The biggest moment of the debate so far: John McCain's call for a "spending freeze" on everything besides defense and veterans affairs. Barack Obama's response? Paraphrased: "The problem with that is you're using a hatchet where you need a scalpel." Education? Alternative energy? Victims of the hatchet, we can assume?
This morning I arrived at the Gambit offices to a watershed surprise waiting in my mailbox: a note from the New Orleans Indie Rock Collective announcing next weeks inaugural NOLA Indie Rock Fest. It was accompanied by a smartly named mix CD, Rock Beats Paper, artfully sequenced with two songs each from the artists who will headline the three-day, multi-venue festival Theresa Andersson, The City Life, Big Blue Marble, Rotary Downs, Antenna Inn and MyNameIsJohnMichael among them. The note went on to explain the collective as a group of music industry professionals dedicated to raising awareness of and building an infrastructure for the New Orleans indie rock scene. Once upon a time a very recent time the belief in such a scenes existence required wishful thinking while wearing rose-colored glasses. Today, to even my surprise, not only does that scene exist, it has a well-organized collective looking after its welfare with the tenacity of a Washington lobby.
According to a City Hall spokesperson, the City still hasnt executed any of the contracts for funding local HIV/AIDS agencies.
As Gambit Weekly first pointed out in August (Whats in Their Wallets? ), the city annually receives federal monies to fund local agencies that assist the 4,144 people living with HIV/AIDS in the New Orleans area. The fiscal year for this funding began in March with New Orleans receiving just over $7 million for primary care and support services. At this point, local AIDS/HIV agencies have gone almost seven months without any financial reimbursement. One local agency, In This Together, was paying its employees with personal credit card loans, and was eventually forced to stop providing case management services for clients.
Now it appears another agency, NR Peace, which primarily focuses on poor African American s, is headed in a similar direction.
Of all the days I decided not to bring a video camera, this had to be the worst one to choose. Hilton Armstrong getting coached on how to bob a sign up and down? Tyson Chandler singing out radio promos? Hugo the Hornet casually chatting with Hornets' staff in full costume?
May the blog Gods forgive me.
Last night at Tipitina's, The Idea Village launched 504wards $100,000 Business Competition for entrepreneurs with business ideas that retain and engage the 23-35 year old demographic in New Orleans. Visit 504ward.com for the details and rules on how to enter and make that $100,000 yours. The deadline for the competition is Thursday, December 4, 2008.
I was forwarded this by a friend; it contains instructions to re-post everywhere possible. I'm doing my part... only in New Orleans. I'll be a ninja, in case you're wondering.
If you don't already subscribe to the twice-monthly Phoenix Recycling curbside pick-up service for a nominal $15 a month, you need to:
Mark Oct 4th on your calendar, stop throwing recyclables in your trash for one week, and bring them to the drop off event next Saturday.
The drop off event is one of several once-quarterly-now-monthly drop off events sponsored by the City of New Orleans to attempt to placate those who want to see a real citywide curbside recycling program implemented.
It is a good thing though, so you should do it.
Materials that will be accepted include plastic containers, cardboard, paperboard, shredded paper in bags, newspaper, and metal containers such as aluminum, tin and steel. The ARC of New Orleans will also accept Mardi Gras beads and throws.
The event goes from 9 am until noon. On the East Bank recyclables from residents will be collected under the overpass at N. Claiborne Ave and St. Peters Street; on the West Bank they will be collected at the public library at General DeGaulle and Holiday Ave.
Future dates for drives include November 15th and December 6th. For more info see the City's web site.
One of my favorite signs of revitalization in New Orleans in the past three years is the abundance of art, crafts and farmers markets that have developed all over the city to bring neighbors closer together.
The Broad Street Bazaar joins the market game this Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and will be located at the corner of Broad and Bienville (in the Roberts parking lot).
Photo by Jonathan Bachman
In which I take all the best news, quotes, pictures and everything else Saints-related toss it together and serve it up for our readers. This week well be tackling the Saints (11) week 3 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at home in the dome. There's a lot to cover this week, we got injuries and benched veterans and sympathy vodka, OH MY!
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