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Defender Picks



December 1st

Pelicans v. Grizzlies

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Memphis takes on Nola


The Art of Giving

Ogden Museum, 5p.m.

A holiday shopping events


Until The Beat Stops

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

A novel by Stella Mowen


Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Compilation by Mark Yakich



Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit


December 2nd

Tank and The Bangas Backyard Hangout

1032 St. Maurice St., 6p.m.

Also ft. The Original Pinettes Brass Band


A Dark and Stormy Night

The Arbor Room, 6:30p.m.

An evening of cocktails and ghost stories


Pelicans v. Rockets

Toyota Center, 7p.m.

Nola heads to Houston


Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Compliation of writing about “arriving”


Cas Haley

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

In the Den


December 3rd

Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. Roman Street


Prism Break

Zeitgeist, 6p.m.

An interactive video installation


The Butlers of Iberville Parish

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Dunboyne Plantation in the 1800s


An Evening with Lusher’s Creative Writing Program

Maple Street Book Shop, 5:30p.m.

Students read from their original work


December 4th

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

Carroll Gallery, 10a.m.

Ft. works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and more



Home for the Holidays

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 8p.m.

Fundraiser honoring returned Nola homeowners


The Soul Stoned Fest

The Willow, 8:30p.m.

Art, music and visuals


Doombalaya & CakeWalk

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

A couple Nola bands jam for the weekend


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Smoothie King Center, 8:30p.m.

Cleveland comes to New Orelans


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

This week ft. Artist Perspective with John Barnes


December 5th

St. Nicholas Day Fair

French Market, 10a.m.

Ft. the Saint Nick Secondline, facepaint and more


Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Algiers Ferry Landing, 5p.m.

“A Riverfront Holiday Celebration”


12 Brews of Christmas

House of Blues, 6p.m.

$20 to taste 12 seasonal beers


NOLA Polar Express

Freret St. Publiq House, 8p.m.

Benefit for CASA New Orleans


3rd Annual Krampus Gras

The Voodoo Lounge, 10p.m.

Dancing, drinking and fundraising for Planned Parenthood


December 6th

White Christmas

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Holiday Movie Series


Saints v. Panthers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3:25p.m.

Carolina comes to Nola


Bikes Vs. Cars

Zeitgeist, 9p.m.

Bikes for change



Saenger, 2p.m.;7:30p.m.

Broadway smash-hit

High Ranks for NOLA in Biking, Fatalities

New Orleans is a top 10 city for bike commuting, but also ranks in the top 5 for bicycle fatalities, according to a new report.  The Alliance for Biking and Walking's recently released Benchmark Report compiled data for 52 U.S. cities. The Crescent City jumped from 10th to 8th in the number of people who biked to work. According to a repackaging of the data by, New Orleans ranked 5th in the number of bicycle fatalities over a two year period.


According to the report, 2.3 percent of cyclists in New Orleans commute to work. Portland, Oregon, has the highest number of biking commuters, with 6.1 percent.


New Orleans also ranked 7th in per capita spending on projects that will encourage biking and walking, the report states. The ranking follows a year that saw new bike lanes  as part of major repaving projects on Esplanade, Orleans Ave. and Carrollton Ave. The Lafitte Greenway, a bike-and-walk path which will connect the French Quarter to Lake Pontchartrain, further shows the commitment.


Along with the increased cycling, however, accidents and even attacks remain a reality in the Crescent City. The data shows New Orleans 5th out of 52 cities in bicyclist fatalities over a two-year period.


The city saw 5.54 bicyclist deaths per million residents between 2009 and 2011, the data indicates. Phoenix recorded the highest rate of fatalities with 6.12, according to the Vox feature, which repackaged data from a report issued by. The other cities in the top 5 were Mesa, Az., Fresno, Ca., and Jacksonville, Fla.


Over the last two months, two bicyclists have died in accidents, according to NOPD. On April 11, Atlanta firefighter Frank Guinn was killed while training for an Ironman competition on Chef Menteur Highway when a car rear ended his group. Howard Vidrine, 33, was later arrested in connection with the crash.


On Feb. 26,  a 50-year-old bicyclist was killed in the Bywater near the corner of St. Claude and Pauline St. when he crossed into the roadway.


Despite the recent news, the increased ranks will only serve to keep bikers and walkers safer, according to the Alliance.


"The cities where there are more walking to work are also the cities where there tend to be lower pedestrian fatality rates," said Alliance Communications Director Mary Lauran Hall, who indicated that the correlation also plays out for bikers. "It's really a safety in numbers phenomenon."


With the increased numbers also comes fewer chances for an accident, Hall said.


"If there are more people walking, then that means one person on foot might be one less car sitting in traffic on the street," she said.

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