DIRTY OLD ONE MAN BAND Country music. Gee-tars. Trucker hats. Beer. These things are elemental to the Texas way, and Austin native Scott H. Biram — the self-proclaimed “Dirty Old One Man Band” — takes all these typically hillbilly ho-hums (hats and beer included) and throws ‘em on a raw, rock and roll roots blues sound, all by his lonesome. Check him out with the Freetown Hounds — along with the first post-tour Lafayette performance from our very own Brother Dege — Saturday, May 29 at Grant Street Dancehall.
GET FUNKED UP Multifaceted in nature, the word “funk” has numerous meanings: a crummy mood (“He’s been in such a funk since his old lady gave him the boot”); a bad smell (“Put those shoes back on; your feet smell the funk!”); the guy who discovered vitamins (Casimir Funk, 1884-1967); or — more relevantly — the dirty blend of soul, jazz and rhythm and blues tunes that brings feel-good vibes and body-movin’ grooves (James Brown, Sly Stone and — lucky for you — the Funk Club jam sessions at Sadies Downtown). Get up offa that thing and join members of Uma Zuma, Bimora, The Good Captain, The Botanist, Spontaneous Comphunktion and Prodigies of Peace as they milk the funk Friday, May 28.
CHEZ GISELE A colorful, elegant woman born of a privileged Parisian upbriging, Gisele Carriton married a Cajun soldier after World War II and settled in Lafayette, where she eventually stirred up controversy and criticism by opening the first gay cabaret nightclub in the area — a challenging feat that eventually resulted in the death of one of the club’s employees. Playwright Dennis Ward remembers and re-creates this forgotten moment in Lafayette history in his drag musical comedy-noire, Chez Gisele, which opens at Cite des Arts Thursday, May 27, and runs through June 12.
OH MY DEAR GIVERS GOODNESS If you haven’t been to a Givers show yet, take advantage on May 28 when the Lafayette music darlings play to the masses at this spring’s final installment of Downtown Alive!
ETC. The folksy, bluesy tunes of The Viatones come to Blue Moon Saloon on May 30, and you can catch them again with the funky boys of Machete at Sadies on June 1... Artmosphere’s got your Memorial Day Party at the Rain or Shine BBQ & Cheap Beer Deck Party with bands all day on May 31... Have your cheeseburger and fries with a side of Bird City/Giant Cloud/The Cavemen when they play at Frankie Burger on May 29... Vagabond Swing plays with Research Turtles May 28 at Blue Moon Saloon.
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APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB tells us in this post. Sure, CB hasn't exactly been sugar sweet to the lady, but if his blogs are all it takes for her to get in a huff she better find some intestinal fortitude somewhere, because that's just the tip of the iceberg.
APR 18 Pooyie! Robert Kennedy Jr. isn't pulling any punches in this column on Huffington Post about the flood board's lawsuit against Big Oil and Bobby Jindal's involvement in efforts to kill it. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, describes Jindal as 'genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure' and 'the industry's chief indentured servant.' Dang!
APR 18 Here's a video of UL Coach Mark Hudspeth showing he can pump some serious iron. It sure impressed the Dr. Saturday blog, which calls his press of 370 pounds a "ridiculous" number for a coach -- and opines that no other college coach could beat ours.
APR 18 Columnist John Maginnis offers some advice to Vance McAllister on this post: Don't quit. Republicans have demanded he resign, but offer no "sensible answer" to the question of why David Vitter shouldn't leave, too, he says. McAllister needs to do his duty and serve out his (abbreviated) term, Maginnis says.
APR 18 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon the plan to make a Bible Louisiana's "official book" in this post. He argues his point by telling us the story of an immigrant couple who moved to Louisiana: Amar and Raj, whose oldest child is now our Governor. This action would have a much larger impact, he opines.
APR 18 There's only one major bill left defending public education, blogger Mike Deshotels writes in this post. He's also got a few choice words for state Superintendent John White, who implies that Louisiana teachers would be thrown into chaos and disarray if they didn't have a test to teach. (Maybe kids would actually get an education then? Nah!)
APR 18 An effort to set up speed cameras on the Interstate has been shut down before it even got started, columnist Stephanie Grace tells us in this post. A bill to block the practice is sailing through the legislature -- where apparently no one wants visitors to our fair state to arrive home to a ticket. (These guys must never drive on I-10 with people from Texas).
APR 18 Blogger Tom Aswell reassures everyone worried about the staffers for Rodney Alexander -- the ones who didn't go to work for McAllister or Candid Camera, anyway -- with this post. Apparently one staffer for the retired Congressman (who also worked for a preacher accused of sexual assault) already has been hired by Alexander in the state department he now runs, Aswell says.
APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post, Joe Aguillard told the governing board of Louisiana College that SACS, the accreditation agency, requires the board to adopt a confidentiality agreement regarding board actions. Later that day, SACS told the Town Talk that confidentiality agreements would never be required. Calvinist or not, isn't lying wrong?
APR 17 Here we are, looking like backwater dummies again in the national media. This story on Huffington Post tells the nation that our legislators are so scared of the Louisiana Family Forum that they won't vote to repeal a law that was ruled illegal years ago. (Guess these particular Christians don't cotton to that "love one another" thing.)
APR 17 Here's an interesting column from Paul Stanley, political opinion editor of the Christian Post. He breaks down the differences between David Vitter and Vance McAllister, in terms of political realities. What he found surprising was the fact that many GOP leaders are swinging a self-righteous sword at McAllister which had remained sheathed when Vitter's "sin" was revealed. He does have an interesting theory -- that Jindal's people want the Vitter issue to be revived.
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