Saturday, April 26, 2008


New Orleans Jazz Fest
WWOZ Live'Broadcasts, Live'Blogs Live'Lovin All Over!
World Tunes In!

Big Chief Darryl Montana's 2008 Mardi Gras Indian suit. Photo: Hild Creed.
Many aspects of the Mardi Gras Indian culture are on display on the first floor of the Grand- stand. Mardi Gras Indian suits, Mardi Gras Indian Queens talking about their roles in the gangs and so much more.
Of course we all waitin'fo da'parades!
~Editilla'trillas~Imagine, Gentle'Rillas, the difficulty of looking to the rest of the world for news out side of New Orleans, during such a Holy Time as This!
In other woids
park yer'ass someplace comfortable and Lassezes Le Bon Temp Roule'!!!

New Orleans groove suits British-born Cleary well~His performance sprint begins Saturday with a set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, continues with a Mid City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl gig that evening, a Sunday show at d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street, more appearances through the week and, finally, a CD release party at the Maple Leaf Bar next Sunday.

The Times- Picayune's insider's guide to Jazzfest


Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings

Friday, April 25, 2008


Clouds may rain on Jazzfest's parade? Some May Beg To Differ~For the aptly titled Leo's Rare Funk Gathering, Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli fronts an all-star hard funk band featuring Parliament- Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell plus Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun. (3:45-5 p.m., Congo Square Stage)
Tune In WWOZ for live festival broadcasts!
Your 'OZ Hosts For This Afternoon

Henry Butler in exile, but still a New Orleans musician

The 60-Second Interview:
Susan Cowsill
~Chris Rose

The Times- Picayune's insider's guide to Jazzfest


Liptrap's Lament - The Line

I read the news today oh noes
~Your Right Hand Thief

Faubourg Tremé : The Untold Story of Black New Orleans Movie Review~Prairie Miller

~~World Premiere in New York City!~~
~~~2008 Tribeca Film Festival~~~
Friday, April 25
AMC Village VII
66 Third Ave.
@ 11th Street, NY
Special tribute to filmmaker St. Clair Bourne presented by William Greaves precedes this screening.
~Directed by Dawn Logsdon and written by Lolis Eric Elie, executive produced by Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Nelson, music-Derrick Hodge, Faubourg Tremé offers astonishing excursion into this historic, beautiful and tragic New Orleans neighborhood.

USC quartet inspires inmates in New Orleans
~French horn player Brian Bush walked into the New Orleans Parish Prison on April 17, expecting to play to a group of middle school girls. Instead, what he found was a group of 18- to 50-year-old women in orange jumpsuits, convicted for rape, prostitution, robbery and murder.

Old US Mint in New Orleans to again house jazz collection

Culinary pros toast New Orleans at gathering~Jody Shee

New Orleans North American Leaders’ Summit: Misrepresentation in SPP Joint\

Gray Ghost launches offensive at café

John McCain on the Hagee Controversy: 'It's Nonsense'~Towleroad

McCain/Katrina petition, for your consideration
~Metblogs NOLA

Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jeudi Jazz Fest Opens

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2008 ~Susan Cowsill to open Acura Stage, 11am ~ Schedule

Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings~USGS

Mississippi River cresting and Corps prepares to close Spillway

Over the wire or under the wig – ex parte is ex parte
~slabbed: v- blown down, knocked down, or just down. n- name of a blog
~Editilla slabbin'begs ta'diffa~
slabbed, when uncoupled wit'da the verbage of Johnny Dangerously, takes on yet a whole nnnnuther meaning...that of getting "Forkin'Forked up!" or "Forked down, Mon."
But for yer oh'so humble Editorilla, CEO of "Nouns-Are-Us", it has become much more than the lower-case name of a simple blog,
but a fine woid to describe
da'State of da'Forkin Blog'Fugee Parrrt'ay Today!
Light, Tight and Ready to Fight!
Quiche Capiche? Sinn Féin, Noble Slabbers!

Why the Feds Should Pay to Protect New Orleans -- And It's Not Me Saying So
~Harry Shearer

Hi Nina, let's Rock'N'Roll!
[Editilla notes~Gentle'Rillas, if one were to wunda for my sanity in general, my peculiar fetish for buggerin'hyphens, my near livid hatred of the Exquixotic Corps of Engineers, Republicans and Pedophiles, you might also enjoy my bent regarding la'differance twix an asshole with a computer, a blogger with an attitude and someone who witnessed the Crucifixion of New Orleans...

Dear Mr. Bices,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your quick response and I am very happy that you agreed to talk to me.
I found your link at "Burmese bloggers without borders" and liked your site, that is why I contacted you.
Talking via email is good to me and also the easiest. Do you prefer getting a list or answer one question by one? I actually prefer rather talking to each other step by step or in an open way about thoughts, assesments etc. But that ist up to you.
First, I will tell you a little bit more about me. I am 32 years old and am doing my studies in Hamburg, Germany. I have been to South East Asia a few times already, but never have been to Burma yet (what is my plan for this or next year). Still I am very interested and concerned about what is happening in Burma and for the last two years it got my main focus in cultural anthropology. That is also why I decided to write my final work (degree: Magister, something like Master I think) about Burma. I admire the courage and energy of the burmese political activists in and out of the country and want to know more.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
The Lady-photo
At that moment, if you agree, I would like to know, how you became a blogger, how you got in touch with the burmese bloggers' community and why you fell in love with the people and the country.

Thank you very much for your help and interest,
[Editilla responds sans pseudonym or face paint]
Hi Nina,
let's Rock'N'Roll.
Here you go...
~This time last year I did not even know how to spell 'blogger', did not own a computer, and never thought that a year later I would be answering such a question.
It all started with Harry Shearer.
~More here
~and lagniappe
Personal info altered for confidentiality.
McCain Backer Hagee Still Blaming New Orleans' Sin for Katrina

McCain suffering from “Political Alzheimer’s” on Hurricane

~McCain Ate Cake While Americans Were Drowning

Hurricane Katrina: A GOP Success Story
~Hot Potato Mash

It's official: Hurricane Katrina chased out a huge chunk of N.O. voters, remaking the region's electoral landscape

August dealine proposed for removal of FEMA trailers

Ken Foster and the Sula Foundation event
~Voices of New Orleans

Tulane doctor wins U.S. Congress' highest honor

SBS Disaster Recovery - Finished

'Rising Water': Hurricane Katrina gets personal

Thursday Book Round-up
~Chasing Ray

Jazz Orchestra channels New Orleans' past~The Columbus Dispatch

The Edge hosts charity auction amid work on new U2 album

Icons of Music Auction II

Four-time Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville, who has joined the Music Rising campaign and helped bring major attention to some of the charity work being done in New Orleans today, will appear at the Icons of Music Sale II and perform at the evening session. Neville, who with his family, lost everything in the storms of Katrina brings a unique personal experience to Music Rising and will give guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness his great musicianship when he brings the spirit of New Orleans to the auction.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Next Up?
T'anks again,
New Orleans Daily Photo

~Bayou Boogaloo May 23rd & 24th -New Orleans
~This is da'place where yer'errant Editilla saw my first fleur dis'tattoo that first year after the storm! I had so needed da'Boogaloo! Laying on the ground that day as I looked about there were others no two alike and never in the same location on da'bodies politic.
I think Lynn Drury may have been on stage.
I had just finished off smokin' a fat one and rolled over to reach for some more shrimp, but instead grabbed onto an ankle full of fleur!
It worked. I came home again.
Chere'Yat Bourgeois Nievete, Sinn Féin!

Corps warns: More rain could produce more severe result
Euphemistically: da'riva gon'flood, you peccaries.
~Oh Fortuna Intelligenstabator!~
Editilla pales in comparison and falls to da'flo speechless before the wake of such a mighty passage of wind. What quickness! What fathomless deep insight into da'Tao of rain:
"More rain could produce more...flooding."
Whoa! You could roll a Port-A-Potty through the breach left in da'slack'n'awe of such fecal profundity!
--Thank You, Exquixotic Corps of Engineers! Yo'Boyz! Now I can start my day encrusted in the knowledge that my big brother is watching my back! And if He say's it is really just rain falling across it then, by'Gawd, rain it is--if a bit warm and tangy smellin --even for New Orleans this time of year!
Just rain...

The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things
and does not strive.

It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.

No fight: No blame.

Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings~USGS

Letter from
Dear all,

Levees.Org has been getting much press coverage lately. On Sat Apr 19, HJ Bosworth and I were interviewed for a story on WWL Evening News.
Also, an article in this week's issue of Gambit by David Winkler-Schmit gives an in-depth treatment to an issue that Levees.Org has embraced since November 2007, the issue of a cozy relationship between the Corps and an engineering society that we feel is putting the American public in danger.
Thank you for your support of Levees.Org. More to come!
Sandy Rosenthal~Founder and Executive

Port is proposing hurricane shelter

Who should pay to protect New Orleans?~LA Times

Canadian Students Protest Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit in New Orleans? Who'dat?

ALA Heads Back to New Orleans, Twice~Tradeshow Week

~The American Library Assn. will go to New Orleans for its 2011 and 2018 annual conventions. In 2006, the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition was the first citywide meeting held in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and it attracted 17,000 librarians.

Ah, Love, your magic beguiles us!
~The Louisiana Weekly

'Agenda' Connects New Orleans Diaspora~New America Media

Short film festival long on local talent


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mardi-Momma Earth Day

You've Come A Long Way Baby

The inaugural Hands On Earth Day events in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Phoenix and Portland, OR were such a success, we expanding our Earth Day school greening projects to even more U.S. cities in April, 2008. This partnership with Hands On Network is part of a larger EDN program to green all the schools in the country within a generation.
Eartheart: TreeHugger Presidente: Dest0nio

Operation Clean Sweep No Longer Monitored by Graffiti Hurts

~Editilla gotta'schilla~
Betta late than neva'land, I always say. Sorry to have missed this when it first appeared, but this is a most excellent piece and the MFKn WORD'UP on this Most Heineous Spew from the Dark Side of the Great Nothing Mordorific Anti'Artists Fartist--Fred. And hell it is Fat Mama's Day, so I feel like going easy on da'Gray Bastad, but I'm not there to hunt him down like our Poler Heroes, already on da'splainin--and some things just don't get enough sky time.
NOLA RISING has proven to da'Rillas and da'Rest of us that da'Show might very well be over when da'Fat Lady Sings--but The Show Will Go On!
Who'Dat Beat da'Beat tween Love and Mo'Lovin, Paradox and contradiction, Rrrrrevolution and dddevolution, Novelty and habit, Shut-Eye and Sleep, Goodbye and Gone, Tension and Compression, Shit in one Hand-Half'Dozen in da'Utter, Life and Death and da'Birth of Rock'N'Roll in Spades? Nola Rising as ineluctable as da'rollin wave form
symbol of yin and yang, it licks the wounds of our forgotten coasts and our naked city wit'all da'care of Mama Cat, always ready for an Encore, another run and pages of new scripts to write and hang about town...and it is all ways there to make me smile.
I mean, Gentle'Rillas need not have witnessed the Crucifixion of New Orleans during what I euphemistically refer to as "The Troubles" at the start of the federal flood. You really should not have been here to hear the absolute screaming jail'house punk'rape of our Beautiful Lady--to know what it means--to first return to the scene of the crime, the sepia death watch, the quite devestation, to understand what it really means to look up and see Nola Art still hangin, see a page of the story still being written, then another, then another the way it all ways starts, with the first tear...
or drop of rain from the eye of a hurricane.
The Enemy can only butt'crumblin run
before such a Tide as This.

National Situation Update:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
~Homeland Security Threat Level:

Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings~USGS

Bossier levee work started, funding iffy~Bossier Parish, and many other parishes, were banking on a free or low-cost levee certification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, funding issues may leave these entities spending millions of dollars for a private engineering firm to complete the certification required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

New Orleans Daily Photo
-1 year old!

Gentle'Rillas have seen Steve Buser's photos grace da'Ladda all over da'place.
With loving thanks and great googly'mooglies,
we say again and again
You da'Rock & da'Roller, Noble Mon!

Bioships, flying seeds, stolen books, walking buildings
~Meet Editilla's new hero from da'NAQOYQATSI!
~the Art and Artifacture of Marco Casagrande
who sent da'Ladda'Rillas a video of a recent project-
Trojan Rocking Horses Attack Taipei!
Parts 1
& 2~Finnish architect Marco Casagrande and Alaskan sculptor Martin Ross together with Tamkang University (Taiwan) department of architecture students created 8 Trojan Rocking Horses to attack Taipei City. During the offensive campaign to gain control of the city the Taipei citizens wrote down their dreams and wishes and placed them into the welded steel horses approaching the city center to eventually siege the Taipei City Hall. The campaign culminated in delivering Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) the keys of his city - the citizen data in the belly of the horses. The work became a direct cross disciplinary action according to Fritz Lang's maxim: THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN THE HEAD AND THE HANDS MUST BE THE HEART.

I want to go back to New Orleans
~Judith Klinger

2008 National Conference of State Ledislators Summit
~"a meeting of ideas, solutions, innovations and connections--is in New Orleans--America's European masterpiece, a city of style and taste, the birthplace of jazz, July 22 - 26.
You'll "want to be in that number" when thousands of legislators and staff gather in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the most important conference of the year."

Bayou Boogaloo ~May 23rd & 24th - New Orleans
~This is da'place where yer'errant Editilla saw my first fleur dis'tattoo that first year after the storm! I had so needed da'Boogaloo! Laying on the ground that day as I looked about there were others no two alike and never in the same location on da'bodies politic. I think Lynn Drury may have been on stage.
I had just finished off a fat one and rolled over to reach for some more shrimp but instead grabbed an ankle full of fleur.
It worked. I came home again.
Chere'Yat Bourgeois Nievete, Sinn Féin!

How to Wear High Heels 1.0
by Chantel Williams
~Pop-Rock Candy Mountain

We Are Family~offbeat

Heart & Soul
of New Orleans (Live)
- The Neville Brothers

Nicholas Payton~Into the Blue


Monday, April 21, 2008


The Best Fried Chicken Is Back, and I Almost
Missed It
~Serious Eats

~Editilla wanna tol'ya~ We are talkin'chicken herah --not talking about da'SHAFTA Sunnit. InDeed! We who hang peternatually from da'Ladder, Edituerilla and Editorilla as wella, will ass'laugh corps'upulously attempt to avoid mentioning the Beck'nCall Bummit of neosyllodomite, suck-off, disasta'capitalists gathered in our fair city today like flies along the sides an out-house or gargoyles about the windows of the Children's Asylum. We are not going to mention them. PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT 3 TRILLION POUND MFKr TAKING A DUMP ON YOUR DINNING ROOM TABLE.
Still, we do oh'so humbly hope though that someo
ne in this goddess-forsaken scene does something, some gesture to show'em we care. But we're not gonna talk about'em. No! No Gumbo For You! You can't make me I'll just drownt!
And, as if we need remind anyone
April is National Cheese Month!

Cheese~by Frank Zappa

This essay appears on the inside of the cover to Frank Zappa's album, You Are What You Is.
It was submitted to Newsweek magazine for their guest feature column, but was rejected on the grounds that it was "too idiosyncratic."

It's been suggested that the Gross National Product is perhaps not the best indicator of how well we are doing as a society, since it tells us nothing about the quality of our lives. But, is this something worth dwelling on as we grovel our way along in the general direction of 21st century? When future historians write about us, if they base their conclusions on whatever material goods survive from present-day America, we will undoubtedly stand alone among nations and be known forevermore as, "Those who chose cheese."

As you will recall, folks, nobody ever had as much going for them in the beginning as we did. Let's face it; we were fantastic. Today, unfortunately, we are merely weird. This is a shocking thing to say, since no red-blooded American likes to think of his or her self as being weird. But when there are other options and a whole nation chooses cheese, that is weird.

Our mental health has been in a semi-wretched condition for quite some time now. One of the reasons for this distress, aside from choosing cheese as a way of life, is the fact that we have, against some incredibly stiff competition, emerged victorious as the biggest bunch of liars on the face of the planet. No society has managed to invest more time and energy in the perpetuation of the fiction that it is moral, sane and wholesome, than our current crop of modern Americans. More here.

Because Why Let Reality Get in the Way?~2millionth web log

Are you better off than you were eight years ago?
~Your Right Hand Thief

Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings~USGS

Exquixotic Corps of Engineers: Flood repairs may be premature

$138 mistake led to release of 22 billion gallons from Lake Lanier

~More than a year before Georgia's historic drought demanded the Atlanta area's attention, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accidentally released about 22 billion gallons of water downstream from Lake Lanier in 2006, while trying to save taxpayers $138. H/T~Blog for America

Border Fence Leaves Rich and Powerful Untouched~Infowars

Women's networks critical to survival during Hurricane Katrina

More than 1,800 people perished in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005,the largest hurricane death toll in the United States since 1928. For the most vulnerable, the urban poor with little money, no transportation and limited resources,Katrina threatened to take everything.
According to a University of Missouri researcher, some of those people survived the hurricane because of quick action from key women who, through pre-existing social networks, were able to mobilize for successful evacuation.

LCCR Honors Journalist for Hurricane Katrina Coverage

Mailbox Mama~Toulouse Street

Afraid to Leave New Orleans? You many have NOLAgoraphgobia~Angus Lind
H/T'n'T-Clio III, World Class New Orleans

Books: Hurricane Katrina, fact and fiction

Love knows no bounds

Sound check
~The Jazz and Heritage Foundation pushes Louisiana musicians for Hollywood movies

Bayou Boogaloo ~May 23rd & 24th - New Orleans

Turnaround & boogie down in New Orleans

Music schools seeing influx of funds~Howard Reich

The New Orleans-Brazil Jam

~For 22 years Katrina Geenen has been hosting "Tudo Bem," a New Orleans' radio program showcasing a variety of Brazilian musical styles. In recent years, Geenen focused less on Bahian music and plays a lot more independent music from Rio and other parts of Brazil.


Sunday, April 20, 2008


North American leaders for summit of under-fire NAFTA
~Economic Times of India

~Editilla just can't deal wit'dis creep'spin dis'moarnin, makin'me get all ...hyphenated. I mean, if the folks in New Orleans don't already know what is really coming down as a PR OP with this "Sunnit" in the City That Care Forgot And The Predidente Left For Dead, ain't a whole lot anyone can do for'ya, eh? Soooo Editilla jus'gonna fire it up, pull another line, and reminisa's~
Mad Night's Mourning Spin
{fo'da mad irish poet}
Bright morning light finds me underneath some stairs asleep,
where that Mad Dog has taken me
away again. And while the thoughtless whores with their washed-up scores of this Mad Night's mourning spin by me I can see their nickle plated price tags, count their baby-cake grins. And the glad thing is that no one knows me, hear, no one can call my name. But the sad thing is this show is going and my friends aren't here to see the game, its saxophone players & pastry bakers, its juggling fools & candy takers, its little niggers dancing the tap dance of the worn-out black shoe, as the wild wing of the sidewalk preacher and the wino from thier park bench bleecher cheer the Crowns chunkin' small change, like it was made of precious it was made of precious gold!
{New Orleans~Mardi Gras-1979}

...what I sometimes call Bent Synchronicity on the Back Hand Path. (BS on the BHP) Auspicious.
Regarding bug behavior, the day before Katrina made landfall, almost 12 hrs exactly, the Math Shopper and I were walking dog Flora on the neutral ground (what we in New Orleans call the grassy median between streets) down the middle of Elysian Fields, smoking a nice joint beneath the trees, kickin' logic theorems around like they'z jail-house punks when I spied a dozen fat trademark New Orleans Nightcrawler cock roaches lined up on a tree end to end, nose to tail, completely still but for their long antennae that wriggled about either side like fishing poles off a parade of longboats.
These legendary beasts usually stand about 3 1/2 inches long X 2 inches wide? Though rarely seen in broad daylight, you can actually hear them walk across a street. When you do see them (and you will see them) at night, crawlin' across the banquette in the Quarters you must stop, look & listen. More often than not the roach will stop too, as if...considering you. If you somehow find the need, gonads or ova to mount one when it charges, or even manage to Pop It under both feet, every person within a block will duck from the sound of gunfire. {perhaps I embellish here juuuust a bit:)
But there they were, lined up and down the side of a Live Oak tree. "What the fuck?!?", we wondered. What if they notice us? Should we run now or just back away slowly, no sudden movements? Can they even see in broad sunlight? Aren't they blind, like so many in this city who find themselves somehow awake in the middle of the day? And hey! Why that particular side of the tree anyway and why nearly six feet off the ground? turned out. Walking about the aftermath of the storm before the federal flood, we realized from the various & sundry debris nailed into the tree's windward side that the roaches had aligned themselves aerodynamically on the tree's leeward side to ride out the storm's approach, exactly. Bugs know...or at least next time we see nature going so oddly with her own grain perchance we should, errra, pay more attention?.
Ya' t'ink?

Flood Stage Levels, current 'real-time' guage readings~USGS

Homeless Residents of New Orleans Wait for Help