New Orleans

Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras, the French Quarter of New Orleans, 2009

perfect day and the usual – and some unusual – fun when suits everyone.
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Filmed by Mark West
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Is it my imagination or does New Orleans have dramatically different temperatures from day to day?

From a couple of letters here at Yahoo it seems like one day in the dead of winter can be 22 and the next 82 and nobody considers such "events" to be anything other then par for the course.

Is New Orleans the land of wide temperature (or possibly the whole state) variations and does the same hold for summer/ spring weather?

What causes this effect?

Thanks for considering this question.

No, it is not your imagination, and it happens with frequency ( although usually not that wide of range of temperature or that low for a low or high for a high) all over the United States in the Winter, Spring, and Autumn months, but especially in the winter, at least east of the Rocky Mountain Divide.
I live in a nearby large city, and it is not unusual for it to be 80 degrees one day in January ahead of an arctic front, then 24 hours later, it will be 35 degrees and raining. (Happens at least once/year)

New Orleans is nothing special, in fact areas to the west, like your counterparts in Houston Dallas Kansas City, Denver etc sometimes have 50 to 60 degree temperature changes in a few hours time.
One reason was the strong cold front, because of the strong south winds ahead of said front, temperatures warm rapidly and it becomes very humid. Then, air from Canada – where it can be well below zero is over the area.
On the opposite, which you suggested, lets say Monday morning was 32 degrees . You were directly under high pressure which caused clear skies/light winds, perfect for radiational cooling. The winds start to blow out of the south during the afternoon, and the temp rises, under the mostly sunny sky to 65 degrees. Due to the wind off the gulf, the temperature does not fall at all the next morning, and it is still 65 degrees on Tuesday Morning, 24 hours later. It continues to warm up, and by Tuesday afternoon it is nearing 80 degrees with a lot of humidity.


Tangram 3DS brings Floating City to Life

Tangram 3DS, a firm specializing in visualization and computer animation, announced its collaboration with E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA. Together, the companies have designed and presented a bold new urban platform. New Orleans Arcology Habitat (NOAH) is a proposed urban Arcology (architecture and ecology), whose philosophic underpinnings rest in combining large scale sustainability with concentrated urban structures, and in this case a floating city.
Tangram 3DS worked with Schopfer to visualize this unique concept and structure. Starting from basic sketches, Tangram 3DS transformed Schopfers ideas into visuals and an animation. Our work helps Kevin convey his concept to the City of New Orleans, investors, the media, and public, said Stefan Vittori, president and founder of Tangram 3DS, LLC. To be able to visualize a design project in 3D and through animation is absolutely vital when attempting to sell a design concept that may at first glance be hard to grasp, adds Vittori.
Why a floating city? There are three major challenges to building in New Orleans. The first challenge is to overcome both the physical and psychological damages of recurring severe weather patterns. Though repopulation has begun, the need to provide a stabilized and safe environment is paramount to a long-term recovery and economic well being of New Orleans. The second challenge is that New Orleans has been built at and below sea levels, which creates a consistently high water table and makes it prone to flooding and storm surges. The third challenge is that New Orleans is built on soil condition that consists of thousands of feet of soft soil, silt and clay. These conditions make building large-scale concentrated structures difficult. Believing that NOAH is a viable plan, our solution to overcome these challenges is to take advantage of these seemingly conflicting issues with the introduction of a floating urban platform. This solution is deceptively simple, using water as a controlled, naturally occurring, bearing foundation, is perfectly feasible and practical, states Schopfer.
As depicted in the 3D renderings by Tangram, given the design’s massive scale — nearly 1,200′ tall with a footprint nearly 1/3 of a mile in diameter — it was clear that Tangram’s imagery would need to depict a significant amount of downtown New Orleans to contextualize the project. A 3D model of the downtown buildings was combined with satellite and aerial survey imagery to build a highly-detailed context model in which NOAH could be placed. This allowed Tangram to create a wide range of imagery, including aerials that covered dozens of city blocks, which effectively communicated the ambitious scale of the NOAH project.
When it came time to produce the animation, the massive scene scale combined with the river and dense activity of the area were extremely challenging to reproduce faithfully in motion. Tangram teamed up with the team at VFX Direct, located north of Boston, to further polish the animation frames. The two teams worked closely to build passes of animated elements that VFX Direct would include in their final composite of the animation, along with additional water, smoke, and lighting effects that made the imagery pop.
A triangulate shape has been chosen as the basis for NOAH, given the fact that a triangle is inherently the most rigid of all structural framing systems. The triangle also allows for an open frame configuration, dividing NOAH into three separate towers converging at the top. The intent of this open system is to allow all severe weather to in effect blow through the structure in any direction with the minimum of massing interference. To further dissipate wind loads, the outer edges are curved and tilted.
This is a project of tremendous potential which pushes beyond current expectations for New Orleans and places it in the forefront of the new age of urban growth possibilities, adds Schopfer. We hope to one day see it become reality, and with Tangram’s unique experience and expertise, that reality comes alive today.

NOAH will house:
•Residential Units / Rental and Condominium: 20,000 units @ average 1100 Sq ft
•Three Hotels: Average 200 rooms plus associated services
•Time Share Units: 1500 units @ average 1100 sq ft
•Three Casino Facilities: (to be determined)
•Commercial Space / Rental and Condominiums: 500,000 sq ft
•Commercial Space / Retail: 500,000 sq ft
•Parking Garage / within foundation: 8,000 cars
•Cultural Facilities: 100,000 sq ft
•Public Works: 50,000 sq ft / includes storage
•District School System: 100,000 sq ft
•District Administrative Office: 50,000 sq ft
•District Health Care Facility: 20,000 sq ft

Estimated Total Square Footage: 30 million

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The Battle of New Orleans – Lego Video

I cannot take any credit for this absolutely awesome video – all credit goes to the original creators and the late, great Johnny Horton for his stunning performance of “The Battle of New Orleans”. The song takes a cheeky approach to Andrew Jackson’s now famous battle during the War of 1812 – the battle took place AFTER the war officially ended, however by the time new of the war’s official end reached the United States most people heard of Jackson’s victory, and then just assumed that he was the reason for the victory – which made him a national hero.

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns and the British kept a’comin.
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin’ on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

We looked down the river and we see’d the British come.
And there must have been a hundred of’em beatin’ on the drum.
They stepped so high and they made the bugles ring.
We stood by our cotton bales and didn’t say a thing.


Old Hickory said we could take ‘em by surprise
If we didn’t fire our muskets ’til we looked ‘em in the eye
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave ‘em … well


Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ‘em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

We fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.


Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ‘em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cirque Dreams comes to NOLA


See below for info on local musician auditions for Jammin with Cirque Dreams.  See ya in NOLA! 

 Sharon Denise Talbot


Jammin’ with Cirque Dreams Contest CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION offers a local musician the opportunity to perform with the WORLD RENOWNED PRODUCTION

WHAT: New Orleans is known for its music and talent so come blow your horn, slap the bass, tickle the ivories, shred your axe or whistle, snap or tap your way into the experience of a lifetime by Jammin’ with Cirque Dreams. Bring your rhythm, soul and talent to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre and win an opportunity to accompany the world renowned, international artistry of Cirque Dreams when it illuminates New Orleans with its newest and grandest production of Cirque Dreams Illumination. One lucky musician will be selected to perform live on stage as part of the national tour launch of Cirque Dreams Illumination and integrate their style of music into this multi-cultural, diversified genre of cirque, music, theatre and stage spectacle beyond imagination. The winner will train locally with the Cirque Dreams design team for their debut performance and will receive six complimentary tickets to the show in which they appear.

WHEN: Saturday, September 18th, 2010 11:00AM-2:00PM WHERE: Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 (Theatre Lobby)

WHO: The audition is limited to the first 100 attendees and is open to performers of all ages. Participants will be given two minutes to impress the judges with their musical skills and must provide any equipment required for their audition. A sound system with CD & digital input will be provided. Complementary parking will be available in the Mahalia Jackson parking lot.

WHY: This special event celebrates the return of Broadway Across America to New Orleans and the first show of the 2010-11 season. Tickets for Cirque Dreams Illumination are affordably priced stating at $25.00. Cirque Dreams Illumination will perform eight shows at the Mahalia Jackson Theater September 28 through October 3, 2010.

Tickets for Cirque Dreams Illumination are available for purchase at the Mahalia Jackson box office located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS). Information on the Broadway Across America – New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at Group Sales information, including group discounts for 20 or more, is available by calling 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351. For more information on Cirque Dreams Illumination, please visit: Become a Fan on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Check out our Videos on YouTube: 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 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

The Spirit of New Orleans

Wynton Marsalis’ tribute to the New Orleans Saints first Super Bowl victory and the Crescent City…”The Spirit of New Orleans”

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How hard is it to get into clubs in New Orleans?

I am planning a birthday trip for me and 7 of my friends. I live in south louisiana (about two hours from new orleans) and we are going to NOLA for my 18th birthday. I was just wondering if its hard to get into clubs down there when you are 18, because I know a lot of place are like 21+.

You can get into tons of places at 18, especially if you’re female. A lot of bars and clubs admit ladies at 18 and men at 21. Try the Republic on Friday nights if you’re into 80s music (trust me, it’s an awesome night, and I was never one to like 80s music). You can always wander through Bourbon. Other clubs include Ampersand, Voila, Le Phare, Metro…check the age for the specific night you want to go, though.

The Story Of Milk Studio It Does A Body Good

 New Orleans

Gather round my friends and you will hear the story of a Louisiana couple who persevered.  Once upon a time Mindy owned lingerie shop on Decatur Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina the city was in turmoil, and full of construction workers who didn’t need lingerie. Desperate to save her retail space Mindy put the same artistic talent she had used to do the graphic designs on her lingerie to use on handcrafts.
Enter David the limo driver. Katrina also did a number on David. Leaving 10 feet of water in his home and making the need for limo drivers, even 25 year veteran limo drivers, basically non-existent in the Big Easy. It looked like David needed a plan.  So with no place to stay and no job David moved to the French Quarter to try to find work.  What he found was Mindy.  Mindy needed someone to work her table in the French Market and David needed a job.  Sounds like a plan to me.
Mindy and David took their plan and a prayer and together turned a floundering lingerie shop into a flourishing business.  These guys with camera in hand went around the area taking pictures of New Orleans landmarks, hotspots, and businesses. In a 3 day process that demonstrates detailed workmanship they create distinctive works of art in each beautiful glazed tile coaster, magnet and apron that are loved by locals and visitors alike.

Appreciating their efforts to keep intact some of the culture and history of the city, people started bringing in old grocery bags, matchbooks, notebooks, etc. The rest as they say is history, three years worth.

Next time you are in the French Market look for David and let him share some of his wonderfully nostalgic NOLA stories or stop in to see Mindy at the Milk Studio headquarters at 1309 Decatur and check out the new line of soy candles.  You can also visit David and Mindy at

I am inspired and humbled by the innovative people all over this great state, people like David and Mindy, who have suffered through devastating hurricanes, the aftermath and just rolled up their sleeves, picked up the pieces and kept right on going. Don’t you just love happy endings, it does a body good!

By Sharon Denise Talbot

New Orleans Searches to Rebuild New Orleans


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NEW ORLEANS (PRWEB) March 28, 2006 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.

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Rebuild New Orleans

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, 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 or to schedule an interview, contact Blake Killian at (504) 581-7863 ext. 1.

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New Orleans

A variety of New Orleans accents from YEAH YOU RITE!

A sampling of the many neighborhood and class-based accents in New Orleans circa 1983 from the documentary YEAH YOU RITE! by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker.

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