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Defender Picks



July 25th

The Essence of Resurrection

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

An intro to flower essences


Songwriter Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Ft. Jim. McCormick


Thinkin’ With Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Second Line & Party

Frenchmen Art Market, 7PM

Come say goodbye AND hello to the market's spaces


Idina Menzel

The Saenger, 8PM

See the Tony-winning artist live


Dapper Dandies


Bringing back traditional jazz


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B + Jazz classics


Elvis DeLarge

The Circle Bar, 10PM

The songs of Elvis Presley



Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

The Fake Ladies Of Wrestling are back for another round



July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

An erotic reading


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

 Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of The Boondock Saints



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Lead, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames


Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga


Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil


Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship


Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more



Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club


Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB


Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi


Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 


July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow


Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees


Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker


Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday


Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social



Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece


July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle


Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program


Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege


Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot


August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 


Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo


Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series

NoDef Nods: Food

2014's Top 10 Trends from Kale to Food Trucks

There is no doubt food is as fundamental to New Orleans culture as jazz or the Saints. There were plenty of food trends to talk about in 2014 from the Great Kale Controversy to the rise of the food trucks. NoDef runs down the year’s top ten culinary cues.



Contrary to actress Tara Elders accusations to the Old Grey Lady—“New Orleans is not cosmopolitan. There is no kale here”—kale actually made quite a splash this past year in the Crescent City. The cruciferous vegetable found its way onto many a restaurants menus, including Satsuma Cafe where it can be enjoyed in all its leafy glory as a salad or in a juice. On the other end of the spectrum, it has taken up residence at Emeril’s in the Charred Local Kale Salad with pickled fresno chilis, blue crab, and watermelon radish. In 2014, it seemed that the once under regarded vegetable exploded into a full fledged health movement, and it even garnered such fancy labels as “the world’s healthiest food” or “food of the year”.


2. Food Trucks

In 2014, NOLA’s new food truck legislation went into effect. Suddenly, the already popular meals on wheels became ubiquitous. The trucks appeared at parties, concerts, and organized roundups. La Cocinita even made it to CNBC. Oh. The food trucks also just park and sell food—you know, like a food truck. There are now about two dozen food trucks in town; expect that number to keep growing.


3. Pop-Ups 2.0 

Social media has done more this year than making Kim Kardashian’s posterior go viral. The medium is also boosting NOLA’s already burgeoning pop-up culture. Milkfish, the godmother of pop-ups, has thrived in their brick and mortar location, providing a location for other startups as well as offering a little inspiration in the form of a success story. McClure’s, Pizza Delicious, and NOLA Smokehouse also speak to the potential for a successful transition.


Cocktails have joined the mix. Most prominently, Oxalis’ The Branch have featured Cure, Cane & Table, and Sobou staffer taking guest spots on Sunday nights. Dinnerlab used some of their recent investment funds to add a liquid component to their mix.


4. Awards and Exposure

It seems like every day, a different cable television series is shooting a piece on a New Orleans’s restaurant. Crescent City eateries appeared on outlets including Esquire, the Travel Channel, Bravo, CNBC, network, and a host of web series.  


The dining options in town also took home some hardware. Donald Link's new seafood spot Peche won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. The CBD seafood-focused spot is a partnership between Link, Cochon chef Stephen Stryjewski and chef Ryan Prewitt. For the win, Peche bested fledgling New York City eateries Betony, Carbone and Estela, as well as San Francisco's Coqueta.The excitement came as the restaurant was already riding a wave of success, as Prewitt shared in the win for the Best Chef: South category. Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's and Ivy and the Peche chef split the Best Chef: South category.



According the Mayo Clinic, only one percent of the population actually suffers from Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease that can only truly be treated by complete abstinence from gluten. Yet, it seems that about half the population is rejecting gluten anyways. Many chefs in New Orleans have been reacting to the dietary limits and creating some classics along the way. Some restaurants like the Irish House have added numerous gluten-free options to their offerings, and others like newcomer Ten Eleven have entire gluten-free menus.  


6. Casual Restaurants Helmed by Fine-Dining Chefs

2014 didn’t see the days of the white clothed tables come to an end but formal dining is certainly not growing. Casual restaurants helmed by chefs with fine-dining experience is a growing trend. Maurepas and MoPho are just a couple of establishments eschewing crystal and opting for high quality ingredients with solid technique.


7. Quinoa

This was the year everyone learned how to correctly pronounce quinoa (kinwa), and the delicious protein supergrain found its way into several dishes this past year. A lot of local restaurants jumped on the root’s bandwagon, including Baru Bistro & Tapas which features a quinoa salad with seasonal vegetables and kalamata olives. Some local chefs gave quinoa a Creole spin, swapping out the rice in Monday’s Red Beans and Jambalaya for the supergrain. And while Red Beans and Quinoa doesn’t have the same ring to it, it looks like it is here to stay. 


8. Molecular Gastronomy

Molecular gastronomy, the tantalizing blend of science and food is starting to hit its stride in New Orleans. The trend has been popular for several years in other parts of the country but we like to take things slow in the Big Easy. We had our first taste with the Chef Philip Lopez’s creations Square Root. Regardless of one’s opinion of the divisive dining destination, there is no debating that ice spheres, foams, and baumés are working there way onto our plates and into our drinks across the city. 



9. Classic Louisiana Goes Derridean

Deconstruction has been in NOLA for a while, but in 2014, Louisiana cuisine found itself in the crosshairs of the break down. Classic dishes of oysters, red beans and rice, and even gumbo are being deconstructed and molded into a delicious new beginning. The concept first began attracting attention in 2007 with the opening of MiLa. By 2014, essentialized and rearranged variations of classics from pickles to beignets are a staple on menus.Tradition even found itself twisted at Reveillon dinners,with dishes like Restaurant R’evolution’s "Corn and Crab Cappuccino” soup.  


10. Specialization 

New Orleans’ is also seeing increased focus in food. Newcomers and veterans with retooled menus are turning away from the eponymous. Chefs are eschewing ambiguous genres like “cajun” and “asian” and instead turning towards specifics like noodles from a particular region or traditional seafood preparations. The result is a wider scope of options delivering a higher level of quality.

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