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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

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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