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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


H2 Show

Artists Vie For Grant to Install Water Art in Lafitte Greenway

On Monday (3.23), three teams of civic designers will compete for a $25,000 grant to install a watery piece of public art on the Lafitte Greenway.


The competition is part of the 5th Annual Water Challenge, “a daylong event focused on highlighting market-based, entrepreneurial solutions to our region’s water crisis.”  Organizers hope that the winning installation will be a positive step towards finding those solutions by creating conversation about the role of water in New Orleans. The $25,000 grant will be awarded based on an audience vote at the event.


The finalists, who submitted proposals based on the theme “Living with Water,” are Jennifer Blanchard (Contraflow), Michel Varisco (Turning), and Amy Stelly & Darryl Reeves (Drop in the Bowl). A limited reveal has been given to the general public, while full pitches are being reserved for Monday’s event.


Jennifer Blanchard  is working with a team of local artists, landscape designers, and environmental scientists. For Contraflow, she’s proposed a series of “Louisiana Native Totems” arranged throughout rain gardens and terraced communities of native plants. The totems, a product of fellow potter, Peggy Bishop, are the whimsical ceramic features that presently adorn street signs and other fixtures near the Cabrini foot bridge in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. “The totems that we would create for this project would be of native fish, birds, other reptiles, amphibians, and mammals of Louisiana,” said Blanchard, who is a botanist-turned-potter here in New Orleans. They will highlight the changing migration patterns of animals and people alike in the face of rising seas and eroding wetlands.


Turning is a kinetic sculpture proposed by Michel Varisco. In the past, Varisco has used large scale photographs and video to explore the Mississippi River Delta and its gradual deterioration. 


The sculpture, she said, will use “symbols, lights, sounds, motion and shape - in a talisman of sorts” and will also focus on our history with the River.


“By looking into Louisiana's origin symbol, the wild Mississippi River, and how we altered it and learned many lessons as a result, I hope to evoke an innovative and brave spirit in moving towards the inescapable questions of our future with water,” she said.


Amy Stelly has teamed up with sculptor Darryl Reeves for her Drop in the Bowl proposal, which envisions a stainless steel sculpture embedded in the landscape. The design, which she will reveal on Monday, will be “iconic and simple,” and emblematic of New Orleanians’ relationship with water.  She originally wanted to include a water feature in her plan, but she worried for its future maintenance. Stelly is an urban planner with a background in art history.


Darryl Reeves, according to the Encyclopedia of Louisiana, is a master blacksmith who is trained in the tradition of 18th and 19th century African-American ironworkers. He has rehabilitated the ironwork gates of the Presbytere (thought to be the work of slave artisans) and forged identical gates for the Cabildo, among many other projects. He plans to guide Stelly through the Drop in the Bowl project if it wins the grant.


“The projects were selected by a selection committee made up of Propeller, Arts Council New Orleans, and other external water and design experts based on community impact, visual impact, originality/creativity, and capacity to raise awareness and communication challenges New Orleans faces living with water,” said Propeller’s Communications Manager, Catherine Gans, in an email.  


The grant is sponsored by the City of New Orleans’ Percent for Art Program, which began in 1986 and has commissioned or purchased more than 350 works of art throughout the city.  The program is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans and funded by a designated 1% of eligible municipal capital bonds.


Interested parties must register online at in order to attend the design competition which runs from 10:15AM - 12:00PM at The Chicory on Fulton Street, Monday, March 23, 2015.

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