Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
Jillian Johnson, one half of the brother/sister duo (with Bram) responsible for the way-cool Parish Ink line of T-shirts, is at it again with a new series of purses and bags. Painfully hip yet perfectly practical, these one-of-a-kind items sport hand-drawn silk-screens including an elegant live oak design that has also made its way onto a series of Parish Ink Ts. The bags range in size and price ($22-$38) and also come in monochromatic and colorful tropical motifs as well as bold stripes, and they’re hand-crafted in durable, take-on-anything fabrics. Best of all for the hipsters, these products are made from items that are either locally produced, recycled or sustainable in some way. The best place to find them is at etsy.com. Search “workagencies.” — Walter Pierce
THE FULL SPECTRUM
Louisiana Beyond Black and White is a historic collection that comprises the most recent essays from historians who have studied and analyzed the intertwining concepts of race relations, and race itself, in the Pelican State. The essays cover in detail a variety of the critical historical themes including the effects of the Cold War on the civil rights movement, the role of women and other intellectuals in the black freedom movement, the exchange between race and religion, the state’s many echelons of racial structure and contingent understandings of race, and the ongoing struggles for economic and social rights after the end of the traditional civil rights era. This book’s contributing writers include Adam Fairclough, Susan Dollar, Thomas Aiello, Justin Poché, John Kyle Day, Charles Pellegrin, Michael Wade, Shannon Frystak, Greta de Jong and Michael S. Martin, editor. It can be purchased at ulpress.org for $20. — Wynce Nolley
HAVE A BALL
Can we get enough Marcia Ball? No, we cannot. Ball’s most recent record, Roadside Attractions ($14.98, alligator.com), offers another heaping helping of her distinct, danceable grooves, and for the first time in her illustrious, 40-year career, Ball has written or co-written every song on the record. Texas-born and Louisiana-raised, Ball’s discography plays like the definitive catalogue of Gulf Coast music, with an emphasis on East Texas boogie-woogie and New Orleans R’n’B. But her bio points to a singular influence — New Orleans legend Professor Longhair — that comes through strong in her spirited, syncopated playing. The singer/songwriter/piano player was headed to San Francisco in 1970 but her car broke down in Austin. She’s been there ever since, releasing 16 records and using the Lone Star capital as the hub for her frequent tours. Marcia Ball and band will be in Lafayette Thursday, May 19, to perform at Rhythms on the River at River Ranch Town Square. The performance is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. — WP
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
NOLA Bowl ready prints
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry.
Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Let ’em know and you could win a $250 night out.
Paul’s customer giveaway named
Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.