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Louisiana Politics 

No matter who wins the upcoming governor's race, he'll only get one term. At least that's what two documentaries about Louisiana politics produced by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) suggest. The voters of the state demand character. When 'Uncle" Earl Long ran in the late '50s, his affair with stripper Blaze Starr was the least of his problems. Edwin Edwards was colorful enough to garner four trips to the governor's mansion and endless investigations before retiring to prison. But does anyone remember the reformer Sam Jones? One term. 'Nuff said. Originally aired in 1986 on the 25th anniversary of his death, Uncle Earl chronicles the raucous career of Earl Long and particularly his bizarre final term when he was committed to a mental institution by his family. Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics celebrates how dedicated Louisianans are to the electoral bouts and how even races for state insurance commissioner and Jefferson Parish coroner have become expensive, high-stakes, high-profile slugfests. Footage of Huey P. Long and Edwards is priceless, but it's hard to imagine they didn't wring a dollar out of it somehow. Neither film is new, but the directors of both will be on hand to discuss their films and reminisce about the most memorable races. Admission $5, free for LEH members. " Will Coviello

6 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19

LEH, Turner Hall, 938 Lafayette St., 523-4352;

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