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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)


Mayor Mitch Endorses Cynthia Willard-Lewis in City Council Race


by Dana Bialek

MARIGNY -- With the race for the vacant NOLA-wide seat on the City Council down to two candidates, it's time for political heavyweights to answer the age-old refrain: "Which side are you on?" For Mayor Mitch, that answer seemed to be borne in a past campaign of his own. At the New Orleans Healing Center's Cafe Istanbul, Landrieu stepped up to endorse former state senator Cynthia Willard-Lewis - a political ally who worked for him in 2006 - at an afternoon press conference celebrating the candidate, the  Lord and the City. 

 

 

The Mayor described Willard-Lewis, the fiery scion of a NOLA political legacy who served on the Council for most of last decade as a representative of District E, as “a woman of great faith and dogged determination.” 

 

“It isn’t easy to go against the grain,” he said.  Mayor Mitch invoked his own political past in explanation for his decision, adding that Willard-Lewis stood beside him and “sweat” in his first run at the office on Perdido Street.

 

With the April 21 runoff election fast approaching, it is time to return the favor.

 

“There is a new day for New Orleans,” said Landrieu.  “We need to march toward that new day.”  

 

For Landrieu, a vote for Willard-Lewis is the first step in that march. Willard-Lewis, too, is confident that she can work with the mayor to realize a greater New Orleans. 

 

“We will do this. We will do this together,” said Willard Lewis. 

 

Since endorsements favor one candidate over another, the Mayor's endorsement of Willard-Lewis is a rebuke of the other candidate in the race, current District B Councilwoman Stacy Head.

 

The importance of Landrieu's endorsement is underscored by the tight race. In last month's runoff, Head polled about eight percentage points higher than Willard-Lewis. But that was in a race that featured State Rep. Austin Badon, who, like Willard-Lewis, relies on a mostly African-American base and is headquartered in New Orleans East. Endorsements from Landrieu, who swept into City Hall in a landslide, and Congressman Cedric Richmond give Willard-Lewis a clear advantage in the battle for high-profile supporters.

 

Nevertheless, Head pulls a strong base from her home in Uptown New Orleans, and is running on the same kind of reformer platform that put her in office in 2006.

 

 

As the band (yes, this is New Orleans, there is always a band,) broke out in the familiar tune of Oh When The Saints Go Marching In, Willard-Lewis ended the conference with volume, spirit and optimism. 

 

“The Saints will go marching in!” she said.




"A new day"? A new day that

"A new day"? A new day that sounds just like the old days of corruption. Why can't people like CWL and Jay Batt just go away.

"A new day"? A new day that

"A new day"? A new day that sounds just like the old days of corruption. Why can't people like CWL and Jay Batt just go away.

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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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Stephen Babcock