Monthly Archives: October 2013

Extended interview with John Oates (Oct. 2013. VICE).

Earlier this year I was lucky to interview my favorite living singer, Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. This month I interviewed his talented partner John Oates. That Q&A — complete with a long intro about all of Oates’ accomplishments … Continue reading

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Panel on Reform of N.O.’s Criminal Justice System/Jails (Oct 2013. Louisiana Weekly).

On Wednesday, October 22, at UNO’s Jefferson campus, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy hosted a public forum to discuss ways to reverse Louisiana’s status as the world’s incarceration leader. The ACLU’s executive director, … Continue reading

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Preview of Ponderosa Stomp 2013. (VICE. Oct 2013.)

The wedding reception of New Orleans anesthesiologist Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos in 2000 was so amazing—featuring acts ranging from Magic Slim and the Teardrops to R.L. Burnside—that his friends persuaded him to put on another show like it. And another. … Continue reading

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The Rejuvenation of Bayou St. John. (Louisiana Weekly. Oct 2013).

For the last couple of decades Bayou St. John has been widely considered a stagnant, merely ornamental body of water. But with the help of the state, local fisheries experts, and a renewed commitment from City Park, that particular bayou … Continue reading

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Ballzack and Doogie sell out (or) Teach Me How to Doogie. (The Advocate. October 2013.)

Rapper Rami Sharkey (aka the rapper Ballzack) lives in the shadow of a felt puppet named Doogie. Just like their small protégé, Ballzack and his partner Odoms (Adam Bourgeois) focus on topics and slang central to New Orleans’ West Bank. The … Continue reading

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Movie review: “12 Years a Slave” (Louisiana Weekly. Oct 2013).

The largest crowd in the 24-year history of the New Orleans Film Festival helped kick off eight days of high-quality new movies, starting at the Civic performance space in the CBD. The mood on the genuinely star-studded red carpet outside … Continue reading

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(Extended) Interview with author Neal Pollack on his Leaopardy! win. (VICE. Oct. 2013).

For all those hardcore Pollack-heads out there: the following is the long version of the piece I turned in to VICE magazine. It’s below this video of Neal’s band performing “Beer and Weed.” When I first met Neal Pollack back in 2000, he was … Continue reading

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