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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/Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.22.16


The Fest begins today! And, after the Fair Grounds empty out, the party--and the music-- keeps going. Local favorites are all gigging tonight. Plus, national talent ranging from the Smashing Pumpkins to Michael Franti are all in town. Click on through for the full listings of what to check out.


Today in NOLA: 4.07.16


French Quarter Fest starts tonight. And, that’s just the beginning of the local music options. An awards show is honoring NOLA musicians, the Ogden is hosting After Hours, and lots of locals are playing regular gigs. On this day in 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for “Blood on the Fields.” Now, more to do this Thursday.


Jazz Fest (Eve) After Hours: 4.23.15


The Fest has not yet begun. The late night shows have. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of power pairing and celebrity sit-ins. Tonight is not a bad start though. Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Band of Heathens, Jon Cleary, and the Soul Rebels are just a few of the late night choices. A full guide to tonight’s music options follows.


Today in NOLA: 12.25.14


The fat man in the red suit jingled and jangled his way through the bayou last night, but the music never stops in New Orleans. Benny Grunch and the Bunch are kicking off an early 12 Yats of Christmas performance in Mid-City. Later, the grownups can see live jazz. On this day in 1913, radio personality and musician “Candy” Candido was born. Now, more to do this Christmas.


Today in New Orleans: 8.8.13


Tonight, enjoy Ogden After Hours with Little Freddie King. All week long, the Mardi Gras Indians are celebrating the rich local tradition. See them honored this morning at City Council, and head to a discussion later this evening at the Joan Mitchell Center. On this day in 1949, Tabasco founder Edward McIlhenny died on Avery Island. Now, more to do this Thursday.


Today in New Orleans 2.17.13


It’s the first Sunday of Lent, which means you can blow off your resolutions for just one day. From the afternoon well into Monday morning, enjoy live music from Frenchmen to Oak. On this day in 1805, New Orleans was incorporated as a city. Now, more to do this Sunday. 


Today in New Orleans 12.02.12


This Sunday, Elephant 6 fans can see Of Montreal, parents can bring their young musicians to Tip’s for a free workshop with Johnny Vidacovich, and fan kids can nerd out all day at Comic Con. Happy Birthday Brit! B. Spears was born in Kentwood, Louisiana on December 2, 1981.


Today's Events: 2.8.12


Today, John Wayne goes to WWII at the Stage Door Canteen and Luther Dickinson, James Singleton, and Johnny Vidocovich play at the Maple Leaf Uptown. But once upon a salute, The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated (1910), D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation premiered in LA (1915) and President Harding introduced the first radio in the White House (1922). Here in New Orleans, pioneering blues guitarist and Duke Ellington collaborator Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889) and sax man Norwood Pony Poindexter (1926) were born. Here's more about today:


Tipitina's at 35


When a group of music fans known as the Fabulous Fo'teen opened Tipitina's at the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas in 1977, they just wanted to have a place where a reinvigorated Professor Longhair could ply his fingers to the piano. Early patrons may have enjoyed the juice bar, and spotted a strange mic hanging from a hole in the ceiling so WWOZ engineers could record the show upstairs. Neither will be present when supertrio Jon Cleary, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich play in celebration of the venue's birthday tonight. But there's been little to smudge the sheen on this New Orleans icon's silver. Show starts at 10 p.m.


NoDef Speakeasy: Public Speakers This Week


The people of New Orleans are not shy about their opinions. Ask about food, or music, or politics, and there will be some tallkin'. But, sometimes, we're also listenin'. In our bookstores, museums, theaters, cinemas, universities, and, of course, our bars, great names lecture, workshop, curate, and debate every day. Welcome to the Speakeasy. The weekly roundup that lets you in on who’s lecturing, speaking, signing, screening, appearing, Q&A-ing, and workshopping all over town, so you can have your culture and eat it too. The week's highlights include a photographer and a sex psychologist.


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