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Defender Picks



March 22nd

Arsenic and Old Lace

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant


The Bubble Lounge

The Tasting Room, 3PM

Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)


NOFW Top Design Competition

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize


Poetry Reading

Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM

Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin


NOCCA March Magic Dinner

Press Street Station, 6PM

Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner


NOFLAG Discussion: Bathrooms, Bodies, Technocracy

Peristyle in City Park, 6PM

NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights 


Book Release and Poetry

Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM

Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson 


Art After Dark

Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM

Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students


Rosé at the Museum

American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM 

A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market 


Tincture Making 101

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures 


New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

Two-step in the Marigny at this show 


H Jon Benjamin

Tulane University, 8PM

The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form


Snake and the Charmers

The Carver Theater, 8PM

Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand 


Film Screening: Indians A Comin' 

Bar Redux, 8PM

Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians 


Dikembe and Expert Timing

Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Featuring All People and Hestina in support


March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers


Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone


Painters Painting Painters


Local artists celebrate each other in their work


Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library


Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter


Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one


Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles


Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds


JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 


Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show


John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more


Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM



Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused


The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop


March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri


Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'


Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest


DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 



House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop


Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 


Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister


Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball


Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party


Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party


Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999


March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA


Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds


Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour


Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy


Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill


Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA


Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide


Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 


Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes


The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music


Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty


Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove


March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food


Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house



Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko


Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician


LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more


Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs


Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters


Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers


Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

NOPD Cop Suspended For Comment on Trayvon Martin Story

Being too loose with the online comments apparently isn't restricted to the U.S Attorney's office and those who take the name of a famous writer. One of the NOPD officers who was involved in the shootout that ended with two cops wounded and Justin Sipp dead is under internal investigation for posting incindiary comments about the Trayvon Martin case on the WWL-TV's website. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas held a press conference at NOPD Headquarters today to announce that Giroir is suspended indefinitely from the force, and that the Public Integrity Bureau will conduct an investigation into Giroir’s comments.


“Act like a Thug Die like one!” Giroir’s comment says in response a story about yesterday’s “Hoodie Dat Day,” where New Orleanians gathered near Audubon Zoo wearing hoodies to protest racial profiling and the killing of 17-years-old Trayvon Martin. On February 26, Martin was unarmed and walking home through a gated community in Sanford, Florida, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed him. The killing launched a national conversation about race that intensified within the past week as public groups from the Miami Heat to the Hoodie Dat organization have taken to the streets.



“The internet comments written by Officer Giroir, which include the fact that he is member of the NOPD, have given me grave concern regarding his fitness for duty," Serpas said today. "Because of this, I have suspended Giroir without pay, effective immediately."



“To say that I’m angry is an understatement.  I’m furious”, Serpas said.   


Serpas said the comments do not represent the views of NOPD.


"He has embarrassed this Department by these insensitive, harmful and offensive comments," Serpas said. 


Giroir was the officer who initiated the Mid-City traffic stop of Justin and Earl Sipp. According to police's version of events, Giroir was one of two officers who opened fire after Justin Sipp fired at them. Earlier this month, Serpas held a press conference after the killing of Justin Sipp, where Serpas defended Officer Giroir’s traffic stop as “pro-active.” On March 1 at 5:30am in Mid-City, brothers Justin and Earl Sipp were driving to work at Burger King when Officer Giroir pulled over the brothers for a broken light bulb over their license plate. Community members protesting the killing believe Giroir pulled over the brothers for “driving while black.”


The traffic stop turned into a deadly gun battle after Justin Sipp opened fire on Officers Giroir, Anthony Mayfield Jr. and Michael Asevedo. Officers Mayfield Jr. and Asevedo were at the scene in response to Giroir’s call for backup, and were both badly wounded by Justin Sipp’s gunfire. Officer Giroir and a wounded Mayfield Jr. returned fire, killing Justin Sipp. Earl Sipp suffered a graze wound to the leg during the melee.


After Jason Giroir’s online “thug” comment, another commenter Eddie Johnson said, “How the hell you know how he acted? That boy went to school, talked to his girl friend and it was raining so he had his hood over his head… OH YEAH He’s Black so he’s automatically a Thug huh? Low down racist always show their true colors.”


Giroir responded hours later, “Eddie come on down to our town with a “Hoodie” and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!:-P”


Giroir’s wife, Michelle Reyes Giroir, also commented, “He acted like a thug and died like one!”


Jason Giroir’s Facebook profile, which he used to make the comment on, says he has been employed by NOPD since 1999, and does it “because I like it and have the chance to make a lot of money.” Higher brass took that away from Giroir today, as he has been suspended without pay.


Giroir’s Facebook shows his only favorite book is “Killer With A Badge,” written by Chuck Hustmyre about Antoinette Frank, the former NOPD officer who was convicted of one of the most notorious crimes in recent New Orleans history.



His Facebook says Giroid graduated from Chalmette High School in 1995, and currently lives in Covington with his wife and two children.  


As OP-NAT EYE pointed out after the Justin Sipp killing, on Officer Jason Giroid’s defunct MySpace page, Giroid admits that he does not always do “everything by the book” and lists his occupation as “Punisher.”

sounds like the Justin Sipp

sounds like the Justin Sipp case needs to be reopened, sounds like Giroir is the thug
wonder how he will parish
wonder who shot 1st

Well Jason Giroircan always

Well Jason Giroircan always get a job with the Sanford Police Department.

March against

March against injustice!
Saturday, March 31st.
New Orleans City Hall.
Be there for Trayvon Martin, For Wendell Allen, For Justin and Earl Sipp (who was shot while IN HANDCUFFS, remember). More:

March against injustice! For

March against injustice!
For Wendell Allen and the sipp brothers!
March 31
New Orleans city hall



Couldn't have happened to a

Couldn't have happened to a bigger jerk

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