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Civic Theatre, 5PM
Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers
Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM
40 chefs compete for top taco prize
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Bob Malone
Local artists celebrate each other in their work
The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM
To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library
Blue Nile, 7PM
Folksy local singer-songwriter
Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM
Worship and yoga in one
The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM
Music of the Beatles
Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM
A night of angelic sounds
Bar Redux, 8PM
NOLA funk, trad and electric blues
Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
Red Bean hosted stand-up show
Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM
Papa grows funk and so much more
Saturn Bar, 9PM
Café Negril, 9:30PM
All genres of NOLA music fused
Le Bon Temps, 11PM
6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop
LIFE Yoga, 7AM
An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri
Adler's New Orleans, 11AM
Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'
Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM
Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest
The Broad Theater, 7PM
Short film showcase
Blue Nile 7:30PM
Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen
House of Blues, 8PM
Hebrew hip hop
Cafe Istanbul, 8PM
Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!"
Joy Theater, 8:30PM
Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister
One Eyed Jacks, 9PM
Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball
Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM
Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party
Bar Redux, 10PM
All-British dance party
Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM
Party like it's 1999
Crescent Park, 10AM
Eat to benefit LA/SPCA
Fair Grounds, 12PM
Family day at the grounds
The Yum Yum, 6PM
NPR faves come home from tour
St. Mark's Church, 6PM
Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill
The Saenger Theatre, 7PM
Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA
House of Blues, 7PM
80s vs. 90s - decades collide
One Eyed Jack's, 8PM
FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland"
The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes
The Willow, 9PM
Masquerade ball with live music
The Circle Bar, 10PM
Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty
Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM
Free show to move and groove
Howlin' Wolf, 12PM
Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food
Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM
Free female-led discussion and open house
Playmakers Theater, 2PM
Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko
Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM
5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician
Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM
Live music, drinks, water slides, more
Audubon Park, 5PM
LPO Woodwind Quintet performs
Local trad jazz masters
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 6PM
Bring games, or join one at the store
Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM
Mix of brass standards and funky covers
Spotted Cat, 10PM
Boundary pushing fusion jazz
Maple Leaf, 10PM
Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Ink Stink: Mayor Mitch Takes to NYT to Rebut Gov
Bobby Jindal is not the only Louisiana pol who is flirting with the Old Grey Lady. Mayor Mitch took to the New York Times’ op-ed pages to rebut Jindal’s April 23 letter advocating “religious freedom” laws in Louisiana similar to the legislation rolled back in Indiana and Arkansas after public outcry.
About Baquet: NYT Editor to Speak at Loyola
With Jazz Fest approaching, many New Orleanians are dreaming of Trout Baquet, but Loyola is focused on Dean Baquet. Today, the University announced that the New York Times chief is slated to return home for a talk at the school on March 16.
Times-Picayune to Stop Printing Daily Newspaper, Shrink Staff
The Times-Picayune will no longer be a daily paper in the near future. According to a David Carr story on The New York Times website last night, Publisher Ashton Phelps' recently-announced retirement is set to precipitate a huge change at New Orleans' Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper of record. According to the report, which cites two newsroom sources, da Paper's publishing schedule could be cut to 2-3 days a week, and huge staff cuts are in the offing. Read the whole story here. Meanwhile, tweeting New Orleanians have already started campaigning to #SaveTheTP. Click through to see the full text of the internal memo from Publisher Ashton Phelps about the changes.
NYT on Louisiana Geographies
Proving that we're still sexy for spring, The New York Times' fascination with New Orleans and the entirety of Louisiana continues this weekend. This time, it's our geography they're goin' after. With today's primary underway, the gray lady's FiveThirtyEight blog takes a look at the locations and voting habits of the state's Republican electorate with some really nice maps. Meanwhile, in the Sunday magazine, author Nathaniel Rich takes his stand down in Jungleland, aka the Lower 9. Rich's take on geography is more academic, with profs taking a star turn. But don't worry, there are animals and complaints about disaster tours, too.
Nutria Sympathizer Takes Cause to the Old Gray Lady
Down here, we have rodeoes and Righteous Fur. But up North, there seems to be a little more sympathy for the nutria. Over at the New York Times, Washingtion state animator Drew Christie has an "op-doc" titled "Hi! I'm a Nutria." The piece challenges the idea that nutria fit into the rodent family, and dares to ask the question, "How long does it take to become a native?" As any Louisianan can tell you, those varmints have to be born here, unless, of course, they came from eastern Quebec. Watch the video here.
Roemer Recount in Iowa?
Amid all the Santorum and Newt-ered quotes, it's easy to forget Buddy Roemer is running for president. In this week's Iowa caucuses, the ex La. gov even got some votes. But now there's question about just how many. Even though Rick Santorum doesn't care, New York Times human political calculator Nate Silver has been looking into potential problems with the Iowa vote tally that would demand a recount if it were a real election and not a strange and antiquated caucus. Turns out, a precinct may have bemiscounted, giving Roemer six less votes than the 31 votes he got credit for in the initial tally. Every vote counts, Buddy!
T-P's Brett Anderson a Finalist for NY Times Food Critic?
In huge news around the food world, the Old Gray Lady's restaurant critic is moving on. Already, speculation abounds as to who will get their name on the mammoth New York Times expense account once occupied by the likes of William Grimes and Johnny Apple. Already, the process has serious NOLA implications. But, don't worry, the rumors don't include Alan Richman. National food blog, Eater, fingers the Times-Picayune's Brett Anderson as a frontrunner for the job.
Tulane Prof Spotlights NOLA Census Politics in NYT
Like a good andouille, the final U.S. Census numbers for New Orleans tasted just right to Mark VanLandingham. But getting a glimpse of how any sausage has laid waste to many appetites, and VanLandingham is no different. In an op-ed published in today's New York Times titled "Making Murder Count," the Tulane demographer argues that Nagin administration posturing during post-Katrina population estimates by the Census created artificial signs of progress that left us feeling burnt when the actual 2010 numbers came in lower than expected, and more money wasn't available to combat endemic issues like the homicide rate. Read the whole thing here.
d.b.a Owner Ray Deter Passes
After suffering head trauma in a New York City bike accident last week, d.b.a. owner Ray Deter succumbed to his injuries Sunday. Remembrances of the 53-year-old are have been echoing throughout cyberspace. Eric Asimov of The New York Times credits Deter with pulling in a wide selection of craft brews at d.b.a.'s New York locations when the Big Apple was still a "beer desert." When he opened the New Orleans location in 2000, he did the same thing for Frenchmen St. As Bree O'Connor of Beer Sessions Radio remembers, d.b.a. Ray was also inclusive when it came to the way he treated people.
No Buckjump Til Brooklyn
To yet again marvel at the strange tribe from Southeast Louisiana in their natural habitat, New Yorkers placed New Orleanians in a situation they're familiar with: heralding the resurrection of a great American destination to its prior glory. A jazz funeral was held for Coney Island, New Yorkers' great weekend getaway of yesteryear. The Old Gray Lady relates that the developers of the new-fangled Brooklyn Babylon hope to reopen the park next year with just as many rides as the 1960s. But, first, a mermaid had to pop out of a coffin carried by an unusually somber looking Dancing Man 504.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz