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Defender Picks



December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

Finger Lickin' Wings Closes, 10th Ward Buck Talks

Bounce artist 10th Ward Buck has taken on a political campaign, an autobiography, and even a theatre production at the Joy. However, the entrepreneur met his match when he opened Finger Lickin’ Wings (739 Jackson Avenue) in his native neighborhood. Buck recently closed up shop at the corner of Jackson and Annunciation, and he cites his lack of liquor license as the primary factor in his decision.


Buck’s birth name is Marlon Horton, which District B residents might recognize from the restaurateur’s City Council Campaign. Part of Horton’s motivation for running was to secure a liquor license, but politics proved hostile to his cause.


“One thing leads to another with [members of the City Council]. A bunch of people that’s not even near my restaurant, don’t even stay around there, they made that decision,” said Horton.  


When Horton opened his restaurant in 2010, he threw a block party to celebrate his transition from bounce to business. According to Horton, the outdoor event was permitted and totally legal. However, he said he received backlash from the neighbors that set the tone for his stay at 739 Jackson Street.


“I gave one block party and they’re all going crazy over it,” said Horton.


Horton believes the politics of permitting played a role in him losing his battle. “The day I applied for my alcohol license it was the day I just started losing business. Period,” said Horton.


When he took his fight to Council President Stacy Head, Horton said he began to lose customers.


“The majority, maybe 75 percent of my business was white. When I started fighting against Stacy Head, that window got smaller,” said Horton.


Ultimately, Horton said, people want beer with their chicken, especially on game days. “There are people coming who want to watch the football game,” said Horton. “Unfortunately for me I didn’t have that alcohol.”


Horton said many of his regulars would head to Juan’s Flying Burrito and other nearby businesses on Magazine for game days. “Those were my customers on a regular day,” said Horton. “On a game day they’d come in and say ‘when you going to get that alcohol license,’” Horton explained.


Nothing is definite, but Horton hopes to draw from his experiences on Jackson and use his new wisdom to open another restaurant one day. “I took a loss, a big dive,” said Horton. “I want to thank everybody for the support,” he said.

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