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Defender Picks



June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Drilling and Able

NoDef Talks to John Barry About Coastal Restoration as "Issue of Our Lifetime"

Two Recent polls show landslide margins of public support for coastal restoration.  Within the numbers, however, is a picture of the various forces shaping the dialogue of coastal restoration. 


One of the polls, released by America’s Wetland Foundation, might well have dubbed a new catch line for the land loss fight.  74 percent of Louisianians were willing to call coastal restoration the “issue of my lifetime.”  Sidney Coffee, a senior advisor at America’s Wetland, said that in years past, the organization has found “fairly high” levels of support for the issue, “but not as high as this,” citing recent hurricanes and the BP oil spill for the heightened awareness.  Jim Kitchens, who conducted the AWF poll of 400 people across the state, highlighted the high margins found in the survey.  72 percent of those polled thought that climate change was a “serious problem” and 91 percent linked a strong coastal environment with a strong economy.  Kitchens said in an AWF press release, “When you find averages around the eighty percentiles, you better sit up and take notice.”



Another poll released last November by the Restore Louisiana Now organization showed similarly enthusiastic support for coastal restoration: 96 percent of the 1000 people surveyed agreed that Louisiana’s vanishing coast needs to be addressed.  But beyond a common acknowledgment of the problem, the two polls diverge impressively, and at times they seem to argue.  One prompt in the America’s Wetland survey read, “A unified effort is the best hope for coastal restoration and protection, not assigning blame for what has been lost.”  97 percent agreed.  Mention of “blame” could be a response to the RLN poll, which asked if “oil and gas industry contributed to the loss of natural wetlands and marshes.”  72 percent thought it had.


Another prompt in the AWF poll read: Perceived conflicts between energy production and environmental protection have become too politically divisive. To solve both problems, we need leaders to cooperate more and not engage in partisan politics. 95 percent agreed.


The poll seems to question the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East against 97 oil, natural gas, and pipeline companies.   The suit claims that the industry’s access canals have damaged wetlands and therefore increased flood risk in metro New Orleans.  Until October, John Barry was the vice-chairman of the commission, which oversees metro New Orleans levee systems on the Eastbank.  He was ousted from that board along with two other board members who supported the lawsuit.  In response, Barry created the non-profit Restore Louisiana Now, in part to provide support for the suit.  76 percent of the public supported the lawsuit in the non-profit’s poll.


Coffee said, “As far as the lawsuit is concerned, we don’t take any side.”


But in response to the conflicts referenced in the AWF poll, John Barry said, “Of course, you need to recognize that America’s Wetland gets nearly all of its funding from the oil & gas industry.”  (In 2005 The Washington Post reported that during the Foster administration, “Shell Oil, worried about its offshore drilling platforms, put up several million dollars for a PR campaign to rebrand Louisiana's marshes as ‘America's Wetland.’")


“I agree that everyone needs to cooperate,” Barry said, “Unfortunately, the industry has not voluntarily done much.”


He then mounted a defense of the lawsuit in usual, methodical fashion: “Remember, in the permits they voluntarily agreed to restore what they damaged. State law requires them to do the same. But the oil companies haven't kept their word or obeyed the law. They want taxpayers to pay to fix what they destroyed.”


In the AWF survey, 90 percent agreed that the federal government should protect “coastal areas supplying energy to the U.S.”  It stopped short of asking whether the industry should carry financial responsibility, but 94 percent agreed that “Oil companies should cooperate with local and state governments to develop solutions to our energy and environmental problems.”


When asked how that cooperation might manifest itself, Coffee mentioned a focus group held by America’s Wetland in conjunction with the survey.   The group was representative of those polled. “They said if there are damages, then yes, they should pay,” she said.  The same group called for the administration of a pool of funds from all parties involved, including navigation, energy, and government interests.


A consensus for the long term is even less clear.  72 percent agreed in the AWF poll that climate change is a serious threat.  And 65 percent agreed that “Americans must learn to consume less of everything. It is the only way we can become energy independent and protect the quality of our environment.”  Coffee said “There’s probably a bigger disconnect between politicians and the public” when it comes to a changing climate.


Yet 84 percent in the AWF poll think that we can simultaneously drill for oil and protect the coast’s environment.  Asked about the public’s apparent ambivalence about oil, Coffee said Louisianians “want it all.”


“They want the oil industry here, and they also want a healthy environment.  And they think it’s reasonable to have both at the same time.”


When Louisiana’s coastal restoration plan was drafted during the Foster administration, it was the largest environmental initiative in the history of the country.  Coffee worked with Governor Foster in the nineties to educate a public that was largely unaware of the problem in the first place.  “The public did not understand the kind of crisis of land loss that we had here.”


The leap from general unawareness to a moniker like “the issue of our lifetime” is a giant one.   As Coffee says, the problem “has many layers to it,” and each layer is massive and intricate.  She says that things get murky when the public is confronted with some of those difficulties, like the possible impact that some initiatives can have on the oyster harvest.  She also said that questions like those in Restore Louisiana Now’s poll are often designed elicit specific responses. 


Dr. Bob Thomas, the director of Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communication, said of the polls, “I think the public understands there is a problem and that it will affect their lives.  At the same time, I don't think they understand how to make improvements happen.”


Of the two organizations’ differing messages, he said, “If they (America’s Wetland Foundation) had not gotten the money from Shell and taken all the steps they have, there are no guarantees that anyone else would have (or could have) picked up the ball at the same pace.”


“Obviously, the ties among these organizations and their combined communication efforts are quite complex.”



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