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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


LSU Hospitals Cutting Patient Services, 1,500 Jobs


The publicly-funded hospital system run by LSU handed down massive cuts today as a result of the state's Medicaid meltdown earlier this year. Across the state, seven hospital operations that provided care to the uninsured are poised to become a shell of their former selves as the state cuts $150 million in funding, or 20 percent of the LSU hospital budget. About one-third of the funding cuts will come In New Orleans, where LSU Interim Hospital in the CBD will see about 420 layoffs.

 

That will result in a reduction of medical/surgery beds to 90, and a consolidated surgery schedule with two less operating rooms. A New Orleans mobile clinic will also close, and the hospital will phase out OB/GYN services. The state claimed the cuts will not affect the new LSU Medical Center that is currently under construction in Lower Mid-City, but a public-private partnership to fund that new project is not yet in place.

 

The entire LSU hospital system will shed jobs, with Earl Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge losing about 340 jobs, Chabert Medical Center in Houma losing 245 positions and University Medical Center losing about 170 jobs.

 

Patient services seem unlikley to be spared. Earl K. Long Hospital will consolidate operations to one floor, and operate 15 beds as a result of the cuts. Officials said this was an accelerated move to shift services to Our Lady of the Lake hospital as part of a new partnership. UMC in Lafayette, Walter Moss Regional Hospital in Independence and Kemp Medical Center in Shreveport will now have 10 beds each.

 

Meanwhile, ICU services will be cut at Earl Long Hospital, and in Independence and Lafayette. Bogalusa Medical Center will close its 18-bed psychiatric unit.

 

The new cuts are the biggest slice out of the $859 million in Medicaid money the state lost earlier this summer. The federal government took back funding that was mistakenly appropriated to Louisiana during the drafting of the federal health care bill in order to pay for the federal trasportation bill. State health officials already budgeted for the Medicaid money when it was cut.

 

Even before the Medicaid cuts that wreaked havoc across the state, officials from the Jindal administration and the LSU system talked about making serious reforms to the publicly funded Charity Hospital as Louisianans have known it.

 

In a statement today, LSU Hospital exec Frank Opelka said the Charity Hospital system has "long been on an unsustainable path that threatens the strength of our medical training programs. Decreasing inpatient volumes and continued isolation from the evolving health care market have resulted in a system in decline."

 

Officials have said the future of the system, including the new LSU Medical Center in Lower Mid-City will hinge on public-private partnerships.




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