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
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.
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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New Orleans Saints
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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New Orleans Saints
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?”
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Huckabuck.com is doing something we all want to do right now – help rebuild New Orleans. The new search interface enables Internet users to help New Orleans by using its Web site to search for information online. The idea is simple. Huckabuck gives a portion of the profit it generates from every search to New Orleans charities.
Every day, millions of people use search engines to find information online. Huckabuck converts these searches to charitable donations that will have a tremendous impact on the recovery of New Orleans while giving users an effortless way to help.
In addition to helping New Orleans, Huckabuck makes searching more personal by providing a new way to customize the search results to individual preferences. As a search interface, Huckabuck provides search feeds from three major search engines, Google, Yahoo, and MSN. It allows users to tune their search results by using graphic equalizers powered by its proprietary search tuner technology. Huckabuck leverages a cutting-edge technology called Ajax to power its search interface. As a next generation Web 2.0 company, Huckabuck will rapidly introduce new innovations to its search interface including social search and blog search functionality.
As a resident of the city, Chris Schultz, founder of Huckabuck.com, is familiar with the challenges facing New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, and in the midst of rebuilding his life and business, Schultz wanted to create a link between a simple daily activity and the New Orleans cause. The entrepreneur had already been thinking about developing a meta-search engine when the storm hit. Following the storm a light-bulb went on, and the search to rebuild New Orleans became his mission.
“Finding information with a search engine has become routine, it’s just something we do every day,” said Schultz. “The Huckabuck search interface makes this easier for people to do, and we’re leveraging the ubiquity of daily search to help New Orleans.”
Huckabuck has partnered with the Tipitina’s Foundation, a New Orleans-based 501c3 non-profit organization committed to saving the culture of New Orleans by locating all New Orleans artists and their families and finding housing for those who need it. A portion of the profits generated by Huckabuck on an annual basis will be donated to the Tipitina’s Foundation.
Schultz is establishing Huckabuck as the search tool of choice for millions of people worldwide. He is first introducing Huckabuck locally in New Orleans, followed by a national launch this summer.
The Huckabuck search interface derives its name from “huckabucks,” a homemade frozen summer-time treat enjoyed by New Orleanians. Similar to snow cones or frozen cups, huckabucks are unique to New Orleans and are served to this day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and in neighborhoods around New Orleans.
For more information about Huckabuck.com or to schedule an interview, contact Blake Killian at (504) 581-7863 ext. 1.
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New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are in the thick of things even though they have had some key injuries to this point. The New Orleans Saints have had to do without Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Tracy Porter, Jabari Greer and Darren Sharper just to name a few.
Despite all of these and other injuries the New Orleans Saints are only ½ a game behind conference leaders Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants with a record of 6-3 going into the bye week. The New Orleans Saints are on a two game winning streak and right on the heels of the division leading Atlanta Falcons.
The New Orleans Saints are preparing to face Reggie Bush’s old coach, Pete Carroll and his new team the Seattle Seahawks. Reggie Bush is working hard to be able to play at full strength when the New Orleans Saints face the Seahawks.
The New Orleans Saints are also hoping to get leading rusher Pierre Thomas back in time for the Seahawks game also. Thomas has missed six games with an ankle injury.
After getting off to a 4-3 start, the New Orleans Saints seem to be getting into gear in time for the key months of November and December. This is when championship teams step up. The New Orleans Saints are climbing in the stats. They are 7th in total offense in the NFL with a 369.9 yard per game average and 14th in scoring. The defense is also been impressive. The New Orleans Saints defense is only allowing 277 yards per game which ranks them 3rd in the NFL. This, like the offense, is despite key injuries.
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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
This is the headline that is sweeping the internet. Is it true? Here are some thoughts on the topic.
First, if Jerry Jones isn’t thinking about Sean Payton then he is not the type of owner we think he is. Sean Payton is one of the premier coaches in the NFL. He took a New Orleans Saints franchise and turned it around. He has the skill set and the personality to handle Jerry Jones and turn the Cowboys into a contender.
Second, our sources say that Jerry Jones has sent feelers out to see if Sean Payton would even discuss the possibility. Payton’s response was that he would not make any decisions until after this season was over.
Next, Sean Payton has attached himself to the city of New Orleans. He has become a part of the community. He and quarterback Drew Brees have immersed themselves in the community. Stepping away from that would be difficult.
The other part is the success factor. Sean Payton has won a Super Bowl with New Orleans and has the pieces in place to win at least one more. Winning two Super Bowl would put him in a very exclusive club.
More money could come into play. Jerry Jones is not afraid to throw money at a problem. Sources have thrown out numbers like $10 million per year. Not sure if that could happen but that would get anyone’s attention.
The final things IS HE CRAZY? He would be moving from a city where he is loved by the ownership, the media, the fans and the players. Dallas is a zoo. The owner wants results yesterday, the media expects a Super Bowl appearance every year with only one loss every three years. Anything less and they are calling for his head. He would have to clean house with the player roster. Attitudes with the players are terrible. Some could be turned around but many would have to go.
So based on what we know today, the chances that Sean Payton will go to the Dallas Cowboys is pretty slim. Still this is a story we will have to watch.