Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lump of coal for DNR

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources' Office of Conservation issued a drilling permit to Helis Oil late on Friday afternoon, December 19. That was not too late to catch the attention of Santa and his elves, who attempted to deliver a bag of coal to the department on Christmas Eve morning.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Savio's Free Speech Movement speech anniversary

For me, activism is made great through those all too few moments of courage and clarity at crucial and tense times.That is how I think of Mario Savio's speech during the Free Speech Movement in 1964. Today marks the anniversary of his speech. I think of his voice rising during this part quite often actually:
"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
His short life showed his commitment to the struggle against tyranny of all kinds among free and self-organized people and to direct action, even as far as to step down from leadership when he felt it necessary, since in his own words: “I should do a great disservice to our community if I were to make myself indispensable.”

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Down the Dirt Road Blues at the Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Hall


First show at 4:00 especially for students
Second show at 6:30 open to everyone

No Admission Charge - Learn more about the Development of American Blues

More about Dew Drop

Spencer Bohren's music education program, Down the Dirt Road Blues, follows the journey of a single song as it travels through America's history and culture. From its pre-slavery African beginning, the song slowly transforms into Mississippi blues, Memphis dance music, a banjo tune from Appalachia, Hank Williams' early country music, Muddy Waters' electric Chicago blues, and finally into folk music and rock 'n' roll, with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Spencer's concurrent narrative gives students a historical context for the changes that drive the music forward.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bread at the circus: 300 years of New Orleans baking event

Come learn how and why bread like this has been baking every morning in New Orleans for nearly 300 years.

As historian Roger Baudier wrote, “The baking industry is regarded as the oldest business in the world. In New Orleans, founded in 1718, and for nearly 85 years the capital of a vast colonial empire, baking is also the oldest business.” We will understand the history of bakeries in New Orleans through photographs, discussions, tastings, samples, and interviews with current and former New Orleans bakers. We will look beyond and through the snow white slice of French Bread and Poor Boy bread; the event will dive into the rich history of the city and region, which was and is home to a vast quilt of bakeries, grains, flours, and styles of breads. This story, most importantly, will be told through the voices of the men and women who make our daily bread. It is important for their voices to be heard in the increasing cacophony of hyperboles and superlatives that distort the true creation of real food, by real working people.
This Tuesday, at 7pm, at Purveyor of Fine Wines with St. James Cheese Company, Gracious Bakery, James Smith of La Louisiana/Peristyle, and Sal LoGiudice of United Bakery. Mr. Sal whose shop closed under the water of Katrina: he will be graciously traveling from Pearl River to participate in this event.