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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


Tipitina's 'Instruments A Comin' Awards $200K in Brass


The Tipitina’s Foundation is giving New Orleans kids the tools to become the next generation of artists to land gigs at the famous venue. The foundation awarded over $200,000 to area schools, a total of 127 new instruments from the Instruments A Comin’ Award. 

 

Tipitina’s Foundation’s Executive Director Bethany Paulsen said that the selection process focuses on “what they need to make their programs thrive.”

 

“We select schools that have some element of a band program in place,” explained Paulsen. “We meet with the band directors, find out what’s going on in the class, and make selections,” said Paulsen.

 

The lucky winners are as follows: Sophie B. Wright Charter School, Martin Behrman Charter School, Mildred Osborne Charter School, McDonough 35 High School, West Jefferson High School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, and Cohen College Prep High.

 

Mildred Osborne Charter School is getting an array of string instruments, including violins, violas, cellos and basses.  

 

"The school has an existing music program, but to date, has not had any instruments beyond a few keyboards to use within their program.  This award will allow them to fulfill their vision of building a string orchestra within their music program," said Program Manager Emily Menard. 

 

West Jefferson High School has a successful music program, but they wait-list a number of kids each year. Tip's award will bring more trumpets, trombones, and saxophones into the school. 

 

Through the program, Cohen College Prep High is getting the tools to establish a concert band. 

 

"A concert band setting is where students have the opportunity to refine their sound and technique. This is also where they learn repertoire needed for all-state and college auditions, which is needed to be eligible for college scholarship opportunities," said Menard. 

 

The fundraiser for the award was held in April, where organizers raised nearly $100,000 of the total. According to the Foundation, Tip’s, has given over $2.7 million worth of instruments in the decade since they launched Instruments A Comin’.

 

“Getting the instruments into the kids’ hands is just the first step,” said Paulsen. “It’s not just for people that want to become professional musicians. [Playing instruments] builds confidence, character, helps to improve test scores,” said Paulsen.




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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,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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