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Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker

 

Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday Celebration

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Trumpet Mafia, Jonathan Batiste & Special Guests

 

Pine Leaf Boys

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

Local grammy nominees take the stage

 

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

Report: Pelicans to Sign French Center Alexis Ajinca


With mixed results from Lou Amundson and Jeff Withey, and Greg Stiesma and Anthony Davis still weeks away from returning, the Pelicans are set to sign French center Alexis Ajinca, according to CBS Sports. This isn’t your typical waiver wire move, however, as the Pelicans are reportedly locking Ajinca up for two fully guaranteed years.

 

The 20th pick in the 2008 draft, Ajinca struggled to carve a niche in his four years in the league. He received the most playing time in 2010-11 with the Toronto Raptors, where he averaged a respectable 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. While sometimes described as a bust, Ajinca actually grabbed 13.6 percent of the rebounds available to him that year — better than Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol’s figures.

 

Ajinca has since prospered with France’s Strasbourg — where he averages over 19 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes. And that's not to mention his considerable success with the French national team. RealGM.com recently wrote that he is “considered one of the best centers in the Euroleague.”

 

The acquistion answers the questions raised when the Pelicans unexpectedly waived Josh Childress last week.

 

At 7’2” and with considerable experience under his belt, fans should be excited about Dell Demps’ boldness in grabbing this guy. Let’s hope his newfound success translates to the NBA.

 

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