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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 



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


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


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



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

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Says Trump’s Budget Plan Will Be ‘Devastating’ to New Orleans

President Donald Trump’s proposed $1.1 trillion budget outline has been met with mixed results across the nation. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement today denouncing Trump’s plan, stating that the proposal “sets the wrong priorities for American Cities and Metropolitan areas and will not keep President Trump’s promise to make America stronger and more secure.” 

Pre-Jazz Fest Show Threadhead Thursday Drops 2017 Lineup

Threadhead Cultural Foundation, a fan-funded arts non-profit company formed out of the love for New Orleans and its culture, just announced the lineup for its annual free fest in City Park. The concert, taking place on the Robert B. Haspel Outdoor Garden Stage in the park's botanical garden, will happen on April 27th from 6PM-10PM. 

Former Time Editor and CNN Exec Walter Isaacson Joins Tulane

It’s a homecoming for Walter Isaacson, the NOLA native who counts President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, as well as former managing editor of Time Magazine, CEO and chairman of CNN, and New York Times-bestselling author on his expansive résumé. This week, it was announced that Isaacson will join Tulane’s history department in the role of University Professor. 

Overnight Crime Report: A Suicide, A Rape, Armed Robbery in the Marigny, and Street Racing Turned Deadly

The New Orleans Police Department had their hands full on Wednesday (3.16) with four major crimes. According the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to an armed robbery, a sexual assault, a suicide, and an incident of street racing that left at least one person dead. 

Today in NOLA 3.16.17

Feeling culturally-minded this evening? The LPO is back at it tonight with their take on Tchaikovsky's classic Symphony No. 5. The SoBou bar team will be sipping on themed cocktails while they discuss the connection between booze and botany. Bryan Ferry is slated to rock the Saenger and some soulful vocal are coming to Ogden After Hours. On this day in 1806, sugar refining inventor Norbert Rillieux was born in Louisiana. Now, read on for more this Thursday. 

Wahlberg Brothers' Burger Chain is Coming to NOLA

It's a big day for food in the Big Easy. On the same day it was announced that 11 local bars, restaurants, and chefs are finalists for the coveted James Beard Awards, the celeb fast-food chain Wahlburgers announced it will open not one, but two locations in New Orleans.  

Overnight Crime Report: A Rape & A Shooting

It was a relatively quiet 24 hours for the New Orleans Police Department. The Major Offense Log (MOL) recorded the NOPD as responding to two crimes Tuesday (3.14), including a shooting and a sexual assault. 

NOLA Chefs Among James Beard Awards Finalists

Local New Orleans restaurants, bars, and chefs once again found themselves on one of the most coveted lists in the industry today, as the 2017 James Beard finalist nominations were announced.

Lafitte Greenway's FitLot Kicks Off Free Fitness Classes

Looking to join the city's pledge to Lenten fitness? Or perhaps the reality of summer fast approaching has you wanting to shed the winter weight. Whatever the reason, you can now get fit for free. Today marks the first of a series of free workout classes at the newly-opened FitLot park near the Lafitte Greenway.

Today in NOLA 3.15.17

This Wednesday is for the ladies. Rock legends Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde are blowing up the arena, while Voodoo Priestess Kalindah Laveaux will play the Mint. Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas will be in Lafayette Square for a free evening show. On this day in 1729, a ceremony was held for Sister Stanislas Hachard at the Ursuline Convent to make her the first woman to become a Catholic nun in the United States. Now, more to do today. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Robberies, Two Rapes, A Stabbing, A Shooting

Six crimes were reported in the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Monday (3.13). The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to two burglaries, two rapes, a stabbing, and a shooting. 

All In: Thousands of Louisiana Residents Face Gambling Addiction

It seems that there is sometimes a high cost to letting les bons temps roule. A new study published by the Louisiana Department of Health concluded that over a quarter million adult state residents are at risk of gambling addiction. 

Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Include New Orleans on Legendary Tour

TajMo, a supergroup band led by Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', will play the Orpheum Theater on September 24. Presented by WWOZ and Winter Circle Productions, the show will see two generations of blues guitar giants play hit songs from their respective catalogues as well as new material they've recorded together.

Hanson is Coming to NOLA on Their 25th Anniversary World Tour

Ladies, practice your fangirl screams. Hanson, the 90s pop group composed of three brothers with those luscious blonde locks, is coming to town. Announced Monday, the band’s Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour will take them to the Joy Theater stage on September 15.

Today in NOLA 3.14.17

Today, come on down for The Saenger's live staging of The Price is Right. Tubby & Coo's is hosting a Pi Day party, while local singer-songwriter Mia Borders brings her funky-cool stylings to Chickie Wah Wah. Ryan Adams takes the Orpheum stage to share his latest heartbreaks off of his newest album Prisoner. On this day in 1870, Algiers was annexed as part of New Orleans. Check out more this Tuesday. 

Arrest Made in Double Homicide of Reality TV Star Toya Wright's Brothers

The NOPD arrested a suspect in connection with the drive-by shooting murders of Joshua and Ryan "Rudy" Johnson, brothers of reality television star Antonia "Toya" Carter Wright and former in-laws of Lil Wayne. Wright's brothers were killed in the 7th Ward after midnight on July 31, 2016. 

New World Rhythms Fest Back This Weekend

Between St. Patrick's Day, St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday festivities, this weekend is packed with things to do around the city. If you're looking for a worldly experience without having to leave the French Quarter, venture to Louis Armstrong Park for the tenth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. The two-day free fest (3.18-3.19) is a celebration of the African diaspora and spotlights NOLA's famous Mardi Gras Indians, with a "battle" between three local tribes. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Shootings, A Burglary, An Unclassified Death

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to four crimes Sunday (3.12). According the Major Offense Log (MOL), police responded to two shootings, a burglary, and an unclassified death. 

French Quarter Community Will Meet About Security Concerns

Today (3.13), members of the French Quarter business and residential communities will meet to discuss New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s proposed $40 million security plan.

Today in NOLA 3.13.17

Today, attend the public meeting hosted by the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom. Neko Case is taking the stage at Pres Hall, while NOLA all-stars like St. Louis Slim and Walter "Wolfman" Washington pay tribute to one of the great at The Carver. On this day in 1919, NOLA serial killer The Axeman sent a letter to the press threatening to kill anyone not listening to jazz. Learn more about this gruesome story and catch Miriam Davis reading from her new book about the Axeman. Now, more this Monday. 

Erin Rose
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