Another Jazz Fest, another round of easy target practice with Quint Redfish in a Barrel Davis. In todays Times-Picayune Lagniappe insert, Davis, the festivals chief producer, is quoted as saying, We have a great national lineup. Were different than the other kid festivals because were a festival for grownups.
Ugh. Most people who still harbor misgivings about the fests puzzling inertia regarding national headliners a sideways shuffle thats led us from Al Green, Jimmy Buffett and Widespread Panic in the early 2000s to, um, Al Green, Jimmy Buffett and Widespread Panic in 2008 stopped voicing them years ago, once it became clear that if Davis and Co. were indeed aware that new pop and rock music had been produced outside Louisiana since the year 1990, they probably didnt care. Now we have Davis shooting blanks at, presumably, the Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals, all of which have national lineups that make Billy Joel look like the stale, 80s radio relic that of course he is.
by Alejandro de los Rios
And what better way to get pumped up for the big game than by checking out this video of Byron Scott's son's Hornets rap song (video via: Deadspin). Or, maybe you could go read about how Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban's legal troubles thanks to one crazy inmate. Of course, the best pre- and post-game analysis can be found over at Hornets247.com (plus you can check out some cautious optimism over at HornetsHype). Although, I'm not so sure how, um, sober the Hornets247 analysis will be tonight considering there are watch parties at Gordon Bierch downtown AND ACME Oyster House in Covington featuring the Honeybees and free swag.
The same day Billy Joel performs at Jazz Fest, his wife Katie Lee Joel will be holding a book signing for her new cookbook "The Comfort Table." The event and potential celebrity sighting takes place at the Garden District Book Shop tomorrow, April 26, beginning at noon. Mrs. Joel's book focuses on recipes for Southern-style "comfort food" and was published earlier this month. Piano man Billy Joel headlines on the Acura Stage later that afternoon.
Meanwhile, at the Fair Grounds itself tomorrow, the book tent will host signings by authors of two New Orleans cookbooks and one New Orleans food memoir.
The lineup begins at noon with a visit from Kit Wohl, a local writer and publicist for Arnaud's Restaurant, who is promoting her latest cookbook "New Orleans Classic Seafood."
The bad news is that the soul legend Bobby "Blue" Bland isn't going to make it to the House of Blues Saturday night for their Juke Joint Jamboree show. The night will go on almost as bluesily, though - the openers, the James Cotton Blues Band, will perform as scheduled and the gutbucket New Orleans guitarist Little Freddie King will open. If you miss James Cotton at the Fairgrounds, catch him here - Cotton has blown his harp for everyone from Muddy Waters to Janis Joplin. The good news is that Peaches Records is reopening this weekend in the part of the old Tower Records space on North Peters Street that's not taken up by the boutique Wish. That's right - a large, mainstream independent record store in the Quarter. We say woo.
Just like Barack Obama was taken to task over comments his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, made and this prompted Obama to make his famous speech on race. Today, we have John McCain in town, so maybe, even though he really hasn't been too pressed on the issue, McCain will answer why he solicited and gratefully accepted Rev. John Hagee's endorsement. If you recall, Hagee knows why the levees failed: God did it. Check out bark, bugs, leaves, and lizards latest post, and please tell me why, to use a phrase from the Obama speech, McCain shouldn't throw Hagee under the bus, and drive over him again a couple more times?
by Sam Winston
So says this CNBC article about how the team turned it around on the money side against all odds.
"What New Orleans' success on the court -- and recent string of sellouts prove -- is that there is no such thing as a good or bad market. Everything is relative. All markets are driven by a variety of factors and winning tops all. "
(Hat tip: Kush Connection)
Its all their fault. Anytime some yahoo in the United States suggests that health care for everyone could be a good thing, some knucklehead has to start bragging about Canada. I grew up in Buffalo, New York, right next door to Canada and while those Canadians were good neighbors, great hockey players (yes, were stereotyping) and nobody beats Tim Hortons donuts, the Canadian health care system of a single payer (i.e. the gubmint) shouldnt be our choice.
The better selection might be socialized insurance, not socialized medicine. Countries such as Germany, Japan, and Taiwan have private hospitals, doctors with private practices and consumers still can choose their doctor and hospital. But unlike the U.S. where patients pay different costs for the same procedure depending on the type of health insurance they have the prices are fixed by the government and the insurance companies are nonprofit.
How does this work? Take a look.
Yep, Im once again plugging T.R. Reids Sickness Around the World, and yeah I still think universal health care is a right, no matter what some pill-popping probably-got-his-stomach-stapled-on-the-sly says.
By Philip Cartelli
"God gave us a beautiful day. Maybe itll rain on Bush tomorrow. That was local housing advocate Tracy Washington speaking on Sunday at a rally held in the Ashé Cultural Centers parking lot to mark the visit of Presidents Bush and Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Crescent City this week for talks as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Washington continued to address the 40 assembled Latino immigrant members of Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros and about as many local citizens. You have a right to housing. You have a right to have your children educated in whatever language you choose. You have a right to healthcare, to be treated when you are sick.
These exhortations prefaced the main activity of the rally put on by New Orleans Critical Resistance and the New Orleans Peoples Summit. Members of the Congreso de Jornaleros had prepared a piece of street theater, which they enacted in front of the colorful mural on the Ashé Centers eastern wall.
by Alejandro de los Rios
With the Hornets up 2-0 on the Mavericks after two convincing wins at home, it seems like many questions have been put to rest regarding this teams alleged lack of playoff experience, depth and composure. But with reporters hovering around (or should I say under) Tyson Chandler, I couldn't help but notice the Ceiling Fan Repairman's excessive facial hair.
Melvin Ely, the only other player on the hornets with nearly as much facial hair, said he didn't know where Tyson's beard came from. But Ely warned about approaching Chandler on the subject.
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