Thursday, July 19, 2018

269a. Mimi Methvin

269a. We interview congressional candidate Mimi Methvin about her campaign to represent Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. With 28 years’ experience as a federal and state judge along with a track record as a successful attorney and mediator, Mimi knows how to lead opposing sides to work together and find solutions. She’s also a mother, a yoga instructor, and a genealogist. Mimi believes the spirit of civility, respect and integrity that this country was founded on must be reignited to preserve our democratic institutions. She wants to bring her common sense, skill and intellectual honesty to Washington as a strong voice for the people of Louisiana’s Third Congressional District.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

269. Langston A. Williams, Part 2

269. Part 2 of our interview with filmmaker Langston A. Williams. Langston didn’t start off with a plan to make a social commentary as his master’s thesis film at the University of New Orleans. But the summer after Williams finished writing the screenplay for a horror short, a 37-year-old named Alton Sterling was shot by police officers in Baton Rouge. Williams discovered then that he had an entirely different screenplay in him – one about race, police brutality and the media. “The story almost wrote itself,” said Williams (M.F.A.,’17). Now, Williams’ 25-minute short film, “Stay Woke,” is racking up honors on the film festival circuit and, most impressively, was invited to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner on May 17, a first for a student film made through UNO’s Department of Film & Theatre program.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 14, 1937. First piling driven for N.O. Charity Hospital.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Bob Hope came to New Orleans on July 14, 1955 to play in a golf match at Lakewood Country Club to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association. When the match had to be called off because of bad weather, Hope instead made two personal appearances at the Saenger Theater.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
       The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is held during the last weekend in July that includes the Sunday. Please fill out the registration form below and mail to
    P.O. Box 25
    Des Allemands, LA 70030
    by the deadline of July 16th.
       Registrations received after Friday July 16th will not be processed via mail.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Tanya Huang plays a song by Evanescence on Royal St. 
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

268. Langston A. Williams, Part 1

268. Part 1 of our interview with filmmaker Langston A. Williams. Langston didn’t start off with a plan to make a social commentary as his master’s thesis film at the University of New Orleans. But the summer after Williams finished writing the screenplay for a horror short, a 37-year-old named Alton Sterling was shot by police officers in Baton Rouge. Williams discovered then that he had an entirely different screenplay in him – one about race, police brutality and the media. “The story almost wrote itself,” said Williams (M.F.A.,’17). Now, Williams’ 25-minute short film, “Stay Woke,” is racking up honors on the film festival circuit and, most impressively, was invited to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner on May 17, a first for a student film made through UNO’s Department of Film & Theatre program.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 7, 1912. Grabow 'Lumber War' shootout takes place near DeRidder, 3 killed, 37 wounded.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Beginning in the mid-1930s, and for several years after, the Recreation Project of the WPA sponsored the "Summer Showers" program in conjunction with the New Orleans Fire Department. Several days a week throughout the summer, firemen closed off a street, opened the hydrants and attached special nozzles to their hoses so the children of New Orleans could frolic and beat the heat. Opening day of the Summer Showers program was traditionally celebrated with a certain amount of pomp and circumstance. City and WPA leaders gathered at Engine House 26, 231 S. Broad, for the ceremonial turning on of the showers. Opening day festivities too place on Broad Street, July 7, 1939.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Cajun Music and Food Festival
    July 20, 2018 to July 21, 2018
    Friday 4pm-11pm & Saturday 9am-11pm
    Admission: $8.00 - Children under 12 Free
    (337) 794-2541
    Burton Coliseum
    7001 Gulf Hwy
    Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Celebrating 31 years of preserving and promoting Cajun music and heritage with continuous live Cajun music, traditional Cajun foods, arts and crafts, Cajun waltz and two-step dance contests, and children's activities all at Burton Coliseum starting at 4:00 to 11:00 PM, Friday, July 20th and again Saturday, July 21 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition, we have a Cajun French mass and donut social on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM at the CFMA Building and Museum located at 3481 E, Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Frog & Henry plays on Frenchmen St.
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