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July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singin' In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



Little Freddie King 

d.b.a., 10PM

Delta blues legend


July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames


Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga


Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil


Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship


Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more



Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club


Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB


Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi


Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 


July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow


Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees


Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker


Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday


Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social



Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece


July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle


Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program


Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege


Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot


August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 


Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo


Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series


August 1st

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

The Spotted Cat, 6PM

Jazz singer with a vintage twist


Yoga at the Windchime Tree

Singing Oak, 6PM

Jai Bhakti Yoga class


Big Easy Rollergirls

3632 Desire Pkwy., 6:30PM

Open scrimmage


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars return home


Nite Jewel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf Bar, 10:30PM

Grammy-winning brass band


August 2nd

Melt & Pour Soap Making 101

Central City Library, 5:30PM

Basics of soap making


Kitchen Medicine: The Root of Health 
Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Health starts in the kitchen 



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Jimmy Eat World


Volunteer Interest & Members Meeting

Nola Community Printshop, 7:30PM

Monthly meeting


Dirty Dancing

Second Line Brewing, 8PM

Nobody puts baby in the corner


Police Squad

Bar Redux, 9PM

Noir parody night with New Orleans Film Noir Society


Walter “Wolfman” Washington

d.b.a., 10PM

Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week

Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 1

Founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Offers Tips for Getting Fit During Lent

For most locals, New Year resolutions are oft-overlooked in anticipation of Carnival season, with ‘new year, new you’ promises replaced with Lenten sacrifices. While some simply swear off one vice for 40 days and 40 nights, others take this time as an opportunity for holistic self improvement. Each week, NoDef will call upon a different health expert in New Orleans to ask for tips for the fit and faithful. By Easter, NoDef will have 40 tips for each day of the season. 


Dana Trixie Flynn is a globally celebrated figure in yoga, a social activist, and the founder and owner behind Laughing Lotus, a nationwide yoga studio with locations in New York City, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and most recently New Orleans. The idea for her newest outpost dubbed The Church of Yoga, a nonprofit studio now open in the 7th Ward, came to Flynn when she had no plans to open a location in the Big Easy. Its location, a former Baptist Church, felt kismet. “Many people go to church to feel the spirit and be uplifted, to sing and feel joy,” said Flynn. “Yoga is the same, it means to bring together and the practices are designed to find joy in your life.”  


Flynn has practiced yoga for 25 years, and she said that regular practice not only offers health benefits like increased flexibility and muscle definition, but improves all aspects of life. "Whatever you are devoted to, yoga will deepen your love and devotion to it," she said. Mindful breathwork, calling attention to how your body moves and hold itself, meditative reflection of the self are all key yogic tenets — "simple practices" that can benefit everything from your romantic relationships to your productivity at the office. 


In New Orleans, post-Carnival season offers an opportunity for self improvement, for Lenten observers and non believers alike. The New Yorker-turned-New Orleanian noted that yoga offers a good first step toward making positive changes in your life without getting too hung up on the specifics of the results, whether it be numbers on the scale or inches taken off your hips. "Yoga helps a lot with acceptance and surrender, taking the action and letting go of the results," she shared.  


This week's tips not only help the novice yoga practictioner get their stretch on — these 10 points encourage a full assessment of unhealthy habits and offer a chance to hit the reset button. As Flynn said, "it's a spiritual program of action."  


Tip 1 - Surround yourself with good people, move away from those that suck from you.

Tip 2 - Practice gratitude.

Tip 3 - Be aware of your breath when you wake up and sit with this movement of it in and out. Feel its WONDER. You might even say “thank” on the inhale, “you” on the exhale.

Tip 4 - Alcohol is so old school. Freshen up your drinking with juices, more water, and activities that are fun and uplifting — sans booze.

Tip 5 - Keep an open mind. You may try your first yoga class and not like your teacher’s voice or the smell of the mat, et cetera. Try three different classes or teachers before deciding if it’s for you.

Tip 6 - Think about how you wish to define yoga. Yoga is a big metaphor for your life. So, how shall you define it? The connection between body and mind to connect with the infinite, sacred, god, soul? Or is it something completely different to you? 

Tip 7 - Let your self be new! Drink the Kool Aid. Om Namaste, salute the sun. Be like bamboo — bend this way and that way. Experience more strength and flexibility on the mat and all your relationships. Remember — listening and learning is RAD! 

Tip 8 - Figure out how FREE do you want to be. Yoga is the practice of being wild and free.

Tip 9 - Change your perspective. Maybe even stand on your head and change how you see the world and see yourself in it.

Tip 10 - Don’t quit until you have tasted Savasana. Mad BLISS y’all! 


The Church of Yoga is located at 1480 North Rocheblave St., check out the class schedule here

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