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Defender Picks



June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Green with Revelry

St. Patrick's Day 2011 Brings Little Respite From Partying, New Location for Block Party

Have a glass of water now that Mardi Gras is over, because here comes St. Patrick’s Day.


The celebration ramps up today in the Irish Channel, a week before the holiday. The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club will host its 62nd parade at 1pm on the corner of Felicity and Magazine Sts., following their annual Mass held at St. Mary’s Assumption Church. The floatmakers at Blaine Kern Studios haven't even had a week since the end of Carnival, but their works will be rolling nonetheless. Riders in green derby hats will pelt parade-goers with potatoes, onions, carrots, and the much-desired heads of cabbage. The loudest and luckiest will have the ingredients to make Irish stew - a perfect next-day ailment for all that green beer. The boys of the Irish Channel Corner Club will blow kisses to the girls, while the N.Y.F.D. Emerald Society blows bagpipes to the sky. Carnations will fall from the clouds.


New Orleans began celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 1809, soon after the first wave of Irish immigrants came here fleeing British persecution in the late 1700s. The Irish were attracted to New Orleans because its French and Spanish residents shared Catholic traditions and a distaste for the British accent. The famine in Ireland in the early 1800s drove more waves of Irish immigrants to New Orleans’ thriving port, where they labored as dockworkers under poor conditions and lived predominantly in the Irish Channel. The City Planning Commission defines the Irish Channel boundaries from Magazine Street to the north, 1st Street to the east, the Mississippi River to the south and Toldeano to the west. Just as the Irish Channel is no longer an Irish neighborhood, St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans is not only celebrated by the Irish. The 1,400 members of the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club are ethnically diverse, with strong ties to the Irish Channel neighborhood.


On the day itself, the annual St. Patty’s Day block party (March 17) has traditionally been held in front of Parasol’s Bar on Third and Constance, but the famed corner bar and po-boy shop switched hands in August of last year. Jeffrey and Jaimee Carreras, the owners of the business since 1998, moved to 2604 Magazine Street
(formerly the Irish Garden), brought their roast beef po-boys with them, and reopened as Tracey’s. The name comes from a bar that once occupied the building on Third and Constance before Parasol’s opened there in 1952. The original Tracey’s relocated to 2604 Magazine Street in 1949, where the Carrera’s have resurrected its name. Perhaps not coincidentally, Tracey's is also on today's parade route.


By the powers-that-be (perhaps the leprechauns), this year’s block party on
St. Patrick’s Day will be held on Magazine Street in front of Tracey’s, instead of at Parasol’s, starting at 11am. There will be green beer, jell-o shots, corned beef, cabbage, and those famous roast beef po-boys.


The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club hosts its own block party on Thursday, March 17, 2011,  for its tenth year, in Annunciation Square, all-day, benefitting St. Michael’s Special School.


Below Canal St. on St. Patrick's Day, the Downtown Irish Club Parade starts at 7pm, beginning on the corner of Burgundy and Piety, and ending on Bourbon St.


Then comes St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th. Prior to the 1880-1920 great
migration, Louisiana had the largest Italian immigrant population in the
United States, according to the 1850 Census. In the late 1800s, New Orleans
was a major port of entry for Sicilian immigrants; and now the Feast of St.
Joseph is celebrated citywide.


Out in Metairie, the Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade celebrates both traditions and has two Grand Marshalls – one Irish, one Italian. Eddie Renton Sr., an Irish,
founded it in 1983, while he was the president of the Krewe of Zeus. He had
expanded the Krewe of Zeus to become the largest marching club in the metro
area. Then when the Zeus Marchers were asked not to return to the Metairie
St. Patrick’s Day Parade because the Krewe had grown too large, Renton Sr.
got together with his many Italian friends and started the annual Irish-Italian Parade. The parade will roll at noon on Sunday, March 20, 2011, on its traditional march down Veterans Hwy.


But that's not the only mix of ethnicities on St. Patrick's Day. When Canary Islanders migrated to Louisiana under the Spanish crown between
1778 and 1783, they founded St. Bernard Parish. The parish’s geographical
quarantine from the rest of the city helped the Isleños to preserve their
language and traditions. Isleños here have maintained close ties with family
in the Canary Islands to this day. All bundled up in one, the St. Bernard Irish Italian Isleños Parade will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at noon, starting and ending at the Civic Auditorium, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

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