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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


River's Risin'

Mayor Mitch Reiterates New Orleans is Safe from Miss. River Flooding, Live-Blogged

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office gave NoDef some insight into how they're planning for the coming crest of the Mississippi River earlier this week. Today, with the River at 17 ft., the mayor is holding a news conference from City Hall on the flooding. We'll be live-blogging the news conference as the Mayor speaks.


3:15 p.m. The point of today's press conference seemed to be to assure everyone that New Orleans was not going to get flooded. This was not by any stretch a solemn press conference given by a mayor's office on emergency footing. Rather, it reinforced what the Army Corps of Engineers has been suggesting all week: The destruction is going to miss us this time. And if he could diffuse a little media alarmism in the process, so be it. The mayor was not asked about the City's response to Atchafalaya Basin residents who have been saying they're standing in harm's way of flooding from the Morganza Floodway to save New Orleans and Baton Rogue. Guess that one will have to wait for the next 60 Minutes interview!

With that, it's time for us to go count sandbags on the levee. Thanks to everyone for tuning in.


3:10 p.m. The mayor is asked if the Serpas speculation is blown out of proportion because the police chief and Eighth District Commander Edwin Hosli are involved. The mayor gives a long answer that tends toward the philosophical. He ends with, "That was not a 30-second sound byte." And that's a wrap.


3:08 p.m. Now we're off-topic. The inevitable question comes about Ronal Serpas and his future. Serpas son-in-law and driver were found to benefit from one of the recent shady police details. "He is my police chief now and will be for for the future," the mayor says.


3:05 p.m. The Mayor can't get off the stage without a joke about the press. "The media would never exaggerate anything, especially not WDSU," he says.

3:00 p.m. NoDef Editor B.E. Mintz asks a question about cracks in the levee. The cracks on the levee in the West Bank is due to the land side of the levee being extremely dry, " says McFly. "The clay shrinks, but there is no concern here. We're watching it very closely. When it rains these cracks will close up."


2:55 p.m. The mayor is back now, taking questions. He says the Morganza is expected to open in 24-72 hours. and the river will take 2-3 weeks to de-esclate in level after the crest. To a question about levee seepage, Doody says we are keeping track of where the seepage is, and as long as the levees in the French Quarter are not carrying materials away from the levee, we're fine. Seepage in the levees occur whenever the water reaches this height.


2:53 p.m. The head of the Port of New Orleans says everyday the river is closed costs the city $295 million, but right now it's business as usual.


2:51 p.m. Susan McFly of the Southeast La. Flood Protection Authority West says there are three areas of note in Algiers for potential seepage: an old levee in Algiers Point that was supposed to come down anyway, a levee in Plaquemines that protects Algiers and Todd Shipyards.


2:48 p.m. Tim Doody, president of the Southeast La. Flood Protection Authority East says the River saw these same levels in 2008. "We have time to prepare. It's not like a hurricane," he says.


2:45 p.m. Two Coast Guard aircraft are now flying the river to check the levees. Navigation is currently restricte on the 30 miles of the river surrounding NOLA. "If the water levels reach 17.5 ft. and continue to rise, I will require further restrictions on vessel navigation," says Capt. Edwin Stanton of the Coast Guard.


2:42 p.m. Now Jerry Sneed, the mayor's homeland security chief  takes the mic. All measures have been taken thus far. Mainly, he asks people to stay off the levees, and report any issues. Mark Jernigan, of the Corps, says no okay has been given on the Morganza Floodway yet, but the river is expected to reach a high enough level for the Corps to give the go-ahead this weekend. Along with the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the Morganza, located north of Baton Rogue, would divert floodwaters away from New Orleans. Otherwise, river levels could reach 19.5 ft. May 23.


2:40 p.m. Sandbagging is only a precaution. Landrieu tells everyone to stay off the levees. He then implies that river snakes might be on top of the levees right now. Inspection teams have to work, and they need room, he says.


2:32 p.m.  Mayor Mitch says, "Bottom line: the city is safe." We're not expected to flood due to the strong levee systems in place. The levees have been inspected, and the city is working overtime with the Army Corps of Engineers. He expects the Morganza Floodway will open, but no decision has been made.


2:30 p.m. The Mayor enters, and starts with a couple jokes. Then he extends sympathies to all the victims of the flooding so far. The Army, Coast Guard and FEMA are all in da house, along with the deputy mayors, the Army Corps, the head of the Port of New Orleans, and half the City Council. Serpas isn't there. Guess all the jockeying was for naught.


2:23 p.m. The river is currently hovering around 17 ft. in New Orleans, according to the National Weather Service. 


2:18 p.m. While we're waiting, it's worth pointing out the press conference comes as the River claimed its first Louisiana levee today. This AP has details.


2:15 p.m. Speculation abounds through the press gallery as the mayor is very late. Even the sign language translator is beginning to fidget. 


2:13 p.m. While waiting for Landrieu to emerge, we're told the mayor will be taking questions today, unlike a press conference last week when he announced the suspensions of two city officials involved in a shady police detail and quickly left the stage. There's a bit of jockeying for position on the City Hall stage as Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and a sign language interpreter both try to fit in the TV cameras' frame.


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