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March 22nd

Arsenic and Old Lace

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant


The Bubble Lounge

The Tasting Room, 3PM

Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)


NOFW Top Design Competition

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize


Poetry Reading

Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM

Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin


NOCCA March Magic Dinner

Press Street Station, 6PM

Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner


NOFLAG Discussion: Bathrooms, Bodies, Technocracy

Peristyle in City Park, 6PM

NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights 


Book Release and Poetry

Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM

Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson 


Art After Dark

Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM

Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students


Rosé at the Museum

American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM 

A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market 


Tincture Making 101

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures 


New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

Two-step in the Marigny at this show 


H Jon Benjamin

Tulane University, 8PM

The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form


Snake and the Charmers

The Carver Theater, 8PM

Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand 


Film Screening: Indians A Comin' 

Bar Redux, 8PM

Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians 


Dikembe and Expert Timing

Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Featuring All People and Hestina in support


March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers


Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone


Painters Painting Painters


Local artists celebrate each other in their work


Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library


Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter


Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one


Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles


Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds


JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 


Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show


John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more


Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM



Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused


The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop


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'


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 



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


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


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



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

Holding Ground

State To Begin Construction on Lower Mid-City Hospital Without Full Funding

Upated 12:15 p.m.

Next week, state bigwigs will don the ceremonial shovels  to break ground for the new Louisiana State University Teaching Hospital. They will be looking out at cleared land that might appear at first glance to be a blank slate. 


Less than a year ago, there was a neighborhood there. For months, crews have been clearing Lower Mid-City of houses and commercial buildings to make way for a new medical complex that will house the replacement to the shuttered Charity and VA Hospitals. The Teaching Hospital, which is funded by the state, will include 424 beds, and take up roughly more than half of the so-called footprint - an area bounded by S. Claiborne Ave., Canal St., S. Rocheblave St. and Tulane Ave.Crews moved more than 70 of the hundreds of houses, many of which were fully renovated after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Among the commercial properties lost were the home of New Orleans' German heritage soceity, the Canal St. Guest House, and the Outer Banks Bar. The clearing of the land has not been drama-free, but, today, only a few buildings remain on the swath of lifeless, dust-ridden land, which appears parched for activity.


Despite the preparations that have already taken place, the state still lacks full funding for the Teaching Hospital. Those close to the process say the $1.2 billion project remains about $400 million - or one third - short. So far, the state has set aside $300 million in FEMA settlement money that was issued because of the damage to the original Charity Hospital structure in the CBD, and made arrangments to pony up $474 of million of its own money. A second FEMA settlement for Charity is expected soon, but that won't be enough to cover the rest of the costs. Acquiring the rest of the federal money involves going through the Department of Housing and Urban Development for insurance. Through a program known as Section 242, HUD provides mortgage insurance for hospital builders. With the mortgage insurance backed by the government (which is in turn backed by taxpayers), the state can offer better insurance when trying to coax private financiers to put up money for bonds. The bonds would in turn pay for the hospital.


With the razing of a neighborhood, and passing over of an existing hospital structure embedded in the plan, critics of the project are many and vocal. They include historic preservationists, social justice activists and David Vitter, among others. Vitter, the junior U.S. Senator from Louisiana, is perhaps in one of the most influential positions of any of the critics. He appears to share many of the characteristics of the opposition, as he showed Monday with his willingness to express biting opposition to the project. Groundbreaking or no, he wrote a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan discouraging HUD from funding the mortgage insurance.


"I support a modern teaching hospital in New Orleans so that we can provide state-of-the-art medical care to all citizens and educate and train an exceptional medical workforce," he wrote. "But I believe that Louisiana’s current $1.2 billion Charity Hospital proposal is an extravagant, unsustainable plan.  This assertion is substantiated by the very fact that the state cannot get private financing at a reasonable cost without taxpayer support through HUD’s 242 Program."


Vitter went on to endorse the renovation of the original Charity Hospital structure. While Vitter's opposition is nothing new, his continued grandstanding shows that the state cannot put all of the issues surrounding the project to bed by throwing around a little dirt. Perhaps, if they're looking to be tasteful, the organizers will leave the traditional golden spades in Baton Rogue, and go with a more neutral metal. 


A state spokesman did not respond to a request for comment about Vitter's criticisms.


UPDATE 12:15 p.m. WWL posted a statement from state administration director Paul Rainwater responding to Vitter's concerns.



“HUD-backed financing is one several options the administration is pursing to pay for the construction of the University Medical Center, " the statement said. "The state opted to pursue this particular HUD guaranteed loan program because it will reduce the cost to the State and its citizens. Ultimately, we hope HUD will look at the merits of our proposal – and not the politics of the situation – as it makes the important decision of if it should back the University Medical Center, which will bring world class health care and medical education to our region."

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