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November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

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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