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Defender Picks



August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Vape Escape

Where E-Cigs Land in Campus Smoking Bans

In 2013, the Louisiana state legislature passed a resolution that requires public universities in the state to create a smoking prohibition on campus. It's up to the individual universities how to implement this, and the decision has motivated some universities to take a stance on electronic cigarettes as well.


In New Orleans, Tulane, Delgado, Dillard, Southern University at New Orleans, and Xavier have enacted campuswide smoking bans, all of which include the ban of e-cigarettes. But the University of New Orleans allows the vaping of e-cigarettes outdoors, 25 feet from any building entrance. The trend across the U.S. in general leans more in favor of e-cigarettes – 1,372 campuses have adapted a smoking ban, but only 176 of them have also banned e-cigarettes. 


In order to make specific decisions about UNO's new smoking ban, a committee -- made up of staff, students and faculty -- was convened to vote and pass on recommendations to University President Peter Fos. When the issue of banning e-cigarettes on campus came up, the committee's vote was evenly split, so the UNO Student Government passed a separate resolution asking Dr. Fos to allow e-cigarettes on campus.


UNO Director of Public Relations Adam Norris said, "President Fos expressed to me that because e-cigarettes are still relatively new, there's not a great deal in terms of a body of research on the secondary health effects of e-cigarettes." As a result, Dr. Fos decided to go along with the student body's wishes and allow vaping on campus.


Fernando Reyes, a UNO Student Government senator, said, "we did feel like vaporizers, being water vapor and not really causing a problem for anyone else, should be kept on campus. We had the support on make the bold claim in the face of the administration that we don't want this ban quite like it is."


E-cigarettes have certainly helped some students to quit smoking. 


Chris Toups, a UNO engineering student, switched from tobacco to e-cigarettes three months ago. When asked about UNO's decision to allow e-cigs, Toups said, "The only way I found out about e-cigs was seeing other people smoke them. There hasn't been enough research, but the one thing we do know unequivocally at this point is that those 200 extra chemicals -- besides just nicotine -- aren't present in vapor." Toups added, "I know that if I puffed up around you right now it wouldn't bother you nearly as much as a regular cigarette. You get this slight sweet smell for just a second, as opposed to that really strong cigarette smell. But I'm not trying to blow it in anybody's face."


Loyola University hasn't implemented its smoking policy yet, but will likely do so by fall of 2015.


Multiple studies have suggested that e-cigarettes are an effective method of quitting tobacco. Other studies show that e-cigarettes contain far fewer malicious chemicals than cigarettes -- in levels that are approved as safe for frequent workplace exposure -- as well as no carbon monoxide.


The American Heart Association has supported e-cigarettes as a last-ditch method of smoking cessation. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is coming down hard on e-cigarettes, and the FDA says it's best to play it safe.


UNO's decision to allow e-cigarettes is subject to change when more information comes out. It could eventually be recognized as a progressive choice in student health, or it could go the other way. It will be fascinating to see how UNO's population of smokers and vapers shifts, or doesn't, in the coming semesters.


Smoking and vaping are big issues in this state: Louisiana has the eighth highest rate of tobacco smokers of all U.S. states, with a smoking population of 24.1%. New Orleans is a microcosm of the larger e-cigarette picture, and time will show us what role vaping could play in our health and our community.


Correction: In the original version of this article, Dominick Maggio was credited. The quote actually belonged to Fernando Reyes.


Brendan Frost is an MFA student in fiction at the University of New Orleans, and a freelance journalist and copywriter. Brendan has been vaping for over 6 months, using e-cigarettes to successfully quit tobacco. He's also a blogger for Crescent City Vape, covering electronic cigarette news, trends, and research for the shop’s blog.

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