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Bouncing Back The New Orleans Hornets are creating a buzz with three games in the New Orleans Arena. On March 8, the Hornets play the Los Angeles Lakers; March 18, the Denver Nuggets; and on March 21, the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip-off is 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $10. Information and tickets, www.nba.com/hornets or 525-HOOP. Opposites Attract Move a neat freak in with a slob and what do you get? No, not a catfight in a college dorm room, but Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” Oscar, the slob, and Felix, the neatnik, learn how to cope with each other’s lifestyles and deal with serious issues such as divorce in this classic comedy playing at the Rivertown Repertory Theatre March 10-26. Information, 468-7221. A Visit from the Stork Global Wildlife Center has two new additions: baby reticulated giraffes Josette and Sandee, who join their mothers and the 3,500-plus animals that roam free on 900 acres in Folsom. Visitors tour this wildlife preserve in a handicapped-accessible covered wagon, allowing them to get close to the animals. A trained naturalist guide accompanies the tour. Information, www.globalwildlife.com; (985) 796-3585. Ship Shape The 36th annual New Orleans Boat Show cruises into the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center March 8-12. The boat show is one of the Gulf South’s largest, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their newest boats, motors and trailers. Other highlights include a stocked 40-foot aquarium for fishing seminars and daily door prizes. Information and tickets, www.neworleansboatshow.com. yes to N.O. Musical and artistic tributes to New Orleans are the focus of this month’s activities at the Contemporary Arts Center. “The Music of New Orleans” concert series showcases the talents of Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers on March 25 and Chris Thomas King on April 1, while the “Uptown/Downtown” concert series presents violinist Mark Feldman and his jazz trio on March 18. Tickets for the concerts are $15 for CAC members and $20 for non-members. The exhibit “Made in New Orleans,” organized by artist Jacqueline Bishop, will be on display until April 23. The exhibit is free. Information, 210-0224. teatiMe, anyone? If your liver is still intact after Mardi Gras – and somehow we think it may have recovered by now – it’s time to rediscover the pleasures of a more refined cocktail. Loa, the bar in the International House Hotel, offers a different specialty cocktail each month through July. This month, in honor of St. Joseph’s Day, the bar introduces the “Sicilian Tea,” a blend of Cointreau, Averna Amaro liqueur, lime and orange juices, club soda, sugar, and a wedge of lemon. We’ll drink to that. Information, 553-9550. Book ’Em Playwright Tennessee Williams made the French Quarter his home while he lived in New Orleans – and fans of his work will congregate there at the 20th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. The four-day event, March 30-April 2, features seminars, plays, master classes, musical events, film screenings, food and wine tastings, and much more. Authors such as Dorothy Allison, Rick Bragg, Robert Olen Butler and John Barry will be on hand, as well as former actor Tab Hunter (see Persona, page 15). Information, schedule and tickets, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net or call 581-1144.

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