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March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


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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