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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


Wookiee Win

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Gains Units, Plots Longer, Prime Time Trajectory for 2012 Mission

Carnival spirit is strong with this one.


The story of Chewbacchus falls somewhere between Revenge of the Nerds and Revenge of the Sith. This intergalactic krewe of brainy misfits continues to strike back at the imperial stronghold of traditional Carnival krewes, mounting a resistance to the staid and stolid regiments that have long ruled the parade routes. This year, when the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus rolls on Saturday, February 18, it will be a show of force by the rebel troops, as the krewe has grown in numbers since last year, and will feature some of the most inventive and creative floats, throws, and costumes of Carnival season.


NoDef dropped in on a recent Chewbacchus “build night” at the Den of Muses to chat with two of the krewe’s Overlords, Ryan Ballard and Brett Powers. What we found was the makings of one of finest fleets since the rebel fleet was massing at Sullust. The lineup includes motorized art bikes, starship costumes, and, of course, Bar2-D2, the keg droid on wheels.


Only in their second year, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus has gained plenty of momentum in a short time, and their hard work has been rewarded. Instead of sharing the bill with Bacchus on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, the krewe will get a prime-time slot on Saturday evening and brand new route, giving parade-goers an Uptown alternative to Endymion. Starting at 5:00pm at the Big Top 3 Ring Circus on Clio Street, the parade will roll up Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and down St. Charles Ave., before stopping for a toast to the royals at Coliseum Square, and heading to the CBD.


“We really wanted our own space and our own time,” said Ballard. With the complexity of their costumes and floats, many including arrays of colorful flashing lights, he said, “it was really hard for us to get around on the old route, and we wanted to roll at night.”



This year, the krewe’s theme is “Chewbaccalypse 2012,” and floats will feature a Mayan Temple on Wheels (decorated with a sacrificial C-3PO and a Stormtrooper sugar skull), an ancient Indian “Chariot of the Gods,” and a King Cake Flying Saucer with an alien baby. There will be a squadron of spaced-out art bikes, including the krewe’s signature X-Wing Fighter bike, and plenty of other puppets, costumes, and handmade contraptions.


“We’re big on emphasizing the DIY parade scene,” Powers told NoDef.


“It’s open,” added Ballard, contrasting the open membership policy of Chewbacchus to the more restrictive rules of traditional Carnival krewes. “It’s access. It gives people a chance to come up with their own crazy ideas.”


“It’s not just access to a krewe,” agreed Powers, “it’s access to ideas. If you’re in one of the traditional krewes and have some crazy idea for a float, forget about it.”


For Chewbacchus, the crazy keeps coming. This year the parade will also include Mardi Gras Indians in the form of Mighty Wookiee Fiyo and Wild Tchewbacchatoulas, a kid’s krewe called Ewokus, and an all-girl dance troop, the Vajarjar Binks with their escorts, the Scruffy Looking Nerf Herders. Signature throws include Chewbacchus bandoliers, handmade medallions featuring R2D2 and Han Solo in Carbonite, and Wookie panties, emblazed with sayings like “Han Solo Pilots This.”


One Carnival tradition that Chewbacchus adheres to is the celebrity royalty, and this year the parade features actor Ernie Hudson, who played Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore, and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, consulting producer and star of the History Channel series Ancient Aliens, known around the interwebs for his enthusiasm in relating inexplicable historical events to the roles of extraterrestrials.


While Chewbacchus trades on plenty of pop-culture gags, their devotion to spectacle is decidedly New Orleans. This year’s parade is sure to delight all revelers, even those who don’t know the Kobayashi Maru from the Kessel Run.


All Hail Our Sacred Drunken

All Hail Our Sacred Drunken Wookiee!

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