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March 22nd

Arsenic and Old Lace

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

A murderous screwball comedy classic, starring Cary Grant


The Bubble Lounge

The Tasting Room, 3PM

Sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and France ($10)


NOFW Top Design Competition

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Gulf region's top designers compete for the ultimate prize


Poetry Reading

Maple Street Book Shop, 6PM

Featuring Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin


NOCCA March Magic Dinner

Press Street Station, 6PM

Chef Frank Brigsten and oyster aficionado Beck Wasden, plus NOCCA culinary students host a 5 course dinner


NOFLAG Discussion: Bathrooms, Bodies, Technocracy

Peristyle in City Park, 6PM

NOFLAG discourse on gender nonconforming, female, trans, and intersexual rights 


Book Release and Poetry

Blood Jet Poetry Series, 6PM

Featuring Jessica Fiorini, Prairie M Faul, and Elle Magnuson 


Art After Dark

Newcomb Art Museum, 6:30PM

Museum tours and art projects, plus live music for uni students


Rosé at the Museum

American Italian Cultural Center, 7PM 

A showcase of the best rosé wine on the market 


Tincture Making 101

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Learn the history and practice behind herbal tinctures 


New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

Two-step in the Marigny at this show 


H Jon Benjamin

Tulane University, 8PM

The voice of Bob from Bob's Burgers & the can of peas from Wet Hot appears in corporeal form


Snake and the Charmers

The Carver Theater, 8PM

Seven piece band performs, with Urban South craft beer and La Cocinita food trucks on hand 


Film Screening: Indians A Comin' 

Bar Redux, 8PM

Outdoor screening of three documentaries about Mardi Gras Indians 


Dikembe and Expert Timing

Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Featuring All People and Hestina in support


March 23rd

NOFW Runway Shows

Civic Theatre, 5PM

Fashion shows for the gulf region's top designers


Top Taco NOLA 

Spanish Plaza, 5:30PM

40 chefs compete for top taco prize


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Bob Malone


Painters Painting Painters


Local artists celebrate each other in their work


Books and Beer with Friends

The Courtyard Brewery, 6PM

To benefit the Friends of New Orleans Public Library


Micah McKee and Little Maker

Blue Nile, 7PM

Folksy local singer-songwriter


Holy Yoga Gathering

Big Easy 'Bucha, 7PM

Worship and yoga in one


Classical Mystery Tour

The Orpheum Theater, 7:30PM

Music of the Beatles


Julie Odell / Luminais / Elizabeth McBride

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

A night of angelic sounds


JD Hill & the Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

NOLA funk, trad and electric blues 


Comedy Gumbeaux

Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

Red Bean hosted stand-up show


John Papa Gros Band

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Papa grows funk and so much more


Willy Gantrim / The Lostines / Ester Rose

Saturn Bar, 9PM



Soul Project

Café Negril, 9:30PM

All genres of NOLA music fused


The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps, 11PM

6th Ward brass mixes funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop


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'


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 



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


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


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



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

Wookiee Win

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Gains Units, Plots Longer, Prime Time Trajectory for 2012 Mission

Carnival spirit is strong with this one.


The story of Chewbacchus falls somewhere between Revenge of the Nerds and Revenge of the Sith. This intergalactic krewe of brainy misfits continues to strike back at the imperial stronghold of traditional Carnival krewes, mounting a resistance to the staid and stolid regiments that have long ruled the parade routes. This year, when the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus rolls on Saturday, February 18, it will be a show of force by the rebel troops, as the krewe has grown in numbers since last year, and will feature some of the most inventive and creative floats, throws, and costumes of Carnival season.


NoDef dropped in on a recent Chewbacchus “build night” at the Den of Muses to chat with two of the krewe’s Overlords, Ryan Ballard and Brett Powers. What we found was the makings of one of finest fleets since the rebel fleet was massing at Sullust. The lineup includes motorized art bikes, starship costumes, and, of course, Bar2-D2, the keg droid on wheels.


Only in their second year, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus has gained plenty of momentum in a short time, and their hard work has been rewarded. Instead of sharing the bill with Bacchus on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, the krewe will get a prime-time slot on Saturday evening and brand new route, giving parade-goers an Uptown alternative to Endymion. Starting at 5:00pm at the Big Top 3 Ring Circus on Clio Street, the parade will roll up Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and down St. Charles Ave., before stopping for a toast to the royals at Coliseum Square, and heading to the CBD.


“We really wanted our own space and our own time,” said Ballard. With the complexity of their costumes and floats, many including arrays of colorful flashing lights, he said, “it was really hard for us to get around on the old route, and we wanted to roll at night.”



This year, the krewe’s theme is “Chewbaccalypse 2012,” and floats will feature a Mayan Temple on Wheels (decorated with a sacrificial C-3PO and a Stormtrooper sugar skull), an ancient Indian “Chariot of the Gods,” and a King Cake Flying Saucer with an alien baby. There will be a squadron of spaced-out art bikes, including the krewe’s signature X-Wing Fighter bike, and plenty of other puppets, costumes, and handmade contraptions.


“We’re big on emphasizing the DIY parade scene,” Powers told NoDef.


“It’s open,” added Ballard, contrasting the open membership policy of Chewbacchus to the more restrictive rules of traditional Carnival krewes. “It’s access. It gives people a chance to come up with their own crazy ideas.”


“It’s not just access to a krewe,” agreed Powers, “it’s access to ideas. If you’re in one of the traditional krewes and have some crazy idea for a float, forget about it.”


For Chewbacchus, the crazy keeps coming. This year the parade will also include Mardi Gras Indians in the form of Mighty Wookiee Fiyo and Wild Tchewbacchatoulas, a kid’s krewe called Ewokus, and an all-girl dance troop, the Vajarjar Binks with their escorts, the Scruffy Looking Nerf Herders. Signature throws include Chewbacchus bandoliers, handmade medallions featuring R2D2 and Han Solo in Carbonite, and Wookie panties, emblazed with sayings like “Han Solo Pilots This.”


One Carnival tradition that Chewbacchus adheres to is the celebrity royalty, and this year the parade features actor Ernie Hudson, who played Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore, and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, consulting producer and star of the History Channel series Ancient Aliens, known around the interwebs for his enthusiasm in relating inexplicable historical events to the roles of extraterrestrials.


While Chewbacchus trades on plenty of pop-culture gags, their devotion to spectacle is decidedly New Orleans. This year’s parade is sure to delight all revelers, even those who don’t know the Kobayashi Maru from the Kessel Run.


All Hail Our Sacred Drunken

All Hail Our Sacred Drunken Wookiee!

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