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Defender Picks



May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery


Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band


Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez


Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between


Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo


Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists



May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more


Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art


Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork


YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families


Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye


New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop


Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Above the Cut

NoDef’s Rundown of New Orleans Fashion Week

New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) returns for its seventh season this week, bringing the most cutting-edge designers, retailers, models, photographers, and stylists from across the gulf region to New Orleans. Running March 18-24, the weeklong celebration will feature over 50 runway shows, a variety of fashion-focused panel discussions, and of course, more than a few glittering parties. 


The official NOFW kick off party will take place Saturday (3.18) at the W Hotel in the French Quarter. Partygoers can mingle with models and designers as they celebrate the most fashionable week of the year with cocktails and dancing. 


The W Hotel will also play host to the special fashion edition the global speaker series WHAT SHE SAID. NOFW Founder and Creative Director Tracee Dundas will moderate a ladies-only panel discussion from fashion professionals and influencers like boutique owner Hattie Moll, actress and film producer Shanna Forrestall, and jewelry designer Reagan Charleston. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception with light snacks and shopping, as well as a musical performance by Robin Barnes. 


Wednesday (3.22) will see the Top Design Competition take place at the Civic Theatre. Designers Brittany Henderson, Itchel Spears, Jamie Rogers, Jane Elizabeth Gressaffa, Kiyada Upshaw, Mary Virginia Ayres, Mimi Holaday, Sakeenah Ashiru, Victoria Cleveland, Viviana de la Rosa, and Victoria Henley will compete for the Top Designer title. 


Local children will also get a chance to strut around in the latest fashions on Sunday's (3.19) Kids Runway Day, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Louisiana SPCA. 


Check out the full schedule of Fashion Week events below. 


Saturday (3.18)

Retail Therapy Day, Various Boutiques 

Official Kick Off Party, W Hotel French Quarter, 7PM-9PM


Sunday (3.19)

Kids Runway Day, Fulton Street Square, 2PM-5PM


Monday (3.20)

Up-Close + Personal with Designer Pedram Couture, Swizzle Bar and Cafe Adelaide, 7PM-9PM


Tuesday (3.21)

WHAT SHE SAID, W Hotel French Quarter, 5PM-7PM


Wednesday (3.22)

Top Design Competition, Civic Theatre

After Party


Thursday (3.23)

Runway Shows, Civic Theatre

After Party


Friday (3.24)

Career Day, Lakeside Mall, 7:45AM-4PM

Runway Shows, Civic Theatre

Wrap Party


More information on New Orleans Fashion Week can be found at NOFW’s website

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Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.


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Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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