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SAMEDI

July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA

 

Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food

 

National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more

 

Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party

 

Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes

 

Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green

 

New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now

 

Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots

 

HOUxNOLA

Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more

 

Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche

 

Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support

 

Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto

 

DIMANCHE

July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic

 

Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book

 

Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books

 

Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting

 

Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all

 

Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager

 

Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars

 

Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl

 

Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim

 

Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era

 

Church*

The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic


Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 2

Stay On The Health Kick With Tips from ILoveKickboxing



It’s the second week of the post-Carnival cleanse that the more faithful call Lenten. Those who gave up beer for Lent may struggle with St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, while everyone who swore off sweets might want to steer clear of all the St. Joseph’s Day altars around town. As part of our ongoing series, NoDef is calling upon a different health expert each week to ask for tips for the fit and faithful. By Easter, NoDef will have 40 tips for each day of the season. Laughing Lotus Yoga’s Dana Trixie Flynn started the series last week with some tips to ease people into mindful health practices. This week, Jenny Kern of ILoveKickboxing's New Orleans outpost offers her ten tips for getting in shape as well as some advice on how to stay strong during this booze-and-bread filled weekend. 

 

Kern is part of the managerial team at ILoveKickboxing (ILKB) — teaching classes, leading nutrition and diet groups, as well as handling the group's social media and marketing initiatives. Her love affair with kickboxing began following a massive leg injury that kept her barely moving for months, and the high-intensity workouts helped her to lose weight as well as strengthen her bones and regain muscle definition. 

 

In short, Kern knows what it’s like to start from square one with a workout routine. She transformed herself from someone who could barely stand on her own to a leading trainer at ILKB’s Pittsburgh location and now part of the founding team in New Orleans. 

 

The instructor offers some advice on how to get started with a workout routine and stay motivated as we approach St. Patty’s, St. Joseph’s, and festival season debauchery.  

 

A way to stay on track during times of temptation is to make use of fitness apps and diet trackers. “Logging what you feed your body helps you understand daily nutritional intake and will encourage you will make small tweaks every week to your diet and teach you portion control,” she said. 

 

The key is to understand that your fitness routine will take time to make into a habit. “Start with a few times a week if you’re not exercising,” said Kern. “Do something that feels like the best hour of your day, the ‘me time’ hour of your day.” 

 

Tip 1 - Start a new routine! Make a habit of it so you get in a rhythm, but you never want your workout to feel stale. Be careful not to overstretch your goals — instead, aim to gradually build up to them. 

Tip 2 - Add more protein to your diet. You should be making it a priority to eat your recommended dose before you allow yourself to indulge in any sweets or other cravings. Shifting your diet is one of the quickest ways to change the way your body looks. 

Tip 3 - Hydrate. Your body needs water — and probably needs more than you think. Try to get a gallon a day, and make sure to pace your intake. I like to pour myself 30 oz. of water first thing in the morning when muscles are most dehydrated. Invest in a nice water bottle so you're more likely to carry it around with you. 

Tip 4 - Get a workout buddy. It can be intimidating to start something new. Having a buddy can make it less daunting and you can keep each other on track by pushing each other to achieve your goals. 

Tip 5 - Be aware of what you are putting in your body. Learn about your dietary habits by recording your food in a journal or on a fitness tracker app like MyFitnessPal. 

Tip 6 - Catch some zzz's. Sleep is when your body heals and resets, and it affects all parts of our body — from muscle development and gastrointestinal functions to hormone, energy, and stress levels. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, check your environment. 

Tip 7 - Start your day with some stretches. I love using a foam roller — I taught myself how to roll out my back and legs by watching YouTube videos. With always being on my feet at work, a foam roller can help blood flow to tight areas. Even doing 5-7 minutes of simple yoga poses in the morning is enough to help improve your mobility throughout the day. 

Tip 8 - Lift weights, or kettlebells, or just something heavy. Resistance training, as long as it is controlled and safe, has so many awesome benefits. Not only do muscles get bigger and stronger, but bones get denser and stronger as well! Neuromuscular adapters and reactions firing from your brain to your muscles that create movement learn to fire faster. Your posture gets better, your hormone levels balance, it even helps you to burn calories faster. 

Tip 9 - Get moving! Cardio works to strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system, lowering everything from blood pressure and cholesterol to stress and hypertension. 

Tip 10 - Most importantly, find something FUN that you like to do that stays challenging and engaging during your workouts. I love kickboxing, but if group workout classes aren’t your thing, try a personal trainer. If that all sounds too scary, get started with workout DVDs or exercise streaming sites to help you build up a routine without having to leave your house! 

 

ILoveKickboxing’s NOLA outpost is located at 2100 Franklin Ave., check out their website here

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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