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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

Green Army's First March

Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré Leads Enivro Group Aiming to Influence Legislature

Retired Lieutenant General Russell Honoré got famous after Katrina for restoring a semblance of order to the streets of New Orleans.  Mayor C. Ray Nagin called him “one John Wayne dude,” and he was branded “the Ragin’ Cajun” for his bravado.


On the steps of the capitol on Saturday (March 8), the praises -- and the rage -- continued. Instead of looting and evacuations, he yelled about sinkholes and contaminated lakes. Then he played washboard to a Cajun band’s rendition of “Don’t Mess with my Bayou.”


It was the first ever Louisiana Water Festival – a rally to mark the beginning of the 2014 Legislative session, as well as a roll call for Honoré’s newly dubbed “Green Army.”  He taught the crowd “hooah” and hollered to the hundreds assembled. He dubbed speakers from various corners of the state’s environmental community “brigadier commanders” of the army. 


“Baton Rouge water is under attack!” Honoré yelled as he introduced Hayes Town, Jr., of Baton Rouge Citizens to Save Our Water, which contends that industry there has induced saltwater into drinking water aquifers. “The industry around Baton Rouge uses 80 million gallons of groundwater a day.  That’s 80 million,” said Town.  “It’s not really necessary.  They could get the water out the river just as the plants do below Baton Rouge.”


The goals of the groups varied with their geography, from the Baton Rouge aquifer to the salt caverns of Assumption Parish, but, in most cases, the focus was on the state’s historically cozy relationship with industry. 


“The influence of the oil and gas bidness brings a lot of jobs to Louisiana,” Honoré conceded between speeches by the Ouachita Riverkeeper and Sandy Rosenthal of Then he went on the offensive, apparently against Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) who has filed bills to halt recent legislation against 99 oil and gas companies that plaintiffs allege have caused damage to the coast. 


“A law of recusal would not allow this man to do his bidness on the senate floor!,” Honoré hollered.  “That must stop!  He is the CEO of a gas company that will do everything to kill anything in every committee that might threaten him and his buddies from getting richer and richer and richer.” 


That sentiment was echoed by many of the speakers, including Byron Encalade of the Louisiana Oystermen Association. 


“If we don’t have clean water coming down this river, these coastal communities can’t survive and then we’re going to have to change the name of our state. It’s no longer gonna be the Bayou State.  They gonna call it the earl company state. Because this building may be owned by us, but it’s being run by earl and gas companies. Make no mistake about it,” he said.


Both John Barry, a former officer with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, and Steve Murchie of the Gulf Restoration Network, used the podium to advance the oil and gas canal lawsuits. 


“400 to 600 square miles of wetlands have been lost due to the oil and gas industry,” Murchie said. “And instead of our governor and our state legislature expecting the oil and gas industry to fix the coast they broke, we are going to spend 61 million dollars of our taxpayer money this year as part of the annual plan to plug oil and gas canals.  Those oil and gas canals, those companies ought to be fixing (them), not us taxpayers.”


The three hundred in the crowd came in buses from Lafayette and New Orleans, as well as the Baton Rouge area.  A few waved “green army” versions of the Louisiana state flag.  One man’s sign said, “Fix dat coast.”


Katrina-level emotions ran high when Glo Conlin, a resident of Bayou Corne, talked about her displacement due to the ongoing sinkhole disaster in Assumption Parish, which began in 2012. “I want to tell you as a Mimi.  I’m a Mimi, with rose colored glasses…When you leave, and you go home tonight, just imagine if you your children and your grandchildren could never go back to your home again.  Just imagine that.  And that’s where we are.  And any help would be appreciated,” she said in tears.


Representatives of Louisiana’s energy sector haven’t ignored the efforts of Honoré’s Green Army.  Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, recently said at a luncheon in Lafayette, “We are under attack from these people, and we have to push back.”


Tulane environmental law professor Oliver Houck calls the Green Army’s presence “new and impressive.”


“Starting with the BP blowout and continuing with the levee board case and a series of oil and chemical mishaps, the god-like status of the industry is waning,” Houck said.  But, recognizing the history of the state, he says it could take years for the legislature to shift its attitude towards natural resources.  He says that realistically, the change “may be driven forward as much by economic imperatives as environmental ones, including saving New Orleans and getting a fair share of now-exempted and squandered oil and gas revenues.”


The legislative session began Monday and ends June 2.  

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