You can’t keep a good krewe down. The Krewe of Orpheus’ second annual 13th Night party — the group’s official kickoff of the Carnival season — naturally falls on the 13th night after Christmas: Saturday, Jan. 7 — the same time as the Saints’ first-round playoff game against the Detroit Lions. In true New Orleans style, instead of perceiving the playoff as competition, Orpheus is making it a feature of its party, setting up a big screen as well as smaller screens around the venue.
The 13th Night party is from 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) to midnight at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive) and features live music by the Gashouse Gorillaz and a special performance by the 610 Stompers. Refreshments include an open bar, a raw bar by Acme Oyster House and a variety of dishes from other local restaurants.
In 1968 attorney and former State Senator and U.S. Representative Jimmy Domengeaux* (1907-1988) of Lafayette founded the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, known as CODOFIL. Impressed with the initiative, Louisiana Governor John McKeithen pushed through a bill that granted the organization the necessary state credentials.
In order to save the French culture in Louisiana, Domengeaux, CODOFIL’s president from 1968 until his death in 1988, championed the French language, reintroducing it into the state’s public schools. Through an ambitious plan, he imported teachers from France and Canada to Louisiana and (remarkably) convinced the French government to fund the program. The first one hundred and fifty applicants chose between two years in the French army and two years in the small town parishes of Louisiana. They lived in private homes and taught the proper French, as opposed to the Cajun dialect, a controversial decision that resulted in mixed and prolific press for Domengeaux, whose bigger-than-life persona attracted considerable public attention.
“He was sarcastic, flamboyant and crude,” explains artist George Rodrigue about his old friend, “and he was desperate to preserve the unique culture of south Louisiana, just as I tried with my paintings. We got along great.”
About 1,000 New Orleans public school students will learn the benefits of attending class every day during a special party for scholars with perfect attendance. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place).
More than 600 Recovery School District (RSD) students in the fifth through eighth grades who have perfect attendance for a year were invited to the event. Each of thos students is allowed to bring three guests, and each child who attends receives a gift. Party goers also can play games, enter Wii tournaments, meet and take pictures with Hornets forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Carl Landry, guard Marco Belinelli and center/forward Jason Smith. Head coach Monty Williams and some assistant coaches also will be on hand, as well as Hornets mascot Hugo, the Honeybees and Santa Claus.
Emerge is an attendance incentive initiative for middle school students in the RSD, and the Salvation Army Greater New Orleans Area Command, the Hornets, Richard’s Disposal and other groups provide incentives (including passes to special events at the Audubon zoo, a Hornets pep rally and more), throughout the year to encourage students to attend school every day. The Hornets organization said in a news release that since the program began, the total number of students with perfect attendance for an entire school year has more than doubled, and monthly attendance has increased 14 percent.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges has given final approval for the University of New Orleans to join the University of Louisiana System. That approval came today (Tuesday, Dec. 6) after five months of transition that began when state lawmakers approved the move this past summer. Approval also comes just days before the UL System board is set to pick a new chancellor for the lakefront campus.
Two finalists have emerged in the chancellor search. They are Peter J. Fos, professor and program director of health policy and systems management at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; and Michael A. Wartell, chancellor and professor of chemistry at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Both men will be interviewed this Friday before the UL System board meeting; board members will then confer and choose a new UNO chancellor.
UL System President Randy Moffett, who also chaired the chancellor search committee, said the following in a prepared statement:
“Before we started this transition, I was told UNO’s greatest strength was its people. Over the past several months, I have grown to appreciate all of you — the talented, hard-working and dedicated faculty, staff and students at New Orleans’ urban research university — and it is with great warmth that I welcome you into the UL System family. The addition of UNO complements our eight regional, comprehensive, research universities, truly making the UL System nine universities strong.
“Historically the largest system in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment, the addition of UNO brings total enrollment to about 94,000 at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of New Orleans.
“The UL System collaborates in a variety of ways and it is in that vein that the Board of Supervisors and each of the system’s universities extend warm wishes to UNO.”
Take the Thanksgiving holiday to search your attic for those odd mementos handed down through generations, Civil War-era finds or other possibly historic items because National Geographic’s new America’s Lost Treasures will be in New Orleans Nov. 29 to look at our treasures and hear our stories.
It’s not Antiques Roadshow, where appraisers tell you the ugly painting you’ve had in a closet since you received it as a wedding gift is really an early Picasso worth $10 million. Monetary value isn’t really the consideration (although you could make some money) — it’s the history surrounding the pieces.
A limited number of people will be invited to bring things they are unsure as to their value to the Cabildo museum in Jackson Square and have it examined by experts, who will tell them about its historical significance. To apply for a spot, fill out this form. National Geographic may offer up to $10,000 to display some pieces in a special yearlong exhibit of America’s National Treasures.
For more information about the TV series, its search for historic items or its schedule of stops around the country, visit www.natgeotv.com/losttreasures.
Why is this worth a whole press conference, you ask? Well, two points.
Point 1: Givens' most recent full campaign finance report shows $11,000 in campaign receipts in September and October, $10,000 of which she had loaned to herself. She reported $9,640 cash on hand at the time. That was nearly a month ago, and she's only reported one $2,500 contribution since, from the Louisiana Association of Educators.
Jones, on the other hand, has ABC backing. ABC — which is characterized by its supporters as pro-reform and by its opponents as pro-privatization and anti-teacher — has been spending a lot of money in these BESE elections. It's also been collecting a lot of money, including from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $100,000 to the PAC on October 18.
Jones reported $96,000 in receipts from September to October — most of which came from Louisiana, but a sort of odd amount of which came from people with New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and California addresses. She had nearly $75,000 on hand by the end of the reporting period. And she's reported receiving nearly $40,000 since — including $5,000 from Bloomberg, the day after his ABC contribution. Only $2,000 of those recent contributions, by the way, come from someone living within the state of Louisiana.
Point 2: Advertising costs money. The press conference will be on your TV tonight.
All patrons 12-17 are invited to a meet and greet with bounce artist Katey Red and director of "Where Da Melph At?" David S. White. Katey will talk about the business of making music and appearing on Treme. David will talk about directing the music video.
Teenagers only, please, so Mom and Dad, drop off the kids on your way to vote. Remember: no p-popping in the Louisiana Collection!
Former WWL-TV reporter Ben Lemoine spent the last two years chronicling the experiences of five children in New Orleans charter schools. His documentary The Experiment screens in the New Orleans Film Festival tonight at 6 p.m. at the CAC. It won Best Louisiana Feature at the festival. Beginning in December it will screen on the Starz network. There's a brief review here. View the trailer on the film's website.
The sharp rise in the number and variety of new charter schools in New Orleans post-Katrina has drawn the nation's attention to their performance and promise for educational reform. The New York Times addressed some of the issues in evaluating New Orleans charter movement in an editorial Sunday.
But not so for Occupy New Orleans, which has been camped out at Duncan Plaza for more than five days now without (serious) incident. (But with a warm greeting from Mayor Mitch Landrieu.)
The protesters are still there, still holding their nightly general assemblies and, today, still reaching out to local media with statements of future planned actions. The group announced today that it will participate in the Global Day of Action with a demonstration at 2 p.m. on October 15.
(Press release from Occupy New Orleans after the jump)
New Orleans will be #Occupied as opposed to just occupied, on Thursday, and, if Occupy Wall Street has been any indication, participants in the protest are going to be endlessly hectored by local media for a statement of purpose or list of demands or something.
A sprawling, unfocused, overly earnest, TV-news-unfriendly script for a cartoon based on a TV show based on a movie based on a comic book. Okay, and that will confirm for a lot of people that what we're dealing with here is a bunch of etc. who have too much damn whatever on their hands and just need to grow up and settle down with a nice job-spouse-drink.
But the fact that this movement has been going on for a while, has not lost its momentum and is in fact growing nationwide perhaps suggest that we're not doing ourselves any favors in disregarding it so quickly. So here, briefly, are some decent explanations I've seen in the past few days.
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