Rewind to 1977: I was sitting in the back of geometry class with the newest Fern Michaels paperback stuck in my text book. I have always been an avid reader and in those teenage days much preferred romantic fiction to any type of math. (Actually, I still do.) On this day I had an empowering revelation and it wasn’t about how to find the area of a triangle.
The historical female lead in this book was not the boringly typical simpering, swooning maid. She didn’t wring her hands and wait to be rescued. This particular lady kicked ass and took names all on her own. Since I was never one of those girly-girls, this was excellent news. Her name was Sirena and she was a Pirate! Not A New Orleans Pirate but a pirate just the same. For as long as it took me to finish the book (twice) I sailed the seas and kicked butt right alongside her. It was awesome.
Fast forward to 2008: I am waiting on traffic at a corner in the New Orleans French Quarter and swaggering down the street is my teenage hero, Sirena the Pirate, in full swashbuckling regalia. I’m talking plumed hat, bustier, knee boots and sword clanking at her side. I blinked a few times but Sirena was still there, only it wasn’t Sirena from “Captive Passions”, it was Renee’ of the New Orleans Krewe of Pirate Wenches.
Ahoy there, mates! The NOLA Wenches is a social club located in New Orleans, their favorite port of call. These Pirate pretties party and celebrate in the tradition of the Krewes of old. According to their website the Krewe was founded in August 2007 in New Orleans. Their mission is to bring a taste of the sometimes scandalous and revelrous high seas life of the 17th century into the lives of the modern-day pirates and wenches as they eat, drink, and terrorize the town for great causes.
These gals and guys are dedicated to bringing the history of the New Orleans pirates, privateers and Baratarians alive and incorporating that into all they do for the community. They do everything from parade, promote tourism, perform, to promote and support local NOLA establishments. Since 2007 they have volunteered their time and efforts at countless fundraising events, parades, parties, and acts of piracy.
Land, or should I say, NOLA ho! There is plenty of plundering and cannons thundering going on here! Hey Jimmy, it’s not too late! Doesn’t that just shiver your timbers? Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirates life for me!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
Interested in joining the Krewe or taking part in some piratical escapades. For more information on the Krewe of Pirate Wenches visit www.nolawenches.com
It just gets better and better! Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, April 13, 2008.
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New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees knows how to get his team fired up. Drew Brees is one of the leaders on the New Orleans Saints team.
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BROADWAY’S BEST LOVED MUSICAL COMES BACK TO NEW ORLEANS BY POPULAR DEMAND
THE COLOR PURPLE
WILL PLAY AT THE MAHALIA JACKSON THEATER
FEBURARY 11-13, 2011
New Orleans, LA (November 22, 2010) – After a highly successful run in New Orleans last year, THE COLOR PURPLE returns to the Crescent City for a special engagement. Broadway Across America is proud to announce that THE COLOR PURPLE, The Musical about Love, will be in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater from February 11-13, 2011 for five performances only. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 26, at noon.
This production of THE COLOR PURPLE, produced by Phoenix Entertainment ~ Joyful Noisemakers LLC, helmed by Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden, is the next phase in the life of the ground-breaking Broadway hit musical produced by Scott Sanders. The original Broadway musical opened on December 1, 2005, and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. THE COLOR PURPLE ran for more than two years on Broadway followed by a three year First National Tour.
THE COLOR PURPLE is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous, GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love.
Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press described THE COLOR PURPLE as “a Roof-Raising story of triumph.” And Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine said, “[it is] a soaring, epic tale. It made a joyful noise in my heart.” Elysa Gardner from USA Today raved, “Pure heart! It celebrates the inspiring relationships of faith and love, A Broadway hit!”
THE COLOR PURPLE is directed by Gary Griffin and features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award®-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and choreography by Donald Byrd. Rounding out the creative team are Tony Award®-winner John Lee Beatty (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Tony Award®-winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Craig Cassidy (sound design), Steven M. Bishop (Orchestrations/Arrangements), and Jasper Grant (Music Director).
The Mahalia Jackson Theater is located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Information on the Broadway Across America – New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. Group Sales information is available at 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351.
Editor’s note: The following cast members are from New Orleans: Taprena Augustine (Shug Avery), Kadejah One (Church Soloist, understudy for Sofia) and Donald Jones, Jr (Ensemble, understudy for Preacher).
New Orleans Theatre Association is a 501( c ) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans. NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans which are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production.
Arts Center Enterprises – New Orleans, LLC – (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization. Please visit ACE New Orleans on line at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com.
Broadway Across America is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 43 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Broadway Across America most recently produced the Broadway productions of HAIR, WEST SIDE STORY and Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS. Upcoming productions include MINSKY’S, PROMISES, PROMISES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and the West End production of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. Touring productions include Nickelodeon’s STORYTIME ADVENTURES featuring Dora the Explorer and DREAMGIRLS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
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New Orleans French Quarter Musicians Grampa Elliot and Dorise Blackmon video taken in the French Quarter March 30, 2007 … GO GRAMPA GO!!!
The New Orleans French Quarter is full of amazing and interesting people.
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Grampa Elliot and Dorise Blackmon video taken in the French Quarter March 30, 2007 … GO GRAMPA GO!!!
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New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints play the Dallas Cowboys today Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.
The New Orleans Saints get Reggie Bush back for the first time since week two of the season. Others New Orleans Saints players listed as questionable for the game are TE Jeremy Shockey, S Malcom Jenkins and S Darren Sharper. Out for the game are RB Pierre Thomas and RB Ledell Betts.
The New Orleans Saints have the following players listed as probable, CB Patrick Robinson, OT Jermon Bushrod, DE Junior Galette, RB Chris Ivory, DT defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, C Jonathan Goodwin, S Usama Young and DT Anthony Hargrove.
The Cowboys have the following on the injury report. Listed as questionable for the Cowboys are RB Felix Jones. Listed as probable for the Cowboys are CB Terrance Newman and LB Bradie James. On the injury report as out for the game are DE Sean Lissemore and QB Tony Romo.
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This year one of the games on Thanksgiving is the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New Orleans Saints. These are two teams with different reasons for giving it everything they have in this nationally televised event. The defending NFL champion New Orleans Saints are making a playoff run while the Cowboys are playing for pride and the opportunity to be with the team next year.
The New Orleans Saints got off to an inconsistent start on both sides of the ball. This is as a result of injuries to key players and the motivation that teams have when they play the defending Super Bowl Champions. The New Orleans Saints have seemed to regain their old form on offense and are in some ways playing better than last year on defense.
The Cowboys on the other hand are in the middle of a very disappointing season. Many, including the owner Jerry Jones, had picked the Cowboys to make a run at the Super Bowl. They are currently 3 – 7 and totally out of the playoff picture. However, since firing head coach Wade Phillips the Cowboys are 2 -0. They at this point appear to be headed in a different direction but only time will tell if Jason Garrett has righted the ship.
The New Orleans Saints hope to have Reggie Bush along with other key starters like Darren Sharper, Malcolm Jenkins and Jeremy Shockey back for this game. They have been playing shorthanded all year but have been able to stay in the playoff picture with a record of 7 -3. The New Orleans Saints are in a five way tie for the second best record in the conference.
The Cowboys are trying to find an identity on offense without starter Tony Romo who is injured. The Dallas defense will be tested by the high powered New Orleans Saints offense that seems to be hitting its stride.
Kickoff is set for 3:15 CDT at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium. WHO DAT!
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The fleur-de-lis is a symbol used by the people of New Orleans for years. It was adopted by the New Orleans Saints.
This was part of a controversy when the New Orleans Saints made their Super Bowl run during the 2009 – 2010 season. Ultimately the NFL got slapped down because the symbol has centuries of history in politics, dynasties, art, and religion. This is a symbol that belongs to history and the people of New Orleans not the NFL.
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The New Orleans Saints play the Seattle Seahawks for the first time since 2007 when the New Orleans Saints won 28-17. This is the 11th time these two teams have met and the record is tied at 5 -5.
Kickoff is at scheduled for 3:05 CDT at the New Orleans Saints Superdome.
All week long Reggie Bush has said that he wanted to play but it does not look like that is going to happen. Reggie Bush (RB) is still listed as questionable and Pierre Thomas (RB) is still out with an ankle injury. Darren Thomas (S) hamstring, and Jeremy Shockey (TE) rib are also out for the game. Other players listed as questionable are Malcolm Jenkins (S) neck, Jason Kyle (LS) shoulder and Patrick Robinson (CB) ankle. Then the New Orleans Saints have Chris Ivory (RB) shoulder and Jon Stinchcomb (T) knee listed as probable. The Seahawks injury reports lists the following players: Out: DT Colin Cole (ankle), G Mike Gibson (ankle), TE Anthony McCoy (knee). Doubtful: RB Michael Robinson (hamstring), WR Brandon Stokley (calf), WR Golden Tate (ankle). Probable: QB Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist), T Russell Okung (ankle), LB Lofa Tatupu (knee), S Earl Thomas (not injury related).
Not having Reggie Bush back means the New Orleans Saints will still be without their best threat. Reggie Bush being out means teams can play most of the offensive players straight up. No real double teams are necessary. This is not ideal but the New Orleans Saints have worked with this scenario and are 6 -3 and right in the thick of things in their division and in the conference. The Seahawks are 5 -4 and are also in the hunt.
WHO DAT DO DAT SAYS “ WHO DAT SAY THEY GONNA BEAT THEM SAINTS?”