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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Today in NOLA 3.18.17
Today, New Orleanians are in the thick of it — between St. Patrick's Day yesterday and St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday tomorrow, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. NoDef has made it easy, sharing the coolest events around town today. The New World Rhythms Fest is back in Armstrong Park, while liberal-leaning political comedian Bill Maher will return to the Saenger stage. John Waters brings his Filthier and Dirtier tour to the Joy. John Boutte is doing his thing at d.b.a., and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will perform with The Felice Brothers at the Civic Theatre. On this day in 1687, LaSalle was assassinated by his own men. Now, more this Saturday.
Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 11AM-7:30PM)
Day one of the 10th annual free fest in Louis Armstrong kicks off today. Festivities will kick off with African drum circles and dance theaters, leading up to a pre-Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian battle. The night ends with The Low End Theory Players’s tribute to A Tribe Called Quest.
Bill Maher (The Saenger Theatre, 8PM)
Any fans of Trump (or, as Maher refers to him, “President Crazypants”) will want to steer clear of The Saenger tonight. Maher is bringing his signature acerbic political commentary to New Orleans for the first time since his 2013 Saenger performance. You might be familiar with his work on the long-running talk show “Real Time” but expect something a bit less politically-rooted from his stand up.
John Boutte (d.b.a., 8PM)
Primarily a jazz singer, John Boutte is also known to blend gospel, R&B, and blues into his performances. The New Orleans native most recently released “A Stew Called New Orleans,” an album written and recorded with guitarist Paul Sanchez. Boutte is a NOLA legend.
John Waters (The Joy Theater, 8PM)
The director behind "Hairspray," "Cry Baby," "Pink Flamingos" comes to the Joy tonight as part of his "This Dirty World: Dirtier and Filthier" tour. Waters will discuss his life, covering everything from his early days in the Baltimore underground arts scene to his friendships with drag star Divine and Manson murderer Leslie van Houten.
Conor Oberst (The Civic Theatre, 8:30PM)
Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will take the Civic stage tonight, joined by the Felice Brothers as both the opening act and backing up the indie-folk singer. Oberst is on tour in support of his new album, “Salutations” — a companion record to last year’s “Ruminations.” Oberst is best know as the mastermind behind a diverse number of independent rock outfits, including Bright Eyes, The Faint, Desaparecidos, and supergroup Monsters of Folk.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz