'Net roots growing wild: Jazz funeral for arts set
Momentum is building in Internet chat rooms and elsewhere by supporters of the arts against a potentially fatal blow to funding proposed by the Jindal administration, which wants to cut state funding of the arts by 83 percent.
In a widely distributed invitation on facebook.com, a gathering of what’s described merely as “concerned citizens” will conduct a jazz funeral for the arts Wednesday in downtown Baton Rouge. According to the invitation, “mourners” will gather at 11:30 a.m. in Lafayette Park across from the Shaw Center for the Arts. At high noon, the melancholy procession will march down Third Street and Spanishtown Road and end at Capital Grocery.
The show of solidarity for Louisiana’s so-called “cultural economy,” which, by many accounts, is second only to energy in its contribution to the state’s overall economy, is just the latest example of mounting outrage among arts supporters following the announcement of the proposed slash to Decentralized Arts Funding. Arts councils around the state are also joining forces to fight the proposal.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.