Saturday, February 20, 2010

Coming up in Gambit: Post-Super Bowl Mardi Gras Election Edition

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This week in Gambit:

The Roots of Music, founded by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tabb, is an afterschool music program for at-risk kids. It's been so successful that the Roots performed in five Mardi Gras parades this year, there's a waiting list of hundreds, and Tabb himself was nominated for one of CNN's Heroes of 2009. But the program only has enough money to last through the end of March. Alex Woodward spent time with Tabb and his young charges to see what might be the future of the Roots of Music ....

Noah Bonaparte Pais interviews Canadian singer/songwriters Tegan and Sara, who wrote much of the material for their new CD, Sainthood, while in New Orleans. They're coming to Tipitina's Feb. 24 ....

• How do you reintegrate into society if you've spent decades wrongly convicted and imprisoned at Angola -- then set free with nothing more than $10, a bus ticket and the clothes you arrived in? David Winkler-Schmit profiles John Thompson, a former death row inmate who was in just that situation and went on to form the group Resurrection After Exoneration ....

Ian McNulty reviews Adolfo Garcia and Joshua Smith's Warehouse District restaurant A Mano ....

Rex Duke™ provides his annual review of Carnival parades ....

• and Gambit's new columnist, Chris Rose, writes about the death of a friend, National Art & Hobby owner John Ward, who was struck by a car while walking home after a Mardi Gras ball.

See you on the newsstand Sunday afternoon, or online here Monday afternoon.

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