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MERCREDI

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

 

JEUDI

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

 


Chris Trew Talks Wrestlemania with Sgt. Slaughter


by Chris Trew

Chris Trew is gearing up for Wrestlemania 30, set for April 6 at the Dome. The comedian and wrestling enthusiast talked to the event's former headliner, Sgt. Slaughter, about his career, hopes for the upcoming event, and New Orleans.   

 

Sgt. Slaughter is truly an old school professional wrestling superstar. He was world champion when the E was an F (as in World Wrestling Federation) and his most famous storyline involved the Gulf War, where he played the role of an Iraqi sympathizer.

 

That heel turn (wrestling talk for "bad guy") led to the man born Robert Remus headlining Wrestlemania 7 against the immortal Hulk Hogan. We're now well on the road to Wrestlemania 30 which will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday April 6th. With it comes a slew of events that will take over New Orleans and the WWE sent Sgt. Slaughter to the site of the big one a little early to spread the word. 

 

Sgt. Slaughter is no stranger to the Big Easy. "Always great to come back in New Orleans. I started coming here in 1975 working for Bill Watts. Wasn't as gifted as I am today in the ring but it was a learning experience. Always enjoyed coming to New Orleans, it was always a treat. It's a different place from Shreveport (where we were based)."

 

In terms of matchups Sgt. Slaughter would like to see, the hall-of-famer said his number one would be to see "Brock Lesnar take on the Undertaker."  

 

"I know some things that I’d like to have happened. I really look forward to the anticipation of WrestleManias. After each one, I wonder how they’re going to top [each other]. But they always do," said Sgt. Slaughter. 

 

Sgt. Slaughter told Trew, "Other things I’m kind of looking at in the back of my mind, there are some hall-of-famers who are going to be involved in Wrestlemania. If Wrestlemania 1 was thirty years ago, why not try to get some of the players that were at Wrestlemania 1—Hulk Hogan, Mr. T’s, Bob Orton," he continued. 

 

Sgt. Slaughter shared his story of becoming a villain. "I was sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon watching NASCAR racing and the phone rang, and I answered it," said Sgt. Slaughter. The call was from Vince McMahon. "'You ready to go back to work?' he asked."

 

McMahon pitched the idea to Sgt. Slaughter. "He started laying this idea out about me being an Iraqi sympathizer, and going against America, that we were weak and letting Iraq push them around…he made the whole thing up. He showed me a model of the Coliseum in ’08, wanted to break the record for Wrestlemania 3," said Sgt. Slaughter. 

 

If he were an active wrestler, Sgt. Slaughter said he'd be feuding with Dolph Ziggler. "He reminds me a lot of Ricky Steamboat or Mr. Perfect. A little bit of Ric Flair," said Sgt. Slaughter.  

 

Sgt. Slaughter offered some predictions for Wrestlemania 40. "I predict it will be in a spaceship going around Mars. Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan. Or Shane McMahon's children," he said. 

 

Listen to the entire interview at Trew 2 the Game, courtesy of Nola Defender. Tickets are on sale now for all of the events surrounding Wrestlemania 30, including the Hall of Fame, Axxess and Monday Night Raw. 




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