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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

NoDef Speakeasy: Satchmo Summerfest Edition


by Cate Czarnecki

Hear ye, hear ye. This weekend brings the 12th annual Satchmo SummerFest back to the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint for one the country’s only festivals dedicated exclusively to traditional jazz music. For attendees in possession of the self-discipline to pull themselves away from the live music outside (which includes Kermit Ruffins, Stooges Brass Band, Jeremy Davenport, and the Original Pinnettes Brass Band among others), French Quarter Festivals Inc. sponsors a marquee lineup of seminars featuring some of the country’s most prominent Satchmo scholars. Click through for some of the highlights of the seminar series this year, which will all be held in the third floor auditorium of the Old U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave.


NoDef Speakeasy: June 18-24


by Leon Perniciaro

As the streets heat up, the sidewalks are expanding. Same goes for your brain matter. This week, the local lecture circuit is brimming over with offerings. It’s Pride Week, with the Contemporary Arts Center showing a pair of films on LGBT history and hilarity. On the author aisle, there's a prominent columnist presenting a novel, one of the great Southern food writers talking trucks and, as ever, a Chocolate City reference. There’s also myriad panels and plays, so take your pick:


NoDef Speakeasy: June 11-18


by Leon Perniciaro

Brains need stimulation or else they'll atrophy, and what better way to exercise that lumpy mass than by catching a few documentaries and book readings going on around the city this week. Start at the Ashe’ Center with the Loving Story, a documentary about love and marriage that transcends racial boundaries, before stopping by the Cabildo for a history of African-American food. Round your week out with a few Spanish language movies courtesy of UNO and the New Orleans Film Society and maybe a poetry reading or two at Gold Mine Saloon.

 


NoDef Speakeasy: May 20-27


by Leon Perniciaro

The universities might be between semesters, but there’s still a little bit for everyone in the Crescent City this week: hear from some house-flippers as they discuss creating their dream home; see two different authors of young adult fiction talk about their latest novels – one an urban fantasy of sorts and the other a down to earth saga of a young girl dealing with loss; and see the film that launched Marlene Dietrich.


NoDef Speakeasy: May 14-20


by Leon Perniciaro

Our sunburns might be fading, but our need for quality brain stimulation never will. After a brief, Jazzfest-hangover-related hiatus, NoDef SpeakEasy returns with all of this week's lectures, presentations and other mind-requiring activities happening around the city. his week, check out the New Orleans Fringe Fest’s discussion on theatre as a social tool, hear a lecture on Ethiopia and World War II, and, in case you're ever not hungover, learn how to make New Orleans brunch.


NoDef Speakeasy: April 23-30


by Leon Perniciaro

All eyes might be on Jazzfest this week, but while you're stimulating your ears, don't forget your brain gets hungry too. Check out this week's collection of panels, book signings, readings and more. This week, get your blood boiling with a talk at Tulane on the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, hear an eminent cotillion dress designer discuss her newest book at the Louisiana State Museum, and watch a Persian-Language drama at Loyola about the plight of women in Iran. Enter the NoDef Speakeasy by clicking on "Read More." Just don't tell them we sent you.


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