Friday, January 29, 2016

141. Kristen Becker, Part 2.

141. Kristen Becker interview, part 2.  For 15 years, Kristen has loved bringing her raucous point-of-view comedy to audiences all over the continent.  Toronto’s Xtra!  lauded her “brash and personal humor.” As the winner of the Queen City Comedy Competition, she took the largely male-dominated genre by storm. A comedian who happens to also be an out lesbian, Becker consistently wins the hearts of all audiences, straight and gay alike, with her unapologetic humor. Her childhood, divided between the Rust Belt and the Deep South, has left her uniquely able to connect with all manner of people.  She has been part of comedy routines like Dykes of Hazard and Loosen the Bible Belt, in which she teams up with Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.  Quinn Warner joins us today as a guest hostWarning--today's episode has explicit language and content.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 30, 1704. Bienville told that "Pelican" was on its way with 27 young girls, the Casket Girls.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. January 30, 1980. Professor Longhair died. He was born Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd on December 19, 1918, in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He made a living as a street hustler until he started to play piano seriously in his thirties. He taught himself how to play on a piano with missing keys, so his style became distinct. When he began his career in New Orleans in 1948, Mike Tessitore bestowed Longhair with his stage name (due to Byrd's shaggy coiffure). Longhair first recorded in 1949, creating four songs (including the first version of his signature song, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" His  pet numbers were "Tipitina" and "Go to the Mardi Gras."
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Cajun Ground Hog Day
    February 2nd, 2016
    Bouligny Plaza
    102 W Main St, New Iberia, LA 70560
    337-365-6773 | 337-367-9640
    Website
    Bouligny Plaza
    Annual event where New Iberia's own version of the traditional groundhog, Pierre C. Shaddeaux, a native nutria, emerges to predict weather the weather for the next six weeks…etiher a long or short spring depending on if Pierre sees his shaddeaux or not.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

140. Kristen Becker, Part 1

140. Kristen Becker interview, part 1.  For 15 years, Kristen has loved bringing her raucous point-of-view comedy to audiences all over the continent.  Toronto’s Xtra!  lauded her “brash and personal humor.” As the winner of the Queen City Comedy Competition, she took the largely male-dominated genre by storm. A comedian who happens to also be an out lesbian, Becker consistently wins the hearts of all audiences, straight and gay alike, with her unapologetic humor. Her childhood, divided between the Rust Belt and the Deep South, has left her uniquely able to connect with all manner of people.  She has been part of comedy routines like Dykes of Hazard and Loosen the Bible Belt, in which she teams up with Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.  Quinn Warner joins us today as a guest hostWarning--today's episode has explicit language and content.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 23, 1680. Bienville born in Montreal, Canada, 12 of 14 children.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. January 23, 1893.  General P.G.T. Beauregard dies.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Fasching Karneval & Parade
    January 23rd, 2016
    Downtown Minden
    Downtown Minden, Minden, LA 71055
    318-377-2144
    Website   
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Friday, January 15, 2016

139. Kimberly Willis Holt

139. We interview writer Kimberly Willis Holt, the author of numerous books for children and teens, including My Louisiana Sky. "By the time I was fourteen years old, I’d lived in Pensacola, Florida; Paris, France; Norfolk, Virginia; Alexandria, Louisiana; Barrigada, Guam; Bremerton, Washington; Forest Hill, Louisiana and the Westbank of New Orleans. Our kitchen reflected all those places we’d called home. We ate French toast, pancit and lumpia, red beans and rice. And we never forgot my family’s central Louisiana roots. We ate chicken and dumplings, too."
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 16, 1962. Students at Southern Univ. begin civil rights demonstrations.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. January 9-18, 1815. The Siege of Fort St. Philip lasted from January 9 to January 18, 1815 just after the British defeat at the Battle of New Orleans.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    11th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
    Louisiana's Reel Festival
    January 20th, 2016 - January 27th, 2016
    Various Locations
    101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    337-235-7845
    Website
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Friday, January 8, 2016

138. Laura Janelle McKnight, Part 2.

138.  Join us for part 2 of our interview with Laura Janelle McNight.  Laura is a “freelance booze writer for NOLA.COM. Founder of the Gumbo Party. We are pro-roux, anti-lettuce, pro-choice: Seafood or Chicken & Sausage, cher?”  That makes her an expert on having a good time in New Orleans.  You can find her articles in the New Orleans Times Picayune and their online site, NOLA.COM.  She also has allowed the Louisiana Anthology to cross-post one of her articles, “Grieving For The Pies I’ve Never Eaten,” about the Hubig’s Pies factory fire.
  1. This week's poem from Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet.
  2. This week in Louisiana history. January 9, 1967. NFL New Orleans' franchise takes name "Saints."
  3. This week in New Orleans history. January 9, 1840. Andrew Jackson arrived on board the steamer “Vicksburg” on January 8, 1840 at ten o’clock in the morning, landing at the Carrollton wharf, where an immense throng had assembled to welcome “the most distinguished citizen of the country.”  The specific reason for his presence was that a cornerstone was to be laid, commemorating his victories in the Battle of New Orleans, a quarter of a century before. General Jackson laid the cornerstone in the Place d’Armes, on January 9, 1840. It was not until some years later that the monument decided upon was the one of Jackson, designed by Clark Mills, which stands in the center of the ancient parade grounds for the troops. This statue has been called the “center piece of one of the finest architectural sittings in the world.”
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Krewe of Sobek Mardi Gras Parade
    January 16th, 2016
    Fairgrounds Field
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    318-222-0132
    Website
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Friday, January 1, 2016

137. Laura Janelle McKnight, Part 1

137. Join us for part 1 of our interview with Laura Janelle McNight.  Laura is a “freelance booze writer for NOLA.COM. Founder of the Gumbo Party. We are pro-roux, anti-lettuce, pro-choice: Seafood or Chicken & Sausage, cher?”  That makes her an expert on having a good time in New Orleans.  You can find her articles in the New Orleans Times Picayune and their online site, NOLA.COMShe also has allowed the Louisiana Anthology to cross-post one of her articles, “Grieving For The Pies I’ve Never Eaten, about the Hubig’s Pies factory fire.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  January 2, 1811. U.S. Rep. Julien Poydras declared Louisiana's right to become a state.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Beautiful Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church located on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and General Taylor Street was was erected in 1875, with the first services celebrated January 2, 1876. The original name, St. Charles Avenue Methodist Church, was changed to its present name in 1887 in honor of Robert W. Rayne, a New Orleans merchant who paid for more than half the cost of construction. He did so in honor of his son, who was killed in the Civil War.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Battle of New Orleans Commemoration
    January 8th, 2016 - January 9th, 2016
    Chalmette National Park
    8606 West St. Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043
    504-278-4242
    Website
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