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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: 6.07.16


The run of great local acts continues tonight with some staples, some experimental jazz, and the return of Caddywhompus (right before their departure for tour). On this date in Louisiana’s Civil War history, Union troops captured Baton Rouge. Now, more ways to get your week going.


Today in NOLA: 3.16.15


St. Patrick’s Day craziness is on a one day hiatus, but there is still music all around town. Indie favorites Caddywhompus are gigging in the Quarter and Alexis and the Samurai are playing their regular Mid City show. Charmaine Neville is keeping tradition strong on Frenchmen. On this day in 1806, sugar refining inventor Norbert Rillieux was born in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Sunday. 


Today in NOLA: 8.30.14


Decadance parties on in the Quarter tonight. If you’re venturing downtown, allow us to suggest the LBGTQ punk benefit concert at Siberia or naked karaoke at Allways Lounge. Rebirth Brass Band and Caddywhompus both play Uptown shows tonight. And it’s not too late to catch MidCity Theatre’s mashup of The Big Lebowski and Shakespeare. We’ve also got an early matinee film and late-night comedy. Make the absolute most of your Saturday:


Community Records Announces 2014 Block Party Lineup


Local noise bands Caddywhompus and Donovan Wolfington are set to headline Community Records’ annual all-day Block Party show in October. They'll be joined by talented newcomers like Sirens and Pears, as well as some bigger out-of-town names: Screaming Females and PUJOL.


Today in New Orleans 9.4.13


This Wednesday, get a fun and free workout at Dance Hall’s weeklong open house. Glish and Caddywhompus are performing, along with Mississippi Rail Company. On this date in 1766, a catastrophic hurricane landed in Galveston, but sunk ships all the way to Calcasieu Parish. Now, more hump day happenings. 


Today in New Orleans: 9.23.12


Today, the Saints return to Da Dome for a showdown with Kansas City, a huge second line rolls through Central City and Lewis Black rants at Mahalia Jackson Theatre. On this day in Louisiana history, 1,712 students enrolled at the then-new LSU campus in Baton Rouge (1925) and JazzFest co-founder and Professor Longhair's manager Allison Miner was born (1949). Now for the rest of today:


Today's Events: 3.29.12


Today, Otis Clay and Glen David Andrews headline a Southern Soul Throwdown at Tip's, the New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival kicks off and indie rockers Sun Hotel and Caddywhompus play at the Circle Bar and . On this day in history, N.O. Parochial schools were ordered to desegregate by the Archbishop (1962), and trumpeter and longtime Olympia Brass Band leader Milton Batiste Jr. passed away in new Orleans at age 66 (2001).


Chinquapin Drop

Loyola Indie Rockers Cement Musical Bond with a Label of Their Own



Maybe their pants are a bit tight, or their hair unwashed and unkempt, and sometimes the chain smoking isn’t all that appealing, but the not-so-dapper-oh-so-dandy gentlemen of Chinquapin Records are a charming bunch who plan to impress. 


Today's Events: 6.22.11


June 22, when the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was founded at Yale, (1844), when Congress created the Department of Justice (1870), when FDR signed into law the G.I. Bill (1944), when Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18 (1970), when Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin (1990), when Eastman Kodak Company announced the discontinuation of all Kodachrome Color film, (2009), and most importantly, when Jon and Kate (+8) announced plan to divorce (2009). It’s Louisiana’s own chess master Paul Morphy’s birthday (1837), along with Meryl Streep (1949), Cyndi Lauper (1953), and Erin Brockovich (1960), while the voice of Judy Garland (1969), the moves of Fred Astaire (1987) and the jokes of George Carlin (2008) came to an end. So do what one should on the 173rd day of the year: 


Today's Events: 5/20/11


On May 20, Cuba gains independence from the United States (1902), Norman Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover is published (1916), Amelia Earhart takes off for the world’s first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight (1932), Jimmy Stewart’s birthday (1908), and Christopher Columbus’s death (1506). It’s also day one of Bayou Boogaloo, among other alternatives, served up here in a digestible cube-condensed form:


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