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Defender Picks



October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Like a Frock: Ragdoll a New Addition to Fabric of Magazine Street

by Ryan Sparks

A good merchant can always spot an untapped market, and while there’s no shortage of Crescent City shops where women can find a dress, not all of them have such a clear focus as Ragdoll, a new Uptown boutique at the corner of Magazine and Bellecastle Streets. Owner Rachel Roberts keeps her racks stocked with vintage-inspired frocks and shifts, colorful print dresses that evoke the style of 40’s and 50’s Americana.


She has an admitted personal affinity for the clothing style, but did her research while in college about whether she could turn a lifestyle into a business. Despite only visiting New Orleans a few times before moving from Memphis, she hit the bricks and discovered that not a lot of stores featured these unique dresses without the unique price. She felt it she’d found the best place to follow through on her vision.


“I chose the city for its unique character…and love of vintage and antique. Another thing I noticed the many times I visited New Orleans while planning my store was that everyone that lived here spoke so highly of the city," she said. "In most cities, there are the people that love the city and then those that just live there but really don't like it.  Everyone was so incredibly nice everywhere we went, whether it be a hole-in-the-wall pub or fine dining restaurant, and everyone did nothing but build up the city.” 


While she has found a readymade demographic waiting for her, she has tried to bring new interpretations of the hip housewife look to the city and offers a lot of labels that weren’t represented in the region yet, like Trollied Dolly from the UK and Kling from Madrid.  Despite being imported European takes on classic American looks, the prices all come in well under $100.  “I wanted a store where you didn’t just come in to buy one dress for an event,” she said. 


Ragdoll is a bright and sunny shop with lots of nods to its period-piece sensibility.  A vintage sewing machine table doubles as a jewelry display, other items are displayed on vintage buffets, dressers, end tables, or suitcases.  There’s even a jukebox with 50s tunes that Roberts hand pickedl. While the merchandise is inspired by the past, it never leans towards kitsch, and the shop fits in well alongside others of its caliber where things are fun but not cheap.  All of the jewelry and décor is handmade, and each line of beauty products boasts all-natural contents. 


Ragdoll is at 5235 Magazine Street, open Tue-Sat 11-7, and Sun 12-5.

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