by Sam Winston
With all of the over-stuffing on turkey, cranberry sauce, football and hectic travel during the extended Thanksgiving weekend, one may not have seen an extremely insightful article about the future of New Orleans and how the city chooses its urban rebuilding strategies.
"Two cities: One in the midst of a decadelong real estate boom; the other, devastated, depopulated and wondering who will come home. What can they learn from each other?"
The above mentioned cities are New Orleans and Portland. The article was written for The Oregonian, Portland's daily paper, by a former Oregon state representative that spent
Grants are available for performing arts organizations who offer educational programs in the greater New Orleans area. The Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, the folks who bring us the Big Easy Awards for music and theatre for the past 20 years, also offer grants for projects that focus on education in the performing arts. Past recipients include NOCCA, All Kinds of Theatre, and the Fred J. Palmisano Memorial Scholarship Fund at UNO Dept of Drama.
Application deadline is December 14. Email a description of your project and the amount you are requesting to Gloria Powers, Executive Director of the Foundation.
By Sam Winston
It is certainly going to be weird to not have a Turkey Day but it will be even stranger to not even have the idea of Thanksgiving here in Germany. Roth was onto something when he said that it is truly "American."
My first realization that there would be no Turkey Day for me was
In an alternate reality, The Wendall Baker Story, written and directed by Luke Wilson (with brother Andrew) would be quirky, clever and a charming homage to the lazy Texas lads of the 70's. In reality the film tries too hard to be quirky, charming and clever, and barely achieves even "lazy".
The story is cliché...Ex-con goes straight to win the girl and ultimately saves the day. Luke plays the Texan, Wendall Baker, with his "aw shucks" demeanor and barely invites a second glance into the depth which needs to be shown by this character. When your hero is a slacker by nature, he should show us more than smirks and shallow one-liners. This does not happen with Luke Wilson. Unfortunately, I am not sure that is in his acting capabilities. Do not totally dismiss The Wendall Baker Story. There are some amazing cameos by Will Ferrell as the
Much has been written in the media about the New Orleans Public School system starting their master planning process. Well, theyre not the only ones planning for the future, or trying to make a positive impact on public education. Starting tonight, the New Orleans Public Library asks that the public (this means you) join them in putting together a master plan for the future of public libraries in New Orleans.Just like the public school system was severely damaged by the levee failures, the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) suffered a number of losses. Prior to the storm, there were 13 NOPL locations and approximately 200 employees providing library services throughout the city (I know this because I was one of those employees).
By Sam Winston
The parallels are hard not see.
Neville family members were out in force as Quint Davis and various Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Festival officials and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu made a host of announcements about the 2008 Jazz Fest. Ivan and Ian Neville both played as a crowd gathered at the Foundation's offices on North Rampart Street. Art Neville was also in attendance as Davis announced the return of the Neville Brothers to their closing slot on Sunday.
Or at least, I've now temporarily skipped over Thanksgiving, winter holidays of all denominations and Mardi Gras anticipation in my head to start salivating over future Creole stuffed breads and strawberry lemonade. The folks at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced this morning that for the first time since '05, they're tacking the second Thursday of the festival back on for a full seven days of Fairgrounds fun.
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