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September 20th

Pratik Patel of the African Wildlife Trust
Audubon Zoo, 6p.m.
Tanzanian wildlife official speaks on conservation

 

A Lie of the Mind
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Sam Shepard’s award-winning play looks deep into families’ anguish ($20)

 

Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 8p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.
Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy takes Chekhovian figures to Pennsylvania ($35+)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adaption of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Joy Theater, 9p.m.
A New Orleans legend returns home from tour

 

Afghan Whigs
Civic, 9p.m.
Cincinnati alt rockers return with their first new album in a decade ($30)

 

Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Other Planets
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Get lost with this Grammy-nominated Cajun band

 

Black & Gold Kick Off Party
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Celebrate Saints season with Dumpstaphunk, Good Enough For Good Times, & Gypsyphonic Disko ($17)

 

Merchandise
Siberia, 10p.m.
Tampa post-punk; playing with Direct Attack, Heat Dust, TV-MA ($8)

 

Siren Sea
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Independent pop duo from Dallas ($5)

 

Big Sam's Funky Nation
Blue Nile, 10p.m.
Trombonist "Big Sam" Williams leads this municipality of Who Dat Nation

 

Hot 8 Brass Band
d.b.a., 11p.m.

Experience the brass band that locals love ($10)

 

Debauche
Carrollton Station, 11p.m.
NOLA’s only Russian Mafia band play a late-night show Uptown

DIMANCHE

September 21st

Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
Superdome, 12p.m.

First home game of the regular season. Geaux Saints!!

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 2p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 4p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell

 

Louisiana History Alive!
Shadowbox Theatre, 8p.m
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This month ft. Baroness Pontalba and "Mother of Orphans" Margaret Haughery

 

Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Authentic N.O. honky-tonk rock

 

Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 10p.m.
Experience the brass band locals love

 

Elaine Greer
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Singer-songwriter based in Austin, TX ($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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Cheryl Castjohn

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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