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Jeudi

January 29th

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5

       

Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event

 

Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas

 

 

Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”

 

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

Cool Zone: Magazine St. Businesses Throw 2-Block Party Friday


WIth New Orleans' outdoor sauna cranking up yet again, shops and eateries that make a cluster of commerce near Magazine Street and Napoleon Ave. are offering a way to beat the heat on Friday night. Small businesses from Feet First to Miss Claudia's Vintage Clothing and Costume to Theo's Pizza will all be offering a prime opportunity to chill at the Cool Down Block Party on Friday, July 26.


Uptown Crime: Bat-Toting Robbers Strike 3 Times, Magazine St. Muggers Sought


A terrible trio carrying a baseball bat pulled off three consecutive robberies in the Lower Garden District Wednesday night, according to police. One of the victims was taken to the hospital in serious condition after being hit in the head with the bat, while one of the assailants was arrested, police said.


Magazine Baie-In

Baie Rouge Brings Family-Friendly, Fine Food Uptown



Another restaurant joins the roster of Magazine munchies. Despite a bubble gum pink exterior, Baie Rouge packs some serious talent.  Led by Chef Michael Capiton, former executive chef at Eleven 79 and former sous chef at Galatoire’s, the recently opened resto at 4128 Magazine St. promises gourmet quality without the white linen tablecloths.  


Pelicans Looking to Move Up in NBA Draft Lottery, Tracey's Watch Party Planned


New Orleans' NBA team may have ditched the Hornets moniker to get their Bayou State mojo working, but the Pelicans will hope to conjure one piece of the Bees' old magic tonight at the league's annual draft lottery. A year ago, the Hornets memorably beat the odds to land the number 1 pick, sending the Brow to the Crescent City. This year, the Pelicans will have to fight off some Magic to land the top spot.


Rivista Café Brings More Turnover to Magazine Street


A Crescent City Farmer's Market favorite now has a permanent location Uptown. Rivista Café and Bakery (4226 Magazine) is serving up pastries full of local ingredients, including Lisa Barbato's own crawfish bread.


Fête Française Brings Weekend Block Party Near Magazine St.


by Elisabeth Morgan

When was the last time you ate escargot while drinking a beer and watching live Cajun music? If it's been a while (or never), Saturday, March 23, is the day to make it happen. This weekend École Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans hosts its 14th annual Fête Française from its location at 821 General Pershing Street to the corner of General Pershing and Constance.


Dat Dog Opens on Magazine


Dat Dog is moving into the Irish Channel, just in time to beef up St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The popular hot dog joint that started on Freret officially opened their second location at 3336 Magazine St. Friday afternoon. The gourmet hot dog and sausage operation will hope to rekindle the same popularity that lead them to outgrow their original Freret spot.


Xavier Prep to Close


After 98 years of shaping the lives of students and preparing them for their future, Xavier Prep will not continue their “tradition of excellence.”  At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the school at 5116 Magazine St. will close its doors for good. 


Both Boots: Cristiano Brings Northern Italian Cuisine to Martinique Bistro on Mondays


by Sarah Esenwein

New Orleanians can now turn the malaise of a Monday into a marvelous experience by satisfying their mind, body and soul and stomachs with the newly established Cristiano Ristorante pop-Up at Martinique Bistro (5908 Magazine St.) to look forward to. Bringing together the best of ‘both boots’, locals now have the chance to partake in polished dishes from Executive chef Lindsay Mason and Houma-based Cristiano.


Chocolate Shops Get Sweeter in Time for Valentine's Day


Nothing cures the post Mardi Gras malaise like a box of chocolates. Whether it’s a surprise from your significant other, your best friend or your mother, everyone should indulge in a truffle or two on Valentine’s Day. While some of the less romantic lovers will try to pull off a cheap box of Russell Stovers, there’s no need to sully your V-Day sweet tooth with D-grade sweets from Walgreens when Sucre and Blue Frog are around the corner.


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Contributors:

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

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock