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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


Touchdown for Lower 9th: Area Gets 40 New Homes


The newly redeveloped Oliver Bush Playground is a state of the art facility, but the most important element of recreational space is the people who play in it. Touchdown for Homes is bringing the Ninth Ward affordable, high quality houses. Volunteers and sponsors plan to erect a total of 40 new homes, but they’re starting small with three. The group unveiled the fruits of their labor at a press conference today, on the corner of N. Rocheblave and Andry Streets.

 

A tour through the new homes shows visitors new washers and dryers, spacious bedrooms, granite countertops, and shiny new appliances. The homes are built on high foundations, hurricane-proofed as much as possible. The Touchdown for Homes initiative is a collaborative effort between the Homebuilder’s Association of Greater New Orleans, the Louisiana Homebuilder’s Association, the NFL Player’s Association, and many more. The funding for the project was generated through federal, state, private, and municipal dollars.

 

The three homes came up in only 39 days thanks to the hard work of builders Randy Noel, Fernando Arriola, and Kenny Adams, among a long list of others. The homes will be “energy efficient, affordable, and dynamic,” and the project will “leverage attention [to the Ninth Ward] to let people know what needs to be done,” said Jon Luther, Executive Vice President of the Home Builder’s Association of New Orleans.

 

Luther also called attention to the fact that the Ninth Ward had a 71 percent home ownership rate among residents before the storm, noting that the area is a “homeowners community.” The goal now, according to Luther, is to attract “amenities” so that those in the area can “walk to the market, the clinic, or the school next door.”

 

The big guys from the local chapter of the NFL Players Association donated their time and efforts into getting the three houses built before the Super Bowl. A spokesperson for the organization said that they “look forward to making this a vibrant community again.” 

 

NFL Players Association President Norman Hodgins said the retired NFL players were “determined this was going to happen.” Hodgins also quipped about the burly builds of the kindhearted gentlemen standing behind him. “The weight we have behind us, I don’t mean that in pounds I mean that in desire and going forward,” he said, to laughter. “And maybe in pounds, too.”

 

Touchdown for Homes has committed to building 40 houses total, putting them 37 away from their goal. Chair of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority James Singleton admitted his initial hesitance upon hearing Touchdown’s plans. However, the former Councilman and head honcho at NORA thanked everyone on the team for “living up to [their] word,” and completing the three homes before Super Bowl Sunday.




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Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith

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