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Defender Picks



June 25th


The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto


The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven


Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen


Miami Ice

Black Penny, 3PM

Krewe of Goddesses host a popsicle party


Grill Out with Your Gills Out

Bayou St. John, 3PM

Krewe of Mermoux Benefit BBQ for NOAGE


Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC cabaret series at the Ace


Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tip's, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth


Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas


Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show


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


The Thousandth Follower

An Interview with Randy Fertel

NoDef's Twitter account hit the millenium mark Sunday. Since we give ourselves pats on the back most everyday, we decided to find out just who was watching what we said in 140 characters or less.


Turns out, the 1,000th follower was foundation president and memoir writer, Randy Fertel. The son of Ruth Fertel, who founded Ruth's Chris Steak House, and Rodney Fertel, a true local character who once ran for mayor on the platform of getting a gorilla in the Audobon Zoo. In the fall, Randy will release a memoir, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steaks, about his parents. To find out what made his social media engine tick, we sent him a few questions. Luckily, he threw in a few stories as lagniappe.


NoDef How long have you been reading NOLA Defender, and how did you find  the site?


Randy Fertel I found your site when Twitter recommended you as a likely cohort.   And I'm afraid you won't like this answer but I sponsor a truth-teller prize, so here goes:  I've been reading NOLADef since about 15 minutes ago when I prepped for this questionnaire.


NoDef Rack your brain. Can you think of anything you actually like about NOLA  Defender?


RF What I liked best in what I saw was the calendar which looks like a cherry-picked Offbeat listings and seeing some of my buddies and acquaintances in your e-pages like Cedric Martin and Edwin Edwards. My favorite EWE story was one told about a dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak  House on Broad years ago. My mom, of course, was the Ruth that started RCSH, partly so she, a divorced single mom, could make college money for my brother and me.


We had a waitress, Shirley Barlett, famous for her endless stream of jokes.


“One customer,” she quipped, “liked Pierre martinis so dry all he  did was pee air.”  


Once, when Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards came in with his entourage, Shirley eventually acceded to his appeal for a joke.  Diabetic and rail-thin, not exactly EWE taste in demoiselles, Shirley came over with a doggie bag and asked him to place his hand inside.  With the bag on the governor’s hand, Shirley just stood there.


Finally, Edwards succumbed:  “Well, what do you want me to do now?”


“See,” she smirked, “It’s just like I told them in the kitchen:  once I got you in the sack you wouldn¹t know what to do.”  The Edwards  entourage snuck quick peaks at the governor.  He took it as homage which allowed  them to collapse in guffaws.


My favorite Cedric Martin story was less verbal and more liquid:  a  bottle of 1952 First Growth Bordeaux he once opened at his birthday party.  Glad to hear he’s reopening Baronne St.


NoDef How did you find NOLA Defender on Twitter?


RF Right there in the right column beckoning me.


NoDef How long have you been using Twitter? Why do you use it?


RF Infrequently for maybe a year but more lately as I try to bring  attention to my forthcoming memoir, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak:  A  New Orleans Family Memoir. (It comes out in October).


NoDef What role does social media have in New Orleans? Are we a 140 character town?


RF Is there a town social media has not inundated?  (Sorry about that  choice of verb).  But a 140-character town?  Surely not.  Not only does truth reside in that next wine bottle or third martini but so too does  loquacity. This is a talking town: all those hours around the dinner table catching  up on yer mom an' 'em, or imagining the next meal these reflections do  not fit in 140 characters.


NoDef What's the most random tweet or link you've ever encountered on Twitter?


RF NOLA Defender.


NoDef Now that you have this platform, tell us about yourself and your organization. How are you helping New Orleans?


RF I taught English for many years at Tulane before moving on to the  New School for Social Research, but now most of my efforts stem from running the Fertel Foundation and the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation.  The latter, named for my mother of course, is devoted strictly to education in the New Orleans area and I think we are making a difference.  We sponsor several scholarships for high school students to attend the Kenyon Review Summer Workshop  for Young Writers. KR is the premier literary journal and the summer  workshop jumpstarts kids' college quest. 


I am also proud to have helped  initiate the Edible Schoolyard project at the Samuel J. Green school and Artist Corps which hires musicians as teaching fellows for elementary schools in an effort to renew the music/band programs which are being lost.


So much of recent jazz history has come out of school bands but we are going to lose a generation of players if we don't address it.  The Fertel Foundation also sponsors the Ridenhour Prizes for Courageous Truth-telling which I guess honors New Orleans indirectly by keeping alive the memory of the late Ron Ridenhour who wrote for Gambit and City Business and won a George Polk award for  investigative reporting.  Teaming up with the Nation Institute in NY, we honor Ron's legacy (which includes blowing the whistle on My Lai during the  Vietnam War) at the National Press Club every spring by handing out four prizes for courageous truth-telling. See


I hope my memoir will serve the city, too, by focusing on our rich history and culture and of course our infinite supply of over-the- top "characters," like my dad the Gorilla Man and my iconic mom, whom I  call The Empress of Steak.


NoDef Your father once campaigned for Mayor of N.O. in a gorilla suit. What's the 5,000 lb. gorilla in New Orleans these days?


RF Health care.  We should be pursuing not big box hospitals but rather  Dr. Karen DeSalvo's model of delivering medical services to the  community. The Tulane Community Medical centers there will be one in the old  Ruth's Chris at Orleans and Broad are delivering the best care New Orleanians have ever seen and at a much more effective cost.


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