The Louisiana State Museum hosts the "Visions of Excellence" photojournalism exhibit. It includes 53 winners in a variety of categories spanning national and international news, politics, sports, science and more. The photo above is the New York Times' Damon Winters' entry in the new media campaign coverage category. The competition was initiated at the Missouri school of Journalism in 1944 to highlight photos from World War II. Currently functioning as Pictures of the Year International, the annual contest is still administered by the Missouri School of Journalism. The state museum hosted last year's winners as well. The expo is cosponsored by PhotoNOLA. The show is on display in the Arsenal Gallery at the Cabildo. The show opens Dec. 3 and runs through March 3, 2010.
For women trying to get pregnant, it might be a good idea to lay off the Coke, Pepsi, or any other sugar-sweetened cola. Researchers have found that women who drink more than five servings of sugar-sweetened cola per week have an increased risk for developing gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is glucose intolerance during pregnancy, and it can lead to complications and sickness during the pregnancy and delivery, as well as post-pregnancy type 2 diabetes. Children of moms with GDM are at an increased risk for obesity, glucose intolerance and early onset diabetes.
Photograph by Greg Rhoades
Bacchanal will be hosting it's last night of their "An Adventure Every Day" exhibit with photographs by Greg Rhoades. It was supposed to last just two weeks and now, six months from the exhibition's launch, it's finally coming to an end with a closing party on Thursday, December 3rd.
There will be food, drinks, music, photography for sale and just another reason to love New Orleans starting at 7 p.m.
When it comes to politicians handling taxpayers money and conducting the peoples business, there is no substitute for transparency and no excuse for the lack of it. Some Jefferson Parish politicians are about to learn that lesson the hard way.
Photograph by Jonathan Bachman
We're at a point in this incredible Saints' season that, so long as they keep winning, every game is the biggest game of the year. Right now, every game we're looking at continues the possibility of a perfect regular season and pretty soon it'll be playoff time and each game will determine if this is a championship team. For now though, we have Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots.
With many Saints fans attending the game probably beginning their pre-game festivities sometime on Sunday (and really, it seems like the entire city is just counting down until kick off) I'd like to kindly submit "About the Saints" from the band Sick Like Sinatra. Pictured above is lead singer Heber Dunaway leading a group of Saints through the song at Finn McCool's back on the 22nd.
We are in the height of second line season - the good good parades. Today, Lady Buckjumpers. Next week, Dumaine Street Gang followed by The Big Nine. Last week it was 9 Times - The Kings of the Ninth Ward an nem. There was so much that was working for this parade but their coming out the door presentation was the most spectacular this year. First off, I love the tore back-ness of the hollow stone building they come out of. Its practically gothic - only thing missing is a moat and drawbridge. The Stooges Brass Band playing The World Is A Ghetto - Gorgeous!! They really made those horns cry. But those suits!! I know everyone is happy about having a Black President and all but I draw the line at wearing a red, white and blue outfit cause it always looks a wreck. Somehow these brothers took those same colors one should never be caught dead in and make it all look brand new. That 9 Times Limited Edition Pimps Sunday Cane is already a favorite of mine. People, this is how you come out the door! This is all kinds of YES!!!
The Lady Nine Times Attire? Eh. But what the sistas lacked in fly attire, they made up for with the senior sisters finale. At the 2:05 mark, somebodys Maw Maw. We could all learn a thing or two about partying from Maw Maw cause clearly she knows WTH to do. Im hooking up with her next week and were going to Harrahs to play bid whist, guzzle down free gin and tonics, fill up at that all-you-can-eat buffet, and pelvic thrust with the old mac playas to Bobby Womack and Jodeci songs. This is Foundation Formula One on the New Orleans Get Every Drop of Fun Out of Life Before You Go Diet and Action Plan.
25TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2009
Start: Purple Rain. Washington Ave & Saratoga. Up Washington Ave. to S. Liberty. Left on S. Liberty to Freret St. Left on Freret St. to Gen. Taylor. Right on Gen. Taylor.
Stop: Silky's Lounge, Gen. Taylor and Magnolia. Men Buckjumpers 25th Anniversary Tribute. Proceed out Gen. Taylor. Cross over S. Claiborne Ave. and continue out Gen. Taylor to S. Prieur St. Right on S. Prieur St. to Delachaise. Right on Delachaise.
Stop: Loretta's House. Lady Buckjumpers 25th Anniversary Show Off. Continue down Delachaise to S. Claiborne Ave. Left on S. Claiborne.
Stop: Daiquiri Shop. Continue out S. Claiborne Ave. to Washington Ave. Left on Washington Ave. to Rocheblave.
Stop: Tapp's & Foxx Bar. Out Washington Ave. cross over Broad St. Down Washington Ave.
Stop: Stanley U. Proceed down Washington Ave. to S. Jeff.
Stop: Gert Town Park, Broadway & Forshey. Out Broadway to Earhart Blvd. Right on Earhart.
Stop: Hair Evolution Barber & Beauty Salon, 7901 Earhart. Down Earhart Blvd. to Leonidas St. A Memorial March in honor of one of our fallen brother, (R.I.P.) Kenji Baker. Left on Leonidas to Apple St. Right on Apple to Monroe.
Disband: E&C Lounge
Jeff Baron and Bart Bell have opened their new restaurant Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. (4400 Banks St., 482-2426) next to their Mid-City breakfast and lunch joint Huevos (4408 Bank St., 482-6264).
Up told us our heroes mean nothing and change is inevitable and necessary, no matter how brutal. Where the Wild Things Are explored the dimensions of our personalities using unsettling-looking monsters. It's safe to say kids' movies in 2009 aren't just kids' movies. Thank God.
When you think of the first Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? The Plymouth Rock Pilgrims and Native Americans, The Wampanoags, right? Guess again. According to the Smithsonian Institute Encyclopedia, there were numerous thanksgiving festivals held by Europeans long before the Pilgrims party in 1621, such as the one in Newfoundland on May 27, 1578. And native tribes didnt need the Europeans to know that thanking a higher power might have its benefits, but nobody ever talks about the Green Corn Dance of the Cherokees anymore.
In fact, when the Pilgrims, who were against public displays of religion, held their first Thanksgiving with The Wampanoags in 1621, it was a secular three-day feast with eating (they did say grace before the meal), playing games and drinking (there is speculation the latter two activities were held simultaneously). Two years later, after the colony recovered from a severe drought, the Pilgrims declared another thanksgiving festival, but this one involved prayer and feasting. The Smithsonian says this particular event is likely the inspiration for the current holiday because it had religious and secular aspects.
So the Pilgrims do deserve at least a drumsticks worth of recognition for their contributions to the holiday, but dont forget about the Newfies, green corn, or all those poor turkeys for Gods sake.
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