Thursday, October 27, 2016

Claire Tancons proposes second-line procession on the National Mall

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Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.
  • Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.

Art curator Claire Tancons has explored the performance and art aesthetics of indigenous parade traditions in the Caribbean, Great Britain and Louisiana. She is planning a super parade of New Orleans parading groups on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., ending at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“It has been my experience, museums, which are in the business of high culture, and which promote bourgeois values, tend to look down at these more popular African-American traditions," Tancons says. "Or when featuring them (they) do so in a rather traditional fashion, showing props, or in a pop spectacular fashion, and downplay the political and social core of these artistic manifestations."

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lolis Eric Elie signs Treme cookbook

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM


Former Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie was a writer for David Simon's Treme, and he's compiled a cookbook of traditional and contemporary recipes titled Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans. Recipes come from local restaurants and celebrity chefs who appeared on the show, including Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and David Chang. Broudain wrote the introduction to the book. The book is written from the perspective of characters on the HBO series.

Before writing for the show, Elie produced other projects focused on food and the Treme neighborhood. He authored Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country, which he wrote while working as a road manager for Wynton Marsalis. He also edited Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue. And he wrote and co-produced the documentary Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.

Elie signs copies of Treme at 6 p.m. Thursday at Octavia Books.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mardi Gras Day in Treme

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Mardi Gras Day I walked outside my house and was greeted with this:

It aint for everybody but for me, it gets no better than Mardi Gras day in Treme. We've got the Skeletons setting it off at the break of dawn, waking up the neighborhood with their howling and clacking. This gives me just enough time to get up, get myself together, make snacks for all my visitors (my house is Bathroom Break Central) and a cocktail for myself. By then its time to catch the Zulu parade passing by Orleans and Claiborne, the epicenter of Black Mardi Gras, on their way back home over on Broad Street. All the downtown Indians (and some Uptowns ones) make their way over here to holler about their prettiness and be admired. Baby dolls are prancing around, grills and stereo systems in front of every third house doing their thing. The Candlelight bar, official clubhouse of the neighborhood, is jammed packed feeding and boozing everyone. And of course, it wouldn’t be Treme without one or two second line parades rolling through, ensuring that we don’t end our day without a good ole shakedown in the street.

And now, the award for best throw of Mardi Gras 2013 - this one is NSFW kiddies!

(NSFW photo below the jump!)

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Y@ Speak: Thanksgiving leftovers

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

We're back to the real world, which is sadly filled with food that isn't casseroles and pie and people who aren't giant inflatable cartoon characters or Rockettes. Ease on back into the working week with tweets about Black Friday, mass texts, how shitty our airport is, Bobby Jindal 2.0 and more. Plus, some lagniappe tweets from last week that I saved during Y@ Speak's first birthday celebration.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

4 (FOUR!) second line parades this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Take your vitamins and get your street shoes out cause we bout to get busy this weekend. Four (4) second line parades happening this weekend, three downtown, one uptown: Black Men of Labor, 6t'9 Halloween Parade, Men and Ladies of Class, and Treme 200 United Second Line.

For all you do New Orleans, this weekend is for you!

(parade times and routes below the jump!)

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Rebirth Brass Band Tribute today 6pm/Tremé Bicentennial weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This evening beginning at 6pm, a tribute to Rebirth Brass Band is taking place at LeMann Park, Lafitte St at N. Claiborne Ave. This “Under the Bridge” brass band blowout is part of the Tremé 200 Festival and features the Hot 8, Dirty Dozen, Brass-A-Holics, The Original Pinettes, Baby Boyz and of course Rebirth Brass Band.

The tribute is just one of many events (schedule here) happening throughout the weekend to celebrate the bicentennial of Faubourg Tremé, the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States.


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Y@ Speak: The music edition

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

OK, so perhaps the Saints aren't doing too well, but what's cool about fall is all the music that's happening. This week Beach House, Amanda Palmer and her Crowdsourced Orchestra, The Walkmen and Stevie Nicks, Melissa Etheridge and Gladys Knight rolled into town, plus the third season of the very musicy Treme premiered. Also, this happened.

(Speaking of music, if you want actual information on fall music and not just silly tweets, check out this week's issue with our fall arts guide and our recent music issue.)

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Treme returns this Sunday with Season 3

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Treme returns to HBO this Sunday with season 3 of the New Orleans set-and-shot drama. Esquire's Charlie Pierce has seen the first episode:

Most of the regulars are back and, in the first episode anyway, the show is more a series of entwined family dramas. Now not only a wandering musician, but an assistant high-school band director and, by his own rueful admission, a "grown-up," Antoine is trying to keep his life from turning into Mr. Batiste's Opus, and LaDonna and her family have moved in with some snooty in-laws who already are jumping on her last nerve. The Lambreauxs' album is a hit, but Wynton Marsalis pays the music some marginally snotty compliments offstage. Meanwhile, Davis and Annie are succeeding as a couple, and as individuals. She's got a new band and he's got a new dream — an R&B opera about Katrina that "will make Puccini my bitch." Whatever.

And for fans of creator David Simon, here's Capital New York's recounting of Simon's Sept. 18 appearance at a panel sponsored by HBO and ProPublica. Topics include the death march of newspapers, blogging and Simon's own self-described "dynamic of pseudocelebrity."

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Friday, July 13, 2012

UPDATE: Tribute and funeral services info for Uncle Lionel Batiste

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Uncle Lionel Batiste
  • Uncle Lionel Batiste

Today July 13th from 5-7pm there will be a second line parade in honor of Uncle Lionel Batiste beginning at Tuba Fats Square on the corner of St. Philip and N. Robertson in the Treme, and ending at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 1931 St. Claude.

(additional info below the jump!)

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Uncle Lionel Batiste: 1931-2012

Posted By on Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Uncle Lionel Batiste
  • Uncle Lionel Batiste
Uncle Lionel Batiste, drummer for the Treme Brass Band and an indelible symbol of New Orleans' brass band and musical culture, died this morning at the age of 81, according to the band. Batiste had been in fragile health in recent weeks. He had been a fixture on the New Orleans music scene since the 1940s, and was still playing music until nearly the time of his death.

In 2010, when his beloved drum was stolen after Batiste marched in the Krewe du Vieux parade, it made news. The drum was quietly returned.

In this performance, recorded at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in March, Batiste performed "Let Me Call You Sweetheart":

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available. But they shall certainly be grand.

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