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Defender Picks



October 6th


Mardi Gras World, 8p.m.

Latch, Help Me Lose My Mind musicians



Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Flick about child assassins


Night Bus to the Afterlife

Columns Hotel, 7p.m.

Mortality and the Gulf South


Tommy Malone

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Nola native guitarist


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

This week ft. WATIV


October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Family of Unarmed Man Killed by Police Sues City, NOPD

For the second time in a week, the New Orleans Police Department and the City are facing a federal lawsuit over the killing of a citizen by a police officer. The family of Wendell Allen, who was killed by an officer while standing unarmed and shirtless in his mother's Gentilly home on March 7, 2012, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week against the NOPD, the City and the officer who shot the 20-year-old.



Allen was shot to death while police were serving a search warrant on his mother's Prentiss St. home in connection with reports of the house being connected to marijuana dealing.



Police broke into the house, where five children under the age of 18 were present. The officers pointed the guns in the kids' faces, and told them to back up, raise their hands and face the wall. Allen, who was resting in his brother's room on the second story of the home, then came to the stairs to see what the commotion was about. Once he was at the top of the stairs, Officer Colclough fatally shot Allen with a single bullet to the chest. 



Allen's brother Davin Allen and and 19-year-old Brandon Boles were arrested after Allen was killed. Outside the home, officers later arrested the target of the investigation, Troy Deemer, and booked him on drug possession charges.



In August, Colclough was indicted for manslaughter in connection with the case. The suit alleges Wendell Allen was never tied to marijuana crimes.



Wendell Allen's death is described as "senseless" and a "horrible tragedy" in court papers. In the suit, Wendell Allen is described as a former basketball star at Frederick Douglass High School, and an "energetic, positive, outgoing young person." Allen took a job with Richard's Disposal after attending Navarro College in Texas for a short time after graduation. 




The suit alleges authorities haven't been forthcoming with information about Allen's death, and failed to properly train Colclough for such situations. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the family, survivor's damages for Wendell Allen's mother Natasha Allen, as well as damages for the children. The suit also seeks injunctive relief in the form of ballistic, medical and forensic evidence related to the case. The material was shown to the Grand Jury that indicted Colclough, the suit states.




The week stretch of lawsuits in the deaths of Justin Sipp and Wendell Allen mimic the seven-day period around the same time in 2012 that saw the two men killed. Last week, Justin Sipp's family filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging wrongful death in the Mid-City traffic stop that turned deadly on March 1, 2012.



The NOPD does not comment on pending litigation.

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