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Defender Picks

 

Jeudi

February 11th

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Republic, 10p.m.

Portland based cult rock favorites

 

Pelicans at Thunder

Chesapeake Energy Arena, 7p.m

Birds try for run before the break

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

3700 Orleans Ave., 3p.m.-7p.m.

Midcity edition of the city's prime local market

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week feat. music from Helen Gillet

 

NOLA Social Ride’s Happy Thursday Bike Ride

Parkway Bakery, 7p.m.

Valentine’s Day Lipstick Ride

Vendredi

February 12th

Chris Brown

Smoothie King, 8p.m.

Rihanna castoff tries to transform ya

 

Silk

UNO Lakefront, 8p.m.

Georgian R&B group brings Happy Days

 

Music of the Rolling Stones

Jazz Market, 8p.m.

NOJO performs Mick & Keith’s best, $27.24–522.95

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

NOLA brass with a touch of DC go-go

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Cajun classics from Bruce Daigrepont plus geneology night

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania, 12:15p.m.

Do the time warp again with Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Samedi

February 13th

Best Coast

Joy Theatre, 9p.m.

Indie rock, lo-fi favs, duo from L.A.

 

Funky Meters

Tip’s, 10p.m.

Funk from Neville, Porter, and Batiste

 

Martin Sexton

Republic, 8p.m.

Eclectic three part harmonies from New England, $25

 

Wavves

Joy Theatre, 8:30p.m.

Catchy indie-pop from L.A.

 

The Asylum Chorus

Siberia, 6p.m.

Team of pro pop and classical vocalists get creative

 

Little Freddie King

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

Locally grown blues

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

700 Magazine St., 8a.m.-12p.m.

Downtown edition of the city's prime local market

            

Vietnamese Farmers Market

14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, 6-9a.m.

Produce, meat, groceries & more in NO East


Touchdown for Lower 9th: Area Gets 40 New Homes


The newly redeveloped Oliver Bush Playground is a state of the art facility, but the most important element of recreational space is the people who play in it. Touchdown for Homes is bringing the Ninth Ward affordable, high quality houses. Volunteers and sponsors plan to erect a total of 40 new homes, but they’re starting small with three. The group unveiled the fruits of their labor at a press conference today, on the corner of N. Rocheblave and Andry Streets.

 

A tour through the new homes shows visitors new washers and dryers, spacious bedrooms, granite countertops, and shiny new appliances. The homes are built on high foundations, hurricane-proofed as much as possible. The Touchdown for Homes initiative is a collaborative effort between the Homebuilder’s Association of Greater New Orleans, the Louisiana Homebuilder’s Association, the NFL Player’s Association, and many more. The funding for the project was generated through federal, state, private, and municipal dollars.

 

The three homes came up in only 39 days thanks to the hard work of builders Randy Noel, Fernando Arriola, and Kenny Adams, among a long list of others. The homes will be “energy efficient, affordable, and dynamic,” and the project will “leverage attention [to the Ninth Ward] to let people know what needs to be done,” said Jon Luther, Executive Vice President of the Home Builder’s Association of New Orleans.

 

Luther also called attention to the fact that the Ninth Ward had a 71 percent home ownership rate among residents before the storm, noting that the area is a “homeowners community.” The goal now, according to Luther, is to attract “amenities” so that those in the area can “walk to the market, the clinic, or the school next door.”

 

The big guys from the local chapter of the NFL Players Association donated their time and efforts into getting the three houses built before the Super Bowl. A spokesperson for the organization said that they “look forward to making this a vibrant community again.” 

 

NFL Players Association President Norman Hodgins said the retired NFL players were “determined this was going to happen.” Hodgins also quipped about the burly builds of the kindhearted gentlemen standing behind him. “The weight we have behind us, I don’t mean that in pounds I mean that in desire and going forward,” he said, to laughter. “And maybe in pounds, too.”

 

Touchdown for Homes has committed to building 40 houses total, putting them 37 away from their goal. Chair of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority James Singleton admitted his initial hesitance upon hearing Touchdown’s plans. However, the former Councilman and head honcho at NORA thanked everyone on the team for “living up to [their] word,” and completing the three homes before Super Bowl Sunday.




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