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Defender Picks



May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan


Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo


Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes


Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food


Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues


Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies




May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery


Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band


Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez


Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between


Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo


Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists



May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more


Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art


Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork


YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families


Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye


New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop


Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

'Shell Shocked' Doc Tackles NOLA Murder From Kids' Perspective

While many locals are enjoying New Orleans' growing economy and post-K resilience, entire communities still live in fear of violent crime. Last year alone, 193 people were murdered in the GNO, a number that seems incongruent with all of the rhetoric surrounding the city's recovery after The Storm. Shell Shocked: A Documentary about Growing Up in the Murder Capital of America, explores the city's notorious murder rate from the perspective of the children that live with it.


Director John Richie and Producer Jonathan Jahnke, founders of Scrub Brush Productions, began work on the film in 2008. During their time volunteering at a local high school, Richie and Jahnke realized that virtually all of their students had personally experienced tragedy in a way most adults never witness.


“We were working with a group of young folks on an anti-violence campaign, and each of every one of the kids have been directly affected by gun violence either by a friend being shot or a family member being shot. Oftentimes, it was multiple people,” said Richie.


In the past five years, the pair reached out to young people and leaders in the city to conduct interviews and gain perspective from those most impacted by violence in the city. Filmmakers also spoke with law enforcement and city officials, but the film aims to tell children’s stories.  


In the trailer’s audio, a young female interviewee says, “Your fist is not going to protect you these days, because you can’t punch a bullet.”  


Rather than vilifying criminals, Shell Shocked aims to amplify voices of those affected by violent crime. Richie said he hopes people will come out of the film with a more holistic approach to reducing murder rates.


“Stop blaming the victims and take a little more responsibility for the youth that are growing up here,” said the director. “By the time a kid gets into the criminal justice system, it’s going to ruin their lives. What I suggest or what the film suggests, is that we need to start looking at preventative measures.”


Shell Shocked screens tomorrow, May 10, at United Grace Methodist Church (3104 Canal Street), and Saturday, May 11, at A.L. Davis Park on Fourth Street. Both screenings will begin at 7pm. The screenings are free and open to the public.


See the trailer here:

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.


Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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