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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

Black to the Future


The holidays are generally billed as a season of light, but Sports Illustrated picked today to run a piece about one of NOLA’s darker times—literally. The sports standard published one of the more in-depth looks at da Dome’s blackout during Super Bowl XLVII.


Minneapolis Beats New Orleans for 2018 Super Bowl


Updated 5 p.m.

As Jim Henderson called it, hell froze over when the Saints beat Minnesota to head to the Super Bowl. In 2018, the Big Game itself is going to the tundra. The NFL chose Minneapolis over New Orleans Tuesday to host Super Bowl LII in 2018.


Winged Fixation: WOW Cafe Talks Super Bowl Food


Louisianans are not shy about cooking for a big game, and on any given Saturday in Baton Rouge, one will see tailgate rigs bigger than most hunting camps. However, with the Saints out of the playoffs and the weather chilly, many New Orleanians are simply ordering out for today's show down. Wings are the most popular Super Bowl food in America, and NoDef got some pointers from Paul Ballard, founder and co-owner WOW Cafe: American Grill and Wingery. 


Steve Gleason to Be Featured in Super Bowl Ad (VIDEO)


Drew Brees has been representing the Saints on TV all week, but it'll be Steve Gleason's turn for some Super Bowl airtime during the game. The Black and Gold hero will be featured in a Microsoft commercial during the Big Game, according to the Saints.


Drew Brees Talks Sherman, Extra Points on David Letterman (VIDEO)


The Saints aren't in the big game and we're not hosting, but New Orleans is still has a place in Super Bowl hype. A King Cake baby already made an appearance in the NFL's pre-Super Bowl late night talk show blitz. Now, it's Breesus' turn.


New Orleans Bids for 2018 Super Bowl


New Orleans is set for Super Bowl competition with Indianapolis once again, but this time it's over who gets to host the Big Game. According to NFL.com, the Crescent City is one of six cities vying to host the Super Bowl in 2018.


Scalped: Man Admits to Selling Fake Super Bowl, BCS Tickets


Purchasing scalped tickets can be an easy last-minute way to attend major sporting events — unless, of course, the tickets are fake. A Maryland man pled guilty to selling thousands of dollars of counterfeit Super Bowl tickets and BCS National Championship tickets in New Orleans, U.S. District Dana J. Boente’s Office announced this week.


Scott Fujita Retires from NFL -as a New Orleans Saints Player


Scott Fujita came back to the Saints, then promptly retired from football Monday morning. Just so there was no shortage of drama to the scene, the transaction was all carried off from 11,000 ft. above sea level in Macchu Picchu.


Ravens' Star Receiver Jacoby Jones Helping at Home


Jacoby Jones, the New Orleans born Baltimore Ravens player who made a record breaking 109-yard run during this year's Super Bowl, was present at today's City Council meeting, to announce a donation to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD).


Blackout Bowl Babble: Entergy Traces Cause of Super Bowl Outage, City Council Weighs in


by William Dilella

Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (District D) convened an emergency meeting of the utility committee on Friday, February 8, to investigate Sunday's Super Bowl power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. While the Council was in full soundbite mode, Entergy took away some of their zap by specifying the cause of the blackout.


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