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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

Best of the Fest: JazzFest Saturday (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

As this year's Jazz Fest comes to a close, NoDef's Brandon Robert offers a photo review of Saturday, May 3, on the Fair Grounds. Click through for some of the dancing, face painting, live music, and Mardi Gras Indians that graced the fest this year. 


Sunday Jazz (Photos)

Photo Review of Jazz Fest's First Sunday



The first weekend of Jazz Fest has passed, with headliners like Santana, Public Enemy, Eric Clapton, and Vampire Weekend. NoDef's Brandon Robert captured some of the art, fest goers, the musicians, hula hoopers, and food from the fest. Click through for photos of the Fair Grounds from Sunday, April 27.  


Big Easy Rollergirls Ditch Wheels for Dance-Off (PHOTOS)


by Brandon Robert
The Big Easy Rollergirls have a busy offseason, and it includes more than scrimmages. BERG hosted this year's Solid Gold Dance-Off last night at the Eiffel Society. Proceeds went to the Audubon Institute. The Camel Toe Lady Steppers took third place, the Nola Cherry Bombs took second, and the Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties came in first place for the second year in a row.  

Jig Easy: Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, but the Irish Channel celebrated with their annual parade and block party on Saturday, March 15. Click through for photos from the parade, which rolled down Magazine, Jackson, Louisiana and St. Charles in the Irish Channel. Click for photos by Brandon Robert.  


Keep N' It Real

Sunday Second Line Celebrates 10th Anniversary for Keep-N-It-Real



Lent is here, but parades are year round in New Orleans. Sunday second lines began again yesterday in the Sixth and Seventh Wards, with the Keep-N-It-Real Social Aide and Pleasure Club celebrating their tenth anniversary. Click through for photos.  


Marchers of March

Photo Retrospective of Mardi Gras' Beloved High School Marching Bands



The floats and throws present a krewe's Carnival showcase, but the city's high schools get a full showing from the many marching bands that take part in parades throughout the two-week parade season.


Route Redux: Endymion (Photos)


Photos by Brandon Robert

Crowds camped out again for the city's largest parade, which rolled along its Mid-City route last night. The Krewe of Endymion was celebrating "An Evening at the Opera" with The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder parading as celebrity guests. Click through for more photos. 


Nerds Herd for Krewe of Chew, Microkrewe 'tit rex (PHOTOS)


Photos by Brandon Robert

Saturday night proved that political satire is not limited to super krewes and floats, and that the Carnival spirit can be captured in a shoebox. 'tit rex brought this year's microkrewe themed "Wee the People" to the Marigny at 5 p.m., followed by the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus at 8 p.m.


Parade Day Replay

Photos of Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret



Photos by Brandon Robert

The crowds were still relatively thin for the first major Mardi Gras weekend, and a trio of parades rolled on Saturday, February 22. Krewe of Pontchartrain and Krewe of Choctaw rolled down their traditional routes Uptown, followed by the inaugural roll of the Krewe of Freret. 


Vile File

Brandon Robert Captures Krewe du Vieux 2014 "Where the Vile Things Are" and krewedelusion



Krewe du Vieux rolled through the French Quarter and the Marigny last night, for the 27th year in a row. The satire-heavy parade was full of sexual innuendo, jabs at local pols, and endless adaptations of their "Where the Vile Things Are" theme for the year. krewedelusion followed behind, with this year's Queen, DJ Soul Sister. Click through for more.  


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