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Defender Picks



August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 3

Orangetheory Fitness Coach Shares Diet & Exercise Insights

We’re approaching the end of the post-Carnival cleanse that the more faithful call Lenten. 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. In the past few weeks, Laughing Lotus Yoga’s Dana Trixie Flynn and Jenny Kern of ILoveKickboxing have shared their health tips. This week, personal trainer Cat Forman offers her ten tips for getting in shape as well as some pointers to eating more sensibly without depriving yourself. 


At 26 years old, Forman is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified trainer, holds certification in Crossfit as well as working as a coach at Orangetheory Fitness’s new Uptown studio. Her health journey has defined half of her life. “From the time I turned 13, I have done step aerobics, Pilates, Spinning, Bootcamps galore, group fitness classes, swimming, water aerobics, marathon training, weight lifting, Olympic lifting, rowing,” she said. “You name it, I've probably done it.” Having done the firsthand research, she finds Orangetheory’s unique program design to align best with her goals. Since starting the workout program herself, “I cut my mile time in half — not to mention dropping a little weight too.” 


So, what exactly is Orangetheory? Allow Forman to spread the orange. “[It’s] a heart rate-based workout which will raise energy levels, promote cardiovascular health, better quality sleep and most importantly, help people reach their fitness goals.” The high-intensity interval training program mixes cardio and strength training, all synced to a heart rate monitor to track your intensity and improvement. The 60-minute sessions are ideal for anyone with short attention spans, wants a full body workout in a short period of time, or just wants a little more excitement to their exercise than the monotony of running on a treadmill. Forman has seen the results from all different members, “from those who may not have exercised at all, ever, to elite athletes.” 


For the fit and the faithful, the truly successful health journeys come from people who view their commitment to diet and exercise as a marriage, not a fling. The best plan of action is just that — coming up with a plan. More importantly, sticking to the plan. Forman admonishes crash diets and crazy workouts, instead favoring long term fitness goals. She also emphasizes the importance of being aware of what you consume. “You can’t out train a bad diet,” she said. Forman tells clients to follow the S.M.A.R.T. guidelines when it comes to designing a new fitness routine. Her fitness motto comes from the famed British writer William Golding: "Without a plan, there is no attack! Without attack, no victory!" 


Fitness Tips 1-5 (S.M.A.R.T.)

S - Specific - Not just "oh I want to lose weight," but "I want to lose 5 pounds this month." Instead of saying, "I want to tone my tush," try, "I will work towards increasing my deadlift by 10lbs this month." 

M - Manageable - Telling yourself "I'm going to go to Orangetheory classes every day for the next two months" is not the way to start. I love the enthusiasm, but does that sound manageable to you? No, because it's not! 

A - Attainable - Make a plan. Stick to it. Small actions every day will lead to better results. But you have to have a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It's that simple. 

R - Realistic - Losing 20lbs in a month? Not realistic. Losing 1-2lbs per week? Completely doable. And healthy. And most importantly, safe! 

T - Timely - Setting a realistic time frame is key to successful goal planning. If there is no time limit, you do not create a sense of urgency. If no sense of urgency is created, guess what? The likelihood of achieving your goal diminishes greatly. 


Diet Tips 1-5

Tip 1 - All or nothing approaches never work. They might temporarily help you lose a few pounds, but they are not sustainable, and chances are that anything you lose you will gain right back. Usually plus some, too. 

Tip 2 - Overly processed food - no bueno. The more ingredients on the box, the less healthy it is. 

Tip 3 - Shop the perimeter of the supermarket- fruits, veggies and quality protein sources. 

Tip 4 - Eating out has the potential to completely derail your healthy eating habits. But if you have to, always go for lean protein and greens - always a good choice! 

Tip 5 - Every once in a while, treat yourself. Be aware of your body and what it's telling you. very time I feel like I might eat stuff out of boredom (usually junk), I drink a big glass of water- presto! Junk food craving gone! But if I really want something, I don't deprive myself of it. Don't go bananas, but if you don't stop and smell the roses, your fitness journey won't be as sweet. 


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