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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


The Challenging of 'All the King's Men'


Since reading is sexier when you're not supposed to do it, the final seven days of September marks the American Library Association's annual Banned Books week. Here in New Orleans, we're accepting enough to stay clear of the ALA's list of towns that challenged, banned or burned classics. But, the Kingfish was not so lucky. Former LSU Prof Robert Penn Warren's (presumably) Long-based classic, All the King's Men, makes the list, thanks to a 1974 challenge from Dallas. 

 

According to Dawn B. Sova's Literature Suppressed on School Grounds, the Dallas Independent School District just thought the book, which tells the tale of Southern governor Willie Stark and his unsavory dealigs, just wasn't light and fluffy enough for some in the District.

 

Along with Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Penn Warren's work was wheeled before the literary inquisition.

 

"They complained that the novel contained a "depressing view of life" and "immoral situations," Sova writes. 

 

The novel appears to have survived the threat, as two copies are currently listed as "available" in the District's library system. The copy at Lincoln Magnet High, however, has mysteriously disappeared. 




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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

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock