Monthly Archives: September 2010

Drilling: the History of the Petrochemical Industry in Louisiana

With the weather getting beautiful, and football season back in full swing, and Halloween right around the corner, it is easy for us to forget about the horrors of this summer–namely the Gulf Disaster. The disaster was part of a long history of exploitation of our region by the petrochemical industry. Before we bury our heads in the oily sand, perhaps we should continue to educate ourselves, to keep this issue at the forefront, along with all the fun distractions we have here in southern Louisiana.

This evening form 6-9, the Louisiana Humanities Center presents a panel discussion entitled: “Drilling: the History of the Petrochemical Industry in Louisiana.”

Here’s what they have to say about it.:

Panelists Craig Colten of LSU, John Laudun of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, George Pietrogallo of ExxonMobil, and Eric Smith of Tulane University will talk to moderator David Hammer of the Times-Picayune about the economic, environmental, and social impact of the industry’s evolution in the state.

The event is free and open to the public. Discussion begins at 6:00 pm. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at or 504.620.2632.


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CAC’s Art For Arts’ Sake Kick-off & Louisiana Composers’ Forum

Art for Arts’ Sake, the annual city-wide art opening, is this Saturday, but there are all kinds of free things going on tonight as a sort-of kick-off. Firstly, this evening from 5-7pm,  La Cote Brasserie is having a Happy Hour consisting of FREE appetizers + FREE Rain Vodka cocktails (while they last, of course)

Then, at 7, over at the CAC is the FREE inaugural Louisiana Composers Forum. Here’s what they have to say about it:

The Louisiana Composers Forum is a first-time concert of new original works of music by local composers from Louisiana. The performance will feature compositions for a 20-piece orchestra comprised of New Orleans’ finest classical musicians, including several musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This event will be free and open to the public. The Louisiana Composers Forum will feature 7 new works of music by 7 different composers. This year’s featured composers are Jonathan Freilich, Steven Sweetwyne, Brian Hanson, Bryan Fusilier, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Kevin George, and Barry Blue Jr.

The Louisiana Composers Forum is being funded through grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the City of New Orleans, as well as the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, with additional support from the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.

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Cirque Dreams

Okay, it’s super-cheesy, but I kind of want to go see Cirque Dreams:Illumination, which is starting a run tonight at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. From what I can tell it’s sort of like Cirque du Soleil does Rent.

Tickets $20-$60. Tuesday-Saturday 8pm, with additional matinees Saturday at 2 pm, Sunday shows are 2pm and 7:30pm. Through Oct. 3.

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Verbatim Verboten

Verbatim Verboten returns tonight and is continuing now on Mondays at the Shadowbox Theatre. I posted about Verboten once before. And here’s the invitation I received today, reprinted verbatim, get it? Verbatim?

VERBATIM VERBOTEN returns, with a sharp new edge.

For its revival at the Shadowbox, we present the blackest, weirdest, most disturbing real-life transcripts from the hundreds creator-host MICHAEL MARTIN has assembled over the years. Performed word–for-word by a whole new ensemble.

Yes, it’s still funny. Yes, it’s still dirty. And yes, we still change the lineup of material each week.
But now, it’s also very very dark. Mondays are traditionally the “dark night” in the theatre, after all: Let’s make that literal.

Featuring the following talents…
…and a lineup of wonderful special guests, to be announced.

Oct 18: QUESS

At the Shadowbox Theatre, 2402 St Claude (at St Roch), New Orleans.
September 29-November 1, Mondays at 9pm.
$10 or pay-what-you-can.

Production managed by STEPH SMITH, for Clove Productions.

To purchase advance tickets:

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A Little More Stompin’…

buh, buh, buh bird, bird, bird, bird is the…Oh, hey. Yeah. It’s still stuck in my head.

So, the last event being presented in conjunction with the Ponderosa Stomp is not to be missed.

Tonight at One-Eyed Jacks, Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan of The Flamin’ Groovies are being backed by The A-Bones. This is real music nerd stuff–me, I just know I like it.

Also, the Jim Jones Revue. $25. 9pm

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Ponderosa Stomp–Day Two

Gosh, I had a great time at the Ponderosa Stomp last night! Of course I woke with “bird, bird, bird…bird is the word” going through my head over and over again, as the last thing I saw/heard last night was The Trashmen singing their hit song Surfin’ Bird. Seriously, it won’t leave my head. “Oom poppa oo mau mau, oom poppa oo mau mau.”

Here’s what’s in store for tonight over at House of Blues:


7:00 – 7:20 Wallace Johnson with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

7:20 – 7:50 Willie West with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

7:50 – 8:20 Lazy Lester with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

8:20 – 8:50 Roy Head with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

9:00 – 9:45 Barbara Lynn with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

9:45 – 10:15 Wendy René with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

10:15 – 10:45 Sugar Pie DeSanto with Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats

11:10 – 11:25 Joe Clay with Deke Dickerson and Eccofonics

11:30 – 12:00 Red Simpson with Deke Dickerson and Eccofonics

12:00 – 12:30 Young Jessie with Deke Dickerson and Eccofonics

12:30 – 1:30 Duane Eddy with Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics


8:00 – 8:30 Sammy Ridgley with the Lonely Knights

8:45 – 9:15 Homer Henderson

9:30 – 10:00 Ian Dunlop

10:15 – 11:15 Guitar Lightnin’ Lee

11:30 – 12:15 Lil’ Buck Sinegal and Buckaroos with Bobby Allen

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Ponderosa Stomp

The ninth annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference starts today. Here’s their mission in their own words:

“The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, and soul. Founded in New Orleans and produced by the non-profit Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, a diverse group of music fanatics who have presented over 50 concerts with over 200 musical legends, the Stomp always succeeds in exposing rare musical icons to their adoring fans and to new audiences. The Stomp itself has now become legendary in reviving careers and giving a new lease on musical life to so many performers.”

Here’s the full line-up for the concert this evening at House of Blues:

Friday, September 24

Main Stage

7:00 – 7:40 Doug Ardoin and Bert Miller of the Boogie Kings with Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts

7:40 – 8:10 Johnnie Allan with Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts

8:10 – 8:25 Joyce Harris, Earl Stanley with Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts

8:35 – 9:05 Huelyn Duvall and Eve and the Exiles

9:20 – 9:50 Tommy Brown with Los po-boy Citos

10:05 – 10:35 La La brooks with Jenny Dee and the Delinquents

10:50 – 11:20 The Relatives

11:35 – 12:20 Thee Midniters

12:35 – 1:30 The Trashmen

Friday, September 24


8:15 – 9:15 DL Menard, Vin Bruce, Leroy Martin, and Harry Anselmi with the Lost Bayou Ramblers

9:30 – 10:15 Honeyboy Edwards

10:30 – 11:10

11:25 – 12:25 Jay Chevalier, Earl Stanley, and Leroy Martin with Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts

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