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Pawsible Scenarios: Hurricane Prep for Pets

Hurricane season started today, and the media is abuzz with suggestions about prep, go-bags, and the like. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LaSPCA) took the opportunity to remind locals not to forget their furry friends while preparing for the worst.

French Quarter Fest Picks: Saturday

We've had a couple days to roll into French Quarter Fest, but today is the main event. With all of the fete's stages belting out all day long and the weather nothing short of picturesque, Saturday is looking to be a prime day for cutting loose. Below, NoDef hand picks our festival selections for this fine Saturday:

Griller Warfare

Marcus Jacobs of Herbsaint & Sparklehorse Talks Grilling (Recipe)

Marcus Jacobs, Executive Sous Chef at Herbsaint, is getting ready to pop-up Sparklehorse Grill, his collaboration with fellow Herbsaint staffer Caitlin Carney on March 29. Spraklehorse's travelling kitchen inlcudes a smoker, a wok, and a charcoal grill creating an effect that Jacobs calls, “smoke, fire, and spectacle.” With temperatures rising, NoDef took the opportunity to grill the chef about some outdoor cooking tips.

Slow Down, Loosen Up

Opinion: A T-Shirt Inspires Life Advice

On my most recent return to New Orleans, I was privileged to deliver a lecture to a collection of honors undergraduate religion scholars. While back in town several days, I took in some of the local fare, sights, libations, and culture. While having lunch one afternoon Uptown, I saw a young woman wearing a shirt that caught my eye. The shirt was all black with only white lettering and featured a hand offering the familiar "peace sign." In a circle around the hand, almost as if to form a logo of sorts, I read the words: "Slow Down. Loosen Up."

Today in NOLA: 1.17.15

On this day in 1990, Louis Armstrong was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today, there is a broad offering of Louisiana music. Icons like the Radiators and Randy Newman are both playing. Cedric Burnside is continuing a blues tradition. Caddywhompus are representing the indie scene, and for those looking for visual entertainment, the Marvel Universe is in town. Click through for some more weekend events.

NOPD: "Tune your shopping machine" & Other Cyber Safety Tips

The holiday season means lots of warnings. There is danger mixed in with merry-making. The Fire Department warned us about turkey fryer accidents and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) provided pointers about Black Friday crime. Now, the NOPD are turning in an encore in the form of eleven tips about cyber-shopping.

Bird Words

Whole Foods Talks Turkey With NoDef

Thanksgiving isn’t affectionately called Turkey Day for no reason. The bird has been part of the holiday going all the way back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621. While it isn’t certain whether the Pilgrims and the Native Americans actually feasted on the fowl, it is certain that millions of Americans will be eating turkey this Thanksgiving. The stress of cooking it is enough to ruffle anyone’s feathers. Here are some tips and tricks to cook the tasty bird that will be enough to impress even the most difficult of mother-in-laws.

Tips to Act On at Fringe Fest

Today, the annual Fringe Festival begins. Theatre lovers can choose between over 80 shows in dozens of venues. Genres ranging from hard drama to interpretive dance are represented. However, amidst an event that prides itself on sensory overload, it can be easy to get lost. To ease the process, NoDef offers a few quick tips for drama debutantes and veterans alike.

Petting Boo: Tips for Keeping Four Legged Friends Happy on Halloween

The web loves pets in costumes be they spider dogs or pirate cats. Yet, the folks over at the Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) are quick to caution that the holiday can be rough on animals. The organization has provided a quick list of pointers to make sure that the year's spookiest night doesn't scare your four legged fellows too much.

Confessions of a Costume-aholic: Five Easy Pieces & a DIY

By Amanda Thompson

It's never too late to pull together a KILLER Halloween costume! Get your sheets together and stock up on supplies for last-minute transformations. Today, I offer a few tips on costume creations plus a quick DIY mask. Inspiration lurks around every corner in this City. So, get out and assemble your ensemble.

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