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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Cheeky Blakk Named krewedelusion Queen

Even though Krewe du Vieux is coming early, there will still be plenty of parade action to keep you satisfied. Immediately following the ass-drawn floats and brass bands of the satirical parade will be Episode four of krewedelusion. With people-pulled floats and even more satire, the fledgling group will take to the streets once again in hopes of proving even further that New Orleans is the center of the universe.



We caught up with the Special Assistant to Oscar Diggs to find out what makes this year’s libation-fueled flight of fancy stand out among the rest. In the spirit of Carnival, the spokesman wishes to remain anonymous.


For their fourth year, krewedelusion is putting the green in purple, green and gold. “We’re making every effort in our power to make our parade the greenest parade possible,” said the mysterior spokesperson. “We’re not using any beads unless they’ve been recycled, and most of our throws will be made out of recovered materials.” 


According to the spokesperson, krewedelusion formed as a way to offer authentic Mardi Gras traditions to people without the dough for highfalutin dues.


“We’re mostly service industry people, teachers, regular people that wanted to start a Mardi Gras parade in a formalized setting,” said the spokesperson.


Like any Krewe, delusion includes new royalty every year. However, the Krewe and its subkrewes stand out because of their king’s and queen’s active role. “We want to actually empower our royalty to rule,” spokesperson said. “To be involved in the Krewe on a daily basis.”


Davis Rogan was last year’s King, and this year’s queen is Ninth Ward native and local bounce star Cheeky Blakk.


“There has been a huge resurgence of bounce music,” said the spokesperson. “Cheeky is a real-deal struggling artist who is getting the [rewards] that she deserves.”


“It’s gonna be a Blakk-Out -- and we’re gonna set this planet straight!” Blakk proclaimed.


Fellow bounce artist Katey Red will ride with Blakk as the “Diva of Defense.”

“She [Red] thought it was really funny what was going on with the Secretary of Defense,” the spokesperson explained.


Seasoned marchers like the semitic Krewe du Jieux and The Pony Girls will take to the streets. New Krewes include the AllKreweists, Crustaceous Desire, Skinz & Bonez, Krewe of Seuss, and Krewe du Mu’u Mu,u.  


The mysterious spokesperson explained that “Krewe of Seuss,” have a clever pun on the tuba-like sousaphone. Their “seussaphones,” will be inspired by Dr. Seuss. Throws will include the Krewe of Bananas signature banana throws, and handmade wooden doubloons for collectors.


The music for the parade will be provided by the Free Spirit Brass Band, the Kinfolk Brass Band and, as ever, the drumcart.


The parade begins at 7:15 p.m., and is set to head up Royal Street toward the Quarter, back down Decatur and out Frenchman to St. Claude Avenue. The marching will end at Siberia (2227 St. Claude), which will immediately give way to the Celebration of Grandeur, featuring music by Egg Yolk Jubilee.


The parade is on January 19, and krewedelusion is accepting loyal subjects through Jan. 16. Find out how to apply through their website.


*Correction: The article did not originally include the date of the parade, which is Saturday, January 19, 2013.


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