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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

Oil Spill in 17th Street Canal


The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) and the U.S. Coast Guard were busy with oil spill cleanup and containment in the 17th Street Canal and Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday (2.23). 


Crescent City Classic?

The Runner: Nic Cage's Louisiana Political Drama Reviewed



Nicholas Cage loves New Orleans. The actor has taken a few trips to OPP, built himself an illuminati-esque mausoleum in St. Louis No. 1, and shot several features in the City. The Runner is the latest addition to Cage’s NOLA love affair. Written and directed by Austin Stark, the film depicts the trial and tribulations of a disgraced Louisiana pol.


Big Dollars for Big Oozy

BP Agrees to 18.7 Billion Dollar Settlement for Deepwater Horizon



The protracted Big Oozy saga is one step closer to a legal resolution. On Thursday (7.02), the Justice Department announced that BP will pay 18.7 billion dollars to settle civil claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster including over 6.8 billion dollars to Louisiana.


Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest



This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.


'Week of Action' Precedes Big Oozy Birthday


Tis the season for lineup rollouts. But, amidst all of the festivals roster reveal, one somber schedule was released. April 20 marks the five year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill. A week of activities is scheduled preceding the Big Oozy’s birthday.


Feels Like Old Slime: NOFD Investigates Oil Slick on Lake


It’s not just rigs in the Gulf that spring leaks. An two square mile oil slick on Lake Ponchartrain elicited a quick response from the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and The United States Coast Guard (USCG) this morning.


BP Wants Money Back from Claims


Even though the Supreme Court looking poised to parry BP's Big Oozy claim appeal, the British oil giant is looking at a new legal strategy to take some of its money back. In a motion filed Friday, the company asked a U.S. District Court Judge for restitution payments because of a change in the Deepwater Horizon claims process.


Study: BP Oil Slowed Fast Fish


Big Oozy oil slowed down one of the fastest fish in the Gulf, a new study shows. According to University of Miami researchers, oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster cut the ability of mahi mahi to swim by up to 37 percent. Along with impairing one of mahi mahi's key survival skills, a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology shows oil could have slowed other species of fish, as well.


Supreme Court: BP's Big Oozy Payouts Should Continue


Even though BP is trying to get the highest court in the land to weigh in on their claim appeal, the oil giant will still have to pay people who are eligible for Big Oozy losses and damages in the meantime. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the claims process set out by a 2012 settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and indviduals could continue while BP prepared their case.


Oil Spill in Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Feds Plan Controlled Burn


More than 2,000 gallons of oil spilled in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge last week, and crews are set to burn the oil off the marshy area Tuesday. The oil, which was discovered during an overflight on May 28, leaked from a pipeline buried below the marsh. The line is located about 10 miles southeast of Venice, and belongs to Houston-based Texas Petroleum Investment Company, according to a statement issued by the feds.


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