A half century ago, the corner butcher shop was a staple of New Orleans neighborhood life. Today, most of these butcher shops are gone, and most people buy their meat in shrink-wrapped packages from the supermarket aisle.
For many New Orleanians, Mardi Gras season is the time to take down the boxes stuffed with glittery fabric and feathers, hit the thrift stores, and start stirring the paper mache. What does costuming mean? A time to escape, a time to play, a time to hide and be seen all at once. And sometimes, your costume becomes something else: it tells you a story about your own life.
Tune into Jazz Lunatique with host David Kunian to hear the fearsome Revolutionary Snake Ensemble at midnight. The sounds of Sun Ra combined with a second line band, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble hails from Massachusetts.
This is their warm-up gig for their Thursday night marching with Muses and then Papa Mali's Supernatural Ball at Tipitina's.
The movie, The Watchmen, will be released the first week of March and it is begging for a special show to celebrate this treatment of the only book I've ever read. (Liked it so much I read it thousands of times - didn't have time left for other books.)
So how do you create a proper musical treatment to the perfect comic book?
The St. Claude Avenue Main Street Association pairs with MIT urban planning students to revitalize the St. Claude Avenue commercial district. Inspired by the interest in their neighborhood, residents find a renewed sense of community and volunteerism.
Matt Suarez is a New Orleanian who has lived through many changes. As a young man, he felt the sting of racial prejudice and the infuriation of discrimination. As a result, he spent many years working for equality in the Civil Rights Movement — often putting his own life at risk. Today, nearing 71 years old, Matt looks at where we've been in light of where we are this week: electing our first black president.