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March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"


Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop


Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness



The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music


Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees


Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke


Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM


March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air


Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening


Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle


Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 


Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work


Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head


Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night


They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause


Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 


Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!


Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo


Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts


A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south



March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders


Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain


Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume


An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden


RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show


Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show


The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock


Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret


Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars


Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support


Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers


Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party


Altar-ed State

NoDef's Guide to St. Joseph's Day Parades & Altars

This weekend, as many New Orleanians toast to their Irish heritage and Mardi Gras Indians come out for Super Sunday, the city's considerable Italian population will be celebrating St. Joseph's Day. This day of religious observance honors Joseph, the earthly "father" of Jesus in the Bible. According to legend, St. Joseph saved the Sicilians from from famine by bringing rain to their crop fields; in exchange, the people threw a massive feast. NOLA's significant Sicilian population brough the tradition over many years ago, throwing parades and erecting altars with elaborate food spreads to commemorate the saint. 


One of the central events of the holiday takes place in the French Quarter, as the Italian American Marching Club is set to roll through the streets once again Saturday night. Founded in 1970 by a group of New Orleanians who wanted their Italian heritage showcased in the city, the Marching Club now boasts over 1500 members. The parade kicks off at Canal and Chartres Street at 6PM with pizza, wine, and Italian music. Decked in their customary tuxedos, members of the Marching Club will parade through the Vieux Carre handing out fava beans and silk flowers. Lucky ladies may even get a dance or a serenade. The parade ends at the New Orleans Hilton, where the Club's annual gala will take place. 


The highlight of St. Joseph's Day are the many altars that overtake the city. At the heart of every altar is a statue of Joseph, surrounded by platters of Lenten-approved (oft-meatless) foods, like raw fruits & vegetables, candies, cookies, pastries, and the good luck token of St. Joe's, the fava bean. Donations are accepted at most of the altars as well. Fava beans are usually passed out to passersby, as this is the food that saved many Italians from starving during the famine. Altars are held at many local churches but also at community centers, private homes that open to the public, and even bars like Lost Love Lounge and restaurants like AVO. 


Here is NoDef's list of St. Joe's Day altars in the Orleans Parish: 

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart (4301 St. Charles Ave.) March 20, 9AM-2PM
  • AVO Restaurant (5908 Magazine Street) March 18, 11AM-2PM
  • Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres St.) March 16-18, 10AM-1PM
  • Blessed Francis X. Seelos Church (3053 Dauphine St.) March 18-19, 9AM-5PM
  • Brother Martin High School (4401 Elysian Fields) March 19, 10AM-6PM
  • De La Salle High School (5300 St. Charles Ave.) March 20, 9AM-4PM
  • Holy Cross School (5500 Paris Ave.) March 20, 9AM-4PM
  • Immaculate Conception Church (130 Baronne St.) March 18-20, 8AM-4PM
  • Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St.) March 19, 12PM-close
  • Mount Carmel Academy (7027 Milne Blvd.) March 17, 7:30AM-6PM
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (400 Basin St.) March 19, 7:30AM-4PM
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Church (1835 St. Roch Ave.) March 17-19, 10AM-4PM
  • Rouses Markets (15 locations) 
  • St. Augustine (1210 Gov. Nicholls St.) March 18, 11AM-till
  • St. Augustine High School (2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave.) March 16-17, 8AM-3PM
  • St. Dominic (775 Harrison Ave.) March 16-17, 9AM-6PM
  • St. Francis of Assisi (6122 1/2 Patton St.) March 18-19, 1PM-4PM
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel (4700 Pineda St.) March 17-20, 9AM-4PM
  • St. Joseph (1802 Tulane Ave.) March 20, 9AM-5PM
  • St. Mary's Assumption Church (923 Josephine St.) March 18-19, 10AM-4PM
  • St. Patrick (724 Camp St.) March 18-19, 8AM-6:30PM
  • St. Raymond (2916 Paris Ave.) March 18-19, 1-5PM
  • St. Rita (8915 Edinburgh St.) March 18-19, 12PM-5PM
  • Xavier University (1 Drexel Dr.) March 16, 8AM-5PM


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