Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Blake Couvillion says, "We are happy to have Mr. Shane Seneca join our efforts to restore Bayou Teche. He is a great welder and a valuable asset to our project. Mr. Seneca's area connects two other adopted stretches of bayou to form an unbroken chain of adopted waterway. We hope others will take interest in our project and volunteer to adopt an area as Mr. Sencea has done." Jacques Privat, director of Keep St. Martin Beautifu says, "St. Martin Parish Government and Keep St. Martin Beautiful applaud Mr. Shane Seneca for his dedication to our environment. We are encouraged and excited that he and so many more people are joining this fight to clean up our parish. Any person, family, neighborhood, business, club, church or other organization can adopt a remaining portion of the Bayou Teche, a road or other area in the parish by calling 442-1016."
Cajuns for Bayou Teche will be out with their boat, the "St. Michael" and invites the community to join in the clean up effort or to enjoy some home-cooked gumbo and cheer on the volunteers!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Well...that was short-lived. Even though James managed to survive last week's Tribal Council with his leg in a cast, he just couldn't hang on, so Lafayette's Survivor is out. Poor James...didn't even make it to the merge this season. Ahhh well.....at least Russell, arguably the greatest Survivor strategist ever, is still in it. So my loyalties now lie with him....go Russell! :)
This week's People Magazine has a Q&A with James here.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This song isn't his best, or most famous, but I always loved it because it' shows his wicked humor and power with double sided words. And, check out the guitar solo. Straight out of the Tax Man handbook, this is what a solo should be in a pop song. Never in my worst nightmare would I have dreamed we would lose both Bobby Charles and Alex Chilton in the same year, and with so much music left in them. Bummer.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Check out this week's Independent Weekly for a really fun list of things they think make living in Lafayette cool. We were surprised and excited to see that they included The Daily Meaux in the same company of so many way cool things. Yep.....listed right under Poo Poo Broussard and before Old Gold there we are. Yea! :)
When I first saw these films I was taken by the raw power of the musical performances by all the artists, but I was under the impression that the future held promise to equal and build upon their work. That was naive of me. It's obvious now, that Blank captured the "golden age" of Cajun music and Zydeco. No artists have come close to matching the accomplishments of Dewy Balfa, Clifton Chenier, Canray Fontenot...etc. Seriously, check out Hot Pepper and tell me if the music of Clifton Chenier bears any resemblance to what passes for Zydeco today. These were the giants of our culture, and Blank presented them brilliantly. This was our music before tourism, before commercialism, before cliche'.
Now, get off my lawn!
Monday, March 22, 2010
How cool is this.....Festival International has an iPhone / iPod Touch app that has everything you could possibly want to know all in one handy, and best of all, FREE app. Stage maps, band bios, create your own schedules and more! Click here to check it out. Sadly, no Android app.....yet?
Friday, March 19, 2010
March 21, 2010
American Creole (2006)
60 min. No Rating
Louisiana filmmakers Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit present this film on New Orleans jazz man Don Vappie. His sidemen are scattered by Hurricane Katrina, his flooded-out mom is sleeping on his couch, and his 8-year-old grandson is clamoring to join the band. Tour the front lines of a devastated city's cultural rebirth: offstage, where race is infinitely more nuanced than black or white; backstage, where which instrument you play can be a political statement; and joyously onstage, where the only thing that matters is music.
Prior to the showing of American Creole, Film @ the Center will be debuting a brand new, locally produced animated music video "St. James Infirmary," presented by Preservation Hall Recordings. Directed by Lafayette-based teacher and animator James Tancill, the music video for the Preservation Hall / King Britt remix of "St. James Infirmary," by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is an animated romp in the style of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, etc.) that plays out like a storybook caper set against a backdrop of beloved New Orleans characters and institutions both old and new.
For more information on Film @ the Center call 233.7060.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
If you can't make it to Austin, here's a sample of what you'll miss.... All songs are FREE downloads, so feel free to save them and email them to all your friends. :)
ps - you can also sign up for the Sam Rey email list on the player below, and that would be really neat if you did...thanks!
pps - "Everything" is a brand new song so check out that one first. Special, special thanks to Ivan Klisanin, Michael Juan Nunez, Chad Willis and Jeff LeBlanc - you guys did an awesome job!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
In other news - there was a victory in court for fake giraffe storytellers, Hammond Action News, recently. Hammond Action News is a satirical website, a la The Onion, that focuses on fake local news stories in Tangipahoa Parish. After the national story about the attack of the killer shark, they wrote a story about a rogue giraffe at Global Wildlife Center, who didn't think it was too funny. Global Wildlife sued the website, but the court ultimately sided with Hammond Action News citing the website clearly has posted a disclaimer stating they are satirical, for entertainment purposes only. Full story here.
Photo by: tehbieber
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Keewden satrst won!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Lafayette police said the victim was walking his route at about 3:30 p.m. Monday when two black men approached him and asked for money.
The victim told them he did not have any money and continued on his way, the release says. Shortly afterward, the two men demanded mail from his bag.
The victim began running but was tackled by one of the men. During a struggle, one of the suspects stabbed the postal worker in the abdomen with a pocket knife, the release stated.
The robbers left with an undisclosed amount of money taken from the victim's wallet, the release said.
What a drag for this poor guy. What kinda money does a Mailman carry on his route? I'd be looking for some Thera-Flu samples or maybe some free pantyhose. I actually got some of those in the mail one time. Yep, in a big egg.
Photo by eviloars
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Lafayette Wildcatters is proud to announce that the team has made an agreement with the Cajundome to play football in its arena for the 2010 season.
"We are very excited to bring the city of Lafayette an arena football team that can play at such a high-technology, high-performance arena," said President Ray Ronquillo. "The technology that the Cajundome offers, such as the LCD lighting, the big screen replay, the capability of having piro fire and the laser lights, is going to make the games an exciting experience.
"Ultimately, it gives us a upside capability of entertaining close to 11,000 people."
The Wildcatters open up at home against its rival, the Louisiana Swashbucklers, on Saturday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m. Season tickets are still available by calling the Wildcatters office at (337) 704-2897. They will also be available at the Cajundome Ticketmaster Box Office.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Malvo and Muhammad arrived in Hammond, about 40 miles east of Baton Rouge, on a Greyhound bus in August 2002, McCormick said. Gaeta became the snipers' mark when he arrived at the mall about 8:20 p.m. August 1, McCormick said.
"The mission was to kill him," he said.
It was almost closing time, so Gaeta parked quickly and rushed into Sears to find a new pair of shoes, he said. Malvo or Muhammad slashed one of Gaeta's tires while he was inside, according to police.
Shortly after 9 p.m., Gaeta returned to his truck and started it up. He realized he had a flat and pulled under a streetlight in the mall parking lot to change it.
Two men in dark clothing soon approached him and asked whether the mall was still open. Gaeta responded that some stores were still open. The men walked off but returned about five minutes later, Gaeta said.
"Do you need any help?" one of them asked.
"No, I'm OK," Gaeta replied.
"Looks like you have a flat tire," the other man replied, chuckling under his breath. The men walked off again, and Gaeta didn't see them for several minutes until he went to the bed of his Chevy Silverado to retrieve the spare tire. From there, he saw a shadow slinking alongside his truck. Gaeta looked closer, he said, and saw a figure dart to the front of his vehicle. Thinking teenagers were playing a prank, he met the figure on the other side of the truck and asked flatly, "What are you doing?"
Read the rest here on CNN.com It's better than the video below. But for those who like the shiny, moving pictures, I posted that too.
Friday, March 5, 2010
The Lawyer Who Stopped Talking, an original comedy in one act written by Jim Phillips and directed by Christy Leichty. She wants a divorce. He is obliged, but wants to keep his money. Her lawyer, although a pain for her soon-to-be-ex, is simply trying to do his job. She turns to her guru for help. A squirrel in Central Park sparks a spiritual revolution. A media circus ensues. The detective – oh yes – the detective proves to be very helpful. In the end – the lesson to be learned: silence is golden.
Here is their Facebook page. And you can now order tickets online at the Cite' site. The play will run this Friday and Saturday night, and again next weekend. Support local theater!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Saturday, March 6th
Rotary Downs is currently rolling out its spanking new collection of songs, Cracked Maps & Blue Reports, with a nationwide release date of March 9, 2010. The record was produced and mixed by long time collaborator, Ivan Klisanin at Opaltone Studios in Lafayette. Klisanin produced and mixed the nationally acclaimed 2006 release, Chained to the Chariot.
On March 6th, Rotary Downs is returning to Lafayette as part of the 2nd Annual Geronimo Festival. The festival is held at various locations in the downtown area, and is an all day event.
The band is currently booking West Coast dates for the early summer, after its 4th Jazz & Heritage Festival appearance. In the late summer and fall, Rotary Downs will tour the East Coast, including stops in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. Catch them at Atmosphere during Geronimo.
Check out their website here, which has links to all the places you can get your Rotary Downs fix.
Here's a video from their last record Chained To The Chariot: Body Of An Outlaw
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Sugar Magnolia Landscaping - Cindy Jordan is a licensed landscape horticulturist, Master Gardener and a La. Gardener Magazine columnist, writer, photographer, AND she's a giant Saints fan and a super cool chick so check out her new facebook page here.
Sam Rey - Can't leave out my new favorite one man band's page. He's got a couple of gigs coming up:
Friday, March 12th at the Blue Moon opening for Anders Osborne
Friday, March 19th at SXSW in Austin
and Saturday, April 3rd opening for Michael Juan Nunez.
So, come to a show and friend Sam Rey on FB here.
Riversbend Beads - Etsy Local....one of my favorite places to visit. This Etsy site features tons of awesome hand-crafted beaded jewelry....Check it out here.
2 Paul's BBQ - 1 word....YUM! Mark and I ate there recently and were blown away by how good it was. I had bbq brisket, potato salad, and baked beans and Mark had brisket, homemade onion rings and rice dressing. The sauce was amazing, so ask for extra! Give 'em a taste and check out their website here.
And finally, Alice.com - Technically, this isn't Acadiana, but I heard about it while listening to NPR on KRVS so I think that's close enough..... Alice.com is an awesome new website that lets you buy everything you need to run a house (a la Alice from the Brady Bunch) directly from the manufacturer, thus avoiding middleman mark-ups. PLUS - they offer free delivery....sit back, click away and enjoy NOT having to go to Wal-mart. :)
Purple Coneflower Photo by Cindy Jordan.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Over what he described as “endless meetings over coffee,” Durel courted both BellSouth and Cox to build an advanced network, telling them, “Nothing would make me happier than if you were to bring fiber to every home in Lafayette and we don’t have to do it.” Finally, though, it became clear that the incumbents were just trying to delay. “I’ve had enough coffee, thank you very much,” he said.
Durel also recognized the importance of providing fiber for all parts of the city, not just the affluent sections.
There was also the question of equity. When Verizon and other firms build out fiber to homes and neighborhoods, the companies go where they think people will pay. “Verizon has made a commitment to fiber on all new developments and into areas that will pay for them, the more affluent areas. I can understand that,” Durel said. But that’s not the goal of a city. Every home in Lafayette qualifies for this service, which isn’t subsidized. “The poorest parts of town are not going to get it any cheaper than anyone else,” Durel said, but he noted that some homes paying for television and phone service would be able to switch to the city network, add broadband, and pay the same amount or less.
Yeah, we got this right. Place that feather firmly in Joey Durel's cap.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Residents of Mossville Louisiana (right outside Lake Charles/Westlake), were featured in this CNN story about their high rate of disease possibly linked to the massive chemical manufacturing complex located in their backyard. There's a major racial component to the story too. Mossville was founded by African-Americans in the 1790's. "African Americans are more than 79 percent more likely to live in communities where there are dangerous facilities that pose health threats," says Robert Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Residents have complained for years to industry and State officials about the chemical plants to no avail. Now, Lisa Jackson, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the first African-American administrator of the EPA, has begun a study to determine if Mossville qualifies for designation as a Superfund site, reserved for the most polluted places in the United States. Superfund site designation would bring federal funding for cleaning up Mossville.
OK, let's turn our attention to our cousins to the north, in Bossier Parish. Drew Pierson, writing for the Shreveport Times, reports that the Bossier Parish sheriff's office is launching a program called "Operation Exodus," a policing plan for an end-of-the-world scenario involving a mostly white group of ex-police volunteers and a .50-caliber machine gun, inspired in part from the Book of Exodus in the Bible. Sheriff Larry Deen formulated the plan himself, and enjoys referring to himself in the third person as evidenced in this quote:
"The buck stops with Larry Deen," said Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen. "The liability stops with Larry Deen. I am the chief law enforcement officer in this parish, and it is incumbent upon me protect all of the people in it."
Check out the story here. But I'll tease it with another quote:
These volunteers will be armed by the sheriff's office, using, among other things, shotguns, riot shields and batons. The members are mostly white men. Five are black. Women involved will only be used in "support roles," Deen said, which indicated non-combat activity.Sorry ladies, no shotguns or riot shields for you.