SATURDAY, Oct. 22 Let’s not quibble, okay? Marcelle Bienvenu is the Queen of Cajun Cooking. She has a food column, she’s written many cookbooks, she teaches cooking and she schools other celebrity chefs about what’s what in our cuisine. So who better to be a judge at the 4th Annual Boudin Cook-Off? Bienvenu sits on the judging panel with folks from New Orleans to Texas who love boudin. And maybe you? This year the Historic Preservation Alliance of Lafayette, which the cook-off benefits, is auctioning off a seat on the panel to a layman who loves cased meats. You can also see what else is planned for this year’s gastronomical feats, like fun jumps, cooking demonstrations and music by Sons of Voodoo and The Howdies. Or just show up on that blessed day, buy some raffle tickets and start oinking out on the many varieties of boudin. The Cook-off begins at 10 a.m. in Parc San Souci. Come eat you some.
SUNDAY, Oct. 23 There are those whose doodles look like masterpieces and those whose doodles look like doody. For the latter, Painting With a Twist at 1812 W. Pinhook Road comes to the rescue. It is an “art as entertainment” studio. You go in and basically are given enough succinct instruction and such a steady template to work from that you walk out with your own masterpiece. Every class is different, but this day is special because it goes to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The gold fleur-de-lis entwined with the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon combines the Acadiana spirit with the awareness that although many women die every year from this cancer they won’t always, because a cure is around the corner. Class is $45, and reservations can be made online at paintingwithatwist.com or by calling 234-9783.
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JUL 25 Elliott Stonecipher writes about his specialty in this post on Forward Now: numbers. He's running down Louisiana's poverty numbers, and they aren't good. There has been progress, he says, but can we build on it? And is poverty in Louisiana inevitable?
JUL 25 Jim Brown is blogging about the death penalty this week. In particular, he's discussing a really, really good reason to stop using it: too many people who aren't guilty are being convicted and sentenced to death.
JUL 25 Blogger Tom Aswell has crafted a fascinating analysis in this post. He's discussing Bobby Jindal and his cross-country, pre-presidential pandering, but he weaves in a historical perspective by reviewing FDR's New Deal and Huey Long's resistance to it - which also was because Huey planned to run for President.
JUL 25 Education Superintendent John White probably shouldn't sign a long lease on anything in Louisiana, Blogger Lamar Parmentel writes, because our reformer in chief is now in a situation "from which no amount of his own bs jargon or political hatchet work can extricate him." Lamar thinks that White is going to have to quit, and probably sooner rather than later.
JUL 25 Blogger Ian McGibboney gives his take on that study that found the happiest cities are right here in Louisiana, including Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. (Really. I know, right?) As he says, it is all about perspective: One can be happy in a toxic dump and miserable at Disney World.
JUL 25 Blogger Rod Dreher writes about Christianity in this post, examining the concept of traditional or orthodox as it relates to his religion. Since Dreher is a conservative, orthodox Christian, it's not an objective discussion, but it's certainly an interesting read, if for no other reason than to seek understanding.
JUL 25 If you're not aware, there's a conflict among pro-choicers and pro-lifers going down in New Orleans. Anti-abortionists are protesting in the city this week, but those who support access to abortion have also been active in the city as a result. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow takes a look at what's going on in this clip, posted on Gambit.
JUL 25 This post on the Wall Street Journal examines the case of a Metairie physician who is making millions by filing whistle-blower lawsuits. His suits accuse corporations of defrauding federal agencies like Medicare, and when he wins he gets whistle-blower rewards - in the tens of millions of dollars. (You can view the story using your Facebook account, but if you don't want to do that, here's an abbreviated version in the Advocate.)
JUL 24 The Lens is hosting a panel discussion on the cost of coastal restoration, and who should pay for it, next month in NOLA. It is planned to be a discussion of the realities of the coastal restoration master plan and its current funding, as well as what the future holds.
JUL 24 This post on the Red Stick Blog reveals nine facts about Mike the Tiger, the LSU mascot who turns nine this week. That's interesting and all, but the best part of the post is the video of Mike playing around with a visitor, just like any other kitty. A massive, deadly, 400-pound, roaring kitty.
JUL 24 The recent articles about a study that found America's happiest cities are here in Louisiana have produced some raised eyebrows among those who have actually been to Shreveport and Baton Rouge. But the Today show did some research, and produced this article which talks about stuff that doesn't really represent those two cities. Are we still going with the drunk, fat and stupid brand?
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