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making Mardi Gras

My favorite thing about Mardi Gras is the communal creative spirit it conjures. In New Orleans and most of South Louisiana there’s an air of frenzied energy around. It usually (for me) starts right around the beginning of the New Year and then, depending on how early or late Mardi Gras falls, builds up steam until Mardi Gras day in February or March. It’s such a delight to build costumes, headpieces and throws for the simple purpose of sharing wonder and joy.

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Countdown to big change…gonna see how my hermit ways take to living in the city (once again). Thinking it’ll be a good blend of home, studio and “outing” time this go-round. I’m certainly due for  a refill in the sensory input department. August marks the move date. Ayeeeeee.



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Deacon John and Brent Melancon: Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

I had the pleasure of capturing this impromptu performance of Jambalaya (On the Bayou) by Deacon John and Brent Melacon during Louisiana Citizens for the Arts’  2012 Arts Advocacy Day in the Louisiana State Capitol building.
“Art WORKS for Louisiana!”

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March 12, 9p-12a

Michalopoulos Studio
527 Elysian Fields Ave

REVEL is a multi-disciplinary performance salon.
Performing artists and film makers share new and in progress works
to a supportive audience of other artists and local sophisti-cats.

Entre Gratis! (donations gratefully accepted…)


Sanzenbach and Wallin Ensemble
Improvisational music

Raphaelle O’Neil reads new writing
“The Year of Black and Gold,” one woman’s journey through 2010 (the year the Saint’s win the Super Bowl), in which she finds both true love, and the heartache of witnessing the nation’s worst environmental disaster.

Reese Johanson and Mark Albers
“Graveyard Shift Guitar Hero”, physical theater performance-
Guitar hero leads a security guard and an executive to an unlikely romance, a fight love scene, tango and a museum heist.
Accompaniment by Sanzenbach and Wallin Ensemble

Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre

Andrea Dupree / Bluebird Art and friends
Video Art featuring music of Isle Dernière with go-go dancing by Geaux Geaux Sheax, plus wacko animations of oil stories, dinosaurs, jerky dancing, ladybugs (and more) accompanied by “Mr Bill Gives Shell the Bill”  a mockumentary short by Walter Williams.

Isle Dernière
Our Houma / Lafayette friends rocking us at the end of the eve

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Living away from Louisiana for most of the year has really made me appreciate the things that I once took for granted about my home state. Today I’m putting the finishing touches on my Mardi Gras day costume (still deciding on a color for it), made from paper “flowers” from my installation at the Voodoo Ballerina Kingcake Soiree. I feel so lucky to live in such a  magical place, where its perfectly normal to spend hours working on a grand costume for a Tuesday morning in New Orleans.

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techni-color carnival

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Re-visiting a series: Idealized/colorized imagery from photographs* of Carnival in New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

*mostly by Cornelius E. Durkee

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strange histories

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