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Jeudi

January 29th

Papa Mali and Cary Hudson

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Two local blues rockers shake things down on Canal

 

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

Ladies First

Fest, Parade and Arm Wrestling Tourney Put Femmes in the Spotlight



This weekend is going to be XX-rated in New Orleans, as LadyFest hosts events across the city, and the second-ever installment of an all-woman walking parade steps off Saturday.


Kristen Schaal Arm Wrestles in New Orleans (VIDEO)


The scene was set last night. The bright lights of the Howlin' Wolf. A women's arm wrestling tournament, complete with the sweaty, table-rattling competition we've come to know and love. Why wouldn't Flight of the Conchords and The Daily Show funnywoman Kristen Schaal step up for a special guest bout and..um, wait...is she getting married there?


NOLAW Lenten Brawl Hits Howlin' Wolf Saturday Night


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling (NOLAW) is doing its part for Lent tonight, as there will be plenty of giving up. The mighty women of NO LAW are heading to the Howlin’ Wolf at 8 p.m. to duke it out in the name of healthy pregnancy and childbirth. 


Today's Events: 7.16.11


July 16, the beginning of the Islamic Calendar (622), when the District of Columbia was established as the nation’s capital (1790), when the world’s first parking meter was installed, in Oklahoma City (1935), when J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye was published (1951), and when Millennium Park opened in Chicago (2004); It’s when Shoeless Joe Jackson (1888) was born, and when John F. Kennedy, Jr, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in 1999. So wander New Orleans like it was Holden Caufield's New York, and check out the following:


Balls to the Wall - Sans Balls


by Shay Sokol

Tonight, brawny babes battle again! The New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling league will host its first tournament of the year at The Maison on Frenchmen St. Eight rowdy contestants will lock hands for glory and good cause. Free to watch, all bets go to the New Orleans Birthing Project, and a smaller amount will help fund NOLAW's dreams of not ever profiting as a true 501(c)(3).


Matriarchal Maison Mayhem


For this year's inaugural season of New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling (NOLAW), the league's brawls have grown steadily from the back corner oddity in the neighborhood sports bar  (Finn McCool's), to the main event on overdrive (or was that Four Loko?) that overwhelmed a Lower Garden District watering hole (Half Moon). But the visibility of the irregularly scheduled programming has remained just a tad subterranean. The host bars were just far enough from the beaten path to make the out-of-place 40-something a scarcity. Tomorrow night at 8 p.m., that's about to change as the elbow holsters are set down at the Maison on Frenchmen St.


Hasslin' 'n Rasslin'

Ladies' Arm Wrestling Pumps Up the Lower Garden District



Last updated at 3 p.m., 10/22

 

At a NOLAW brawl, the euphoria of watching female biceps bulge until it seems like cephalic veins are about to pop can overtake all sense of time and place. Then, someone slips in a bribe.


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