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March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Today in NOLA 3.23.17


Today, the Courtyard Brewery hosts a books-and-beers party for the New Orleans Public Library. The Ogden hosts Bob Malone, and the LPO plays a selection of the Beatles's greatest tunnes. Over 70 restaurants, bars, and spirits companies compete for the Top Taco NOLA prize. On this day in 1788, a Good Friday fire caused $2.6 million in damage to the city. Now, more to do this Thursday.

 


Equal Pay for Louisiana Women Won't Happen Until 2115


Louisiana residents will not see the gender wage gap close until 2115, according to a report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Louisiana joins Wyoming, Utah, and North Dakota as the only four states still with a gender gap into the 22nd century. 


Indie Lit Fest Spotlights NOLA’s Queer, Trans, POC Poets


2tender4house, a new three-day literary festival, will take place this week with events all over the city. Presented by Tenderness, Yea, and 2fast2house, the inaugural indie fest showcases local queer, trans, and POC poets. The festival’s aim is to highlight New Orleans writers in an effort to build a more inclusive poetry community in the city and beyond. 


Overnight Crime Report: Two Beatings, Two Unclassified Deaths, Lovers Quarrel Turned Violent


It was a strange 24 hours for crime for the New Orleans Police Department. According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a beating, an unclassified death, an attempted robbery, a lovers quarrel turned violent, and a dead body near the train tracks. 


Top Taco NOLA Kicks Off First Food Fest


Grab your bottles of Cholula and Crystal, and let’s taco ‘bout a new festival coming to town this week. More than 30 restaurants and over 40 spirits companies will vie for top honors at the inaugural Top Taco New Orleans fest, kicking off Thursday (3.23) at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. 


Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in New Orleans


A new report finds that immigrants make outsized contributions to the economy of New Orleans. “New Americans in Greater New Orleans,” released by think tank New American Economy (NAE) and the City of New Orleans, notes that immigrant households tremendously impact the city through large tax contributions, support for federal social programs, as well as higher rates of education and entrepreneurship in comparison to U.S.-born citizens. 


Today in NOLA 3.22.17


This Wednesday, comedian and voiceover actor H. Jon Benjamin is playing a free show at Tulane. The Cary Grant classic "Arsenic and Old Lace" is at the Prytania, and Snake & the Charmers perform at the Carver. Bar Redux will host a free screening of three films about Mardi Gras Indians. On this day in 1967, local businessman Clay Shaw was indicted for conspiracy in relation to the assassination of J.F.K. Now, more happenings around town. 


Comedy Central to Film Free Stand-Up Specials at Civic Theatre


Comedy Central's long-running series of short stand-up specials, "Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents..." (formerly known as "The Half Hour") returns to New Orleans for live filming April 19-22. For four nights, The Civic will play host to some of the sharpest voices in the emerging comedy scene. Seven shows are scheduled, each featuring two comics. All shows are free — check out Comedy Central's round up of comedians coming to NOLA below. 


Overnight Crime Report: Suicide, Purse Snatching, and Stabbing by Umbrella


The New Orleans Police Department had a slow 24 hours, with only three crimes recorded in the Major Offense Log (MOL). The NOPD responded to a simple robbery, an incident of aggravated battery, and a suicide. 


Today in NOLA 3.21.17


This afternoon, Washington Square Park salutes Ray Charles at their inaugural mini-fest, while New Orleans Fashion Week hosts a panel about the fashion industry. The Louis Moreau Institute plays the sounds of Hungary at Tulane. Classic rock band Chicago is set to take the Saenger stage. On this day in 1788, the Great New Orleans Fire burned down 856 of the 1,100 buildings in the French Quarter. Now, more on Tuesday's happenings. 


'NOLA Circus' Shares Surreal Rivalry Between NOLA Barbershops


NOLA Circus, a French-produced dark comedy about a rivalry between two New Orleans barbershops, dropped its U.S. release date and new trailer this week. The film is a Romeo and Juliet-type tale set near the Mississippi, shot in New Orleans from May to June 2014. 


NOPD Continues Search for Missing Woman


NOPD Third District detectives continues the search for a missing 28-year-old woman. According to NOPD Superintendent Michael S. Harrison, Susan Kay Lee has been missing since March 4th. She was last seen at 7:14AM leaving her apartment on the 2600 block of Acacia Street that day. Lee’s cellphone has been turned off in the two and a half weeks since her disappearance. 


Overnight Crime Report: Two Shootings, A Purse Snatching, Infant Death


The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) had their hands full with four major crimes on Sunday (3.19). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), police responded to an infant death, a purse snatching, a drug deal gone awry, and a mysterious shooting. 


Richard Simmons's Manager Addresses 'Missing' NOLA Fitness Guru


The success of podcast Missing Richard Simmons, which explores the fitness guru's life since he left the public eye three years ago, has given rise to new rumors that Simmons is in distress or has disappeared altogether.


Today in NOLA 3.20.17


Tonight, explore the poetic beauty of the New Orleans cityscape with Beau Boudreaux. The Blue House hosts their inaugural film in a free screening series, while "Hedwig & the Angry Inch" is back at the Allways Lounge. Indie rock bands Big Thief and Mothers will take the stage at Gasa Gasa. On this day in 1853, Harriet Beecher Stowe published the seminal Uncle Tom's Cabin. Now, more Monday happenings. 


Second Line Alert: Single Men


Today, Super Sunday festivities are kicking off at A.L. Davis Park. All the Mardi Gras Indians will be out today, but that does not mean that second lines are stopping. Today (3.19), the Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club is ready to strut. The parade will mark the group's 22nd anniversary. 


Today in NOLA 3.19.17


Between Super Sunday and St. Joe's Day, there's lots to do around town during the daytime. But the fun doesn't stop there. Tonight two powerhouse female singers come to town. Following a decade-long legal battle, singer JoJo is back to play from her album "Mad Love," her first LP in ten years. Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson is taking the House of Blues stage, while Joe Krown Trio is doing their thing at Maple Leaf. The Theatre at St. Claude is playing host to an all-female retelling of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing," moving the drug-addled action from Las Vegas to the streets of New Orleans. On this day in 1919, "The Axeman" said he would kill anybody at 12:15 a.m. who wasn't playing jazz music inside their establishment (nobody died that night.) Now more to do this Sunday. 


Rock Legend Chuck Berry Dies at 90


Chuck Berry, the iconic guitarist and singer-songwriter who pioneered early American rock 'n roll and inspired artists as diverse as Miles & Betty Davis to Bob Dylan to The Beatles, has passed away. He was 90.

 


Prison Breakdown: Officials Still 'Not Clear' About Orleans Parish Inmate Barricade


The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred late Friday night at the Orleans Justice Center, the city's modernized prison which opened less than two years ago. A dozen maximum security inmates "barricaded themselves in a housing unit" at the prison resulting in five injured inmates, according to a statement from prison officials.


Overnight Crime Report: A Shooting, Two Stabbings, Unclassified Death


Against all odds for the booze-soaked holiday, New Orleans survived St. Patrick's Day with just four major crimes reported. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to two stabbings, a shooting, and an unclassified death on Friday (3.17), according to the Major Offense Log (MOL). 


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