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March 4th

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
New book focuses on New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes


Civic Theater
Simon Gosford and Raja Ram’s uber eclectic sound


Pelicans v. Pistons
SKC, 7p.m.
Surging Birds face Detroit without Brow


Indy Go Go

Indie music and indie film have emerged as powerhouses in NOLA since the Federal Flood. Now, Indy Racing is trying to join the clique. Today (3.2), organizers of the inaugural 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana released a packed schedule of racing set for April 10-12.

Former Saint Eddie "Boo" Williams Talks Depression

Depression was taboo in America for generations. Perhaps no place more than a locker room is the disease regarded as a pariah. An article by Jim Trotter published today attempts to shed life on the issue amongst NFL players. At the center of the piece is former Saints tight end Eddie “Boo” Williams.

LSU's Martin Funk Dunks (Video)

The Brow had to sit out the NBA’s dunk competition during the All Star Weekend, but LSU’s Jarell Martin made sure that Louisiana was represented in the world of aerial acrobatics on Saturday (2.21). The sophomore forward’s dunk versus Florida became an instant viral sensation.

Broken Birds: Anderson, Davis Injured

Updated 14:26

The Pelicans have shown signs of life before. Prior to the recent rays of hope, the Hornets showed signs of life. Before that, the same could be said of the Jazz. Yet, it seems that every time New Orleans starts to establish a presence on the hardwood, injuries intervene. Last night (2.21), Pels stars Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis both left a game versus Miami due to injury, but this time the team held on and logged an emphatic 105-91 win.

Starry Rite: Night Racing Returns to Fair Grounds

Ash Wednesday has passed, but it’s not time for JazzFest yet. In fact, there is still some racing to be done at the Fair Grounds. New Orleans’ historic race track just announced the return of their popular Starlight Racing series.

Ingram Not Tagged, But Still It

The past few off-seasons for the Saints have been an education in the finer points of the NFL rulebook not to mention the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Jimmy Graham alone provided enough legal drama to fill a John Grisham novel. Negotiations in 2015 might generate lots of ink, but unlike the Graham saga, the “franchise player” tag will probably not come into play according to the NFL Network, 

Brow Seat

Pelicans faithful have anxiously been waiting for Anthony Davis’ return to hardwood. Now, the rest of the nation will join them. The Brow announced that due to his pesky right shoulder strain he will sit out the All-Star weekend.

Boot in the Bowl

The Saints may not be playing tonight, but there is still some Louisiana to be found in the Super Bowl. There are several players both born and schooled in the Boot to keep the matchup local on both sides of the game. From the Pats’ punter to Seahawks’ corners, there’s lots of Louisiana to go around.

Where to Watch the Superbowl in NOLA

New England versus Seattle is not a particularly inspiring matchup for most New Orleanians. Still, it is the last game of the year, and many locals are finding solace in the ads. For those who decide to watch the game at the last minute, NoDef has compiled a list of some good gridiron bars. 

Fair Grounds Puts on Rosie Glasses

With Carnival about to begin, the Fair Grounds is close to their annual transition from betters to festers. However, there is still some time left for the ponies. The races on February 21 will be particularly noteworthy. The Fair Grounds will be celebrating Rosie Napravnik.

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