Featuring To Be Continued Brass Band
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Gambit bon vivant Noah Bonaparte Pais made his regular Thursday stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to break down this weekend's best picks. Among them: Morning 40 Federation at One Eyed Jacks for New Year's Eve; the 4th annual Dinerral Shavers Education Fund Brass Band Blowout at Howlin' Wolf; the mammoth Throwdown! New Year's Eve party; and so much more to ring in 2011. Check it all out.
New Hope Baptist Church Pastor John Raphael is spending this week at the intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Central City. He's fasting — drinking only water, Gatorade and coffee — and praying for an end to the violence in New Orleans. He began Monday morning, and plans to end tomorrow night — but if he feels he needs to keep going, he will.
"We've been praying every hour, some days every half hour. ... People come out, through rain, cold, missing the Saints game," Raphael says with a laugh. "There's some things that are so important right now, and we in the church can't sit in our ivory tour. The one thing the church can do is pray, and the church can love ... folks who don't deserve to be loved. That's needed."
Funeral services for rapper Magnolia Shorty (Renetta Lowe), who was slain Dec. 20 in New Orleans East, were held this afternoon at the Fifth African Baptist Church in Central City, followed by a second line to Shakespeare Park and a repast at Club LeRoux. Gambit photographer Cheryl Gerber was there and brought back these images, which include other New Orleans musicians, including Lil Wayne.
(This is the fourth installment in a series on New Orleans brass band leaders)
The Stooges Brass Band is one of the most sought after, most controversial, and most competitive band on the brass band scene. Scan the 40 or so second line parades from last season and you’ll find that the vast majority of them were performed by the Stooges. They won the Red Bull ‘Street Kings’ competition in October triggering outcries from opponent camps that the contest was unfairly judged. The band was involved in the brief skirmish with Rebirth Brass Band at last year’s Big Nine Annual second line parade. Facebook is constantly crackling with promotional plugs and challenges amongst musicians and second liners as to whose down with the Stooges. Yet amidst the battles, hype, parades, competitions, shows, beefs and allegiance cries stands a calm, good-natured man who consistently demonstrates diplomacy, business acumen, and steely resolve to hone a successful band: Walter Ramsey, founder and leader of the Stooges Brass Band.
The Hornets drew their largest crowd of the season tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers. But unlike the only other time New Orleans had 18,000 people — including L'il Wayne — at the Hive (against the Miami Heat in October) the Hornets put up an absolute stinker.
Final score: 103-88 and it was never really that close. Even when the Hornets were done by just three after the first quarter, it was on the back of Chris Paul who scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting (the rest of the team went 5-of-16).
Immediately after the game, head coach Monty Williams said that the crowd may have had an impact on his players, but not the one he wanted. With so many people in the stands to see the Hornets take on the defending NBA champions, the Hornets buckled under the spotlight.
"We have young guys that have never done this before," Williams said. "This was a learning experience."
No the most inspiring quote. Not to mention squandering the support of capacity crowds is what gives weight to statements claiming the Hornets can't survive in New Orleans (however idiotic the statements actually are).
For Williams and his players, it's undeniable that this teaches us that the Hornets are not on the same level as the Lakers. New Orleans had to work twice as hard as L.A. for half the results. The Lakers, with their long list of bigs, dominated the boards (44-24), held the edge in points in the paint (46-30) and overall made life a living hell for a smaller, less talented Hornets team.
Really, though, if you want to look at the difference between the Hornets and Lakers it comes down to the bench. Whereas the Hornets have to rely on DJ Mbenga, Jason Smith and Quincy Pondexter (combined 14 points on the night) to play valuable minutes, the Lakers had Lamar Odom scoring a career-high 24 points as a substitute.
For the Hornets to win consistently, and especially if they want to beat some of the best teams in the league, they have to find players who can consistently fill the shoes of someone like David West when he has an off night (as he did, scoring just six points). It would also help if Trevor Ariza (four points and four turnovers) would start playing like the man the New Orleans traded for and not a James Posey clone.
Currently, the Hornets are 4-7 against teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings. That record is even more depressing when you consider their record against sub .500 teams is just 8-5. Until New Orleans finds a way to play with more consistent execution and focus (which may mean acquiring players with better consistency and focus) they will stay on the edge of the playoff bubble.
The good news, though? No matter how deflating, it was just one game and one loss in the standings. This team also has more than half the season to figure things out. Games like tonight's, though, serve as a reminder of how hard this team has to work if it wants to consider itself a contender.
But the praise was particularly passive-aggressive; if Ozersky was your visiting uncle, he'd be the one telling you that you look so much better now that you've shaved off some of that weight (though you could still use a good haircut). After assuring us of his Crescent City bona fides ("I've been going to New Orleans for most of my life, as I have family there, and as a result have eaten many, many, many meals in the food-crazed city — but rarely any really good ones"), Ozersky goes on to explain:
There was a tendency, in many of the city's most celebrated restaurants, to pile crabmeat on top of everything, mix in some French or Italian stuff, and call it a day. If innovation did come, it was frequently horrific: even as I write this, a menu at one of the city's most famous restaurants includes a "French pastry layered with melted Brillat-Savarin cheese, strawberry jam, brown sugar bacon & sticky bourbon infused honey." Blech!
To which I say, gently: Maybe your family eats in the wrong places, Ozersky; the crabmeat-and-butter formula is far from universal in New Orleans ... these days, it's more the image of New Orleans food one might expect from an uninformed tourist. And the French pastry mentioned is on the dessert menu at Commander's Palace; it doesn't sound particularly appealing to me, either, but I've also learned to try anything that comes out of Tory McPhail's kitchen.
More after the jump, including a second helping of the Alan Richman debacle reheated Ozersky-style, as well as the Huffington Post discovering drive-thru daiquiris ... and a grave insult to New Orleanian drinking habits, served up by The Daily Beast ...
Both beloved musicians. Both murdered. Both remembered this week...
Services for Magnolia Shorty:
Thursday, December 30th at 11:00am at the Fifth African Baptist Church 3419 S. Robertson St.
Following funeral services there will be a second line to Shakespeare Park at Washington and LaSalle. Repast will be held at Club LeRoux 1700 Louisiana Ave
4th Annual Brass Band Blowout and Memorial for Hot 8 drummer Dinerral Shavers
Saturday, January 1st at 9:00pm -til at the Howlin Wolf 907 S. Peters $15 cover
The Dinerral Shavers Education Fund is an organization formed to continue Shavers' legacy of keeping kids interactive in music and giving them opportunities to direct their lives on to a positive and productive path. Show will feature the Hot 8, Free Agents, Kinfolks, Stooges, TBC, and more
The Frenchmen Street bar and music venue d.b.a. is going smoke free as of Jan. 3, 2011. It's not the first local venue to do so. Tipitina's does not allow smoking, and other Frenchmen venues that kicked the habit include Snug Harbor, Three Muses and The Maison. Louisiana is following a trend taking hold elsewhere, including San Francisco and New York. There are smoke-free venues across New Orleans and the state. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living works to improve health and reduce the burden on the state's resources caused by effects of smoking. A list of smoke-free venues is on the Let's Be Totally Clear website. They are mixed in alphabetically with venues in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
In a statement this morning, WWL interim news director Mike Hoss said, "“Susie faced this battle with a strength and courage that was unimaginable. She was so young and had so many reasons to be angry, but she never was. She was always the one picking up our spirits. She never said ‘Why me?’ only ‘What's the next hurdle to overcome?’"
Edwards, an Alabama native, came to WWL in 2007 after a five-year stint at a television station in Huntsville, Ala.
Close friends, including WVUE-TV reporter Bigad Shaban, had organized a fundraiser to offset Edwards' medical and traveling costs. That fundraiser, "Make a Wish for Susie," was planned to be held at the Southport Music Hall in Jefferson on Jan. 15 and is still scheduled to offset Edwards' expenses. Donations can also be made into the ‘Susan A. Edwards Fund’ by visiting any Capital One Bank. Donations can also be made to the American Cancer Society.
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