arts & culture

Louisiana Seafood Festival
5:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Plans pending for Louisiana Seafood Fest

As Louisiana's commercial fishermen and seafood industry continue to recover from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, plans are under way for the 2012 Louisiana Seafood Festival.

At a news conference next week, those involved in the festival are to announce the festival dates, music headliners and other highlights.

Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

First Rougarou Fest set for Houma

A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore.

The first Rougarou Fest — named for a beast in Cajun folklore — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race.

In the "Rougarou Run," participants will be outfitted with a flag football belt. Then they will have to protect their flags from zombies, swamp monsters and members of the Cajun Rollergirls roller derby team.

Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Lecture on Maya art at McNeese

A free lecture on the concepts of time and space as represented in the art of the Maya culture will be presented Thursday at McNeese State University.

The speaker will be David Ouellette, a McNeese assistant professor of art history. The presentation will be at 6 p.m. in the Stokes Auditorium at Hardtner Hall.

Larose French Food Festival
1:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Larose gears up for French Food Festival

Planning is under way for the French Food Festival, which will feature the musical groups Boston, Bad Company and Amanda Shaw.

The Courier reports the festival is set for Oct. 25-28 at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center.

There's no charge to attend the festival, but tickets for the Boston and Bad Company concert, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25, are $20 each.

The event will feature more than 20 local food dishes, live music and folklife demonstrations.

More details are available by calling 985-693-7355.

Politics
1:08 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

How Obama, Roberts Interpret Laws In 'The Oath'

Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.
Tim Sloan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 11:25 am

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama ran on the platform of "change we can believe in" — but he has a different approach to the Supreme Court's interpretation of constitutional law.

"Obama is a great believer in stability — in the absence of change — when it comes to the work of the Supreme Court," Jeffrey Toobin, author and senior legal analyst for CNN, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "He is the one trying to hold onto the older decisions, and [Chief Justice John] Roberts is the one who wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."

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12:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Krewe of Freret continues push to be added to 2013 parade schedule

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Organizers of the new Krewe of Freret are pushing ahead with plans to roll their first parade during the coming Carnival season, remaining optimistic even though a recently-approved 2013 parade calendar does not yet include them.
Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com Organizers of the new Krewe of Freret are pushing ahead with plans to roll their first parade during the coming Carnival season, remaining optimistic even though a recently-approved 2013 parade calendar does not yet include them.
Carnival 2013
12:31 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson gets new parade on Lundi Gras

Lundi Gras in Metairie is poised for a makeover, thanks to a new all-female krewe set to parade before the Krewe of Zeus on the night before Fat Tuesday.

The Times-Picayune reports little information is being shared about the Krewe of Hera.

But Brian Landry, spokesman for the krewe, said it will have "cool elements that Metairie hasn't seen before."

Hera is the first group to join the Jefferson Parish parade lineup since Hurricane Katrina and one of only two female krewes parading in East Jefferson. The other is the Krewe of Isis.

Movies
2:38 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Toronto Looks East With Asian Film Summit

Luminaries including Mira Nair, Guneet Monga, Shailja Gupta, Nina Lath Gupta and Dibakar Banerjee attended TIFF's Asian Film Summit Banquet to discuss the growth of a new, realist South Asian cinema.
Peter Bregg Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:52 am

On Sunday, the annual Toronto International Film Festival came to a close after 11 days of screenings, meetings and, of course, parties. It's become an important place to kick off the fall film season. But this year, the festival wasn't only looking west to Hollywood — it was also sharpening its focus on the East, and the rise of new cinema from India, in particular.

One of the films at this year's Toronto festival was called Shanghai; it comes from Mumbai, and was directed by Dibakar Banerjee.

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Arts & Life
3:43 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

A Reminder, Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Is Open

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 8:50 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Just a reminder now that Round 9 of our Three-Minute Fiction Contest is open. It's where we ask you to write an original short story that can be read in about three minutes, so no more than 600 words. In each round, we have a judge with a new challenge. And this time, it's novelist Brad Meltzer, and he's come up with this.

BRAD MELTZER: Your story must revolve around a U.S. president who can be fictional or real.

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Music
4:48 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

In South Korea, K-Pop Gets New King

Korean rapper PSY is responsible for the song Gangam Style, whose flashy and humorous video has brought K-pop to new ears.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 11:24 am

For 12 years, Park Jae-Sang — better known to his fans as the rapper PSY — has had a successful career in his native South Korea.

But now, thanks to the viral video for Gangnam Style, his new single, he's on top of the world.

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