personof interest in the case, turned himself in to detectives according to the Department.

Person of Interest Named In Uptown Restaurant Robberies

It looks like detectives finally caught a hot lead in the string of recent restaurant robberies shaking Uptown New Orleans. The joint NOPD/FBI Task Force investigating the stickups named 21-year-old Dwayne “Butter” Winns as a “person of interest” in the case.

Eat Up and Chill Out With COOLinary Month

It’s hot outside. Damn hot. However, an annual celebration of Louisiana restaurants offers the chance to chill out all August long with COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month. In exchange for staying in New Orleans during the dog days, locals get enjoy 2-3 course lunch menus for $30 or less and 3 course dinner menus for $40 or less at over 80 award winning restaurants.

Open Season: Ursa Major, Avo, Compére Lapin Set Set For Launch

Memorial Day kicked off restaurant opening season in New Orleans. Three big names are opening there doors this week. Ursa Major, Avo, and Compére Lapin are all welcoming the public this week.

Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks

Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.

Steady Stream

A Listing of the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms

Benny Grunch famously crooned, “Ain’t no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day.” However, there are actually hundreds of places to go along the parade route. Options span from the 250 free port-a-potties set up by the City to bars selling wristbands. NoDef compiled a list of options for relief flanking the Uptown route.

Martinique Bistro Closes, Lama's 'Avo to Open

Martinique Bistro (5908 Magazine Street) joined the “ain’t dere no more” list. After 20 years, the popular  uptown eatery closed their doors on Monday (1.05). Nick Lama, 33, the chef de cuisine at Gautreau’s, will move into the space.‘Avo,’ an Italian-inspired restaurant is slated to open this March.

Cane & Table Adds to Stable

Downtown hotspot Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street) is adjusting to the cooler weather. The proto-tiki destination is rolling out a couple of new menus and longer hours. A new drink list, a happy hour, and a rotating lunch menu all debuted in the last few weeks.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bargrapher Hops Up to a Pop-Up at Carrollton Station

Gentle reader, a pestilence is sweeping across our city as it does every winter. Close quarters, questionable personal habits, and the inability of us service industry employees to call-in sick are the villains. But even the worst upper respiratory infection could not have kept me from Carrolton Station on Sunday where Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney of Herbsaint popped up their Sparklehorse Grill for the afternoon. 

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