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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


Not All Blue Dogs Go To Basel

NOLA Out in Force for Gargantuan Miami Art Fair



MIAMI BEACH, Fla.-- Among the sea of pressed shirts and tie clips in the Miami Convention Center for Art Basel Miami Beach this past weekend, there was one brave man, clad in a white tee and Mardi Gras beads.

 

He stood out among the 46,000 art gallerists, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world who flocked to Florida in search of favorable weather conditions and the opportunity to view the largest U.S. showing of international artwork. But, as a representative of New Orleans, he wasn't alone.

 

 Between participating in shows and  chatterings about New Orleans' own major art exhibition, the ninth edition of the art-stravaganza saw solid representation from the Crescent City's burgeoning art scene.

 

The exhibition was first conducted in 2002 as a sister event to Art Basel Switzerland and has grown each year in art-world importance as well as number of attendees, which totaled over 46,000 this past weekend.

 

 At Pulse, a fair of contemporary art that runs in conjunction with Basel, Julia Street’s Jonathan Ferrara gallery brought three of its artists to the art-world masses. Dan Tague’s prints of strategically crumpled dollar bills, David Buckingham’s salvaged metal sculptures, and Skylar Fein’s mixed-media text works sat comfortably among booths displaying art from Tokyo to Dusseldorf.

 

In the venue’s Jaguar Lounge, patrons returned from test driving new model sports cars to a 5-foot wood-and-light installation of the word “Harsh”, a piece by Fein that pays tribute to the New Orleans street artist and was displayed at NOMA last September.  

 

New Orleans’ reach extended beyond the makeshift walls of Pulse. Dan Cameron, the founder of Prospect New Orleans, also served to bring local representation to South Beach by moderating a talk Art Salon Basel.

 

New Orleans' showing is also likely to have concrete results. A gallerist from Bitforms, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, expressed enthusiasm about the potential participation of at least one Basel artist in Prospect 2, which takes place next fall. 

 

In 2009, Prospect 1 brought 81 international artists and 89,000 visitors to New Orleans, and contributed $23.5 million to the local economy. The biennial undoubtedly generated a greater interest in contemporary art in the city, both from within – by fostering artistic exchange among local and international artists, and from outside – as indicated by the exposure gained in Miami this year. As New Orleans secures it’s position in the international art arena, both Basel and Prospect speculators are presented with the question: what will become of contemporary art in New Orleans?

 

Enter Prospect 2, which is seeking to further integrate local and international artists into a city of ever expanding cultural identity. Set to run from October 22, 2011-January 29, 2012, this citywide biennial art free for all will again indulge gallery goers in gooey orgasmic visual bliss.

 

In a slimmer form than its predecessor, Prospect 2 will be exhibiting work from 62 artists, including local artists Bruce DavenportDawn DeDeauxDan TagueRobert Tannen and the late Jeffrey Cook.

 

Just as Prospect 1 looked outside of normal venues to showcase art, Prospect 2 plans to continue using exhibits as vehicles for discovering the character of the city.  Sites will attempt to engage with the locality of cultural landscapes in the city. These include coffee shops and restaurants scattered throughout the French Quarter, the Lower 9th Ward, Central City, Treme, Faubourg Marigny/Bywater, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Warehouse Arts District and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. 

 

That guy in a T-shirt might not be so out of place among the cosmo art crowd, after all.

 

 

 

*Updated 12/22/10: previously stating Prospect 2's opening date as Nov 13, this article has been changed to include Prospect 2's dates to run from October 22, 2011 – January 29, 2012.

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