Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.
Acadiana, like most of Louisiana south of I-10, is a mix of the ancient and the brand-new. And while the march of time, and the disappearing coast, threaten to change everything, some young people are using music and food to keep traditions alive.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is offering a glimpse at a fraction of its collection of photographs. Of the 10,000 pictures, 132 are on display.
We spoke with curator Russell Lord about the exhibition — how NOMA built such an extensive collection, starting in the 1970s, and why.
“The museum made then the very prescient decision to begin collecting photography, and that was a time when not many other museums were looking at photography and they weren’t collecting it. They weren’t building permanent collections," says Lord.
Jane Helire is the job developer and life skills instructor at Covenant House, a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth located at the edge of the French Quarter. On a recent day she pointed to the wall behind her.
“This is our employment board, and it’s the males on one side, and the females on other side," she says. "It has a list of everyone who is employed and who should be job searching and touching base with me, and who’s in class and who I haven’t seen just yet.”