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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

State Appeals Court Sides with Laid-Off NOLA Teachers


A state appeals court sided with thousands of New Orleans public school teachers who were fired following the Federal Flood this week. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the state's 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Orleans Parish School Board teachers who were fired by the district in were deprived of due process.


Xavier Prep to Close


After 98 years of shaping the lives of students and preparing them for their future, Xavier Prep will not continue their “tradition of excellence.”  At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the school at 5116 Magazine St. will close its doors for good. 


Schools Choice

Three-Way Orleans Parish School Board Race Draws Donations From Outside the District



A town's typical school board meeting would normally constitute briefings and maybe a few contractual obligations, like where to get the condiments from. But in the remade school system of post-Flood New Orleans, every meeting could permanently alter students' future.


Orleans School Board No Longer 'High Risk'


At the roulette table that is education, the Orleans Parish School Board took a large step toward climbing out of the hole this week. The Board's financial status is no longer "high risk," according to the state. In addition to allowing the once-bankrupt system more freedom to join federal programs like the Race to the Top, getting that yolk off their shoulders should make rejoining the OPSB a more favorable proposition for 15 schools that are eligible to return from the Recovery School District this year.

Read more at the Lens


Points of Pride

Teacher Talk: Young Heroes, SPS Scores and an Impulsive Puppy



Katie Meyer's development as a teacher over three years mirrors the progress of a Gentilly school that is one three under one roof.


Judge Hands Out Damages to New Orleans Teachers Fired After The Flood


A judge ruled yesterday that the mass firing of thousands of teachers and employees of Orleans Parish schools in the wake of the Federal Flood was illegal. Civil District Court Judge Ethel Simms Julien handed out damages as high as $480,000 to seven employees in the class action suit. More than 8,500 employees under the purview of the Orleans Parish School Board were put on "disaster leave without pay" in 2006 as the Recovery School District increased its reach in New Orleans. Julien called that designation "fictitious."


John White Appointed State Education Superintendent, NOLA Native Patrick Dobard Takes Over RSD


Education deciders in Baton Rogue really like recent New York transplant John White. But even a man who once dealt with the former CEOs of Bloomberg and Hearst Magazines at the same time is not good enough to have two jobs at once. So, after White was appointed state education Superintendent today, he had to pick someone to fill his role at the helm of the Recovery School District. At a press conference this afternoon, White named his recently hired lieutenant Patrick Dobard as the new head of the district.


Schools Choice

Breaking Down Tomorrow's BESE Elections



Is a charter school public or private? This question is extremely important at this point, five years since education reform intensified in New Orleans after Katrina. You will get different answers to this question, depending on with whom you speak.


N.O. Film Fest First Look: The Experiment


by Michael Cohn-Geltner

Ben Lemoine, TV news reporter and ladies man, has a documentary showing this evening as part of the New Orleans Film Festival called The Experiment.  The film follows a handful of New Orleans school children. The film does an admirable job breaking the distinction between the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District, along with explaining what a charter is and what a direct run school is.  


Teacher Talk

Emily Hunyadi's Journey Through the South Louisiana School System



To help explain the complicated web of schools in New Orleans and shine a light on the day-to-day classroom experience, NoDef will periodically profile teachers. Today, we meet Emily Hunyadi, a teacher at Langston Hughes Academy.


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