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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Today in NOLA 3.18.17

Today, New Orleanians are in the thick of it — between St. Patrick's Day yesterday and St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday tomorrow, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. NoDef has made it easy, sharing the coolest events around town today. The New World Rhythms Fest is back in Armstrong Park, while liberal-leaning political comedian Bill Maher will return to the Saenger stage. John Waters brings his Filthier and Dirtier tour to the Joy. John Boutte is doing his thing at d.b.a., and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will perform with The Felice Brothers at the Civic Theatre. On this day in 1687, LaSalle was assassinated by his own men. Now, more this Saturday. 


Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 11AM-7:30PM)

Day one of the 10th annual free fest in Louis Armstrong kicks off today. Festivities will kick off with African drum circles and dance theaters, leading up to a pre-Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian battle. The night ends with The Low End Theory Players’s tribute to A Tribe Called Quest. 


Bill Maher (The Saenger Theatre, 8PM)

Any fans of Trump (or, as Maher refers to him, “President Crazypants”) will want to steer clear of The Saenger tonight. Maher is bringing his signature acerbic political commentary to New Orleans for the first time since his 2013 Saenger performance. You might be familiar with his work on the long-running talk show “Real Time” but expect something a bit less politically-rooted from his stand up. 


John Boutte (d.b.a., 8PM)

Primarily a jazz singer, John Boutte is also known to blend gospel, R&B, and blues into his performances. The New Orleans native most recently released “A Stew Called New Orleans,” an album written and recorded with guitarist Paul Sanchez. Boutte is a NOLA legend.


John Waters (The Joy Theater, 8PM)

The director behind "Hairspray," "Cry Baby," "Pink Flamingos" comes to the Joy tonight as part of his "This Dirty World: Dirtier and Filthier" tour. Waters will discuss his life, covering everything from his early days in the Baltimore underground arts scene to his friendships with drag star Divine and Manson murderer Leslie van Houten. 


Conor Oberst (The Civic Theatre, 8:30PM)

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will take the Civic stage tonight, joined by the Felice Brothers as both the opening act and backing up the indie-folk singer. Oberst is on tour in support of his new album, “Salutations” — a companion record to last year’s “Ruminations.” Oberst is best know as the mastermind behind a diverse number of independent rock outfits, including Bright Eyes, The Faint, Desaparecidos, and supergroup Monsters of Folk.  

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