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November 25th

Pelicans v. Suns

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 8p.m.

Pheonix takes on New Orleans



Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Jon Cleary

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

British-born keyboardist’s groove is all New Orleans


Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early

Legislature Still Evolving on Science Ed

The ongoing effort to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act has continued to hit roadblocks this year in the Louisiana legislature. A pair of bills designed to deal a blow to the law that creates what some call a loophole in the education system allowing creationism to be taught in schools are moving through the Capitol, with one appearing to have more hope of reaching the floor than the other.

Jindal Talks Vouchers, Creationism at NBC Education Nation (VIDEO)

With his tax axe plan parked, Bobby Jindal had a few minutes to get out of the car in New Orleans and chat with NBC's Hoda Kotb on Friday. The one-time WWL-TV anchor and current Today Show host was in town for NBC's Education Nation, a summit on school systems that's traveling around the country. After parrying questions about his future and the income tax proposal, Jindal weighed in on vouchers and creationism in Louisiana schools.

Church and Statehouse

School Prayer, Creationism Focus of 2 Legislative Session Bills

As Louisiana's annual legislative session convenes Monday, our reps and sens are having visions of taxes, less pot prison time and, as ever, prestige license plates. But what the children are learning is also the focus of a pair of numbers set to be called in the House That Long Built. William Dilella takes a look at an effort to get the 'Our Father' into the classroom, and a renewed push to check creationism at the schoolhouse door:

Roger Ebert Pans Jindal’s Education Drama

Film critic Roger Ebert gave two thumbs down to Governor Bobby Jindal’s voucher program. The famed film critic took to twitter and his blog to pan what he considers taxpayer support of schools using creationist textbooks.

Teen's Campaign to Repeal 'Creationism in Schools' Bill Returns

This year, Zack Kopplin has a high school diploma in hand, a little cable talk experience and a few dozen more Nobel laureates. So the teen who tried to bring down the Louisiana Family Forum and NOLA-area Sen. Karen Carter-Peterson are bringing their fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act back to the state legislature this year. When the annual lawmaking session opens next week, Kopplin and Carter Peterson will be pointing out that 75 Nobel Laureates stand with him to bring down the law that many feel opens the door to teaching creationism in schools.

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