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Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

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

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


Moveon.Org Wins Billboard Battle


MoveOn.org's Obamacare billboard can stay up, a judge ruled this week. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick parried a request by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne to take down the Obamacare-focused placard, which satirizes the state's "Pick Your Passion" tourism campaign.

 

Moveon.org, the national left-leaning netroots org, posted the billboard on Interstate 10 heading east into Baton Rouge in early March. Directly juxtaposing the state's tourism campaign with Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to reject Obamacare's Medicaid expansion money, the sign reads: "Pick Your Passion! But hope you don't love your health. Gov. Jindal's denying Medicaid to 242,000 people."

 

Dardenne, whose office oversees tourism promotion, claimed trademark infringement on the grounds that the billboard would confuse people into thinking the state is criticizing its own governor.

 

Dick soundly rejected that argument, writing that MoveOn's parody is protected under free speech, and that people are unlikely to look at the billboard and think that the state

 

"In this Court's view, the Lieutenant Governor underestimates the intelligence and reasonableness of people viewing the billboard," she writes.

 

With the ruling in hand, MoveOn.org Executive Director Anna Galland that more signs are likely in the future.

 

"We are doubling down on our campaign to ensure every American has access to health care. We are expanding our billboard campaign in Louisiana," she said. "And we will will not rest until Governor Jindal and all of the other Republicans blocking access to Medicaid get out of the way."

 

Dardenne, who is running for governor in 2015, hasn't indicated whether he will appeal the ruling.




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Cheryl Castjohn

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Paolo Roy

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