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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

Doc 'Rodents of Unusual Size' Follows Coastal Nutria Hunters


There’s a reason nutria have bounties on their heads, and it isn’t entirely because Harry Lee was such an avid sportsman. Existing in the marshy wetlands of Louisiana’s coast is a scourge of ecological destruction. When documentary filmmaker Quinn Costello found out about the eradication efforts against Nutria, he was intrigued. From there, the documentary, Rodents of Unusual Size began to take shape.


Hurricane Isaac Takes Toll on Nutria, Pelicans


Isaac's devastating consequences for humans have rightly been the focus of the recovery, but the wildlife didn't get off scot free, either. Along with everything else Isaac churned up, it appears to have created some new oil pollution. In the midst of a pollution assessment following the storm, the U.S. Coast Guard reported finding new oil on the coast in the marshes near Myrtle Grove. They also found three oiled pelicans - one of which was dead - and 10 dead nutria, according to a news release. Wildlife Response Services will attempt to rehabilitate the pelicans, and conduct autopsies.


Going Pirogue

A Roundup The 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session



On Monday, the 2012 legislative session wrapped up. But before our politicos head out on the hunt, we at NoDef recap some of the bills that were passed that you may not have heard about. 


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.


Footing the Bill

What to Watch at the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session



It's time once again for a lot of guys named Buddy and Butch to gather in the House That Long Built. Up in Baton Rogue, the annual legislative session convenes today. This year's sesh doesn't have to wrap up until June, giving legos time to debate complex laws about the budget and education, with plenty of time left over to talk about issues near and dear to their hearts: hunting and gambling!


Nutria Rodeo Numbers Are In!


For the better part of the year, coyotes have managed to evade capture in New Orleans, as well as Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. But it was a different story at Golden Meadow. Last Saturday, participants in the first-ever Nutria Rodeo did their best roadrunner act, and managed to clip two of the beastly canines, an organizer said. The event was designed to raise awareness about invasive species like wild boar, Asian carp and the titular coypu, as well as the beast's culpability in destroying the wetlands. But, as the coyote net evidenced, there was some serious going on, too.


Hunting Heaven: Nutria Rodeo Aims to Tame Invasive Beasts


Finally, someone found an event to bridge the gap between guns and green. The meddlesome varments that run rampant in SoLa like nutria and wild boar aren't only annoying. The invasive species damage the wetlands and other parts of the fragile ecosystem,  too. So, it's time to stop letting Jefferson Parish cops have all the fun. It's time to get together and shoot these critters! On Dec. 3, an environmental group is staging the first-ever Nutria Rodeo in the Bayou Lafourche town of Golden Meadow. For as little as $10, eager participants can have access to the fertile bayou hunting grounds, where they will try to capture the two aforementioned ferals, coyotes, and, because Sportsman's Paradise is a Big Tent, Flying Asian Carp.


Nutria Caption Contest!


Howdy there, Defenders! Today, we have a treat for y'all as NoDef launches our first contest. Our cartoonist over at the Community Print Shop had some writer's block, and couldn't think up a caption for her comic (pictured after the jump). So, it's up to you; six lucky winners will receive tickets for this weekend's Daiquiri Days - a bus tour of neighborhood daiquiri shops with after party at the Hi-Ho Lounge. Leave your best caption in the comments with your e-mail, or leave it in the comments AND email it to us contests@noladefender.com. 


Nutria Numbers Are In!


If he gets tired of the Big Oozy and wants to go more Harry Lee, Billy Nungesser has a valuable lieutenant governor platform plank waiting for him. Plaquemines Parish took home the crown for killing the most nutria this year. According to the Houma Courier, the state's southernmost parish turned in roughly 80,000 tails this year.


Legislature Targets Tameless Beasts


Those on the hunt for invasive justice received a pair of helping hands from the Louisiana legislature yesterday. The state Senate approved a pair of bills that will assist in the eradication efforts of some of our craziest cast-off critters, Da Paper reports. One bill would allow hunters to trap or kill our most mysterious interloper, the feral hog, to at anytime, and allows any type of firearm to be used to kill them.


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