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Dimanche

January 25th

Rock N Roll New Orleans 10K

Hilton, St. Charles Ave, 7a.m.

Register as Race Day VIP and receive a pre-race Continental Breakfast presented by John Besh’s Restaurant

 

Dial M for Murder

Prytania Theatre, Noon

Hitchcock thriller in 3D! (Also playing Jan 28)

 

King Cake Festival

Champions Square, 11a.m.-6p.m.

The 2nd annual party that celebrates the quintessential cake of Mardi Gras

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 5p.m.

Dallas comes to town to battle our NOLA birds

 

Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

This group keeps country culture alive 

                

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

New Orleans staple busts out their brass every Sunday in the den ($10)

 

NOLA Comedy Hour

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Comedians and friends from The New Movement

Lundi

January 26th

Kate Voegele

The Beatnik, 8p.m.

Now Nashville based, former One Tree Hill musical starlet brings her acoustic set to New Orleans

 

Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

Sixers take on the Pelicans on their home turf

 

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring an instrument and join in (free)

 

Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor, 8p.m. & 10p.m.

Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen

 

Glen David Andrews

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

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)


Hornets Outplay Bulls on the Road, Win 89-82


by Kerem Ozkan

The New Orleans Hornets continued their “Hey, we’re actually decent this year!” campaign Saturday by beating another very decent team, the Chicago Bulls, by a score of 89-82. They did so without Eric Gordon (knee) and Anthony Davis (concussion), no less, making up for a lack of star power by out-rebounding, out-hustling and out-playing the Bulls at every turn, holding one of the league’s best-coached teams to an utterly pathetic 33 percent field goal shooting.

 

I’ve neglected to credit Jason Smith in my write-ups for the past two games, so let’s make up for lost time here. Smith has made an NBA career out of heart & hustle, overcoming a lack of athelticism and more tangible skills. He’s turned into the prototypical fan favorite in New Orleans, and a game like this perfectly illustrates why. As Hornets247 noted, Smith scored an incredible 16 points on five shots (how do you even do that?), adding a couple blocks and rebounds for good measure.

 

Stick with Ryan Anderson. I’ll explain why.

 

The Golden State Warriors’ Dorell Wright led the league in three-point shots made in 2010-11. He finished a distant 21st in 2011-12. Wright essentially went from being the league’s consensus breakout player one year to a merely passable backup player on a bad team the next. This kind of no-show is precisely the reason why folks have a tendency to distrust guys like Anderson. A player’s three-point shot can seemingly disappear at will.

 

Here’s the thing: Anderson is an elite rebounder, decent defender, and passable playmaker who plays to his own strengths perfectly. He finds ways to impact games regardless of who is on the floor and whether his shot is falling. He shot a disappointing 1-7 from the three tonight, but nonetheless led the team to victory in his first start as a Hornet through his poise and effort.

 

Elsewhere, there was more surprisingly great stuff from Robin Lopez and Al-Farouq Aminu, who have now held their own on offense against two elite defenses, the Spurs and Bulls. 247’s Michael McNara notes:


 

Aminu was everywhere once again, rotating beautifully and contesting everything. Lopez, meanwhile, had four big blocks and changed another half a dozen shots in the paint tonight. There is a reason Carlos Boozer shot 1-8 from the field, and that reason’s name is Robin Lopez.

 


All told, this was an all-around solid game from the Hornets, who have once again affirmed our cautiously optimistic outlook on life. With the road win, they're 2-1 on the season.




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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

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock