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Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux

Trees Please


Some New Orleanians are beginning to convert their Douglas Firs into Mardi Gras Trees. However, most locals are wondering what to do with the shedding Christmas trees in their living rooms. Today, Mayor Mitch and the City reminded citizens that tree recycling programs will be available this week. The discarded cheer will be repurposed to protect the coast and the wetlands.


Drinking Culture

Christmas Season at the Sazerac Bar



Gentle reader, certain rites must be observed if we are to continue calling ourselves "civilized." Send the wine-stained suit to the cleaners. Finagle some tickets to a holiday show. Pass through the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel en route to a few pregame drinks that you almost certainly cannot afford. It’s Christmas time, my friends, and we’re dropping by the Sazerac Bar!


Crime Bits: Christmas Eve Edition


Not too many New Orleanians were being naughty on Christmas Eve. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) released the Major Offense Log (M.O.L.) for the night of December 24 into the morning of December 25. Only three crimes were included.


Christmas on Crus Control

Herbsaint's Joe Briand Offers Wine Tips for the Holidays



Christmas dinner is only half of a proper feast. Wine, too, is needed to fill out the yule spirit. Joe Briand certainly knows a few things about wine. In addition to working as the General Manager of Herbsaint, Briand has used to venue to build one of the city’s top wine programs. Last week, the sommelier poured a glass of wine and then sat down with NoDef to offer some tips on finding the right bottles for the holidays.


Tornado Watch!


It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but Louisiana is beginning to feel a lot like Nebraska. Today, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Tornado Watch for most of the state. In addition to severe storms, 47 parishes including Orleans are advised to be on the defensive against twisters until 6:00p.m.


Roam for the Holidays


By Ashley Larsen

Christmas is a day to be spent with family and friends, and one can hardly do that slaving over a hot stove. Several restaurants in the New Orleans area are open up on the big holiday and will be offering up all the traditional meals without all the dishes. 


A Christmas Carol


Christmas is days away and New Orleans is ready. Houses glow with festive lights, the halls are decked with boughs of holly, and Douglas Firs have usurped Palms for a few weeks. Tonight, the final piece will flaunt place when thousands gather in Jackson Square for the Patio Planters’ annual caroling.


Today in NOLA: 12.21.14


The Saints battle Atlanta rivals today in the dome. Afterwards, head on over to the Quarter for a favorite local tradition Caroling in the Square. Presrvation Hall throws its Creole Christmas party. Hot 8 Brass Band energizes the Howlin Wolf with sound. On this day in 1921, Governor P.B.S. Pinchback, Louisiana’s only black governor, passed away. Now more on today's events. 

 


Yule Jewel


With over ten million albums sold and the ten millions fans who make holiday pilgrimages to arenas around the world to witness the giant spectacle, it’s not a stretch to call Trans-Siberian Orchestra kind of a big deal. This week, founder and composer Paul O’Neil, former manager of bands such as Aerosmith, Scorpions, and AC/DC, brings his big deal to New Orleans Arena in the form of holiday rock opera, The Christmas Attic.


Op-Ed: Let It Glow

Positive Christmas Cards for Louisiana



Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock