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Today's Events: 3.15.12

Today, Parasol's welcomes St. Patrick's Day a couple of days early to the Irish Channel, The Poetry Brothel gets up close at Allways Lounge, Room 220 hosts a dynamic local lit duo at Antenna Gallery and the LPO rolls into First Baptist Church. On this day, Andrew Jackson, the namesake of our city's most prominent Square, and the Old Hickory that lead the pirates and privates to victory in the War of 1812, would've been 245 years old and, just before that War of 1812 win, La. Gov. William C.C. Claiborne ordered Jean Lafitte's pirates of Barataria to disband (1813). Good thing he didn't. Now back to today:


10:00 AM - Parasol's Irish Channel Block Party - St. Patrick's Day is a serious holiday in the Irish Channel, so why wait until the day itself? All day today, Parasol's (Third and Constance) unleashes its annual bash, complete with green beer, green costumes and plenty of people sitting in their offices green with envy. Even if you have to work, the party officially lasts til 8 p.m., so there's plenty of time to get out there. (Parasol's) 


7:00 PM Live Prose at the Antenna Gallery - Local authors Michael J. Lee and Dean Paschal read as part of Room 220's ongoing series. Lee is celebrating the release of his new book of stories, Something in My Eye. Read an interview with him here, and a chat with Paschal here. (Antenna Gallery)



7:30 PM Louisiana Philharmonic - Award-winning pianist Andrey Ponochevny is in town to play Grieg's piano concerto. In the great hall of First Baptist Church, the orchestra will also unfurl Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 and Tormis' Overture No. 2 for Orchestra. Estonia's Eri Klas leads the orchestra in a special turn as guest conductor. (First Baptist Church)


8:00 PM The Poetry Brothel - Finally, Storyville and the Gold Mine Saloon find a happy medium. Poetry whores delight the senses and the ears, while burlesque dancers, musicians and fortune tellers delight. Read a full preview of the event from NoDef's Moxie Sazerac here.(Allways Lounge)


And don't forget Thursday's regular gigs: Kermit Ruffins at Vaughan's, Stooges Brass Band at Hi-Ho Lounge, and Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand at Buffa's.








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