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Mardi Gras Costumes – French Quarter Still shots of people in costumes in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday 2006, the first Mardi Gras following Hurricane Katrina. . See lots more at

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New Orleans Artists Rebuild Livelihoods with eBay Charity Auction on May 23

New Orleans Artists Rebuild Livelihoods with eBay Charity Auction on May 23

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 14, 2008

Nearly three years have passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated most of the north-central Gulf Coast but the damage is still evident for many artists in New Orleans that lost not only their artwork but their studios, collections and equipment. To help reinvigorate the artist community in New Orleans, global market research firm Synovate recently commissioned 40 local artists to create original artwork for an upcoming eBay charity auction, with proceeds going to the artists and the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO).

Synovate partnered with ACNO to develop and organize the initiative, including approaching local artists about participating. Forty artists were selected and given $ 1,000 each to create one piece of artwork with the theme ‘My New Orleans’ to be auctioned online.

“Since Hurricane Katrina the Arts Council has been integral in dispersing recovery money to artists throughout the region in need of assistance,” said Mary Len Costa, Interim President and CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans. “But the opportunity Synovate has provided New Orleans artists is like no other!”

The 40 pieces that were created include work from some of the city’s best painters, sculptors, wood workers, glass blowers and mixed media artists, with many of the artists drawing heavily on the theme of Hurricane Katrina. For example, some sculptors used salvaged remnants from Katrina in their pieces. Many of the participating artists are renowned, with work currently on display across the US and around the world.    

All the artwork will open for bid beginning May 23 on eBay’s charity auction store and run for seven days. Bidders can access the auction on eBay under the seller ID “synovateforneworleans.”

This artist initiative was created to coincide with Synovate’s annual week-long global conference held recently in New Orleans. Almost 600 Synovate staff met with the artists in their homes and studios to view the commissioned pieces and create marketing materials to help sell them.

Costa said, “By commissioning new work, Synovate has inspired and reinvigorated the artistic community to create. And by reaching out and inviting their delegates to meet one-on-one with artists in their studios, they showed a real interest in connecting to the community and who we are as New Orleanians. This is a meaningful opportunity for artists to make international connections and gain exposure for their work worldwide.”

About The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. Now in its 32nd year, the Arts Council works with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through diverse initiatives and services. Visit for more information.

About Synovate

Synovate, the market research arm of Aegis Group plc, generates consumer insights that drive competitive marketing solutions. The network provides clients with cohesive global support and a comprehensive suite of research solutions. Synovate employs over 5,800 staff in 121 cities across 57 countries. For more information on Synovate visit

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Carl's Jr. hosted a swingin' launch party for their Kentucky Bourbon Burger at Crown Bar in Hollywood on March 31, 2009. Mixologist Erica Lancellotti created a signature drink for the event – The Carl's Jr. Twisted Bourbon. Enjoy the sights and sounds!

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Straight From The Projects: 3rd Ward New Orleans Part 1

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Street Performer

Street Performer

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Alexis Marceaux

New Orleans and Music are virtually synonymous.  I love music, all kinds.  I have my favorites like everybody else, but one of the things I love about New Orleans is there is music everywhere.  I knew early on that I would never be a “Star” since I have no musical talent to speak of, so it is no wonder that I am in awe of those who do.  After lunch one afternoon my husband handed me a CD on his way out to an appointment and said “A client gave me this.  It’s her daughter.  Listen to it and see if you want to catch her live performance later.  She is playing in the Quarter tonight.”  I figured I’d listen to the CD first, before deciding.

 So after seeing him out, I picked up the CD again. “Alexis Marceaux” I read.  “Pretty name”, I thought.  The picture on the cover showed an attractive young lady lying in the grass.    “Cute picture” was my next thought.  I guessed her age to be very early 20’s at best.  Still unsure this would be something I ( in my old age) could relate to, I popped the CD in and “pretty and cute” were not what I was thinking as this big amazing voice filled the room.   Wow, could I relate and I definitely had to reevaluate.  “Powerful” and “Beautiful” were just the beginning.  Of course I was going to see her perform live.  Alexis’  “Elevator Ride” had just become my new favorite song.

The revelations kept coming.  Alexis, young as she might be, was no new kid on the block.  She had played her first public venue at 7 years old and had written her first song at 13.  This young singer-songwriter is also an accomplished piano, harmonica and guitar player. “Talented.”   A New Orleans native, Alexis and her family had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and had to start completely over.   Katrina might have taken her home, but not her dream to play music.  “Gutsy.”  Her dream to play music in New Orleans, a city she loves. “ Heart.”     

Check out Alexis Marceaux, the young lady with a powerful, big, beautiful voice who is also a multi-talented performer with guts and heart.  I have seen and heard “Stars” with less to recommend them.  I should have known better than to judge a book or, in this case, a CD by its cover.  Find out for yourself.   Alexis plays live venues all over the greater New Orleans area and is scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.  For more about Alexis and her scheduled appearances visit her website: 

 By Sharon Denise Talbot

Allen Toussaint plays at the New Orleans festival, London

Allen Toussaint plays the song get out of my life woman at the New Orleans festival London in October 2008

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Does anyone know how to make a Jester drink from Bourbon Street?

The last time we were in New Orleans, a bunch of us got Jesters (the world strongest drink) made with 190 proof grain alcohol (everclear I assume). We loved it! we all had one and had the best time! Love to make them at home, but don’t have a clue of how. Can somebody help!

That sounds like a Hand Grenade, but sold by a bar that doesn’t have permission to use the trademarked name:

Celebration In the Streets. Saints are going to the Super Bowl!

The celebration in the streets of downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter after the Saints win the NFC conference championship and head to the super bowl!

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New Orleans St. Bernard Public Housing ~ April 2006

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

They assassinated King, April 4, 1968
On April 4, 2006 St Bernard public housing residents returned from forced exile, to clean up and reclaim their homes.

People who had leases with HANO and want to join the lawsuit against HANO can sign up online at:

For more info: call 504-520-9521 or 504-319-3564

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