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samedi

September 5th

 

Super Fresh Hip Hop Fest

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Salt N Pepa, Slick Rick and others take Nola

 

Louisiana Seafood Festival 

City Park Festival Grounds, 11a.m.

Celebration of the state’s seafood and music

 

Disorientation

Howlin’ Wolf, 9:30p.m.

Naughty Professor + Elysian Feel and more

 

Bourbon Street Extravaganza

Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, 6p.m.

Free outdoor concert as part of Southern Decadence

 

Crescent City Farmer’s Market

700 Magazine St., 8a.m.-12p.m.

Downtown edition of the city's prime local market

 

Freret St. Market

4405 Freret St., 12p.m.

September's version of the monthly arts and food market

dimanche

September 6th

Louisiana Seafood Festival 

City Park Festival Grounds, 11a.m.

Last day to grab some seafood and catch some jams

 

Mistress America

Prytania, 12p.m.;2p.m.;4p.m.;6p.m.;8p.m.;10p.m.

A college freshman is seduced by her step-sister’s mad schemes

 

What So Not

Republic, 9p.m.

Australian electronic music project

 

September Open Mic & Slam

Old Marquer Theater, 6:30p.m.

Monthly slam and fundraiser 

 

Southern Decadence Walking Parade

Golden Lantern, 2p.m.

Pride and parades

lundi

September 7th

Alex Culbreth

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Playing with The Idlewild String Confederation and Necessary Gentlemen 

 

In The Den: Fair City Fire

Howlin’ Wolf, 8p.m.

Also ft. Fire Bug and Bon Bon Vivant

 

Alexis & The Samurai

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft

 

Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Roots, rock and reggae

 

Yes Ma’am

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10p.m.

Royal St band takes the stage

mardi

September 8th

Jesmyn Ward

Dixon Hall, 6:30p.m.

Reading by author of "Men We Reaped"

 

Passion Pit

Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Known for "Take A Walk" and "Sleepyhead"

 

Geeks Who Drink Trivia 

Publiq House, 7p.m.

Grab a beer and a Scantron

 

Cyrus Nabipoor Residency ft. Monomyth

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Also ft. Doombalaya and Brass Lightening 

 

In The Den: Comedy Beast

Howlin’ WOlf, 8:30p.m.

Free standup showcase

 

Jon Cleary 

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

British blues pianist and composer

mercredi

September 9th

From Leah Chase to Morgus the Magnificent 

410 Chartres St, 6p.m.

A lecture looking at post-Katrina development

 

Roman Holiday 

Prytania, 10a.m.

Princess Audrey Hepburn lives like a plebeian for the day

 

Crooks on Tape

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Los Angeles trio

 

Blues Night 2015

HOB, 7:30p.m.

Blues music benefiting Crimestoppers GNO

 

Heartless Bastards

OEJ, 9p.m.

Garage rock from Ohio

jeudi

September 10th

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6p.m.

This week ft. The Brenton Sound

 

Paper Airplanes

Old Marquer, 9p.m.

Betrayal in modern day NYC

 

Tink

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Rapper & singer-songwriter

 

Crookers

Republic, 10p.m.

Italian electro-house

 

Funk Monkey

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

Funk from Nola

vendredi

September 11th

Tedo Stone

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Rock n roll from ATL

 

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

NOMA, 5p.m.

Art, music and movies in the garden

 

Halestorm

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

In support of their new album, “INTO THE WILD LIFE”

 

 

Lawrence Sieberth Quartet

Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.

Monthly Jazz Series 

 

Errata

Old Marquer, 7p.m.

Adventures of crooked cop and French Quarter stripper

 

Scales & Ales

Audubon Aquarium, 8p.m.

Music, drinks and fish

samedi

September 12th

The Rising

Ogden Museum, 4p.m.

Gallery talk about the rise in the photography community in New Orleans

 

Earl Sweatshirt

Republic, 9p.m.

Also ft. Remy Banks and NxWorries

 

The Wind in the Reeds

Historic Carver Theater, 6p.m.

Wendell Pierce’s Katrina memoir

 

Saints 5k Kickoff Run

Champions Square, 7:30a.m.

Grab your running shoes and your Saints jersey

 

Continental Drifters

Tip’s, 8p.m.

The reunion show ft. all the members from every year

 

Family Fair 

Ogden Museum, 10a.m.

Fun art and activities for the whole family


Eric Gordon’s Return Propels Hornets Past Bobcats


by Kerem Ozkan

He’s back. Eric Gordon, playing only his 10th game as a Hornet, effortlessly notched 24 points and seven assists in 25 minutes Saturday to lead the Hornets to a 98-95 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Hornets are now 7-23 for the season.

Simply put, Gordon exceeded every reasonable expectation in his return from the knee injury that had plagued him since the 2011 offseason. His impressive stats belie just how solid his performance was, as nearly every possession involving Gordon resulted in a good shot for the Hornets. Fortunately, there’s video.

 

Gordon shot an astonishing 14 free throws in the game, getting to the rim and drawing contact at will. This is no anomaly — as At The Hive’s Rohan documents, EG has always been near-elite at drawing fouls. His shooting didn’t look half-bad, either. Despite his drawn-out injury saga, it's suddenly easy to remember why multiple teams were competing to throw a max contract at this guy.

 

Moreover, Gordon showed the ability to take advantage of the Hornets’ plethora of shooters, finding the open man repeatedly after drawing defenders to himself. 247’s Ryan Schwan notes that the Hornets ran pick 'n rolls for EG over a dozen times with awesome results. The threat of an explosive guard suddenly adds some offensive cohesion to a team that looked miserably mismatched a week ago. Gordon’s effect tonight was not unlike what James Harden has done for the Rockets.

 

"I haven't had open looks like that in quite a while," Ryan Anderson told the AP. "[Gordon] is a special player. There are not a lot of guys like him in the NBA. He hasn't quite warmed up to be 100 percent comfortable yet with this group on the court, but to come out and take over like that, that is the mark of a special player."

 

Lest we get too excited over a three-point win against the Bobcats, let’s note that the Hornets were absolutely terrible for long stretches of the first half. Falling behind by 21 to the Bobcats is troubling, even if we did make up for it later. Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions each missed potential equalizers on the final possession. Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez were forgettable, our small forwards were once again seemingly invisible, and Austin Rivers was absolutely miserable.

 

Most worrisome: Charlotte’s starting wings — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson — combined for 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting. Perimeter defense is unquestionably the Hornets’ most pressing need, and Al-Farouq Aminu’s absence is mystifying and frustrating.

 

Things will get better soon. The return of Jason Smith, the eventual stabilization of rotations, and the burden Gordon takes off the offense should all help Monty Williams right the ship. If the team has indeed given up on Aminu, however, they would be wise to eventually add a defensive-minded small forward. New Orleans is in no rush to make a move and Dell Demps certainly won’t want to sacrifice significant assets for short-term gain. With that said, the Hornets’ top priority now is to develop players and teach winning basketball. One has to imagine it’s hard to develop a roster when there’s a gaping hole in it.

 

Moreover, there may well deals to be had. 247’s Michael McNamara recently crafted a solid list of candidates, including draft prospects and trade targets. Luol Deng and Corey Brewer are the most realistic trade targets mentioned, though Deng’s value is severely overstated. Something like Jason Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu for Courtney Lee and Chris Wilcox makes perfect sense to your correspondent.

 

The team’s brief easy stretch is over, as 15 of the Hornets’ next 18 games come against quality teams contending for playoff spots. I really can’t remember ever seeing a schedule this rough. First up, the resurgent Atlanta Hawks at home on Tuesday.
 

 

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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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Michael Martin

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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