Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff

20110824-finds-0101A 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 for $17.95. — Wynce Nolley

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 for $15.99. — WN

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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