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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.  

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