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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'

 

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


NOLA Fashion Week: Jolie and Elizabeth, blackout Hit Runway Tonight


Fashion is never a stranger to the currents of life. Tonight is no different at NOLA Fashion Week, as those Crescent City staples of architecture and a blackout make their way down the runway. Tonight’s three shows begin at the Saratoga (212 Loyola Avenue) and will highlight locally produced looks from four local talents.

 

New looks from Jolie Bensen and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey, the entrepreneurial powerhouses behind Jolie & Elizabeth, hit the runway tonight at 6pm. If pearls are your go-to accessory, these are the dresses for you. The young designers take pride in their locally produced garments, and their aesthetic stays true to southern style.

 

Tonight’s show will likely deliver the timeless cuts, precise tailoring, and uncomplicated color palates that have characterized all of J&E’s past collections.

 

At 7pm, Izavel designer Isabel Varela will bring some edge to the catwalk. The designer showed off her knack for creating finely tailored, wearable pieces at the last NOLA Fashion Week. Varela’s Winter ’13 collection promises to be more conceptual, and the designer is flexing her artsy muscles with her new runway narrative.

 

The black and white pieces in Izavel’s latest show are meant to illustrate that, “life is really simple, but we make it really complicated,” explained the designer.

 

“The show [starts with] a simple garment, and by the end, the last piece is really complicated,” said Varela. “There are architectural geometric pieces that make each garment,” she said. Izavel  “It’s going to be cool because they’ll be standing four corners [by the end of the show], and everyone will be able to see the progress of the actual collection.”

 

The stark palate of Varela’s looks will be accented by the model’s rouge lipstick and bold hairstyles.

 

Following Varela is Ashlie Ming, debuting her Winter ’13 collection of her line, blackout. Ming was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, but the southern gal graduated from The Fashions Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California.

 

The young designer founded her New Orleans-based line in 2011, and her studio is located on Magazine Street. Ming strives to create functional garments that maintain a modern edge. Fashionistas can expect a mix of dresses and separates to hit the runway tonight.

 

Like J&E, Ming is loyal to the local economy. All of her designs are made in the Crescent City, and keeping the production process close to home is one of her top priorities. Ming’s models will take the floor at 8pm. Following the shows, Sip in Style at Bellocq (936 St. Charles) at 9:30pm. Check out the full NOLAFW schedule here.

 




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