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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

Ambien Into History: Perricone Blames Sleeping Pills for Online Commenting


Henry L. Mencken1954 was the result of Ambien-fueled haze, says the former New Orleans prosecutor who was behind the nola.com handle. In a 13-page letter to a judge, Sal Perricone says that he doesn't remember making the online comments that eventually ended his long tenure in the local U.S. Attorney's office.


Nagin Trial Delay Denied


Judge Kurt Engelhardt's Danziger decision is still wafting through the federal courthouse, but the smell wasn't quite strong enough for the judge in charge of Ray Nagin's case to change anything. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan denied the indicted former mayor's request to delay his trial because of online comments in Jim Letten's U.S. Attorney's office.


Ex-NOAH Chief Wants DOJ's Comment Scandal Report, Too


When it comes to local public officials accused of corruption, the fallout from Judge Kurt Engelhardt's Danziger Bridge decision is now going two-by-two. Indicted former NOAH Director Stacey Jackson is now joining indicted former mayor Ray Nagin in filing for the release of documents connected to online commenting in the U.S. Attorney's office before any trial begins. Bringing another dimension to the scandal, Jackson is bringing race-infused comments into the mix.


Feds: Nagin Trial Delay Should Be No-Go


Ray Nagin is trying to get his paws on a government report about online commenting and delay his corruption trial in the process. But the feds hit back, arguing in court papers that while the indicted former New Orleans mayor may have taken plenty of heat from Henry L Mencken1951, the U.S. Attorney's office higher-up behind the alias wasn't working on his case.


Judge Rejects City's Motion to Halt Consent Decree


The federally-run reform plan designed to change the culture at NOPD will go forward, for now. On Friday, a judge denied the City's attempt to get out of the consent decree. After their motion was rejected, the City filed notice that it would appeal the entire consent decree.


Mann and Eweman: 2nd Prosectuor Dumped on Comment Boards, Heebe Claims


Since the storm, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten brought plenty of officials down from the heights of power, and even their big benches. Over the past few years, Letten has been finding that going all the way to the top of the landfill, however, is another matter altogether. Fed target and trash baron Fred Heebe already forced the resignation of longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone for commenting on nola.com as Henry L. Mencken 1951. Today, the River Birch landfill owner who is widely believed to be the target of a federal influence-peddling investigation is going after another commenter: eweman.


'Mencken' Recounts Redoubt


After he was outed by trash baron Fred Heebe as Henry L. Mencken1951, Sal Perricone came clean, and hung up his spurs in the U.S. Attorney's office, as well as the nola.com comment boards. This weekend, Perricone's words appear in a public forum for the first time in an interview conducted by New Orleans Magazine's Allen Johnson. Among other things, we learn that he actually uses "redoubt" when speaking, and that he also appeared on the nola.com comment boards as "legacyusa" and "dramatis personae." But above all, Perricone has a message: Don't use the Internet to blow off steam. Full story & statement here.


Letten's Office Sends Probe of Garbage Magnate Upstream


Jim Letten gets the Heebes in today's Friday afternoon news dump, brought to you by the local U.S. Attorney's office. In a statement releaed at the very end of business hours, Letten announced his office was recusing from the feds' investigation of the River Birch Landfill. The move, which is almost surely tied to the outing of one of the prosecutors on the case as a nola.com commenter, transfers the probe, which has already yielded indictments of a former state official and the landfill's chief financial officer, to the federal Department of Justice, which is based in Washington.


'Mencken' Marooned: Sal Perricone Resigns from U.S. Attorney's Office


Sal Perricone survived a spat with the Canal Street Brothel, and fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run. But the Internet proved to be too much for the now-former Assistant U.S. Attorney. The man who commented as "Henry L. Mencken1951" on nola.com resigned this morning, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.


Federal Prosecutor Trashed Fred Heebe Online


The sins at the center of the latest scandal to erupt from New Orleans' halls of power were not carried out in a back alley, or even on a yacht. Instead, they were simply the work of a man sitting down at his desk and writing out his thoughts. At the behest of trash tycoon Fred Heebe, NOLA.com commenter Henry L. Mencken1951 was outed today. The man hiding behind the curmudgeonly cloak was indeed one of the federal prosecutors figured to be leading the effort to bring Heebe down from the top of the landfill.


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