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Defender Picks



April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town


Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler


One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil


Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band


What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


May 1st

May Day Strike and March

Louis Armstrong Park, 1PM

A protest for freedom, jobs, justice, and sanctuary for all


Movie Screening: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Peoples Health Jazz Market, 6:30PM

CNN presents event, with post-screening conversation with anchor Brooke Baldwin


WWOZ Piano Night

House of Blues, 7PM
Back to the roots


Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Treme club shifts its weekly show to the historic Carver Theatre


Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9:15PM

Evening of poetry with Chuck Perkins, plus live music



Blue Nile, 11PM

Famed brass all-stars play Frenchmen 




May 2nd


Ernest N. Morial Cenvention Center 

Kick off day of tech conference


United Bakery Records Revue

Marigny Recording Studio, 3PM

First annual showcase of the label's artists


GiveNOLA Fest

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 4:30PM

Music from Irma Thomas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Rebirth Brass Band


Tasting Tuesdays

343 Baronne St., 6:30PM

Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir



House of Blues, 7PM

Grammy-nominated French heavy metal 


Little Freddie King

Little Gem Saloon, 7:30PM

Stick around for Honey Island Swamp Band at 11PM


Neil Diamond

Smoothie King Center, 8PM

50th anniversary tour


The Mike Dillon Band

Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers


May 3rd

Book Reading: Michael Fry

Octavia Books, 4:30PM

From "How to Be A Supervillain" 


Flower Crown Workshop

Freda, 6PM

Hosted by Pistil & Stamen Flower Farm and Studio


Pete Fountain Tribute

Music at the Mint, 7PM

Feat. Tim Laughlin


Erica Falls

The Sanctuary, 8PM

CD release show


Piano Summit

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, and Tom McDermott


The New Pornographers

Tipitina's, 8PM

In support of newest album 'Whiteout Conditions'



Saenger Theatre, 8:30PM

Alt-rock icons


Piano Sessions Vol. 7

Blue Nile, 9PM

Feat. Ivan Neville


Twin Peaks

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Chrome Pony and Post Animal in support


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11:55PM

Next generation NOLA brass


Tribute to Lee Dorsey

Pres Hall, 12AM

With Jon Cleary, Benny Bloom, & Friends


May 4th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Weekend two kicks off


May the 4th Be With You

Tubby & Coo's, 4PM

Star Wars party


Jazz in the Park
Armstrong Park, 4PM

Russell Batiste and friends


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered 


Cuba to Congo Square Throwdown

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Live music, DJs, and dance


Mike Dillon

The Music Box Village, 6:30PM

Punk rock percussion


Herbs & Rituals

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Class for women's health


Shorty Fest

House of Blues, 7:30PM

Benefit concert for his namesake foundation


AllNight Show 

The Historic Carver Theater, 8PM

Feat. Ian Neville, Nikki Glaspie, SSHH feat. Zak Starkey of The Who


Jurassic 5

The Howlin Wolf, 9PM

Feat. Blackalicious


Foundation of Funk

Republic NOLA, 9PM

Feat. George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste


Jazz: In and Out

Music at the Mint, 9PM

Live music to benefit the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp

Jass Class

Baby Doll Dancers Take 100 Years of Satin and Sass to Old U.S. Mint

Though the Carnival season is long gone, the historic Baby Doll Ladies remain hard at work; entertaining, while educating us on a cherished local tradition. The ladies are popping up at various events around the city, and they’ve become part of the mainstay the celebration of Mardi Gras, post Hurricane Katrina. Now, some of the treasured stories told of the Baby Dolls from a century ago are coming to an entertainment stage.


Millisia White’s New Orleans Society of Dance present “Oh, Those Baby Doll Ladies’ Cabaret”, in association with the Louisiana State Museum and the Louisiana Museum Foundation. The three-part series begins May 31st, at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:45pm. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and $15 for seniors and students (with I.D.)


“Dancing the Jass: Era of The Pioneer Dolls (1912-1940)” is the first show of the three-part progression; series that chronicles the transformations of a century old, endearing Mardi Gras tradition of doll masquerading. The songs, dances and skits will take audiences back through time. Much of the show’s dialogue was taken from actual interviews done over 70 years ago by Federal Writer’s Project researcher; and native, Robert McKinney; who spoke to women who masked in the black community.


“You’ll see; through their words, how it all happened-how it all began,” NOSD founder Millisia White says. The interviews were done in 1940; some of the women interviewed were part of the Original Million Dollar Baby Dolls. They were in their late 50’s, early 60’s; so they were telling him how it was back in time around 1912. I get chills every time I go through the paperwork.”


White also served as co-curator of the January 2013 Louisiana State Museum’s exhibit, ‘They Call me Baby Doll.’ Act two: “To Die For: Era of the Traditional Dolls” (c. 1950-1980) will premier on June 14th, followed by Act three: “Resurrection Era of the Baby Doll Ladies” (c. 1990-present) which takes place on June 28th.


“After the first show, you’ll begin to identify with these characters- we pay homage to the pioneer dolls of that first era; The Million Dollar Baby Dolls, and how they became Baby Dolls.” White added.


The shows to follow will take audiences though the transition of the tradition; as family and neighborhood groups (such as the noted Batiste family), along with and S&P clubs carried the torch of masking into the 1950’s and 60’s, to the Resurrection era of the Baby Doll Ladies, in which Millisia White’s New Orleans Society of Dance continues the once dormant, but beloved practice, and a new generation of satin and sass is born.


The shows are true to the music, as well as the vernacular of the day. White states that although it was important to connect with today’s audience, authenticity was a priority.


“To me, it was important for people to get the facts. We were determined to remain as authentic as possible,” she said. “We had to include the slang; like in the title (Jass) which was used before the term Jazz was born and words like ‘chippy’. I want this experience to be exciting, but enlightening at the same time.”


White explained that the sounds of those times will be accompanied by visual montages from the era, courtesy of DJ Hektik. Some original music by DJ Hektik is incorporated in the show as well.


 “We want to encourage people to come back (to the second and third acts) and to continue to learn about the history and the different eras of the masking process,” White says. “We are so satisfied with the project, we hope everyone enjoys and appreciates it the way that we do. This was a growing experience for all of us-it pushed us, artistically. It’s going to be something to experience.”


Tickets to the shows can be purchased through



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Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.


Alexis Manrodt

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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