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VENDREDI

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

Scenes From Coco Robicheaux's Jazz Funeral


There was no hearse baring Coco Robicheaux's body Monday afternoon. But when the police escort arrived late, a walk through the gates was in order. The huge brass band assembled played "A Closer Walk With Thee" and Jennifer Jones lead the procession from the corner of Chartres and Frenchmen into nearby Washington Square Park. With no internment necessary inside the gates, the party began. Hundreds gathered on the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter to Walk with the Spirit one final time, and send off the 64-year-old bluesman and New Orleans icon, who passed after collapsing at the Apple Barrel Nov. 25. Click through for photos.


Today's Events: 12.12.11


Today, we send off Coco Robicheaux with a second line and musical tribute, House of Pleasures screens at Chalmette Movies, and Strange Baby plays their first show at the Saint after a free screening of Dancehall Queen. But on previous 12/12s, Delhi replaced Calcutta as India’s capital (1911), Frank Sinatra was born (1915), the first motel (the Motel Inn) opened in California (1925), and Free Willy’s killer whale Keiki died (2003). Now back to today:


More Details About Coco Robicheaux's Second Line


As expected, the Dec. 12 second line to honor the life of the late bluesman and NOLA icon Coco Robicheaux is shaping up as a giant affair that will send off a beloved member of the community in high celebratory style. And, for the community of musicians and locals that congregate around Frenchmen Street, it's not the only celebration of life scheduled around that time Coco's close friend and longtime musical collaborator, Kenny Holladay, also died of cancer recently. Robicheaux was personally involved in putting together a benefit for Holladay, which is scheduled for Dec. 11 at Checkpoint Charlie's, said event organizer and Robicheaux friend Chris "Shaggy" Davis.


Flying Away

Two Second Lines Planned to Send off Coco Robicheaux



As the news of the sudden death of beloved bluesman and NOLA icon Coco Robicheaux settles in this week, plans emerged for two second lines that will help Coco pass back to the Spiritland.

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Coco Robicheaux's Second Line Scheduled


Updated 11/29, 7 p.m.

Family members and kin have scheduled details of a memorial second line for recently passed bluesman and NOLA icon Coco Robicheaux. The procession is scheduled to begin on Frenchmen St. at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. The march will end in the French Quarter at the House of Blues, where a night of music dedicated to the late 64-year-old Ascension Parish native is scheduled from 6 p.m. - til. 


Coco Robicheaux Passes

Iconic Bluesman & Friend to NOLA Heads "Home"



Bluesman and local icon Coco Robicheaux died Friday evening after suffering a heart attack at the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street, bar staff said. According to witnesses, paramedics were able to briefly revive the local legend. Bar staff said he passed an hour later at a local hospital. One confidante described his last words simply as, "I'm home."

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Coco Robicheaux Passes


Bluesman and local icon Coco Robicheaux died Friday evening after suffering a heart attack at the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street, bar staff said. According to witnesses, paramedics were able to briefly revive the local legend. Bar staff said he passed an hour later at a local hospital. One confidante described his last words simply as, "I'm home."


Do Whatcha Wanna

Deconstructing the Season 2 Finale of 'Treme' with Coco Robicheaux and Mike Kimmel



 As Season 2 of 'Treme' came to an end Sunday night, NoDef once again went to Buffa's to talk with local characters who were in the show.


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