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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


La Fest en Rose

French Film Festival Offers Classics, Premieres, and More

Starting this week, francophiles and cinephiles alike can support l’art pour l’art as the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) presents the 20th annual French Film Festival. Running Friday (4.21) through Thursday (4.27) at the Prytania Theatre, the fest highlights the crème de la crème of current and classic French cinema, with features starring the likes of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve and former vampire Kristen Stewart. 


The fest is in collaboration with the Consulat Général de France á la Nouvelle-Orléans and the Prytania, with partial sponsorship from TV5Monde. Over the last two decades, the festival has evolved from a single weekend afternoon to a full week of programs, boasting everything from film premieres and retrospectives to lectures and language classes. 


For 2017, the fest shifted from its traditional run during late summer to the height of festival season in New Orleans. According to John Desplas, NOFS founding member and Artistic Director Emeritus, the timing is serendipitous as it grants an exciting lineup of foreign films to have their local Louisiana premieres before summertime mainstream releases. “People seem to be intimidated by foreign language films, or they think they will be something ‘good for you,’ like taking your medicine,” said Desplas. “But these films involve you in more than just simple sensationalism. They don’t insult your intelligence, and there’s a dearth of that these days.” The programs on the lineup run the gamut from tales of French royalty, World War I, and supernatural shoppers to Technicolor musicals, fashionable French children, and Oscar-nominated animations. 


Kicking off the festival is Frantz, a post-WWI romance drama between French war veteran Adrien and Anna, a young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during the war. Desplas noted his excitement for the premiere of this film, directed by François Ozon whose works have previously appeared at the French Film Fest in 2013 (In the House) and 2015 (The New Girlfriend). From its trailer, Frantz appears evocative of the landmark French New Wave film Hiroshima, mon amour for its use of flashbacks and the thematic motif of national tragedies as a way to bridge emotional disconnections.  


The festival will also feature a mini-retrospective of Jacques Demy, who was showcased three years prior at the festival. “Demy is an under-appreciated figure in French cinema,” said Desplas of the director who emerged in the same generation as Godard, Truffaut, Resnais, among others. “Yet the denouement in his works is unrivaled. The world he creates in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, for instance, is incredibly difficult to pull off.” Demi’s beloved musical romance tells the story of star-crossed lovers Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo — and served as a leading influence for the recent hit La La Land. Another of Demy’s flicks, the enchanting Two Girls of Rochefort, showcases real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac in musical adventures alongside Hollywood icon Gene Kelly. 


The historic Prytania, the oldest single-screen movie theatre still operating in Louisiana, is known for its weekly matinee series of classic flicks — on Sunday/Wednesday at 10AM, the 1957 film Love in the Afternoon will serve double duty as both Prytania’s matinee movie of the week and as part of the French Film Fest. The Billy Wilder movie is based on the French novel “Ariane, jeune fille russe,” and features Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, and Maurice Chevalier.  


Closing the festival is Personal Shopper, which stars Kristen Stewart as an American in Paris employed as a personal shopper for a celebrity while also seeming to be able to communicate with the dead. It is the second collaboration between Stewart and director Olivier Assayas, who last collaborated on the film industry takedown Clouds of Sils Maria, which won Stewart the César Award (known as the French version of Oscars). 


The 2017 program will also feature a free lecture from Loyola University professor Mike Miley on Sunday evening. Miley will discuss the career of Jean-Pierre Léaud, the undisputed leading man of the French New Wave film movement known for his collaborations with François Truffaut (the Antoine Doinel series, which started with the iconic film The 400 Blows) and Jean-Luc Godard (Masculin Féminin, Made in U.S.A., and La Chinoise). A screening of Léaud’s most recent film The Death of Louis XIV will follow Miley’s lecture. “Film will always be the centerpiece of the festival, but we continue to try to enhance the experience,” explained Desplas. “In years past, we’ve started with music before certain films. We always want to add something else to the experience of the festival. The festival is an event, not just movie screenings.” Additional offerings this year include French language classes taught by Manon Bellet of le française á la carte, as well as French-themed live music before select films. Local talents Helen Gillet and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes are set to perform and opera music courtesy of the New Orleans Opera Association will precede screenings on the opening night, Saturday, Sunday, and the closing night. 


For a full schedule with descriptions of the films, visit the Film Society website. Individual tickets run $9 for NOFS and Prytania members / $11 for non-members. Opening night and closing night tickets are $11 for NOFS and Prytania members / $13 for non-members. A fest pass, which grants access to all screenings, will run $70 for Prytania and Film Society members and $85 for non-members. 

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