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Battles of New Orleans

Today the Battle of New Orleans anniversary celebration continues at the Chalmette Battlefield. Oh yes, there will be reenactments and cannon firings, as well as stuff for kids to do, food and more. Starts at 9 am and continues throughout the day. Once the sun sets, the Battle of New Orleans Lantern Tours begin. Admission is $5. The first tour begins at 5:45pm.

Perhaps coincidentally with the anniversary of the big battle, perhaps not, Daniel Rasmussen author of Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt will be discussing his book from 1-3pm at the Garden District Book Shop. Rasmussen is a kind of a big deal scholar and journalist–C-SPAN will be televising the event. Free.


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Multispecies Salon

So, I ran into a multispecies ethnographic artist the other evening, and after an enlightening conversation, I’m still not sure what that means. But the work looks cool.

Some local artists have teamed with artists from around the country and some visiting anthropologists from the Association of American Anthropologists and created Multispecies Salon 3: Swarm. This is how they describe themselves:

The swarm is a network with no center to dictate order. It involves a multitude of different creative agents. Collective intelligence emerges in the swarm through communication and cooperation. Swarming is the tactic, rather than the theme, of our proposed exhibit.

Tonight, in conjunction with the exhibit, is a lecture entitled: Hope for Frogs in an Era of Mass Extinction. Kawliga Studios. Free. 6:30-7:30 pm.

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New Orleans Film Festival Picks

The New Orleans Film Festival started yesterday and continues through next Thursday. Here is the full schedule. The venues this year are Prytania Theater, The Theatres at Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, NOMA, the CAC, and The Porch. There is also a lecture series at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. Also, this year they are offering a handy shuttle service.

There are so many offerings that it can be a bit daunting. After combing through this year’s film, I’m particularly excited about certain films, these documentaries: Waiting for Superman (about Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone), John Kennedy Toole: the omega point, Walker Piercy: a Documentary Film, Life 2.0 (which follows some people through their virtual lives in the video game Second Life), also, if you didn’t get a chance to see it, The Big Uneasy. Also, there is the Mardi Gras Indian documentary by local boy Aaron Walker, Bury the Hatchet.  And, in the “special presentation” category, the Pennebaker documentary about Bob Dylan, Don’t Look Back is a “must have seen.” In the narrative category: Todd Solondz has a new one (if you dare) Life During Wartime, also Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch has Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci owning a Nevada Brothel which employs Gina Gershon and Bai Ling (!), as well as the latest in The Girl Who…franchise, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and Howl, with James Franco playing a young Allen Ginsberg. And, in the “oldie but goody” category, Hitchcock’s masterpiece Strangers on a Train, based on the work of the devilish Patricia Highsmith.

That oughta keep you busy!

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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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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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Morgan Spurlock at Tulane

This evening at 7, Morgan Spurlock is giving a lecture–which is what he is good at–at Tulane University.

Spurlock is best known for his documentary Super Size Me, in which he ate nothing but McDonalds for 30 days, in an attempt to highlight the negative health effects of fast food. He then went on to create the reality television show “30 Days,” in which he–and then later, other people,–would immerse himself in a lifestyle completely foreign to him, for instance, trying to live on minimum wage, or living in an “off the grid” community. It is sort of the thinking person’s “Wife Swap.”

I haven’t found any specifics as to what Spurlock will be lecturing about, but the event is supposed to be filmed for some sort of upcoming DVD project. McAlister Auditorium. 7-8:30.

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