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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

Feds: La. Obamacare Signups Doubled in March


Obamacare signups more than doubled in Louisiana over the final month of open enrollment for 2014, according to federal statistics released Thursday. From Oct 1.- March 31, nearly 102,000 people signed up for the federal health care marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Moveon.Org Wins Billboard Battle


MoveOn.org's Obamacare billboard can stay up, a judge ruled this week. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick parried a request by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne to take down the Obamacare-focused placard, which satirizes the state's "Pick Your Passion" tourism campaign.


Obamacare Check-up: Deadline Approaches, Landrieu's Offensive


With a deadline and an election season fast approaching, Democrats are once again under the Obamacare crunch this week. The officials in charge of the Affordable Care Act are trying to get the word out across Louisiana as they seek to encourage as many people signed up for the Affordable Care Act as possible. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is proposing changes to the law as she gears up for the midterm pressure cooker.


Crime of 'Passion?'

Baton Rouge Billboard Battle Lands State, MoveOn.Org in Federal Court



With the state legislative session in full gear, Baton Rouge is in its annual free-for-all of horse-trading and designating. But this week, the biggest political battleground is on the side of the Red Stick highway, rather than the House that Long Built. The skirmish involves an influential national progressive organization, a pair of state GOP pols with designs on higher office and, as ever in the current political climate, Obamacare.


Good Bill Hunting

Louisiana Legislature to Consider Common Core, Marijuana, Wine Ice Cream



Around noon Monday, March 10, the 2014 session of the state legislature was gaveled in. This year, legislators have three months to pass some laws, and the state budget. The governor isn't wielding an axe this year, but the menu still features plenty of fresh cuts.


'La. Resident Chuck Duprey' Blasts Obamacare on Colbert Report (VIDEO)


With Bobby Jindal taking a harsh stance against Obamacare and many local pols following suit, Louisiana residents have become an easy target for those blasting opponents of the Affordable Care Act. Stephen Colbert highlighted phony Obamacare horror stories on his latest episode of The Colbert Report, and English actor Patrick Stewart flexed his acting chops as Chuck Duprey, a supposed Louisiana "workerman" who had a frightening run-in with big government healthcare. Click through to watch. 


Landrieu, Cassidy Weigh in on Health Care Fix


President Barack Obama inserted another health care decision into the pressure cooker of the midterm election cycle on Wednesday. With the Bayou State's U.S. Senate race set to hit another gear, the White House's move to extend the amount of time that people can keep pre-existing coverage illustrated how the law continues to be one of the key issues of the 2014 race.


NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year



On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:


LA Budget Project: Obamacare Won't Hurt Worker Benefits


Recently, two policy groups essentially rebutted one of the largest talking points coming from opponents of Obamacare: employer-based insurance will decrease for Americans as the new Affordable Care Act reforms take hold. Not only is this borderline fear mongering by ACA opponents to turn the tides against national health care, turns out that the decline was taking place long before Obamacare and that public health care has been helping bridge the gap.


Subpar Health Plans Ok'd by La. Insurance Commish


The 93,000 people in Louisiana who thought their health insurance would be canceled under Obamacare may get to keep their plan like the president promised after all. Late Wednesday, Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon announced that he would go along with a White House-proposed fix that would allow people to keep their plans for another year, even if they don't meet Affordable Care Act requirements.


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