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JEUDI

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

NOCCA, 6PM

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

Country-blues 

 

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

VENDREDI

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 

 

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


NOLA Celebrates '64 Civil Rights Act


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the watershed Civil Rights Act of 1964. Celebrations of the leap towards equality are being held across America and New Orleans is no exception. NOLA will host panel discussions, gospel brunch, commemorative ceremonies, and a museum exhibition to mark the monumental moment.

 

The week long anniversary celebration is organized by not-for-profit, Liberty ’64, the brainchild of Dionne Butler. Butler explains, “As an African-American and native New Orleanian, my family lived the civil rights movement," Butler said.  "When you grow up in a segregated society and watch downtrodden people come together for the remarkable accomplishment of passing such an important piece of legislation, you always  remember it and want to celebrate it for the next generation," Butler said.

 

Through the Civil Rights Lens - A photo and video exhibit of over 50 civil rights photographs, posters, films and audio recordings at the National Park Service's Visitor Information Center in Dutch Alley/French Market. Images include the Freedom Riders, CORE sit-ins, many religious leaders including  Rev. A.L. Davis and the New Zion Baptist Church, and images from the September 1963 march on City Hall, the largest civil rights events in New Orleans history. The show will run for two months beginning on July 28, 2014.  Viewing times are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Civil Rights Sunday - Councilmember James Gray presented a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council proclaiming June 29th as "Civil Rights Sunday.” The day is billed as an “opportunity to remember the struggle and sacrifices which led to  the legislation's passage - especially for the important role women such as Oretha Castle, Helen Mervis, Rosa Keller, Doris Castle, Dodie Smith and Lois Dejean played and the equally important contributions of young people like Jerome Smith, Matt Suarez, Lolie Elie, Don Hubbard, and Rudy Lombard.” June 29

 

Let Freedom Ring Bell Ringing Ceremony and Presentation - On the actual anniversary of the legislation’s signing, dignitaries will gather on the steps of Louisiana State Courthouse (300 block of Royal.) 70 children from the Tambourine and Fan program will be peforming poems and songs and ringing their freedom bells.  "We encourage everyone to bring their bells and join us for this important moment," Butler explained. July 2

   

Civil Rights Panel Discussions  - Panel discussions to educate the community on important civil rights issues and serve as a teaching tool for school age children. June 30 - July 5

- The Freedom Riders - Dr. Norman Francis, Judge Edwin Lombard and others and  moderated by Dennis Woltering July 1

- The Significance of the 1964 Civil Rights Act - Dr. Raphael Cassimere, Rev. "Skip"  Alexander, Barbara Trevigne and moderated by Vincent Sylvain. July 2

- The Role of Women in New Orleans' Civil Rights Movement - Sybil Morial, Diana Bajoie, Rev. Lois Dejean and Gail Glapion and moderated by Judge Miriam Waltzer. July 3.

- Changing the Conversation on Civil Rights - Audry Stewart, ACLU, Mary Griggs, Forum for Equality, and Rafael Saddy, Hispanic Community Leader, Oliver Thomas, and moderated by Loyola University Professor Lisa Martin. July 5.

- The Music of the Movement Performance & Performance - Jackie Harris,  Dillard University professor Dr. Dorothy Smith and others, followed by a live performance by the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Freedom Singers.  Spirituals that will be performed include "Oh, Freedom," "Many Thousan' Gone," "My Mind Stayed on Freedom," "Run Mary Run,"  "Same Train," and "Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last.” The Mint on Saturday, July 5 at 2 p.m.

 

Civil Rights Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues - Phil Manuel, pianist and singer, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Linda White and the House of Blues Praise Band will be the main performers with special guests the Zion Harmonizers. July 6, at 1 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.liberty64.com.

 




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