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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 


Hello Dalai

Dalai Lama Makes Debut Trip to NOLA for Week of Peace and Performance



After Sunday’s tragic mass mother’s day shooting in the 7th Ward, New Orleans could use a peaceful reminder.  This weekend, the city is in luck.  Taking a break from the mountains of Tibet, the high lama himself, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, takes a seat at the Convention Center to share ideas of compassion, equanimity and non-violence in his debut trip to the Crescent City.

 

“The Dalai Lama in New Orleans is historic,” said Dr. Ron Marks, Dean of the School of Social Work Tulane University.  “He will speak to the part that compassion and connection play in building the resilience of communities and individuals.  He will deliver his message of compassion and ethical behavior and non-violence and we are happy to receive him.”

 

As the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has served as head of the Gelung school of Tibetan Buddhism since 1950, the longest-lived Dalai Lama yet.  Among his many achievements, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and travels around the world preaching non-violence. 

 

Hosted by the Tulane School of Social Work, his conference, “Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection,” will feature a variety of public speakers, including writer Margaret Wheatley, psychiatrist Dr. Richard Davidson, Mayor Mitch, the Drepung Loseling Monks, and of course the Dalia Lama himself. 

 

Along with his attendance at the conference, His Holiness will speak on Friday and Saturday to the public about “Strength Through Compassion.”  Before then, people can gear up for the lama’s arrival at the monk organized Tibetan bazaar in the Convention Center from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and at UNO from noon to 4:30 on Saturday. 

 

Thursday begins at 10 am (registration starts at 8:30 am) with a resilience guided bus tour through the city, followed by several workshops that take a deeper look into unanswered questions of mindfulness and resilience.  If one city can recognize resilience, New Orleans can. 

 

The afternoon also brings chanting, Mardi Gras Indians, sand mandalas and Wheatley’s “Whatever the Trauma, Community is the Answer” talk and Davidson’s “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind” talk.  

 

Friday continues with more mindfulness.  After a morning talk, the Dalai Lama sits in o an evocative panel discussion with Davidson and Wheatley and, naturally, more sand mandalas. 

 

See the Full Schedule Below:

 

Tuesday May 14 and Wednesday May 15

 

9am-5pm: Tibetan Cultural Center at Convention Center (Free and open to the public) Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby

 

9am-5pm: Drepung Loseling Monks Sand Mandala

 

Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby

 

Thursday May 16

 

8:30am-5pm: Registration

 

10am-11:30am: Concurrent Morning Activities:

  • Resilience Guided Bus Tour
  • Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness
  • Doing the Work: Recognizing and Building Community Resilience
  • Is Mindfulness Enough? An exploration into the reaches of awareness, compassion, from the individual to society.
  • Shell Shocked: Where compassion and connection come together to create a path towards non-violent, empowered resilience. The screening will include a panel discussion made up of a mentor, teenagers from the film, a Tulane School of Social Work graduate, a Tibetan monk and the director, John Richie. Q&A will follow.

11:30am-1pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

 

12:30pm-12:50pm: Depung Loseling Monks Chant

 

12:50pm-1:15pm: Welcoming Celebration

 

1:15pm-1:30pm: The Resilience of New Orleans

 

1:30pm-4:30pm: “Whatever the Trauma, Community is the Answer” by Margaret Wheatley

 

5pm-6pm: Networking Dinner

 

6pm-6:30pm: Mardi Gras Indians Performance

 

6:30pm-9pm: “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind” by Dr. Richard Davidson

 

9am-5pm: Tibetan Cultural Center & Sand Mandala at Convention Center (Free and Open to the Public)

Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby

 

Friday, May 17:

 

8am-9am: Breakfast

 

9am-9:15am: Welcome and Introductions

 

9:15am-10am: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

10am-11am: Panel Discussion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Richard Davidson, Margaret Wheatley

 

11am: Conference Concludes

 

9am-5pm: Tibetan Cultural Center & Sand Mandala at Convention Center (Free and Open to the Public) Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby

 

5:30pm: Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony (Free and Open the Public)

 

Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby to Mississippi River

 

*Correction: The shooting occurred in the 7th Ward, not the French Quarter, and this article was updated to reflect those changes at 5:45pm.

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