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VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


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.

Erin Rose
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