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VENDREDI

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


All the Fray

The Story Behind LBJ's NOLA Civil Rights Speech



HBO premiered “All the Way,” a small screen adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s TONY award winning play about the early years of LBJ’s presidency and the cicil rights movement. The critically acclaimed film featured proud New Orleans native Anthony Mackie as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the NOLA connections go back some 50 plus years. At the center of the work is a speech delivered by the POTUS in an attempt to curb the Dixiecrat faction.

 

The address came at the end of a dual whistle-stops campaigns helmed by Johnson and his wife Lady Bird. The First Lady rode aboard the Lady Bird Special meeting with local leaders aboard her Pullman car at every stop. Both tours ended in NOLA on October 9, 1964, culminating with a ride down Canal in an open car. In an interview, legendary presidential correspondent Helen Thomas described the day as a “triumphal reunion; the whole thing was like a Hollywood ending.”

 

That evening, LBJ spoke at a fundraising dinner at the Jung Hotel. The Jung was located at 1500 Canal Street and is currently the topic of one of many redevelopment debates. However, the building began life far more illustriously in 1908 as the region’s largest convention hotel. Ultimately, it even earned a spot on the National Register of Historical Places in 1982. The destination fell into disrepair in later years. It switched ownership several times and was a Clarion, Radisson, and then the Park Plaza before damage from the Federal Flood ultimately shuttered the doors.

 

However, the night of the big fundraiser, the place was in its prime and packed with Democratic dignitaries. The crowd at the 100 dollar a head  gala included Hale, Lindy, and Tommy Boggs who has also been stumping with the Johnsons during the preceding run. Governor Jack McKeithen, Senator Allen Ellender, Russel Long, Mayor Vic Schiro, and most of the state’s congressional delegation. In addition, the party paid to televise the remarks throughout Louisiana and part of Mississippi.

 

This was no ordinary stump speech though. In ’64, the Democratic party was in the midst of a civil war. Johnson parted with fellow Southerners to push through civil rights legislation enraging the segregationist southern Dem machine. Prominent Dixiecrats like Strom Thurmond split from the party entirely. The rift threatened to put the extremist Barry Goldwater in office. (Pick your own analogy to the current election; there are plenty for all camps).

 

LBJ addressed the split in his normal fashion—head on. Speaking metaphorically of the southern electorate, the President bluntly exclaimed, “they haven't heard a Democratic speech in 30 years. All they ever hear at election time is nigger, nigger, nigger!”

 

The chief executive proceeded to make it clear that despite threats to the contrary, the recently passed Civil Rights Act would be enforced. “So we have the law of the land, and we are going to appeal to all Americans that fight in uniform and work in factory and on the farm to try to conduct themselves as Americans,” Johnson declared. “Equal opportunity for all, special privileges for none, because there is only one real big problem that faces you. It is not even the economic problem and it is not the Negro problem.”

 

The speech then pivoted to the greater problem which the administration believed was national security and peace. The ensuing comments were a jab at Barry Goldwater. Throughout the campaign, the G.O.P. nominee was attacked for his hawkish views. In the famous “Daisy” ad, LBJ went so far as to equate his rival’s election with nuclear armageddon.

 

The piece also included several local references including much love for the Long family, “New Orleans candy… that we call pralines,” local pols, and promises of prosperity. Specifically, the prez promised “a day when New Orleans will stand as a Queen City on this crescent” as an international trade center, a national cultural center, a terminal for waterways, “a good and gracious city for your families to call their home,” and “a port for the spaceships that are returning from outer space.”

 

Accounts of the audience’s reactions varied. The Tuscaloosa News reported that in “politically doubtful Louisiana,” the “remarks drew loud applause.” However, Thomas described the crowd as “stunned.”

 

Regardless of the night’s reception, Johnson managed to win the 1964 election, but potentially he lost the South for a generation. In ’64, the only states that he lost were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Goldwater’s native Arizona.

 

However, during the next election cycle, Richard Nixon launched the “Southern Strategy.” The tactic deliberately targeted white southern Democrats angered by civil rights legislation often using terms like “law and order” and “states’ rights” as code for racist positions. In ’68, much of the South flipped to the Republican party. The “Deep South” states voted for segregationist George Wallace, but the region has been solidly red since then.

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