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Defender Picks



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

Krewe of Alla Moving to Uptown Parade Route for Mardi Gras 2014

The West-East migration of Mardi Gras krewes is set to continue in 2014, as one of Carnival's oldest parading groups will appear for the first time on St. Charles Ave. Citing problems attracting members, the Krewe of Alla announced it is moving its parade to the Uptown route next year.


The new parade will take place Feb. 23, 2014, at 1 p.m. That puts Alla in its usual time on the first weekend of Uptown parades, but locates it between the Krewe of King Arthur and the Krewe of Carrollton. That leaves 


The krewe's membership has been dwindling since the Federal Flood. Once 600 strong, the parading group now has about 175 members, according to secretary Frank Borne.


The move follows the all-female Krewe of Cleopatra's move to the Uptown route last year. Now, the Mystic Knights of Adonis and Krewe of NOMTOC will be the only remaining Algiers-based parades. The Krewe of Grela also parades in Gretna on Fat Tuesday.


At the beginning of April, the 80-year-old krewe put out a call for members, saying that it needed 200 riders to remain sustainable on its traditional West Bank route. The krewe got response from potential new members, but they received more interest about riding on the Uptown route. Over the last two months, the krewe received no dues from new members, and many current members withheld their dues while uncertaintly loomed over where the krewe would parade.


"Alla is certain that by altering its route it will be in the position it needs in order to attract and retain the riding members who are absolutely essential to the survival of any Carnival krewe," a statement from the krewe said.


Founded in 1932, Alla counts itself as New Orleans fifth-oldest parade krewe. Initially parading in Algiers, the krewe expanded to include Gretna and Terrytown over the years.


“We started in the height of the Depression in 1932, we were one of the first Krewes to use super-floats, with our Alligator float once being the longest Mardi Gras float…our heritage is in the West Bank and we want to keep it there for the community,” Alla Secretary Frank Bourne told NoDef.


Those who wish to ride in Alla on the Uptown route should contact Courtney Barousse, treasurer, at, Frank Borne, secretary, at, or John Beninate, captain, at Membership dues cost $450.



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