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Defender Picks



August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Coffee Shop Talk: An Impending Depression

Is New Orleans Headed Back into the Economic Depressions of the Past?

Each week, Joseph Santiago explores the issues of today over a cup of coffee. Check out his previous installments here


I’m having my coffee reading about a bomb being dropped and how Trump is serving the insurance companies by reducing benefits for the poor, making it harder to get insurance, and threatening to remove additionally protections if Democrats don’t see things his way. From my seat in the café, I listen to one person console another about recently becoming homeless. I interviewed two people last week who were opposed to the civil rights of the American people being infringed, and how greed has made its way into politics. I am having a difficult time shaking all this negativity off.


My mind wanders to how the great writer Hemingway was so poor that he shot pigeons in the park for dinner at times. As a society, we have made sweeping strides to improve the quality of living across America. I never expected a day where the President would say that the EPA was not necessary because we only need to protect a little piece of the environment. It amazes me that people do not understand that it all connected. It’s like giving the thumbs up as a company dumps toxic waste into a stream, which leads into the ground water, and streams, and people’s homes, through rivers, oh and out to the ocean. Anyone want some fish? It’s Easter weekend! 


I’m listening to people beside me debate if it’s better to accept discrimination for women, LGBT, and the poor, or have a functioning government. It is all so wrong to me.


That’s when these young men decide amongst themselves there is nothing to be done about racism. What is the message we are supposed to be getting from our President?


I’m not sure that Trump’s rise to power made these things worse. I think these details of civility and human dignity were here but not fully expressed. Since Trump has taken office he has done a lot to allow people to share their doubts on every topic. Well, except for what he is doing or Russia, or using bombs to have the media talk about something else. Everything will get better if people would just work more and get a job?


Are we to believe that business people care so much about us they will budget in human beings as more machines take the jobs that people once did? I’m getting tired of fearmongering in the news and from those in charge. It has gotten to the point where I can’t trust what elected officials value or get behind. I think it’s time for all of us to get the details of the changes proposed to how we live. The insurance industry made billions last year and Trump, along with his Republican team, appear to be squeezing those of us who don’t have global businesses to fall back on. We must come together and demand accountability from those we elect. The policies being put forward demonstrate who these officials are valuing. They are making America great for themselves. They are leaving us a legacy.


A legacy that starts with the student loan debt crisis that is being made worse by DeVos who removed protections from borrowers. There is the car loan bubble that is related to the slowing down of automobile purchases. The wall between Mexico that will increase taxes and food prices. I know people who have unfriended others on social media so that they can get away from these issues. They are everywhere because they are important, have been ignored for too long from the majority of citizens, and many of the people appointed to run the organizations are systematically dismantling them.


Hey, maybe I’m wrong. I’d like that. I’m beginning to feel like Trump is pushing America into a depression that will benefit the wealthy. Some investors are actively hedging against companies’ success. There will always be those who benefit from the failings of a business. It just so happens that now we have leaders ready to make that happen and they are profiting. I am left thinking what it felt like to the people here in New Orleans when the economic depressions of the past came? I feel like none of this should take any of us by surprise. I really wanted to write something upbeat to follow Good Friday. I need another coffee.


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The text above is a column and expresses only the opinion of the author, not NOLA Defender or NOLA Defender’s Editorial Board.


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