The canine Krewe of Barkus was founded in a bar (Good Friends) 20 years ago, but its shrine and board room is housed in a hardware store. Mary's Ace Hardware was a fixture on the 900 block of Bourbon Street for more than 25 years. It moved to 732 N. Rampart St. a year ago, and when renovations were made to the damaged second floor, a room was remodeled to serve as a meeting space for the organizers of the Krewe of Barkus. It is decorated with krewe parade posters, various costumes worn by the first queen and captain emeritus JoJo McWood, and some other memorabilia. The public is welcome to visit the shrine during store hours. Some of the costumes include a sequined cape from 2000's "Joan of Bark" parade and a Jackie Onassis-styled pink coat and hat from 1995's "Lifestyles of the Bitch and Famous."
Barkus will parade on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 and the theme is "Tails & Tiaras: Here Comes Honey Bow Wow."
What's going on this weekend — and what are you doing for New Year's Eve? Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly early a.m. stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to break down what looks to be a very busy weekend.
From WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge:
A Louisiana mother has a warning for other parents after her teenage son had a bad reaction from smoking what she's calling a new synthetic drug.
Mary Hughes is on a mission to protect other kids.
It all started this past weekend with a little plastic bag of a product called "Blue Brees." The Denham Springs mom said her 16-year-old son got it as a present and smoked it, which led to a scary night.
"His eyes were basically real droopy," Hughes said. "His speech was very slurred. He had no emotion. He barely could stand and absolutely no emotion, so 'Zombieland' was really correct. He was a zombie."
Hughes admits her daughter, who is of age, bought the product at a store called Zombieland.
“You have a choice where you can be 7-9 which is a losing record or you can be 8-8 which is .500 so, there’s choices and consequences,” said assistant head coach Joe Vitt following practice on Wednesday. “There’s not anyone in our building happy with 8-8. I’ll never be happy with 8-8, but the other choice we have is to be 7-9. That’s a losing record.
That speaks volumes for ourselves too. That speaks volumes of who we are and what we are. I said before we are what we are. We had good practice today, the intent was there, and we were focused. It’s real encouraging.”
Losses to the 49ers, Falcons and Giants all but eliminated the Saints from playoff contention weeks ago, Minnesota’s win back on Sunday was the mathematical nail in the 2012 season’s coffin. Still, the Saints have played the last two weeks in a manner that makes Who Dats everywhere prideful considering the playoffs were really out of reach.
In art, there is a point where romanticism and magic realism intersect. In photography, that point, or place, is southern Louisiana and adjoining regions. It’s a legacy that was epitomized by legendary New Orleans photographer Clarence John Laughlin, a self-proclaimed “extreme romantic” who became America’s first surrealist photographer in the 1930s. He died in 1985, but his legacy lives on today in an array of Louisiana photographers including Josephine Sacabo, and extends slightly west to Beaumont, Texas, where Keith Carter has long pursued his dreamily localized form of magic realism. Both employ a hybrid of digital techniques and archaic processes and both are featured in shows at A Gallery for Fine Photography. Sacabo’s photogravure expo, like her recent book, is titled Nocturnes, but there also are some exciting new images where her baroque feminine mysticism takes a taut new turn. Inspired by the late Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, arguably the Latin American writer most attuned to psychological issues, works like Geometry of Discord, Beyond Thought (pictured) convey something of the confluence of circumstance and emotion that can lead to intuitive flashes of epiphany. There is a near constructivist formalism about these dynamic new works, a nod perhaps to Lispector’s Ukrainian birth before emigrating with her parents to Brazil as a child in the 1920s.
Keith Carter’s Natural Histories series lives up to its name in images made using archaic lenses that take us through a looking glass into a parallel universe where feral humans and decorous animals all occupy a whimsically Darwinian wonderland. They may originate in east Texas, but Carter’s images delve into the rich recesses of mythology and the human psyche to explore the common threads of human and animal attraction in forms ranging from the luminous blue wings of the Morpho moth to the mating games of formally attired humans in archaic bal masques. All appear as artifacts, reminders that we are products of the same earth with all of the beauty and animal urges that implies.
Natural Histories: Photographs by Keith Carter
Nocturnes: Photographs by Josephine Sacabo
A Gallery For Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., (504) 568-1313
Thanks to all our readers for being there for another year.
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Prolific MC Curren$y isn't quite finished with 2012. This year, the rapper released his full-length major label debut and several mixtapes and EPs, and teased a couple more (including an anticipated live album with Wiz Khalifa). He also released another compilation from his Jet Life Recordings family, and debuted a weekly showcase at House of Blues called Jet Lounge. (The dude also landed on Gambit's 2012 list of 50 newsmakers of the year.)
Today, he released the three-track EP 3 Piece Set/A Closed Session, available for free download here.
Below, watch the latest episode of his day-in-the-life series Jet Life Chronicles (NSFW, kind of):
Fans may not be getting a post-season spot this Christmas (Minnesota’s win over Houston made sure of that, mathematically speaking), but the 34-31 New Orleans win over Dallas is a sweet stocking stuffer.
Kicker Garrett Harley was good from 20 yards out in overtime to give the Saints their second straight win and improve their overall record to (7-8). The Cowboys fell to (8-7) on the season and must now hope that other teams lose for their own postseason chances to remain alive.
The offenses for both teams had been playing well heading into the game and both Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had solid days.
Brees went 37 of 53 for 446 yards to go with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Romo was 26 of 43 for 416 yards to go with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
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