Monthly Archives: November 2010

Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

Of course it is hard for me to to be objective because of the bizarre meta aspect that Kimberly Rivers Roberts is my neighbor and so much of her footage is the familiar terrain of my neighborhood. The film is beautifully made, but also an important document of what is was really like around here for those of us who weren’t in a position to evacuate.

Trouble the Water should be required viewing for all New Orleanians, actually, I’m gonna say it should be required viewing for all Americans. As the tag line says, “It’s not about a hurricane. It’s about America.”

Screening tonight at 6:30 pm at the Tulane University Woldenberg Art Center Freeman Auditorium. The filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin will be in attendance for discussion following the screening. Free!

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Middle East Film Festival

The fourth annual Middle East Film Festival continues at Zeitgeist. This year the festival features over fifty new films from or about Middle Eastern countries. There is also Middle Eastern music, dance, food and more. Tickets for most events are $7 . Tickets for closing night are $9. Passes are $70 general admission (with discounted rates for seniors, students, members and kids).

Here’s the full schedule:

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Algiers Christmas Tree & Holiday Gift Sale

if you need a Christmas tree and holiday gifts anyway, why not have your purchases benefit the Hubbell Library in Algiers? They have “trees, wreaths, garlands, jewelry, books, art and more.” And Santa will be there! ’til 5pm @ Gulf Pizza.

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Chili Cook-Off at the Allways

I missed the one-woman show, “A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood” when it was running here in town. If it is up again, I absolutely won’t miss it. I hear it is great. Its creators sent me this invitation to what sounds like a super-fun event for a worthy cause. They are having a Texas-to-Canada themed party to raise money for a Canadian tour of the show. Just remember to take your Beano.

Come to the All-Ways Lounge the Saturday after Thanksgiving to sample and judge the rockin’est chili in the city! Only $5 gets you all you can eat until the chili runs out… Also screening (at 9pm) Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film “The Gold Rush” with live musical accompaniment, plus trivia games and prizes!

15 spicy, savory, and super-secret chili concoctions will compete to win the favor of your tastebuds… try them all, and help crown the first quadrennial chili champion of New Orleans!!!


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Trimming the Tree

I kind of love Christmas. Mostly it’s the scents I love: roasting meat, pie spices, firewood and, most of all, pine trees. Today I’m getting the jump on that good smell and going over to my neighborhood nursery, Harold’s. It’s a little, hidden, unassuming place full of fantastic plants, year-round.

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Thanksgiving at the Track

Get out your fanciest hat, Thanksgiving at the racetrack back! For the last couple of years the start of the racing season has been earlier, but now it’s back to its traditional opening on Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s the 85th running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap. Here’s a picture from Life Magazine of folks I know looking fabulous at the track:

The first race is at 11am to accommodate the Saints vs. Cowboys game, which starts at 3:15. This is going to be a fun day!

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A Lighter Louisiana Thanksgiving

Not that I’m actually going to do this tomorrow, but I was curious if there were any alternatives to the stick-of-butter-per-recipe Southern Thanksgiving recipes I find. I found these recipes in Cooking Light:

Cajun Turkey With Dirty-Rice Stuffing (Dirty-Rice Stuffing), Maple Sweet PotatoesSauteed Green Beans and Onions With BaconJalapeno Corn Bread and Classic Sweet Potato Pie.

Maybe next year…

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