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X-mas Tree Recycling for the Wetlands

Got a half-dead christmas tree throwing pine needles all over the place? Me too. Luckily the Landrieu administration is continuing the christmas tree recycling program for wetlands restoration. It’s a little unclear exactly when pick up is for different neighborhoods, but it sounds like if you put your tree out on the night of the 5th it will be picked up sometime in the following few days. In February, the Louisiana National Guard will collect the trees and place them along the coast aided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you’d like to volunteer call Dani Levine in the Office of Coastal & Environmental Affairs at 658-4071.

If you live in Jefferson Parish leave your tree curbside on the evening of January 6th. It will be picked up between the 7th and 9th by volunteers who will use them to reenforce the shoreline of Goose Bayou. Wanna volunteer? Sign up at .





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That’s HAMP, which stands for “HIV Awareness Music Project”. The New Orleans Society for Infectious Disease Awareness has put together its second annual awareness event. Never has getting STD testing been so much fun. 9pm. $15. One-Eyed Jacks.

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Vote, yo.

It’s election day!

So, I’ve finally made my way through the analysis of the many amendments on the ballot this year. Far be it from me, to tell anyone how to vote.–Well, that’s actually not true, but I’m restraining myself in this little forum, here.–I will say that I found the Gambit Weekly’s endorsements pretty helpful. I am not in complete agreement, but pretty close. And, if you don’t know where your polling place is, the Secretary of State’s office website will tell you. See you at the polls!

Okay, I can’t help myself…why, oh why, did the Melancon campaign not use the slogan, “Time for a change?”…Get it? Diapers…Oh, nevermind.

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New Orleans Media and Democracy

This evening at 7pm (doors at 6:45), the Louisiana Humanities Center kicks off its annual discussion series. This season’s theme is “The New Orleans Media: A Series of Discussions on the Fourth Estate in the City.” Tonight’s panel is entitled “Media & Democracy.” Here’s what they have to say about it:

This is the first installment in our bi-weekly, three month series on the news media in New Orleans. These discussions will focus on the history, roles, and challenges of news outlets in New Orleans. Based in the LHC’s mission of providing historical context for current events, the series aims to foster an informed public dialogue on the state of media today.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6th, Dr. Robert Mann of LSU’s Manship School willmoderate a discussion with Gambit Weekly editor-in-chief Kevin Allman, Jason Berry of the American Zombie blog, and Campbell Robertson, the New Orleans correspondent for The New York Times. The panel will focus on the evolving of roles and forms of the Fourth Estate in the 21st century city.

Future Panels:
October 20th: Politics and Polarization in the Meida – moderated by Dr. Michael Sartisky
November 3rd: The Economics of Newspapers – moderated by Jed Horne
November 17th: Figaro, The Vieux Carre Courier & The Lens: Investigative Journalism Past & Present – moderated by Jack Davis
December 1st: African-American Voices – moderated by Warren Bell
December 15th: Live at 6: Network News


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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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Recycling in Orleans Parish!

I have a distant memory of curbside recycling in New Orleans, so distant that sometimes I wonder if I imagined it. Or maybe I have committed some sort of synesthesia with my memories of living other places–Anyway, the Landrieu administration is taking a step in the right direction. Despite the big budgetary problems the city is facing, the mayor has gotten the message, loud and clear, the people of New Orleans want to recycle. It’s not curbside, but it’s a lot closer than the option we had before, Allied Waste, waaayyy out in Metairie.

Now, every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m,. you can truck your stuff over to a pink building under the overpass at 2829 Elysian Fields.

The revenues from newspaper and cardboard recycling will come back to the city of New Orleans…Baby steps.


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Drinking Liberally

Drinking liberally is not a new concept for most New Orleanians–ah, but this is a double entendre, you see. Drinking Liberally is an arm of the Living Liberally organization, which has 287 chapters in 50 states and DC. I haven’t heard about other “Liberally” activities in our area, such as eating, laughing, reading, screening, etc. Nope, we start with the drinking, natch.

So Drinking Liberally New Orleans meets the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at, where else, Pravda, our local Soviet-themed, Goth-y, Absinthe bar. Doesn’t every town have one? Really, any excuse to go to Pravda is enough for me. The space is beautiful and strange, and they have 50 varieties of Vodka and a dozen or so Absinthes they dispense from this beautiful Art Nouveau dispenser. Also they have great espresso and coffee. And, food on the weekends. See you there, comrade.

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