Wednesday, 01 June 2011 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
BETTA BOOK IT NOW The first 1,000 passengers who book a Visions Airlines flight to Destin/Fort Walton Beach will win a $200 Visa gift card. To qualify, you have to book a vacation package for two adults, including airfare, hotel/resort accommodations, and car rental with a minimum three-night stay. The first 1,000 customers will receive their gift card upon arrival at Northwest Florida Regional Airport located in Fort Walton Beach. These special vacation packages can be booked at www.visionairlines.com or by calling 1-877-FLY-A-JET. Vision Airlines is so confident about its low-priced packages that it urges customers to compare its rates with other online travel companies. (Though it won’t qualify you for the gift card, you can book a flight to Destin/Fort Walton for $39 each way through June 20.) — Leslie Turk
AN ‘UNCONVENTIONAL’ MOM AND POP SHOP We don’t need no concrete jungle to spur fashion creativity in Acadiana. Forget New York. ’Round here, we give out free dance lessons and fleurs de lis while we sip Budweiser in a “Black & Gold state of mind.” The Gold Machete, a boutique style T-shirt store owned by Ashley Degeyter and Alex Nunez, offers a wide variety of original T-shirt designs with local flavor. The couple’s shop at 317 E. University Ave. is overflowing with one-of-a-kind Saints gear, bright vermilion tees that boast former USL logos, a shirt that pays homage to the hot dog vendor on Jefferson Street — and much more. The duo can customize prints for groups or special occasions that call for 24 shirts or more, and a few local artists have also joined the venture and allow Gold Machete to sell shirts donning original artist prints. Stop by the shop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or find The Gold Machete’s Facebook page and become a fan. — Heather Miller
FOR THE RECORD We first heard about the website Kickstarter.com last week when The Ind received an interesting offer from Lafayette musician Bernard Pearce: donate funds to help him finish recording a record and be “one of the good guys.” Kickstarter is a clearinghouse for musicians, filmmakers, performance artists and other creative types to solicit money for cool projects. In Pearce’s case that’s the completion of Without Warning, a record he’s been off-and-on recording for two years in Athens, Ga., with several guest musicians including members of the former Lafayette alt-rock band Urbosleeks, who high-tailed it to Athens over a decade ago in search of hipster fame. Gigging regionally under the guise of One Man Machine, Pearce is also manager of the Tipitina’s Music Co-op in the Hub City, and he’s cleverly incentivized his endeavor: a contribution of $20-$49 gets one a free copy of the CD when it’s completed; $50+ contributions earn a vinyl copy. (Vinyl, baby! It’s still making a come-back!) A $500 donation will send the one man machine to your home to cook a meal for you, the CD and vinyl in tow. Bernard Pearce seriously wants to finish this damn record. To help, log on to Kickstarter.com and search “Bernard Pearce.” — Walter Pierce
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OCT 21 Here's an interesting story from the National Journal about New Orleans almost 10 years post-Katrina. There are demographic information and charts, as well as some commentary about the corresponding changes in the way the city looks and works.
OCT 21 Gambit offers its endorsements for the upcoming election in this post, including an endorsement of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The best way to protect Louisiana's clout is to re-elect the senior senator, the paper opines. Sending a Republican in her place won't accomplish anything, the paper adds.
OCT 21 The McClatchy DC blog posts this fascinating view of Louisiana's political landscape. It's a little heavy on the cliches, and also a little heavy on the quaint Cajun/Creole shtick, but it's still good reading -- if only for the outside view of our insides.
OCT 21 An audit finds very little federal oversight of coastal restoration grants, the Advocate reports here. Two federal agencies charged with overseeing how the money was spent didn't oversee the grants properly, didn't know enough about how the grants were supposed to be spent, and provided conflicting records about the money, the audit found.
OCT 21 The first Senate debate featuring all three candidates was a big ho-hum, columnist Jim Beam writes in this post. Nobody said anything new or interesting, and nobody emerged the clear winner, he says.
OCT 21 Bobby Jindal can't seem to leave Daniel Malloy alone, this post on NOLA Defender says. On a recent trip to stump for another GOP'er (Ever wonder: does any of his stumping really help these guys? Or is he just trying to get his name in other newspapers?) Jindal again ran afoul of Connecticut's Governor, who has no problem calling Bobby on his claims, the post tells us.
OCT 21 Jeremy Alford writes about David Vitter's playbook in this post, and frankly, there are some things we don't want to know. We've all heard about what's in that book, haven't we? That kind of stuff is not our idea of a good -- oh, wait. Jeremy's writing about Vitter's political playbook. Never mind.
OCT 20 Remember those great posts from blogger Jason Brad Berry that featured emails and letters related to the BP claims process? Well, apparently Patrick Juneau (who was featured, but not in a positive way, in those documents) ordered a background check on Berry because of it, this story in Louisiana Record says. Huh?
OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it, author Omar El Akkad clarifies it neatly: it's "a battle between prosperity and the planet's well-being." Are jobs and money worth the trade we're making? As Jonathan Foret says in the story, Mother Nature may come and answer that question for us.
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