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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



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



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



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

French Quarter Joan of Arc Statue Defaced

Updated Thursday (5.4), 11:15AM


On Wednesday night (5.3), a new development was made in the city’s ongoing issue with the monuments when French Quarter residents and workers discovered that the beloved Joan of Arc statue was vandalized by unknown perpetrators. 


The preservation of the city’s monuments has been an ongoing issue in New Orleans, with residents taking divisive stances regarding whether a group of Confederate statues should remain installed around the city or moved to museum facilities. 


The vandalization was a shocking new chapter in the contentious narrative — up until now, most of the strife was centered around the community trying to stop the City of New Orleans from the massive take down project.


This symbolic offense touches on another part of New Orleans's vast history: the connection to France. The golden bronze statue is installed in the heart of the Quarter at the Place de Frace near the French Market, gifted by France to the citizens of New Orleans in 1972. 


The Joan of Arc statue also offers one of the few female representations in statue form, occupying a part in the small faction of monuments dedicated to underrepresented and minority peoples. 


“It’s a great disappointment as Joan of Arc has nothing to do with New Orleans or American history,” Amy Kirk, President and Founder of The Joan of Arc Project which organizes the annual Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc parade, told NoDef. "She is beyond the current issues of New Orleans [with the monuments]. She unified and did not divide. She was a girl who fought for her country, and fought for her own personhood. There is a universal truth about Joan of Arc’s idealism and strength — one that has nothing to do with politics.” 


New Orleans resident Mark Couvillon shared an image of the vandalism with NoDef. 



As of 10AM, the graffiti had been washed away by the city, though faint traces of the paint are still clearly visible. 


Stay with NoDef for updates. 

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