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Jeudi

January 29th

Papa Mali and Cary Hudson

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Two local blues rockers shake things down on Canal

 

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5

       

Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event

 

Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas

 

 

Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”

 

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


Mudbugs No Match for Black Widow's Web


by Brad Rhines

Don’t let her size fool you.  Though she weighs in at just under 100 pounds, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas can put away more food than men twice her size, and she can do it faster.  Ranked as the #4 eater in the world by Major League Eating, an organization that oversees professional eating contests, Thomas once again ate her away to victory at the Rouses Crawfish Eating World Championship on Saturday at the French Quarter Festival.     

 

 

Hailing from Alexandria, Virginia, Thomas has found plenty of success eating in the Big Easy.  This year’s event was the third annual contest and the third victory for Thomas, who continues to crush the competition when it comes to crustaceans.  And she’s not bad at bivalves, either.  In addition to being the three-time crawdad champ, Thomas won the 2010 Acme Oyster Eating Contest, and she holds the MLE record for oysters after slurping down 46 dozen in 10 minutes back in 2005.  

 

 

On Saturday, Thomas scarfed down 3.3 pounds of crawfish in 10 minutes.  This year’s total was less than her world record setting performance in 2011, when she ate a total of 6.5 pounds, though she had more time to do so, as last year’s contest found Thomas in an overtime eat-off with Baton Rouge native Adrian Morgan.

 

 

Morgan, a relative newcomer to the Major League Eating scene, has impressed the veterans and now holds a #7 ranking among the elite eaters of the MLE.  While a victory at home would have been nice, Morgan had to settle for third this year with 2.45 pounds, finishing behind fan-favorite Crazy Legs Conti from New York City, who ate his way to second place with 2.8 pounds.

 

 

By way of comparison, Da Paper’s James Karst won an amateur contest featuring members of the local media earlier in the day, eating 1 pound of crawfish and edging ahead of last year’s amateur winner, WDSU’s Travers Mackel.




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