Archive for November, 2008

Kid Friendly Truckstop Show

Last night we packed up the toddler and went out for a “kid friendly” concert by Truckstop Honeymoon. The first week we moved to New Orleans we heard Truckstop Honeymoon on the radio telling their Hurricane story and playing their music. Ever since then we have been buying their albums, they have become a staple of both my husband’s and my Ipods. I saw them for the first time two years ago when I was still pregnant, it was the best night out I had had in a while at that point. Last night it was great to be able to take the little one to see them in person and not just in the womb or through speakers in the car. We saw them at L’art Noir a great little art gallery on St. Claude. It is an intimate venue, we were sitting on the couch not three feet from them for most of the show (ok for the parts where we weren’t chasing the little one). Everyone was very nice to him by-the-way letting him lay on the carpet in the middle of the room and pet the resident cat.

If you want to see Truckstop Honeymoon but missed them last night, no problem, they are playing tonight at d.b.a. and Thursday night at The Circle Bar.

Plans to vote.

I hope you have them. By that I mean plans to vote tomorrow, November 4th. That is unless you already have taken part in early voting (good job). I know you have heard it everywhere. I should vote, you should vote we should all vote, Why? because we are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us to vote, period. Sure you can not exercise your right to vote in the same way that you never stop by that cute little boutique, it’s there but you have never needed anything it offers so you have never stopped to check it out.
Well, maybe this time you should, that is all I am saying. Take a minute and really think about it, are you sure you don’t need anything from the voting store? If you are sure then don’t vote but if you are thinking you might want to see what is being offered and maybe pick something up then stop by your local voting booth and cast your vote for the candidate of your choice. To see your voting location and to see a sample ballot look here. To see some differences between the two big ones check that out here.

Prospect.1 Kicks Off

Mayor Ray Nagin cuts the Ribbon

Mayor Ray Nagin cuts the Ribbon

Having run out of the free American Spirits from the Voodoo Fest, I needed a distraction. I decided to check out the ribbon cutting ceremony of Prospect.1 New Orleans at the Mint.

If you haven’t heard, Prospect.1 is “the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States,” and it is happening over the next three months throughout the city. All of the venues are free and open to the public (to which there is free transport), but you can read all about it on their website here instead of me reinventing the wheel.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches were interesting. The mayor, of course, was there. He is charming and good looking, and this could not have hurt his political career at all. This is the third event I’ve been to in as many weeks where I’ve been close enough to the mayor to rub elbows. It’s weird and would never happen to me in London. It reminds me of how small this city really is. Also in attendance and speaking were: New Orleans City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, District B Representative Stacy S. Head and District C Representative JJ Carter. I have to admit that I don’t know anything about local politics, but I intend to start my research now. In my day as a student in Louisiana public schools, we were taught a lot of Louisiana history. But we were taught nothing about Louisiana government, which, as you know, is different from the rest of the country.

After the ribbon cutting, the Rebirth Brass Band began to play accompanied by the New Orleans Ladies Buckjumpers and we paraded to the New Orleans African American Museum where Whole Foods had put on a pasta spread. Yay! More free food.

Some video below, but warning: this was taken with a very skittish N73 mobile phone and I tripped at the end.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T687Ffp9XuQ[/youtube]

Yeah, this reminds me: I really need an iPhone and free phone service. Anybody? Anybody? I can make it worth your while.

Silent Night, Hallow Night

I’m blogging from one of the busiest streets in uptown New Orleans. There has not been a single trick or treater. Patrick, Otto and I have been waiting all night. Not that we had any candy to give out. In this economy, who does?

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