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Defender Picks



November 26th


Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games



Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

American indie film


Ed Volker

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

The Radiators lead man


The Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Ft. Johnny Vidacovich and special guests


Cornhole Thursdays in the Courtyard

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Celebrate Turkey Day with cornhole


November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Monster Lawsuit

Godzilla Creator Sues NOLA Brewing Over 'Mechahopzilla' Name

Godzilla has never apologized for preying on the micro, and the movie monster's creator apparently follows the same tenet.


Toho Co., which created the monster and owns the trademark to Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, among other destruction-inclined beasts, filed suit Friday against NOLA Brewing for trademark infringement. In a complaint filed in federal court, the Japanese company claims NOLA Brewing's Mechahopzilla improperly copies the image of Mechagodzilla, and improperly uses the name based on mechagodzilla.


Toho Co. argues that the monster shown on Mechahopzilla cans and tap handles is "virtually identical" to Mechagodzilla. The company argues that the creatures are both "large, two-footed creature with a powerful swooping tail and robot-like appearance." Throughout the complaint, the company uses multiple pictures of Mechagodzilla and NOLA Brewing packaging to illustrate its point.


In the Godzilla film series, Mechagodzilla is the robot nemesis of Godzilla, appearing in such films as Godzilla v. Mechagodzilla and Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla. The suit demands that NOLA Brewing cease and desist using the name, and seeks relief for federal trademark infringement, as well as creating confusion in the marketplace. Toho also requests that NOLA Brewing's trademark application be denied.


NOLA Brewing released mechahopzilla in late summer 2012. The imperial IPA is 8.8 percent alcohol by volume, and packs a pontent, hop-fueled flavor. The beer is part of the Tchoupitoulas Street brewery's imperial series.


NOLA Brewing President Kirk Coco told NoDef that the company has yet to be served with papers about the lawsuit.

After checking the U.S. trademark office and seeing that the Mechahopzilla name was not already taken, Coco said his company filed to secure the name for the beer as soon as it was released.


"We did everything exactly legally how you're supposed to do it," he said.


The trademark office has yet to rule on NOLA Brewing's Mechahopzilla
application, and Coco thought it curious that the Godzilla creators would
file suit before that decision came down.

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