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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


Beta Network

Inside a New Orleans Office Space Where Creativity is King

Innovation and entrepreneurship are mainstays of New Orleans these days. Like any ecosystem, the enviornment is a key influence in determining success for startup companies. Today, we go inside a new space from architect Marcel Wisznia that provides its tenants with more than four walls and a desk.



New Orleans was recently referred to as “the Cinderella of business improvement,” by Chief Executive Magazine. The publication ranked the city 13th in the nation, which is a huge jump from their spot at #27 last year. Start up companies have caught wind of New Orleans’ new pro business image, and so has architect Marcel Wisznia.



The creator of the Union Lofts and the Saratoga building picked up on the new trend and laid a creative hand on shared workspaces. 



Wisznia is an expert in funky spaces with personality, as evidenced by the art that fills the walls of his buildings. Local artist Terrence Sanders curates all of their buildings, allowing a functional living spaces to double as galleries for contemporary artists.  In Saratoga, Wisznia has managed to revamp tired and outdated architecture without threatening the historic elements that make the building significant.



Wisznia’s latest project is on the second floor of New Orleans’ first skyscraper, the Maritime Building. Beta is approximately 5,000 sq. feet of creative space where companies can bounce ideas off of each other. The shared workspace model isn’t new, but Beta distinguishes itself with an aesthetic that blends historic architecture with sleek design.



The space blends a minimalist philosophy with inviting, colorful accents. Although it’s highly modern, classic arched windows that overlook the CBD keep the office modern and bright. Director of Operations Chris Brancato is optimistic about Beta’s appeal to new, techy tenants. 



“Marcel’s vision was to turn it into a private suite, private office spaces," he said. "We had an opportunity to approach it from the ground-up with a design driven workspace.”



The first round of companies on board with Beta all signed leases for a year or longer, and these tenants will be “the determining factor as to where it goes,” Brancato said.  A few tenants are Nola Fashion Council, Apptitude, Circa, and Zydeco Media.



Zydeco is a young company based out of New Orleans that manages social media communication for restaurants. They’re a small start up, but they’re growing rapidly with 35 restaurant clients in the city and 25 in Dallas. We spoke with them about what it’s like to work in such a sleek, modern workspace.



Social Media Director Bryan Davis is more than pleased with the environment at Beta.  



“Beta is beautiful, it’s comfortable, it’s bright,” Davis said.



He also emphasized how effective the coworking model is for young businesses in similar stages of growth.



“We can coalesce resources and work towards a common goal," he said. "There’s a camaraderie in that type of environment.”



Zydeco used to operate out of Launchpad, which Davis said was a positive experience for a young start up.


“It was like elementary school in the sense that we made mistakes, but we had a lot of teachers to help us get it right.” Davis views the transition to Beta as a kind of graduation. “It’s the type of space we definitely see ourselves growing in.” 



Brancato is pleased to have the long-term leasers like Zydeco, but the space is beginning to include more “transient” users as well.  



“At first we weren’t sure if we wanted the ‘daily’ user, we were thinking long term leases only,” he said.



Once the people at Beta considered the location of their business and its potential appeal to people on the go, they decided to be more inclusive. They’re even creating a mobile app that will allow prospective tenants to buy a space on their phones and walk right in to a concierge that will greet them and direct them to their space. 



“It’s going to be pretty slick. We’re trying to digitize as much as possible,” Brancato said.

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