Thursday, October 25, 2007

The ever-resilient Andre Williams

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 4:40 AM

Seventyish soul man Andre Williams has made his reputation with delightfully sleazy, foul-mouthed rhythm & blues greasy enough to fry more chickens than you, humble fan, could ever hope to eat. As David Kunian said on his Tuesday night all-Andre show on WWOZ: "He chose to build his character rather than enhance his constitution." Which in plain English translates that it's amazing he's made it this long - in fact, last Christmas (in the middle of recording an EP with the Morning 40 Federation) he fell into a coma and made a totally unpredictable recovery in time to, against all odds, complete the record and play a show with them at Mardi Gras '07.

Last weekend, with a Sunday afternon set with the 40's planned for Voodoo and a Sunday night gig on the roster at One Eyed Jacks, Andre was again hospitalized with a shaky prognosis. The One Eyed Jacks gig was hastily turned into a benefit show. As of today, though, apparently he's out of bed and planning to come to New Orleans after all, and the shows are - at least as of this writing - back on.

Hey, it works for Keith Richards.

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online blogofneworleans halloween costume contest

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 2:49 AM

(1) week left until Halloween and just (1) weekend to get your costume together.

If you are stumped for this years obvious - check out VH-1's Best Week Ever "Top 10 Topical Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing Even Though We Wish They Wouldn’t"

If you are confident you have come up with the best, scary, original costume of 2007 (ultimately decided by the blogofneworleans.com bloggers) you could win a Best of New Orleans prize pack, including a $50 gift certificate to Pascal Manale's, 2 tickets to Audubon Zoo and a TEAM BONO Shirt.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's Not About Race--It's About the Party

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 9:21 PM

At least it might seem that way in regards to Governor-elect Bobby Jindal's victory on Saturday. Jindal, who took in 54 percent of the vote, hasn't won over the hearts of most Indian Americans according to the Indian American Leadership Initiative (IALI). The Deccan Herald in India reportedthat IALI spokesperson, Toby Chaudhuri said that there

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The New Orleanian Abroad

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 6:31 PM

by Sam Winston

Here's a tally of my proximity to death and violence in New Orleans within the last year.

A longtime family friend was choked unconscious for his wallet in the Marigny at 5 p.m. after leaving work last month. Another friend driving in Algiers had bricks thrown at his car windshield. I myself heard gunshots on two separate nights sitting in my apartment on Nashville Avenue in Broadmoor. A young friend committed suicide due to a battle with depression. There was a person murdered

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To Amend or Not To Amend

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Since 2004, there have been 26 amendments proposed to the state constitution and all of them have passed. Last Saturday, there were four new amendments for voters to cast either for or against. Experts probably thought it a forgone conclusion that these amendments would make their way into the constitution –after all, they involved police pay, retirement systems and adding

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Alert from City Hall:

Posted on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 8:25 PM

Since signing up for the New Orleans City Emergency Alert message system (NOLA READY) a few months ago- I received my second message ever today:

Important Alert from NOLA Ready (received today at 3:04 pm)

DUE TO FLOODING CONDITIONS CITY HALL OFFICES CLOSING AT 3 P.M. TODAY

Mayor Approves Parking on Neutral Ground

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 22, 2007) - Due to severe flooding conditions

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Rain, Pups and Vino

Posted on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 3:59 PM

As the weather is expected to worsen in the next couple of days.. and most local New Orleanians are hoping a roof leak doesn't expand, their pet is able to "hold it", or that their street which is notorious for flooding doesn't rise with water (I have never understood the "flash flooding term" used by meteorologist- it seems to me, that we have only had one recent notorious flash flooding incident, and normally the water here just seems to rise as the pumps get overwhelmed and sewers are clogged)

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Ugly Wins

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 3:49 PM

Ugly wins still count. Thank God. After an ugly first half and overcoming a 10 point deficit at half time, LSU pulled out a 30-24 over Auburn Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Also, the Saints, who were equally ugly, pulled out a 22-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons yesterday afternoon in the Superdome. Here are a few thoughts on LSU as there will be no discussion of the Saints today.

LSU

"I swear you are the dumbest smart kid I know.." If you've seen the movie Varsity Blues, you know this is quote from it. Moving forward, this is how I will now refer to LSU coach Les Miles - "The dumbest smart coach I've seen." First thing first though

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Week In Review

Posted on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 2:26 PM

by Sam Winston

Jindal wins the governor's race, the Saints beat the Falcons, and LSU keeps national title hopes alive with a gripping finish (youtube clip).

Those were the three biggest things on people's minds over the weekend but a look at the week's full list of headlines shows there was plenty to mull over. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made a rare U.S. trip including a

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pita-Based Philanthropy

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:22 PM

Last spring, local restaurateurs Gaby Saliba, Tarek Tay and Hicham Khodr began a generous community-giving program at their newest restaurant, Table One. Each month, they picked a different nonprofit in the area and pledged 20 percent of one day’s restaurant sales as a donation to support its programs. They held the promotion on

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