Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 Written by The Independent Staff
A BOY AND HIS HORN Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects on New Orleans will not be soon forgotten, and there has already been a great number of books written on both the event and the people who endured it, but now there’s a new children’s book that relates this tragic happening through the innocent point of view of a 10-year-old boy. A Storm Called Katrina follows how little Louis and his family fled their flooded home with only Louis’ prized horn in hand and braved the sinking city to reach shelter at the over-crowded Superdome, where more trials make Louis realize he’s not a little kid anymore. A Storm Called Katrina is written by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman and can be found at peachtree-online.com for $17.95. — Wynce Nolley
LAKE BLUES New Orleans based singer-songwriter Colin Lake made a splash back in 2008 with his mixture of scratching and traditional blues along with his original songs and the adroit style of his lap-slide guitar playing and soulful vocals when Bullet was released. Now he’s back with a new album, The Ones I Love, showing just how much his musical abilities have grown in the last three years. Recorded at The Graveyard in New Orleans, The Ones I Love features the deep vocals and heavy exposure of the slide guitar Lake is known for. He also enlisted the help of Eric Lindell for back-up vocals and John Fohl with electric guitar. Look for The Ones I Love at louisianamusicfactory.com for $15.99. — WN
YOU SO FULL OF SHRIMP Bonnie Bell’s Bistro located at 740 Jefferson St. is a casual dining bistro that is a perennial favorite in Lafayette. Although some of us mourn the loss of the gumbo it once had (please come back, gumbo, and we’ll make it work between us!), there are enough delights on the menu to keep your eyes perusing and stomach growling with curiosity at what is next. This time it was the shrimp wrap, packed full of the curly-q crustaceans and served with a sprig of rosemary jutting up like a flag waving you in. Check out the daily lunch specials and the occasional wine dinners. Aug. 7 of this month marked nine years since Bonnie’s has been open. Check ’em out and wish them happy birthday. The Shrimp Wrap is $9.95 and worth every bite. — Anna Purdy
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SEP 23 You know CB Forgotston couldn't let that Advocate editorial about the Edmonson Amendment pass without comment. And so here's his comment - and he's not holding anything back. Putting perfume on manure doesn't change the fact that it is manure, he says.
SEP 23 That (unnecessarily rough) hit on Drew Brees in Sunday's game just may have awoken a "sleeping giant," this post on ESPN's NFL Nation Saints blog suggests. One thing nobody can do is give Brees an open door, Mike Triplett writes.
SEP 23 Bobby Jindal may think he's fooling the voters with his attempts to spin a Legislative Auditor's report on Common Core, but blogger Stephen Sabludowsky isn't buying it. In this post, he breaks down a press release from the guv and all the "misleading" statements in it.
SEP 23 Voters may have approved an amendment to our Constitution to de-politicize appointments to our levee boards - but it ain't happening in the staffing of the levee board that filed the coastal erosion suit against Big Oil, columnist Clancy DuBos writes in this post.
SEP 23 Here's the first in what will be a regular column on the NOLA Defender blog that promises to bring us a look at the city's "drinking culture." But writer Joseph Toman says he's not going to be doing bar reviews; instead he's offering "vignettes of characters, venues, and vices." Hey, how can that be bad?
SEP 23 Here's an interesting post on the Washington Examiner with some comments from Bobby Jindal about his refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. He's "held firm" against the big hospital lobby, this post says, because those are the greedy guys trying to get poor people health care. (Imagine, trying to make sure no Americans die because they're too poor for health care. Those jerks!)
SEP 23 There are more women than men registered to vote in Louisiana, Jeremy Alford writes in this post on LaPolitics, meaning they should play a bigger role in this fall's elections. He's pretty sure that's why Bill Cassidy keeps cancelling debate dates with Mary Landrieu - to "limit his exposure."
SEP 23 Here's an interesting editorial in the Advocate about Bobby Jindal's (unbelievably hypocritical) accusation that the White House is a bunch of "science deniers." In his attempt to give the national media an attractive sound byte, he's actually reminding the nation that he signed the law allowing teachers to instruct students on religion in Louisiana science class, the editorial states.
SEP 22 This bit of video from Saturday's LSU game is appalling, whether you're a fan of LSU or not. In it, you can see a Mississippi State player literally stomping on two LSU players during the game, which his team won. Twice the player, Dillon Day, can be seen jumping on the abdomen of LSU players during the game, the Picayune reports here. Day is a senior from West Monroe.
SEP 22 Whether you like him or not, you have to admit that Edwin Edwards has an irresistible story - on so many levels. Here's a post from CNN, which also has been unable to resist. His comments are classic EWE.
SEP 22 Seems like there is nothing the interwebs likes more than listing stuff, and ranking states for good and bad things is a common practice. Columnist Jim Beam takes a look at some of the recent good and bad rankings that Louisiana has racked up.
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