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Defender Picks



August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure


Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora




Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Play about first loves and second chances


I'm Listening

The Voodoo Lounge, 9PM

Comedy and psychoanalysis


Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle



Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph


Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom


August 19th

Mayoral Candidate Forum

First Presbyterian Church, 10AM

Youth-led event


610 Stompers Auditions

Harrah's, 10AM

Final day of auditions


Ameripolitan Festival

Siberia, 3PM

Day one of inaugural southern music fest


Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

More Fun Comics, 5:30PM

Chewbacchus subkrewes + Krewe of OAK


We Woke Up Like This

Ogden, 7PM

5th annual moms night out



House of Blues, 7PM

Beer and music festival


Mighty Brother

Gasa Gasa, 7PM

Homecoming show, feat. Micah McKeen, Deltaphpnic, SOF


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


Five Questions

Author Michael Allen Zell Talks New Novel and NOLA

Michael Allen Zell’s thrid book, Run Baby Run was just published by Lavender Ink. A slight departure from Zell’s previous work, Run Baby Run is a crime novel set in New Orleans. NoDef sat down with the author to gain some quick insight into the story and its relation to the City.


Describe your book in three sentences?

I’ll go with the official description that we developed. Criminologist Bobby Delery has just returned to New Orleans after decades away, and NOPD is begging for his help to find almost a million dollars stolen from a French Quarter club. He’s only one of many after the money, though. Thieves, church-goers, and everyone else ride the sweaty pace from the Ninth Ward to the foot of Canal Street.


Beyond the setting, how does New Orleans play into Run Baby Run?

New Orleans is essentially an ongoing character in each of these books. One review actually criticized me for too much geographical content. I want anyone who is born and raised here to recognize the details. The setting is a New Orleans that exists today, but also one that is heightened for the sense of this book. (It was a little bizarre that some elements of the book—that I considered absurd— have actually come to pass).


So, sense of place is key.


I want this to be a book that a person who lives here is able to read and enjoy. But in a different way, I think that it is important for someone who is visiting or has never to gain an understanding of the City. When I travel, I like to read crime fiction to get a sense of place.


For lagniappe, the protagonist, Delerey, shares a name with the last street in New Orleans.


How does the actual crime in New Orleans tie into the writing process?

Because New Orleans has crime at every level, both street crime and public corruption, any novel that takes a scope of New Orleans is a social novel or crime novel. Since this work is officially a crime novel, it is more forward. As far as anyone who is committing a crime or is a victim, one of my mantras was to find the dignity and indignity in each character to provide the full person. We all have our flaws and grey ideas. I am not trying to justify crime, but I am trying to understand why someone commits a crime.


I wanted something that could happen in the CIty, not a "ripped from the headlines," but something realistic along with the humor and the absurdity. And, form there I tried to let them go where they will.


This is definitely two cities as far as jobs, and hope, and neighborhoods are concerned. I tried to be respectful when writing about some of the communities that are not my own.


Which New Orleans books do you enjoy reading?

Obviously Confederacy Of Dunces. James Sallis . His books are labelled as crime fiction, but they are much more so about identify. Any of Rich Campanella's books are so well researched and interesting. Andrei Codrescu writing about the city is interesting. We have a really strong poetry scene here and rather than reading, going to events and hearing poets slam and recite is great.


Where do you go to write?

I recline on the bed with ten blank sheets of paper, my notes, and my cat cuddles up with me. I don’t type it. I just surround myself with my notes on the mattress and write it out longhand. I did all of my research and legwork in advance and then wrote 15 chapters in one month on the first draft. So, half a chapter a day.

Mind you, there were seven more drafts before I let readers look at it.


Run Baby Run can be purchased here.

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