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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


City Putt (PHOTOS)

City Park Set to Cut Ribbon on New Miniature Golf Course



For almost a year, City Park patrons have been watching the construction site across from Storyland and waiting with eager anticipation for the opening of the park’s newest attraction, a miniature golf course. 

 

Their wait is now coming to an end as the two course, 36-hole and 100% ADA accessible ‘City Putt’ is now ready to open its gates on May 24th, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

 

“This is a very exciting course, it’s definitely not your parents put-putt,” said John Hopper, City Park’s Chief Development Officer.

 

The two courses are 18-holes each and carry two distinct themes, one focused on cultural themes from the state of Louisiana and one on New Orleans, featuring the iconic streets and city staples.  The grounds and greens will feature lots of landscaping, flowing water and water features (or hazards if you will on some holes.)  Holes bear names of New Orleans streets and Louisiana landmarks, displayed in traditional New Orleans street tile and as Hopper explains; “We snuck a little learning in along the way…like you can find out exactly how Magazine Street got its name.”

 

The courses themselves are said to be challenging and fun, suitable for the full skills scope of putt-putters, from amateur to professional (yes, there are actually mini-golf leagues out there).  There are clever tricks and different approaches to each hole; one hole in particular will whisk your ball down stream if you happen to hit it off course, so keep an eye out for those water hazards.

 

This year-round putt-putt playland will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am to 10pm, with last call for rentals at 9pm.  Admission is a wallet-friendly adult price of $8 bucks and kids for $6 for one course, with an option to do both for $4 more.  The City Putt Clubhouse features two party rooms for birthdays and corporate events, and Hopper says the phones are already ringing with reservations.

 

“My guess is that this is going to be a very popular attraction, it’s the only course in town and a great place for parties and I also see a lot of dates taking place here.  Many memories will be cemented at City Putt,” said Hopper.

 

For the official ribbon-cutting, head over to City Park on May 24th at 10am for free popcorn and Arnold Palmers and be one of the first to grace the greens on City Putt’s inaugural day.  For more information, visit the City Park website at www.neworleanscitypark.com

 

Photos via City Park

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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,

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