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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


Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 2

Stay On The Health Kick With Tips from ILoveKickboxing

It’s the second week of the post-Carnival cleanse that the more faithful call Lenten. Those who gave up beer for Lent may struggle with St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, while everyone who swore off sweets might want to steer clear of all the St. Joseph’s Day altars around town. As part of our ongoing series, NoDef is calling upon a different health expert each week to ask for tips for the fit and faithful. By Easter, NoDef will have 40 tips for each day of the season. Laughing Lotus Yoga’s Dana Trixie Flynn started the series last week with some tips to ease people into mindful health practices. This week, Jenny Kern of ILoveKickboxing's New Orleans outpost offers her ten tips for getting in shape as well as some advice on how to stay strong during this booze-and-bread filled weekend. 


Kern is part of the managerial team at ILoveKickboxing (ILKB) — teaching classes, leading nutrition and diet groups, as well as handling the group's social media and marketing initiatives. Her love affair with kickboxing began following a massive leg injury that kept her barely moving for months, and the high-intensity workouts helped her to lose weight as well as strengthen her bones and regain muscle definition. 


In short, Kern knows what it’s like to start from square one with a workout routine. She transformed herself from someone who could barely stand on her own to a leading trainer at ILKB’s Pittsburgh location and now part of the founding team in New Orleans. 


The instructor offers some advice on how to get started with a workout routine and stay motivated as we approach St. Patty’s, St. Joseph’s, and festival season debauchery.  


A way to stay on track during times of temptation is to make use of fitness apps and diet trackers. “Logging what you feed your body helps you understand daily nutritional intake and will encourage you will make small tweaks every week to your diet and teach you portion control,” she said. 


The key is to understand that your fitness routine will take time to make into a habit. “Start with a few times a week if you’re not exercising,” said Kern. “Do something that feels like the best hour of your day, the ‘me time’ hour of your day.” 


Tip 1 - Start a new routine! Make a habit of it so you get in a rhythm, but you never want your workout to feel stale. Be careful not to overstretch your goals — instead, aim to gradually build up to them. 

Tip 2 - Add more protein to your diet. You should be making it a priority to eat your recommended dose before you allow yourself to indulge in any sweets or other cravings. Shifting your diet is one of the quickest ways to change the way your body looks. 

Tip 3 - Hydrate. Your body needs water — and probably needs more than you think. Try to get a gallon a day, and make sure to pace your intake. I like to pour myself 30 oz. of water first thing in the morning when muscles are most dehydrated. Invest in a nice water bottle so you're more likely to carry it around with you. 

Tip 4 - Get a workout buddy. It can be intimidating to start something new. Having a buddy can make it less daunting and you can keep each other on track by pushing each other to achieve your goals. 

Tip 5 - Be aware of what you are putting in your body. Learn about your dietary habits by recording your food in a journal or on a fitness tracker app like MyFitnessPal. 

Tip 6 - Catch some zzz's. Sleep is when your body heals and resets, and it affects all parts of our body — from muscle development and gastrointestinal functions to hormone, energy, and stress levels. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, check your environment. 

Tip 7 - Start your day with some stretches. I love using a foam roller — I taught myself how to roll out my back and legs by watching YouTube videos. With always being on my feet at work, a foam roller can help blood flow to tight areas. Even doing 5-7 minutes of simple yoga poses in the morning is enough to help improve your mobility throughout the day. 

Tip 8 - Lift weights, or kettlebells, or just something heavy. Resistance training, as long as it is controlled and safe, has so many awesome benefits. Not only do muscles get bigger and stronger, but bones get denser and stronger as well! Neuromuscular adapters and reactions firing from your brain to your muscles that create movement learn to fire faster. Your posture gets better, your hormone levels balance, it even helps you to burn calories faster. 

Tip 9 - Get moving! Cardio works to strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system, lowering everything from blood pressure and cholesterol to stress and hypertension. 

Tip 10 - Most importantly, find something FUN that you like to do that stays challenging and engaging during your workouts. I love kickboxing, but if group workout classes aren’t your thing, try a personal trainer. If that all sounds too scary, get started with workout DVDs or exercise streaming sites to help you build up a routine without having to leave your house! 


ILoveKickboxing’s NOLA outpost is located at 2100 Franklin Ave., check out their website here

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