Friday, December 28, 2007


Susan Cowsill~Still Believing in New Orleans~Georgianne Nienaber

Council members back off strict rules for using slush fund

A holiday from jail

Lawyers file suit to thwart merger of Orleans courts

Murders and Comfort~latest from C. B. Forgotston

'Old House' heads to New Orleans

Call for Artists - Contemporary Group Exhibition at BECA in New Orleans

Get Up Stand Up New Orleans
~Dreams of New Orleans, 309 Decatur St. Reggae concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity and the Urban League in tribute to the rebuilding of New Orleans, featuring Junio Reid "One Blood", Pallo Da Jiint, Roi Anthony, Ras Tree and the Third Coast Reggae Allstars, and birthday star DJ T-Roy, 8 Sun. Tickets are $27 in advance at, $32 to $45 at the door. Call 444-2928.

Jackson Square New Year's Eve~Decatur Street Stage. Free concerts with Ras Tree & Third Coast Reggae All-Stars, 8:30, Fredy Omar, 9:30, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, 10:30, culminating with the "Symphony in the Sky" fireworks display over the river, midnight Mon. Free.

Ricky Graham's Very Yat Persons New Year's Eve Party Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-5812. Mr. Bingle throws his ice cream cone hat in the ring for the district attorney's race, and other Graham characters weigh in with New Orleans New Year's observations, songs, resolutions and rants: Mr. Otto, The Meter Maid, Father Bargain, Marie Antoinette Impastato and Cissy Fay Bitsy Mae Werlein Claiborne Delahoussaye III. With musical director-sidekick Jefferson Turner on piano and stage manager Brian Johnston in bits. Monday at 8. Tickets are $30, includes a $5 drink credit. Parking next door.

Jon Cleary~Solo, Sat/28th, House of Blues opening for Dr. John~With Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Sun/30th, Republic New Orleans benefit for RENEW

~GAMBIT~music listings

{editor Snake Doctor would like to thank Ladder readership for all the emails of fine regards and patience as to our stuttered holiday issuances. We average 50 hits/day from all over now thanks to y'all! But editor could stands no'mo and hence journeyed to the City That Care Forgot and the Presidente left for dead. On the road, putting out the Ladder in bits more akin to a game of ergot solitaire, finding wi'fi amongst some of the strange places that one can wind up in this city at the end of another Kafkatrina year, beneath a Mars Full Moon no less, editor Snake Doctor would try to describe some of the sights and sounds of our Belle in her holiday drag...but doubtless such a scene holds more in the blink of an eye or careless humid glance than could be had in this googol of gaggle. Suffice to say some readers want answers, so editor Snake Doctor will oblige this once. Joe in Bangkok wonders about the handle Snake Doctor. Snake Doctor rides upon the head of Water Moccasin and hunts Mosquito. Jill in Missoula wonders about the fog~Yeah, it carries the sounds of the city's church bells like a shawl made from white-class lace. Raindog from the UK would like to know if the Flora Cafe is still open~Yes! see photo/Lundi. Snake Doctor's Nolablogger friends wonder at very little these days, having seen it all...or perhaps 'wonder' puts it a bit nicely~they know...Sinn Féin. Amidst the Muses the trees still talk to the Snake Doctor, pedaling to a gig like old times before the storm (BS), lost in cluster street lingo, on uptown, lifestyles of the idle coherency, all the way to Neutral Ground and the TAOn't poets of Daneel Street}