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Defender Picks



December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

Wednesdays On The Point Schedule Reveal

Right after Wednesday at the Square wraps their spring season, the good people of Algiers take over the slot. Today, the schedule for Wednesdays on the Point was released. Jon Cleary, Rebirth and Bonerama are just a few of the names on the roster.

Today in NOLA: 8.20.14

Mississippi Rail Company play the Algiers Ferry Dock for Wednesdays at the Point this evening, and Helen Gillet appears solo at Gasa Gasa tonight. Film buffs turn out for the CAC’s screening of director Chuck Workman’s documentary What Is Cinema? Plus, six new plays in sixty minutes, a trip to Senegal, and Louisiana’s history in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. See all the details for Wednesday night:

Today in NOLA: 8.13.14

Arthouse pop-up Shotgun Cinema returns tonight, with a screening of Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus at the Marigny Opera House. The House of Blues is full of star power, with hip-hop soul diva Keyshia Cole downstairs and Texas singer-songwriter Jolie Holland upstairs. Plus, Wednesdays on the Point returns to Algiers. Keep reading for more film and music picks tonight:

Today in NOLA: 7.30.31

Chill out in Algiers tonight at Wednesdays on the Point with Bag of Donuts, the local cover band known for their outrageous costumes and KISS-style face paint. Plus, hardcore punk on Freret Street. On this day in 1812, William C. C. Claiborne became the first elected governor of Louisiana. Claiborne Avenue is named for him, as are Claiborne Counties in Mississippi and Tennessee. More events for Hump Day:

Today in New Orleans 7.17.13

Today, Tales of the Cocktail officially begins. On Algiers Point, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys are closing out a weekly music series. Former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant is playing the Mahalia Jackson. On this day in 1795, New Orleans’ first Bishop, Don Louis Cardenas, arrived in the city. Now, more hump day happenings.

Today in New Orleans 7.10.13

This Wednesday, head to Algiers Point for some free, live music. At the Mahalia Jackson, see UMOJA: the Spirit of Togetherness. On this day in 1974, Governor Edwin Edwards signed a bill that changed Grambling College to Grambling State University. Now, more hump day happenings.

Today in New Orleans 6.26.13

Today at Algiers Point, the New Orleans Suspects are taking to the stage. Uptown on Freret, an army of food trucks is posting up near Dat Dog. On this day in 1805, former Vice President of the U.S., Aaron Burr, arrived in New Orleans. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Today in New Orleans 6.19.13

The legendary Pat Benatar is performing at House of Blues, Bassik is on St. Claude, and there’s some Latin funk and jazz at Algiers Point. 60 Juneteenths ago, African-Americans in Baton Rouge began the nation’s first public bus boycott of the Civil Rights movement. Now, more to do this Wednesday.  

Today in New Orleans 6.12.13

Today, enjoy funk, indie, R&B, and more at Algiers Point! Mardi Gras Indian music is at the Howlin’ Wolf, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington is playing his weekly gig. On this day in 2011, Lil Wayne was featured on an episode of MTV Unplugged, making him the fourth rapper to ever appear on the show. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Today in New Orleans 5.29.13

As one “Wednesdays at the…” series ends, another begins. Close out Lafayette Square’s weekly concert series with Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins. Algiers Point is hosting Brass-A-Holics and the Lagniappe Brass Band to jumpstart their season. On this day in 1948, The Desire Streetcars stopped running. Now, more hump day happenings.

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