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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


Sen. Landrieu Leading in New Poll


A new poll shows Sen. Mary Landrieu leading the runoff field that's vying to take her U.S. Senate seat by a comfortable margin. But the New Orleans Democrat has another main opponent that could give her rivals strength as November approaches: undecided voters.

 

The poll, a survey of 1,075 Louisiana residents conducted by the New York Times and Kaiser Family Foundation, showed Landrieu earning 42 percent of the vote. The next closest registered opponent was Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge), who garnered 18 percent of the vote. State Rep. Paul Hollis (R Metairie) and Co. Rob Maness got 5 and 4 percent of the vote, respectively.

 

However, all three of the GOP candidates were overtaken by undecided voters, which got a combined 30 percent of the vote. Twenty percent of respondents said they didn't know or didn't answer, while another 10 percent signalled they would rather vote for someone else, or won't vote.

 

The poll also asked voters to weigh in on Landrieu's job approval rating, and undecideds could once again hold sway on that question. Forty nine percent of respondents said they approved of Landrieu, while 45 percent said they didn't. However, another 6 percent said they didn't know or gave no answer.

 

In non-Senate race items, the poll also quizzed respondents on what they thought of Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

 

Vitter, who plans to run for governor in 2015, garnered a 51 percent approval rating.

 

Meanwhile, 54 percent of voters disapproved of Jindal's job. The gov's results were identical to those of another question that asked Louisiana voters if they approved of President Barack Obama's job. In most of Louisiana, the Prez is seen as wildly unpopular. Over the last two election cycles, Republicans have sought to tie any Democrat who runs for office directly to Obama.

 

Get the full poll results here.




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Cheryl Castjohn

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