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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


Blue Nile Mardi Gras Costume Bazaar Returns to Frenchmen St. Sunday


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

The Blue Nile Mardi Gras Costume Bazaar goes legal this Sunday, turning 21 and setting up an arrangment that the organizer said would avoid any entanglement with City Hall. Last year, the annual pre-Mardi Gras costume sale fell victim to Mayor Mitch’s Carnival permit crackdown. Without nonprofit sponsorship, the cost of such an event would total nearly $1,100, Bazaar founder Cree McCree told NoDef. But Threadhead Records has joined forces with the Blue Nile to make the bazaar possible.

 

Though the Bazaar is scheduled to go off without ruffling any boas, permitting has been no walk in the park. McCree said that she and Amy Potter, the president of THR who is currently in Jackson, Wyoming, have had their hands full emailing about legalities and faxing paperwork to get signatures.

 

“It’s not streamlined at all,” Mcree said of the city's process. “City Hall moves at a snail’s pace. It’s going to be taking up about three hours of my time, and that’s just in City Hall.” With all of the time and energy put into jumping through permit hoops, one has to assume that this year will be special.

 

All of the co founders, Ann Marie Popco, Oliver Manhattan, and Tracy Thomson were present in 2011, but the bust happened before they could make their champagne toast. So this year they will be back again to toast to 21 years of the Blue Nile Costume Bazaar.

 

“It’s a full house. The great thing is that everyone has such unique styles,” said Mcree, who referred to her own aesthetic as mostly whimsical, featuring “head pieces, doll bustiers, and a lot of baby faces.”

 

Thomson’s signature “too-too’s” will also be featured, and Mcree recommends mixing and matching to create the perfect Mardi Gras style. She is grateful for THR’s generosity in making this event possible for Halloween 2011 as well as Mardi Gras 2012.

 

The bazaar will feature thirteen designers offering handcrafted creations of costumes, masks, hats, headpieces, wigs, and more! If you want to support local recording artists and stock up on decadent Mardi Gras fashions, the event will take place at The Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St.) on Sunday, February 12 from 12-5pm.

 

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, this article erroneously stated that the cost to put on the Costume Bazaar would amount to $11,000. It would actually cost $1,100, according to Cree McCree.

 




keeping the spirit alive! I'm

keeping the spirit alive! I'm proud of you for persisting! May you have a truly prosperous event that helps compensate for some of last year's losses as well!

Thanks for the coverage, but

Thanks for the coverage, but the $11,000 figure is off by about $10,000. $1,100 is closer to the amount Blue Nile would have to pay if we didn't have a nonprofit sponsor.

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