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Just can’t wait.

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“Twenty-somethings with tattoos shared the floor with dancers in their 60s and 70s, all of them–no matter their age–swinging and swooping and hollering. Cajun culture, it would seem, is alive and well, and ready for another century.” Wayne Curtis for Smithsonian Magazine

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Elizabowl

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This year Sarah K. O’Brien received the International Housewares Association’s Student Design award for her Elizabowl.  O’Brien created the fruit bowl while studying industrial design at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Inspired by origami and ruffled Elizabethan collars, the Elizabowl folds and unfolds according the amount of fruit that it holds. The separate compartments keep the fruit from spoiling. Since winning the award, O’Brien has moved NYC where she is launching a product design department at the architectural firm 212box.

Read O’Brien’s design development document (very cool)
Read New York Times coverage

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Audubon Insectarium

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On Monday The New York Times ran another article about New Orleans’ new Audubon Insectarium:

Read Monday’s article
Read August’s article
Visit Audubon Insectarium
Audubon Insectarium on Facebook (become a “fan” and watch some creepy, crawly videos)

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Prospect.1 New Orleans

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We are absolutely running behind on this. Haven’t even made it down there for a glimpse. Prospect.1 New Orleans claims to be the largest international contemporary art biennial ever organized in the US.  Like all good art biennials, venues are located throughout the city. Word is, building some of those yawning exhibition halls wasn’t in the budget and the result is a series of about 25 intimate settings. The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 am-6 pm, until Sunday, January 18th.  Complimentary shuttle service leaves from the W Hotel (333 Poydras, map) every 30 minutes or so. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Be on the lookout as Cabinet of Seeds reports.

THE SKINNY:
Prospect.1 homepage

Artists
Venues
Maps (We recommend the “Official Navigation Map.” It lists artists by venue, satellite venues, other city art spaces, and shuttle schedule.)
Registration
New York Times review

If you get the art coma, we recommend reviving at El Gato Negro, 81 French Market Place, 504.525.9752, just behind the US Mint, a Prospect.1 venue.

Prospect.1 Welcome Center @ Hefler Warehouse, 851 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, map, 504.715.3968

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Blackpot Magic

This recipe is a good time. It comes from an old friend’s mother, who lives up in Virginia. We swampified it by adding rum, and took it to the Blackpot Festival (a good time in itself–one of my favorite things to do in October) over in Lafayette, Louisiana. With or without rum, it’s now a staple at all evening cold weather events, from festivals to 5K’s. Just don’t get all riled up when you read the tacky ingredients. It is what it is. And it is pretty fine:

Dry ingredients (can be pre-mixed and stored in the freezer):
1 + 2/3 cup TANG
1 package (19 oz.) lemonade drink mix
1 + 1/2 cup plain instant iced tea
2 + 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Wet ingredients:
Water
Rum (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients together in a big bowl and set aside. Boil some water in a pot. Use the TANG instructions for proportion. Stir in dry ingredient mixture until it dissolves. Add a little extra water. This stuff is sweet. Pour it into a thermos and go serve it up hot. Make sure to have some tin mugs like the one pictured above.

If you decide to swampify, just add rum to your liking. You may want to hold back on the extra water in this case, because the rum will cut the sweetness. And watch it! I am very serious. This is one of those deals where you can’t taste the liquor. Pay close attention to the amount of rum that you pour in, not whether you can taste it, or you’ll just end up on the kitchen floor and miss the party. Actually, I imagine that’s good  general advice about the use of rum.

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The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker

This post is from the future. I saw The Dynamites with Charles Walker twice last weekend (once at Chelsea’s Cafe in Baton Rouge and once at the Oxford American event at Tipitina’s) and they blew me straight into next month. Be sure not to miss it if you get the chance to see this soul/funk group from Nashville.

See tour dates and listen to songs: www.myspace.com/thedynamitesband
Read their good reviews (New York Times) and order t-shirts: www.thedynamites.net

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Viet Village Urban Farm

photo courtesy of Mossop+Michaels

Mossop+Michaels, a landscape architecture firm in New Orleans, has won a 2008 Professional Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award goes to Mossop+Michaels for the firm’s plan to help reestablish the Vietnamese farming community in New Orleans East. Long home to one of the most beloved farmers’ markets in New Orleans, New Orleans East was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The plan for an urban farm and market includes both family and commercial sized plots, a livestock area, rain collection gardens, and a bio-filtration canal. Developed in conjunction with Tulane City Center, Urban Landscape Lab LSU, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, and the City of New Orleans, the plan is currently being implemented.

For a detailed tour of the plan, visit the ASLA 2008 Professional Awards page. For the quick version, click here.

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