Friday, June 15, 2018

265. Andy Gellis, part 1

265. Part 1 of our interview with Andy Gellis about his book, BigABigD's Jewish-Cajun Fusion. As a Jew living in South Louisiana, Andy is interested in both Jewish food and the local Cajun cooking. While there are big differences in the two food cultures, there are some interesting similarities. Andy's book also reflects his interest in blending these two traditions to form a new cuisine. We also talk to Andy about eating kosher, about New York Jewish delis, and Jewish food in the Old World.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 16, 1964. Two barges ram Lake Ponchartrain Causeway tearing the structure and killing six.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Z.Z.Top and Wishbone Ash played at A Warehouse on June 16, 1972.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Beauregard Watermelon Festival
    June 29-30, 2018
    The Beauregard Watermelon Festival has several events: watermelon carving, a t-shirt contest, a singing contest, a seed spitting contest, biggest watermelon contest, and more.
    (337) 463-5534
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Tuba Skinny plays at the d.b.a. music bar.
Listen in iTunes.
Listen in Stitcher.
Listen on Google Play.
The Louisiana Anthology Home Page.
Like us on Facebook.


Friday, June 8, 2018

264. Mark Broyard, part 2.

264. Part 2 of our interview with Mark Broyard. Mark is descended from a long line of artisans and craftsmen who have plied their trade in New Orleans and Los Angeles. His mother's father was a furniture maker in the Vieux Carree.  His own father was a third generation bricklayer as well as a building contractor.  Mark cites these influences as being the strongest on his work. Mark and Roger Guenveur Smith have a two-man show, Inside the Creole Mafia, a not-too-dark comedy presenting a contemporary take on a mixed-blood heritage that emerged in the collision of slavery and freedom. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were the "Gens de Couleur Libres," the Free People of Color but today they are commonly known as "Creoles" or "Creoles of Color." With a blend of humor and savvy mockery, performers Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith rock the stage in big daddy white suits, silk shirts and ties, pouring Tabasco sauce libations while they "trow" Mardi Gras beads.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 9, 1867. Benjamin F. Flanders appointed Military Governor of La. by Gen. Sheridan.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Haspell Doll Collection, installed June 9, 1941, attracted numerous persons to the New Orleans Public Library. This group of 500 dolls from practically every nation is perhaps the finest in the South. Its value to students of geography and costume has been outstanding.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Catfish Festival
    June 22-24, 2018
    The festival is held on the grounds of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Des Allemands.
    17324 La. 631
    Des Allemands, La. 70030
    From New Orleans, take I-10 W to I-310. Head south on I-310 for about 12 miles. Exit to the right on Hwy. 90 W to Houma. Continue on Hwy. 90 W through Paradis to Des Allemands. Upon reaching Des Allemands,  St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church will be on the right side of LA 631 in the Des Allemands Business District.
    Des Allemands, LA
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Stay Outsiders play on Royal Street.
Listen in iTunes.
Listen in Stitcher.
Listen on Google Play.
The Louisiana Anthology Home Page.
Like us on Facebook.

Roger Smith (top) and Mark Broyard
The Stay Outsiders

Friday, June 1, 2018

263. Mark Broyard, part 1.

263. Part 1 of our interview with Mark Broyard. Mark is descended from a long line of artisans and craftsmen who have plied their trade in New Orleans and Los Angeles. His mother's father was a furniture maker in the Vieux Carree.  His own father was a third generation bricklayer as well as a building contractor.  Mark cites these influences as being the strongest on his work. Mark and Roger Guenveur Smith have a two-man show, Inside the Creole Mafia, a not-too-dark comedy presenting a contemporary take on a mixed-blood heritage that emerged in the collision of slavery and freedom. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were the "Gens de Couleur Libres," the Free People of Color but today they are commonly known as "Creoles" or "Creoles of Color." With a blend of humor and savvy mockery, performers Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith rock the stage in big daddy white suits, silk shirts and ties, pouring Tabasco sauce libations while they "trow" Mardi Gras beads.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 3, 1902. Legislature makes June 3, Confederate Day, a legal holiday.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On June 2, 1944, the Liberty ship Walker D. Hines was launched by Delta Shipbuilding Company.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Louisiana Peach Fest
    "Peachy Paradise"
    June 22-23, 2018
    The Louisiana Peach Festival is a family-oriented event produced by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and held each year the fourth weekend of June. The 2018 dates are June 22-23.
    Children 8 and Under get in Free!
    Friday, Free for all, Noon - 5 p.m.
    Friday, $10, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Saturday, $10, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Weekend Pass, $15
    Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce:
    (318) 255-2031
    (800) 392-9032
    Email: peach@rustonlincoln.org
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. A street band plays on Toulouse & Bourbon Streets.
Listen in iTunes.
Listen in Stitcher.
Listen on Google Play.
The Louisiana Anthology Home Page.
Like us on Facebook.

Roger Smith (top) and Mark Broyard