Kimberly Rivers Roberts,
star of Trouble the Water, has been chosen by the Krewe of Muses as the 2009 Honorary Muse. Roberts, who along with her family and neighbors rode out Hurricane Katrina in the attic of her Lower Ninth Ward home, videotaped her experience; the subsequent footage was later used for the film, which has been nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary. Each year, the Krewe of Muses honors someone representing one of the nine muses from Greek mythology. Roberts represents Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy.
a high school student studying filmmaking and audio production at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), has been honored with the Gold Award in Cinematic Arts in a national arts competition hosted by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. For his initial application to the competition, Brown submitted several short films he created at NOCCA. He was then flown to Miami, where professional artists evaluated his and other students' work before he was selected as the winner.
the venerable French Quarter restaurant, raised nearly $475,000 for local charities, including the International Shrine of St. Jude and Animal Rescue of New Orleans (ARNO), during the restaurant's seventh annual charity auction on Monday, Feb. 2. Each year, Galatoire's auctions off seating in its first-floor dining room for the Friday before Mardi Gras — typically the restaurant's busiest day of the year. Bidding for the coveted tables began at $150 per seat.
a Republican committee official in Florida, emailed a racist joke regarding the presidential inauguration: "I'm confused. How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, D.C. in one day in sub-zero temps when 200,000 couldn't get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?" In a subsequent email meant as an apology, Carter said she hoped that "we are going to be allowed to keep our sense of humor." She was forced to resign less than a week later, then attempted to rescind her resignation. The state GOP refused.