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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MAR 14 The attorneys representing a Louisiana flood board in its suit against Big Oil over coastal destruction have created a fascinating interactive timeline to show some of the high points (low points?) of this state's relationship with the energy companies, the Lens reports in this post. The timeline includes Louisiana laws passed during that time, records related to oil companies' violations of those laws, as well as internal oil company memos showing just how much they care about us. Unlike some claims made recently, this one has back-up documentation.
MAR 14 Well, finally, someone has stepped up to defend Louisiana against those hipster wanna-bes who want to tell everyone what Louisiana's like -- when they really don't know anything about us. Blogger Lamar White Jr. takes aim at a couple of columns written recently about our fair state and lets these yahoos know: we're not interested in joining your club.
MAR 14 In this week's post, Jim Brown is writing about Bobby Jindal and the governor's fall from grace. Back in 2008 he seemed like a rising star with no limits, Jim says, but now he's scrapping for any bit of attention he can get -- and still being ignored on a national level. What's the problem? Simple, Jim says: you need a record to run on, and Jindal doesn't have one. He spent so much time campaigning for the job he wants, he ended up ignoring the job he's got, Jim says.
MAR 14 Here's the Variety blog's review of "The Great Invisible," Margaret Brown's documentary about the effects of the BP Oil Spill. The film, screened at SXSW, won the festival's top honors for documentary film.
MAR 14 Here's a post on MyFoxNY about a guy who threatened Bobby Jindal (and a lot of other people) some time ago. The New Jersey man was leaving nasty, vulgar, threatening messages on voice mails, apparently triggered by each politician's stand on gay rights. This coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs individual was given probation, the story reports.
MAR 14 If you'd like to keep up with what is going on in New Orleans - via non-traditional media -- here's a good link to bookmark. This is the Digital News Alliance link page on the NOLA Defender blog. Featuring entries from some of the best of NOLA's blogs, it's pretty city-centric but there is plenty of good writing here.
MAR 14 The legislative guide issued annually by the Public Affairs Research Council is now a free app for smart phones, Clancy DuBos posts here on Gambit. The printed guide for this year's session already is sold out, he says. It's invaluable if you're following along with the session, but the guide contains a lot of information that's useful every other day of the year as well.
MAR 14 According to this post on Politico, Bobby Jindal's PAC will focus its immediate efforts on electing conservatives to Congress. Maybe that's so when Bobby gets elected President he will have plenty of markers to call -- er, buddies to go to lunch with. Politico of course asked the question, and Bobby said he's "looking at" running for President, because he's shown that conservative policies actually work here in Louisiana. Um.... What?
MAR 12 Columnist James Gill says you generally need either the facts or the law on your side -- unless you're in Louisiana. Then you just find someone who can push people around for you instead. That's how he characterizes Louisiana lege Robert Adley's efforts on behalf of Big Oil and against a suit that seeks to hold the industry accountable for its share of the cost of restoration of our coast.
MAR 13 So finally Louisiana is at the top of a list. We're number two on this one, which America Blog put together using statistics from Porn Hub. Turns out Louisiana is second only to Mississippi in its number of gay porn subscriptions. Isn't that interesting?
MAR 13 Shortly after media reports about (allegedly) forged documents sent to SACS, the organization that issues accreditations for colleges and universities, the agency has announced it is investigating Louisiana College, the Town Talk reports here. This news also comes on the heels of a suit filed by a former high official at the school.
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