Gambit New Orleans: September 6, 2011
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cOmmeNTary thinking out loud Keep UNO in Division I T he University of New Orleans' (UNO) transition from the LSU System to the University of Louisiana (UL) System is underway, and already several major challenges confront the Lakefront campus. In addition to changing its governing structure, UNO is without a permanent leader -- and its future in Division I of NCAA athletics is in jeopardy. Officials in the UL System have named a search committee to vet candidates for the position of UNO president, and that committee is rightly focused on picking the best person to lead UNO in the future. Meanwhile, the university's athletic programs need immediate attention -- and help -- from the UL System. For decades, UNO proudly took its place among the best academic institutions in Louisiana while also fielding nationally competitive teams in basketball, baseball and other sports. In its early years, UNO competed in the "small college" sector of the NCAA, then in 1975 moved into the NCAA's more prestigious -- and more fitting, given UNO's size and home in New Orleans -- Division I. Unfortunately, budget constraints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (along with pressure from the LSU System office) forced previous UNO administrators to cut institutional support for athletics and to seek reclassification of UNO athletics in the NCAA's Division II. We think that move was a serious mistake, one that was made in haste without adequate input from the larger UNO community and without a full study of all its ramifications. We urge reconsideration. In purely budgetary terms, moving down to Division II could be a virtual wash. And academically, it could impose a greater burden on student athletes. While it's true that it costs less (on the surface) to play in Division II, the practical realities of competing against other Division II schools will add some costs to UNO's athletic department. Consider, for example, that no other four-year college or university in the UL System -- UNO's new home -- competes in Division II. In fact, no other college or university in Louisiana competes in Division II. Worse yet, UNO's closest rival in the Division II Gulf South Conference would be more than 300 miles away -- as opposed to potential in-state Division I rivals in the UL System. Moreover, most if not all of UNO's likely opponents in Division II are located more than 500 miles away. That kind of travel will force student athletes to miss more classes than competing against much closer rivals in Division I. The push for Division I thus is not just about prestige and competition; Division I would be better for student athletes as well. According to a study commissioned by concerned UNO alumni and presented to UL System President Randy Moffett in July, the net cost of staying in Division I compared to Division II would be less than $100,000. Sponsors of that study -- all of whom support keeping UNO in Division I -- include former UNO and NBA basketball coach Tim Floyd, LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri (a UNO alum), former UNO athletic director Ron Maestri, and former New Orleans Saints executive Jim Miller, who also has served as UNO's athletic director. These folks know college athletics as well as anyone. Their opinions should matter. Moreover, all other schools in the UL System, including some with enrollments and budgets similar to that of UNO, compete in Division I. All those schools also provide institutional support FLAX traveler transition into fall clothes + accessories 7732 maple 865 . mon - sat 10-6 9625 No other fouryear college or university in the UL System competes in Division II. Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 for their athletic programs, whereas UNO eliminated such support in 2009. If the other UL institutions can afford Division I, why can't UNO? Some will no doubt argue it's too late to reverse the decision to move to Division II. That's simply not true. The move is not scheduled to become official -- or complete -- until the 2012-13 academic year. What's more, UNO has received a "non-compliance waiver" from the NCAA through 2012-13, so there's no "risk" in reconsidering the decision at this time. Local and state leaders have urged the UL System and UNO officials to suspend the reclassification process until an independent review of that decision has been conducted. We agree with that approach. We urge UL System officials to commission an immediate, independent analysis of UNO's athletic classification. UNO's new chancellor and all of its students, faculty and alumni deserve nothing less. 07 wholesale to the public. 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Several fences, including the one around Lafayette Park, were removed, but the very expensive fence around Jackson Square was left untouched, as was the one surrounding Washington Square. In 1924, the park's character changed when it was transformed into a playground. The residents of the Washington Square area gave the New Orleans Recreation Department permission to use the park for recreational activities, but residents later wanted it back. In 1973, concerned members of the Faubourg Marigny Association expressed their displeasure that the park was being used for recreational purposes and claimed it was destroying the beautiful grove of oaks that surrounds the park inside the fence. The residents won, and the park eventually was returned to a "people's park." In 1975, the entire Faubourg Marigny was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the neighborhood began a surge of revitalization. Before that it had suffered a decline dating from the Civil War, during which time the neighborhood was considerably poorer than when it was created. New investment in the area beginning in the mid1970s substantially reduced blight and increased property values. In 1990, there was a movement to change the name of Washington Square to Morial Memorial Park in honor of the late Mayor Ernest "Dutch" Morial, our first African-American mayor, who had died the previous year, but this never came to pass. Morial's name graces the city's convention center. MARY B. vineyard vines NFL licensed Saints Belt. Men's sizes 32-42. $49.50 GAMBIT > BESTOFNEWORLEANS.COM > SEPTEMBER 06 > 2011 Fleur De Lis Ivy Driving Cap Black or Tan. $30 Who Dat Leather Belt. Black or Brown. Men's sizes 32-42. $55 6070 Magazine Street � New Orleans � 895-8661 1281 N Causeway � Mandeville � 674-1711 600 Decatur � Jax Brewery � 523-6681 perlis.com 1ST BIRTHDAY! 1ST PEARL! 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Lots continued to sell well into the 1820s, and the new neighborhood grew rapidly. It was populated by diverse ethnic groups including Spanish, French, Italians, Germans, Irish and free people of color. Washington Square was developed almost immediately. On March 17, 1843, The Daily Picayune reported on improvements at the park: "Posts at the distance of about 30 feet apart are to be connected with each other by means of iron chains." This was the first fence around the park. The iron fence was installed in 1853 -- the same fence that surrounds it today. The park, normally a quiet place for relaxation, was the scene of great confusion on Oct. 13, 1899. A steer being led on board a ship broke loose and headed down Royal Street. Perhaps attracted by the grass and flowers in the park, the bull dashed through the gateway, terrifying visitors, who ran for safety. After trampling the flowers and >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < KNOWLEDGE < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < IS POWER >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < QUOTES OF THE WEEK > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > "Excuse me, excuse me -- no, I'm going to finish. I've never <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< < < < < < < < been> > > > > > > >this> >my lifetime> > > I won't have it.> >Please > > > treated like > > in > > > > > > > and > > > > > > > > > ... >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> don't be so rude." -- City Council President Jackie Clarkson at a < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < District E town hall meeting in eastern New Orleans last week. scuttle Butt Mayor Mitch Landrieu invited Clarkson and other city officials to the meeting, one in a series of town hall discussions on the 2012 city budget. The crowd booed Clarkson when she entered the meeting and interrupted her as she defended her record in the eastern part of the city and her memories of growing up in the segregated 1940s and '50s. "This city is on the best roll I've seen since I was a child," she said. "For those of you who are also my age, is this not just like the '40s and '50s?" "Teams of city employees will be dispatched throughout the city to photograph, count, log, remove and dispose of bandit signs and litter. Any bandit sign will be removed, disposed of, and the owner will receive a fine of $25 per sign, or $50 per sign if attached to a tree. Community service is possible for repeat offenders. Fines for littering and illegal dumping range from $150 to $5,000, with the possibility of community service and jail time for repeat offenders. These penalties are determined by the city's Municipal Court." -- A release from the Sanitation Department explaining the city's new rules for "bandit" signs, effective immediately after an "amnesty" period ends on Sept. 9. FIRE ON THE BAYOU SOS: Avondale in Distress BY ALE X WOODWARD Save Our Shipyard activists and Avondale Shipyard workers at a 2010 rally. The Pray for Avondale campaign begins Sept. 9. PHOTO COURTE SY SAV E OUR SHIPYA RD While last week's Bayou Sauvage marsh fire raged for several days, New Orleanians' concerns poured out on Twitter and Facebook (with pictures of fog-like conditions), and the state turned to Bambi -- buckets, that is. The 500-gallon Bambi buckets, hoisted by Louisiana National Guard helicopters, dumped 160,00 gallons of water on the blaze Aug. 30, a day the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared an "air quality precaution" day, with the smoke creatPAGE 13 WHILE NEGOTIATIONS AND DEBATES DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR AVONDALE SHIPYARD, THE SAVE OUR SHIPYARD CAMPAIGN TURNS TO AREA CHURCHES FOR SUPPORT. hanging the conversation" is a strategy used by spin-doctors and politicos on all levels to get people talking about something other than the topic that needs to be discussed. For advocates hoping for a future for Avondale Shipyard, the conversation isn't about the plight of the facility but rather how to save it. "A year ago it was, `That's a damn shame.' Now C it's, `What do we do about Avondale?'" says Nick Unger, a national coordinator for the AFL-CIO. The shipyard is scheduled to close by 2013 but has been downsizing since last fall when the first wave of layoffs hit. Rolling layoffs (every 60 days) affect 4,500 workers, Unger says, and about 8,000 other jobs in neighboring communities also are at risk. Unger and community activists, union leaders, businesses and shipyard employees represent Save Our Shipyards (SOS), a campaign to keep the shipyard in the public eye. Billboards, flyers and posters hanging in nearby shops and restaurants read in large, bold letters, "Save Our Shipyards." "Today it's not a closed shipyard, but an open shipyard with people thinking about what comes next," Unger says. PAGE 11 c'est what? WARREN BUFFETT ADVOCATES RAISING TAXES ON MILLIONAIRES AS A WAY TO CUT THE U.S. DEBT. DO YOU AGREE? Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 81% hell, yes THIS WEEK'S QUESTION 14% hell, no what the hell? 5% Vote on "c'est what?" on bestofneworleans.com Do you agree with the decision to close City Hall early when the Saints play at home on a weekday? BoUQuets Raj Diwan, THIS WEEK'S HEROES AND ZEROES a resident of LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Dentistry General Practice Residency Program, was one of four people nationally to receive a Student Servant Leadership Award presented by the Academy of Dentistry International. The award recognizes Diwan's volunteerism, which includes founding the student-service organization Making Impressions. The organization provided more than 1,000 people with oral health screenings, dental supplies and one-on-one education. Warren and Jodie Singer recently contributed $10,000 to the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the state's oldest conservation organization. The donation comes in the wake of budget-straining disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as last summer's BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The nonprofit conservation education and advocacy group was founded in 1940 and aims to protect the state's wildlife and fisheries. KID smART, an arts integration and education program, received a 2012 grant from the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The money will be used to broaden the scope and impact of KID smART's programming at Mary Bethune Elementary School. KID smART, founded in 1999 by Allison Stewart and Campbell Hutchison, currently has programs in 10 schools. Marlon Defillo, former assistant New Orleans police chief, was found in a 33-page Louisiana State Police report to have "an incredibly poor memory or he has been deceptive," and lacked "both good judgment and maturity" in handling the death of Henry Glover -- a case in which five NOPD officers were charged with felonies. Glover's burned body was found Sept. 2, 2005, inside a destroyed Chevrolet Malibu parked on a levee. Defillo retired from the NOPD last month. 09 page 9 This year the campaign that started in July 2010 turned to another community to keep the conversation going and raise Avondale's profile through word of mouth. More than 100 congregations rangingfromAvondaleandNewOrleans tootherpartsofthestateandrepresenting all faiths will participate in a Pray for Avondale weekend Sept. 9-11. "We're treating[thecongregations]asamember ofthecommunity,"Ungersays."Eachof these congregations is doing something inside the congregation, which means that the number of people reached is magnifiedtenfold,ahundredfold." An SOS pledge letter addressed to congregations (and signed by several pastors, church presidents, interfaith organizations and an imam) reads, "The faith traditions that inform our deepest commitments remind us that we have a moral obligation to stand together with our brothers and sisters who work at Avondale in faith and solidarity. We inviteyouandyourcongregationtojoin thegrowingcommunityworkingtosave AvondaleShipyard." Archbishop Gregory Aymond wrote a lettertoparishpastorsaboutthePrayfor Avondale weekend, calling members of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to join the campaign. "A diverse group of faith leaders are joining together to lift this situation up in prayer so that God's will may be done," Aymond wrote. "Let us cometogetherandaskGod'sblessingson the workers and their families that their hopemaybesustained." "A year ago when the closing was announced, nobody thought it could be saved,"Ungersays."Itwasjustafactof companiesclosingandtheshipyardcloses.Everyonethoughtitshouldbesaved.It wasn'tthatyouhadtoconvincepeopleof theshould,thequestionwasthecould." WIThdEcrEASINGdEMANdSfOrNAvAL shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman announced last year that it was consolidating its shipbuilding by closing Avondale, the smallest of its shipyards (others are in Newport News, va., and Pascagoula,Miss.)Thecompanyacquired Avondale in 2001, and in 2003 it began "modernization" renovations -- a $112 million project using $56 million in state funding. Gov. Mike foster said in a statement at the time, "I want to thank Avondale's employees for being thetypeofproductivepeoplewhomake it possible for a company like Northrop Grummantocomehereandstayhere.It's because of employees like you, who are proud of their work and who do it right the first time, that companies want to cometoLouisiana." The four-year renovation project and productionattheshipyardbothwerehit with delays following hurricane Katrina in 2005 and were further impacted by rising production costs. By July 2010, NorthropGrummanannounceditwould closetheshipyard. In March 2011, Northrop Grumman lumpeditsshipbuildinginwithitsspinoff group, shipping magnate huntington Ingalls. That company is seeking a $310 million subsidy from the Navy based on huntington Ingalls' presumption that closingAvondalewillsavethefedsmore than$600million.TheNavy,however,is only authorized to give the shipyard $27 million,accordingtoSOS,andinJuly,an auditbytheU.S.departmentofdefense disputed the shipper's estimate of what theNavywouldsave. Tosurvive,Avondalemustconsidersellingtheshipyardtoacommercialbuyer. AvONdALE ShIPYArd OPENEd IN 1938 and served as the Navy's largest U.S. shipbuilder, beginning with World War II.Its$2billionannualimpactinthestate makes it one of the state's most lucrative businesses, ranking right behind Louisiana's$2.25billionseafoodindustry. The shipyard currently is building two shipstobecompletedby2013. A research group headed by faculty from the University of New Orleans, Loyola and Tulane Universities and Southern University at New Orleans comprise the Avondale research Project, which looks at the impact Avondale has had on the region historically and what itsclosingcouldmeantotheregion,says Steve Striffler, UNO anthropologist and projectresearcher. "Thehope,asidefromthemorescholarlyaspectofit,(is)tryingtogenerateor contributetoapublicdiscussion,"hesays. "If you said, `In a year from now, we're going to close the LSU campus in Baton rouge,' we'd be talking about it every day,24hoursaday.....It'snotthatfaran exaggeration to suggest this can have thatkindofanimpact." researchersestimatethelossofmore than 4,500 jobs at the shipyard could have a trickle-down effect throughout the surrounding community that may result in a loss of 7,000 to 10,000 additional jobs ranging from car dealerships andbankstorestaurantsandchurches. "Ithashistoricallybeenkindofoneof those rare places where you can pretty muchleavehighschoolandgetacareer (at Avondale), starting relatively low on theladder,buttheyeffectivelyofferacollegeeducationthere,thewaytheytrain people," Striffler says. "The problem of course,notalways,isittendstobevery specialized. You're the world's greatest painteroftheexteriorofaship,butthat doesn't mean it translates into a highpaying job outside that sector. .... When they lose their jobs, there are close to noalternativesforsomeofthem.That's definitelyaconcern." Theshipyardnowneedsasavior,financially speaking. In May, a $1.48 million grant, the largest of its kind, from the department of defense was awarded to the Louisiana Economic development office to find possible solutions for Avondale. That grant followed a push fromSen.MaryLandrieuandrep.cedric richmond, d-New Orleans, urging thencommerce Secretary Gary Locke to help easethepotentialeconomicdisasterfollowingtheclosure.Sen.davidvitterand rep. Steve Scalise, r-Metairie, also have voicedsimilarconcernstootheragencies. Inastatementreleasedafterthegrant was announced, Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "As I have said from the beginning, we will do everything we can to secure the future of Avondale, the workers who dependonjobsthereandthecommunities around them thatare all tiedtothe workthere." The Save Our Shipyards and Pray for Avondale campaigns are uring the congregationstowriteoremailelectedofficialstopushthatmessage,becausethey likelywillpaymoreattentiontowhatthe community and politicians say and take actionthanifonlyshipyardworkerswere makingthepleas. "Some folks can hear [what congregations and public officials say] clearly who can't hear other folks saying the exactsamewords,"Ungersays."Youcan bemoanthefactthatexists,orrecognize the fact that exists and do something aboutit." AvONdALE MAchINIST rAY MErcIEr has worked at the shipyard for 37 years. he helped co-organize the Pray for Avondale campaign, and personally got 40churchesonboard. Union Summer, a 10-week internship theAfL-cIOorganizedinwhichstudents work with communities and laborers, is behind the Pray for Avondale campaign. Unionsummerplaces45internsineight cities,includingNewOrleans.Otherorganizations backing the weekend include Interfaith Workers Justice, Shir chadash conservativeSynagogueandtheNational Baptist conventionof America, the largestblackBaptistconventionwithmillions ofmembersacrosstheU.S.hundredsof Louisianachurchesandschoolsunderthe directionofAymondandthearchdiocese alsohavearoleintheweekend'sservices. "Themessageofthearchbishopisnot `What a shame it will be when it closes,' but rather, `Let's bring the power of prayerandgod'sblessingssopeoplecan findawayforitnotto,'"Ungersays."The Avondaleworkerscanrealizetheirhopes. 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Those warnings were based on what the DEQ termed"particulate matter" in the smoke. So what was in that? And what exactly was burning? The marsh in Bayou Sauvage is a mix of grass, groundcover and trees. When burned, it produces carbon dioxide and particulate matter, which DEQ air quality assessor Tim Bergeron describes as small particles of ash and soot that become airborne after they're combusted. "Particulate matter is a lung irritant," he says. "People who have respiratory problems, elderly folks -- they'll need to take the necessary precautions. You shouldn't have prolonged activity outside when air quality is in the unhealthy or sensitive range." Monitors also looked for sulfur dioxide (present, but not alert-worthy) as well as nitrogen oxide and toxic hydrocarbons. DEQ air quality monitors registered high Air Quality Index levels as far as Port Allen and Baton Rouge. City health commissioner Karen DeSalvo says emergency rooms saw a slight increase in respiratory complaints and concerns of smoke inhalation, though a statement from the mayor's office said the fires "pose little to no threat to citizens." Former Mayor Ray Nagin discussed it on Twitter, his current medium of choice. On Tuesday he wrote, "Air quality disaster in N.O. First casualty was truth. BS, nothing can be done. During K we used helicopters. Fire boats? Come on leaders." He later responded "Finally!" to news that Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a state of emergency. Landrieu met with Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff and other agencies Tuesday, and Jindal ordered the Louisiana National Guard helicopters to dump water over the site -- though Landrieu noted the efforts barely made a dent. Using mapping data from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, officials estimated 65 percent (or 1,015 acres of the 1,552acre site) burned. A smaller fire (24 acres) broke out 500 yards from Chef Menteur Highway, but Landrieu press secretary Ryan Berni told Gambit on Wednesday that the Bambi bucket drops contained it. -- Alex Woodward U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon denied prosecutors' request that St. Pierre be ordered to pay the city $911,000 in restitution -- the same amount St. Pierre was convicted of handing out in bribes to former city chief technology officer Greg Meffert, his wife Linda, and former city director of management information systems Anthony Jones between 2004 and 2007, in return for millions in no-bid contracts Jones and Meffert funneled to businesses St. Pierre controlled. St. Pierre has, however, been ordered to forfeit $3.2 million for his role in the conspiracy. In a statement to the court, St. Pierre presented himself as a community leader and a devoted father, thanking Fallon for the three months he's been able to spend with his wife and children between the guilty verdict and his sentencing. "We are a family of great faith," St. Pierre said. "We have faith in God and faith in the legal system." Pleading for leniency for his client, attorney Eddie Castaing called St. Pierre a community leader, a devoted father and a good man who has many friends. Castaing pointed to the more than 150 letters sent to the court on St. Pierre's behalf. St. Pierre's family and friends attended the hearing, some audibly crying throughout. Fallon was unimpressed. "On Thursdays beginning at 2 p.m. every week, I sentence people for their crimes," Fallon told St. Pierre in court. "They most often appear alone (or with only their lawyers). They have little education, no resources. ... It's no excuse, but it is something of an explanation. Their American Dream has become something of a nightmare. None of that is applicable to you. ... You let your family down. You let your friends down. You really let your community down." The 210-month sentence was at least two-and-a-half years shorter than federal prosecutors were seeking. A pre-sentencing report by the U.S. Department of Probation recommended a 20- to 24-year sentence for St. Pierre. Castaing presented 22 objections to that report, including that it wrongly recommended sentence enhancements for perjury and for St. Pierre's role as a "leader" in the conspiracy. Fallon accepted the latter argument, to a degree, ruling that St. Pierre acted as a manager, not a leader -- still a sentence enhancement but a smaller one. -- Charles Maldonado CoRRECTioN In the Best of New Orleans 2011 readers poll results (Cover story, Aug. 30), we printed an incorrect address and phone number for Moldaner's, which was voted No. 3 in the Best Local Camera Shop category. 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"We have occasional happy hours," says Claudia Melgar , owner of The Kupcake Factory (800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 267-4990; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8884; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 267-3328; www.thekupcakefactory.com). "We will call one on Twitter if we're having a slow day. It's definitely a popular thing." When I visited Kupcake Factory, a line of professionally attired customers were picking out cupcakes: red velvet topped with swirls of cream cheese icing, wedding cake flavored with almond and topped with vanilla buttercream icing, and strawberry garnished with fresh fruit. "We use farmer's butter and the heaviest possible cream," says Melgar, who dovetailed her love for baking into a successful business in 2008. "All our cakes are buttermilk-based and made from scratch. There's nothing we have that is pre-made." At The Kupcake Factory, cupcakes A rotating roster of flavors keeps customers checking the website to see when their are baked fresh daily from scratch. favorite is scheduled to return. "The regulars are definitely looking at the menu, and we do change flavors with the seasons," Melgar says. "For fall, we're bringing back pumpkin and peach strudel, and adding to the lineup a pineapple upside-down cupcake." All the cupcakes are baked fresh daily at The Kupcake Factory's Metairie location. "We bake to sell out, because we are baking daily," says Melgar, who donates unsold cupcakes to area hospitals, women's shelters and police departments. She also offers day-old cupcakes for $1 off the original price. "Day-old cupcakes will be a little more dense, but some flavors taste better the next day -- chocolate, banana, any of the fruit flavors intensify a little." Cupcakes sell for $2.50 each, with discounts for bulk purchases. 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PHOTO BY DAVID J. L'HOSTE Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 I t wasn't that long ago -- a mere five years, in fact -- that Louisiana stood out among southern states as a Democratic stronghold, a "blue" island surrounded by a "red" sea. At this point in 2006, Democrats held six of seven state offices and one U.S. Senate seat. Today, only one statewide elected official is a Democrat: U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The Democrats' woes don't end there. Qualifying for a host of state and local offices is Tuesday through Thursday (Sept. 6-8), and the Blue Party is virtually devoid of standard bearers in statewide contests. Though some have flirted with the idea, no major (read: well-financed) candidate has emerged to carry the Democratic banner against Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal. (See, "Holy Snoozer, Batman," p. 24.) Most other statewide GOP incumbents could enjoy the same fate. While that normally would elicit a chorus of hurrahs among GOP loyalists, the dearth of Democratic opponents doesn't mean that all Republican incumbents will get a free ride. In fact, two of the most hotly contested elections on the Oct. 22 ballot are likely to be Republican-versus-Republican brawls -- the races for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. The stakes are high, and one high-powered Republican already has come out against two GOP incumbents. It's more than another round of elections; it's a culture war for the heart, mind and future of the Louisiana Republican Party. LOUISIANA'S BLUE-TO-RED SEA CHANGE SEEMS TO HAVE happened quickly, but it's been a long time in coming, say veteran political experts. They cite several factors. Hurricane Katrina literally swept away at least 100,000 Democratic voters, but Louisiana already was trending Republican. "Katrina, for a host of reasons, accelerated the trend," says historian Bob Mann, a professor of mass communications at LSU and former press secretary to Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco. "It certainly cost the Democrats the 17 all AWS LEAD TO P TRUNK SHOWDOWN Governor's Mansion, which then led to many other problems for Democrats." A year before Bobby Jindal's juggernaut victory in the 2007 gubernatorial primary, Republican state Sen. Jay Dardenne won a special election as secretary of state, and Republican state Rep. Jim Donelon won a special election as commissioner of insurance. Along with Jindal capturing the Governor's Mansion, the GOP won five of seven statewide offices up for grabs in '07. In one instance, state Treasurer John Kennedy switched from Democrat to Republican shortly before qualifying and won re-election easily. Since then, the two statewide offices won by Democrats in 2007 have gone Republican. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, who was elected as a Democrat, switched to the GOP, and Dardenne won a special election for lieutenant governor when Democrat PET CARE CENTER 19 3 ND WAREHOUSE MO N. DIA DISTRICT 522-299 8 Former GOP congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao has said he plans to run for attorney general. On top of all that, Mann says, the recent round of reapportionment and redistricting solidified the GOP's hold on the Legislature and most Bayou State congressional seats. Republicans enjoy a majority in both the state House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. So what's left for Republicans to do but beat up on one another ... much as Democrats used to do when the GOP was a marginal factor in statewide politics? That's exactly what we'll see in the races for lieutenant governor and secretary of state -- and possibly attorney general. It's shaping up as one helluva show. 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Dardenne was succeeded as secretary of state by his top assistant, Tom Schedler, also a Republican. Add to all that Barack Obama's election as president in 2008. "For many reasons, including race, Obama's election drove more nominal white Democrats into the arms of Republicans," Mann says. "Obama got only 14 percent of Louisiana's white vote, so I think it's pretty clear that he's really hurting the Democrats in Louisiana as the standard bearer of the party." Baton Rouge-based political pollster Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research agrees. "Put Barack Obama's picture next to a picture of a Democratic candidate in Louisiana, and he or she loses just about every time," says Pinsonat, who has worked for Republican as well as Democratic candidates. PET CARE CENTER Veterinary Hospital, Pet Resort & Spa Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, a Republican, is running for lieutenant governor. BECAUSE OF JINDAL'S OBVIOUS national ambitions, many view the race for lieutenant governor as a race for governor. Few expect Jindal to complete his second term. At least, not if he has anything to say about it. That makes Dardenne's reelection effort a de facto race for governor. The only thing it lacks, at least as of a week before qualifying, is a large field. PAGE 20 OFFERING 24HR/7 DAY EMERGENCY SERVICES METAIRIE HOSPITAL HEMLINE M ETA I R I E 605 METAIRIE ROAD MON - SAT 10AM - 6PM 2212 DAVID DRIVE Metairie � 887-2999 www.PetCareCenterInc.com 504-309-8778 18 PAGE 18 IT'S HURRICANE SEASON. Is your property covered? TRUNK SHOWDOWN eral times since taking office that he has no coattails. Not so for Vitter. In addition to flexing his muscle, Vitter is settling an old score. In the wake of the senator's prostitution scandal, Dardenne flirted with running against Vitter. On top of all that, Nungesser has a load of personal money to throw at the race. For his part, Nungesser makes quite a target his own self. Federal investigators are looking at contracts, FEMA project worksheets and other parish records that were the subject of a scathing state legislative audit last year. The audit concluded that Nungesser may have violated the law when he approved certain contracts for hurricane recovery work without approval of the Plaquemines Parish Council. The feds are said to be looking at parish payroll records as well. In his defense, Nungesser said at the time that the parish was under a post-Katrina emergency declaration that authorized him to sign the contracts. No doubt Dardenne will use the audit against Nungesser. Neither man has been shy about breaking out the long knives. Nungesser, 52, was first elected Plaquemines Parish president in 2006 and re-elected last year. "I feel we need somebody more engaged, with more energy, somebody who's not gonna say, `That's not my job' when there's a crisis," he says, adding that Dardenne Democrat Caroline Fayard has hinted she may enter the race for secretary of state. Dardenne, 57, is a former Baton Rouge state senator who captured the secretary of state's job in 2006 after Fox McKeithen died in office. Dardenne defeated a Democratic colleague, thenstate Sen. Francis Heitmeier of Algiers, and former GOP state chair Mike Francis, an arch-conservative businessman from Crowley who questioned Dardenne's conservative bona fides. Dardenne beat Democrats Caroline Fayard and state Sen. Butch Gautreaux -- as well as four more "conservative" Republicans -- in the special election for lieutenant governor last year. Once again, his credentials as a "true conservative" were called into question. That's the script again this year, only this time it's shaping up as a headto-head contest between Dardenne and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. And Nungesser already has pulled in a major endorsement -- from U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is making a play for control of the state party. Jindal has not issued an endorsement in the lieutenant governor's race. In fact, many suspect he favors Nungesser -- but the governor has been quiet on this and other fronts lately. Moreover, Jindal has shown sev- Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 WE OFFER VERY COMPETITIVE RATES. CALL US TODAY TO COMPARE. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. 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Anyone who knows me knows of my conservative credentials." Dardenne took some swipes of his own, noting that Nungesser 1st pet full price 2nd pet HALF OFF!! SUNDAY PICK UPS AVAILABLE 4601 Freret Street (corner of Freret & Cadiz) 504.304.4718 www.zeusplace.com House Speaker Jim Tucker is running for secretary of state against incumbent Tom Schedler, a fellow Republican. endorsed him a year ago after initially considering a run for lieutenant governor. Dardenne also pointed out Nungesser's contributions to several high-profile "liberal Democrats," including California's U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. "I wrote checks to help the lady who was the chair of the Senate committee that could influence the Army Corps of Engineers," Nungesser says. "We needed her to help us. ... I did everything possible to help my parish and my state. That wasn't good for my political career, but I'd do it again to help my parish and my state to get the flood protection that we need." Regarding his endorsement of Dardenne last year, Nungesser says he backed St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis in the primary, then supported Dardenne against a Democrat. "I backed Jay because I'm a conservative Republican," he says. "But if you look at Jay's voting record, he's not a conservative Republican." This race is just warming up. It's going to get a lot hotter by Oct. 22. THE CONTEST FOR SECRETARY OF state promises to be equally intense, with the possibility of a Democratic The bombay club Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY OUR COOLINARY MENU CHOOSE FROM THESE 3 ENTREES Shrimp & Andouille Creole � Crawfish & Tasso Fettuccini � Grilled Hanger Steak 3 courses for $30 + tax & gratuity. entry as well. Fayard, who made an impressive show against Dardenne in the race for lieutenant governor in 2010, has hinted she may run against interim incumbent Schedler this year. If she runs, she could be the most -- or the only -- high-profile Democrat on the statewide ballot. Fayard told Gambit last week that she will announce her intentions this week. She offered no hint as to what her decision might be. Meanwhile, House Speaker Jim Tucker already is running against fellow Republican Schedler. Here again, it didn't take long for the fireworks to begin. The day Tucker announced, Schedler unloaded on the speaker for supporting the ill-fated legislative pay raise of 2008. "Not only did he vote for it, but he also was the author and the ringleader of the effort to pass it," Schedler says of Tucker. Actually, the bill's author was thenstate Sen. Ann Duplessis. When told that, Schedler said, "He must have handled it on the House floor." Tucker doesn't deny supporting the pay raise, but he notes it was vetoed by Jindal and since then has died down as an issue. Schedler points to at least one recent statewide poll that shows the vast majority of voters would not support lawmakers who voted for the raise. "We made a mistake in making it effective for the same term," Tucker says of the raise. "We fixed that by passing a constitutional amendment, and we got no raise. At the end of the day, we heard from our constituents and fixed it. And I said from the beginning that I was not going to take [the raise]. I was always going to give mine to charity." Tucker pauses, then adds, "Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." That's an allusion to the fact that the former senator had two simultaneous homestead exemptions in St. Tammany Lobster Night Fresh 1.5lb Maine Lobster w/ salad & side $** Lobsters are limited. Reservations are recommended. **Due to rising transportation costs, the lobster cost has changed.** THURSDAY 830 CONTI ST. 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Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, a Republican, seems headed for re-election unchallenged. endorsed Tucker several weeks ago, as did the state sheriffs' association. The state assessors group has endorsed both men. Both Tucker and Schedler promise to do more to improve voter turnout and to make the office more user friendly for businesses. Tucker adds a shot at Schedler for closing down museums as a result of a budget cut. Schedler notes that the budget was cut by the Legislature -- led in part by Tucker. IF THERE'S ANOTHER RACE WITH THE potential for fireworks, it's the one for attorney general. Incumbent Buddy Caldwell won the job in 2007 as a Democrat, then switched parties earlier this year. Even as a Democrat, Caldwell ingratiated himself to Republicans by joining GOP attorneys general from other states in challenging President Obama's health care reforms. Caldwell was the first Democratic AG to do so. Former Republican Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao recently announced his plans to run against Caldwell, but since then he made a failed bid for state education superintendent. Cao did not return Gambit's calls to his office and cellphone. Cao's website proclaims, "The people of Louisiana deserve better from our Attorney General. We need a principled leader who will crack down on government malfeasance and white collar crimes, enforce the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Constitution, and who will fight to hold BP fully accountable for the damage they've done to our economy, our environment, and our people." Caldwell issued a statement to Gambit noting he is "now in the middle of a very large suit to make sure that BP and other responsible parties properly compensate Louisiana and the citizens of our great state for damages caused by the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill disaster. I am also working to ensure those who manufactured toxic Chinese drywall are held responsible for the damages they have caused to our state." Cao put up $100,000 of his own money when he announced but has shown little in the way of fundraising since. As of late July, Caldwell had nearly $500,000 on hand -- and the ability to raise a lot more in a hurry if needed. Caldwell also picked up several key GOP endorsements, including that of Vitter. Farther down the statewide ballot, the three other GOP incumbents may have an even easier time getting re-elected than Jindal. As of press time, no one had announced against Treasurer John Kennedy, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon or Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain. In many ways, this year's statewide ballot will be a mirror image of what it used to be like for Democrats before the 1970s. Back then, all the action was on the Democratic side; the GOP barely registered -- literally and figuratively. Democrats still have more registered voters than the GOP, at least officially, but the voting patterns clearly favor Republicans. "The Republicans are entering new territory," says pollster Pinsonat. "They have fewer and fewer Democrats to run against, so they're running against each other -- just as Democrats used to do. The term `RINO' -- Republican In Name Only -- is now a hot-button campaign issue." That, and anything else candidates can throw at one another. Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 Win a 2011 Porsche Boxster Earn entries September 1 � 24 5X earned entries, Sunday � Wednesday Grand Prize Drawing September 24, 8pm Harrah's reserves the right to change, cancel or amend these events at any time. Must be 21 or older to enter casino and to gamble. 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Jindal even has his Alfred in Timmy Teepell, one of the brightest GOP minds in the nation, back on the trail this go around, not as campaign manager but as strategist and consultant. Jindal also has a pile of cash that's as big as all other statewide candidates' war chests combined -- just like Bruce Wayne's fortune -- and it buys him lots of cool stuff like commercials, donor databases and interns. They're both men of mystery, Jindal and Batman. They share ties to DC -- the Hill and the comics publisher, that is -- but the analogy starts to fade after that. The governor wouldn't stand a chance against Killer Croc, and Batman would have little chance against Bayou state lawmakers. So why all the Batman references? It's about the only way to make this year's race for governor interesting -- and less irrelevant than the comings and goings of ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards. To help you dive into the narrative, here's a primer. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Republican to get it. He rode into office on a wave of unprecedented support from Christian voters and rural areas in north Louisiana, a blueprint crafted by Teepell that remains in high gear today. Although his name is no longer mentioned in connection with the 2012 presidential election, Jindal's national ambitions cannot be ignored. Recent weeks have seen him raising money in Minnesota and New York. The Challenger: Tara Hollis is a Democrat from Haynesville. Until The Incumbent: Bobby Jindal wants a second term, and he's likely THE CHARACTERS 24 ! recently, she was employed as a fulltime schoolteacher. She stepped out of the classroom to make as serious a run as she can against Jindal. Without other viable options, Democrats have warmed to Hollis, who may have a future in politics after all this is over. She's also another example -- in addition to New Orleans attorney Caroline Fayard and governor-turned-mentor Kathleen Blanco -- of why women may yet play a big role in crafting the New Louisiana Democratic Party. The Dabbler: State Sen. Rob Marionneaux of Livonia, another Dem, has been dipping his toes in the gubernatorial waters for months. He even commissioned a poll, which showed what everyone else already knew: that Jindal is kind of like Batman -- flawed but popular. At press time, Marionneaux had still not announced his intentions. Most expect him not to make the race, which virtually hands Jindal a second term. A Celebration of Six Years of Recovery Broadmoor Development Corporation's First Gala Fundraiser You are cordially invited to attend A Celebration of Six Years of Recovery Saturday, September 17, 2011 7:00 - 11:00 pm Muriel's on Jackson Square Entertainment by Roots of Music and 3PC. Spicy featuring Chris Jones, Tom Worrell, Lionel Batiste Jr., and other special guests. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Silent and live auctions TickeTS $100 in advance, $125 at the door Call Alyssa at 504 � 309 � 2571 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tara Hollis, Democrat developments in practically every corner of the state. Hollis is taking a different approach. She's taking Jindal to task on his "gold standard in ethics and transparency" -- a reference to the governor's package of ethics and transparency bills that seemed to tighten the screws on everyone but the governor. In addition, she's targeting the state's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Recent media reports have shown that many participants have been saddled with substandard work while others continue to wait on checks. A contractor connected to the program has been arrested for fraud. Administration officials have taken responsibility for oversights and contend the problems are being addressed. If Jindal had an opponent with real money and a taste for blood, this scandal could have cost him. But with no money to get her message out, Hollis is not likely to land any body blows on Jindal. The governor's ongoing efforts to privatize some state services (such as the Office of Group Benefits) have likewise given Hollis a line of attack, but that topic, while important to state workers, strikes most voters as a yawner. The story line behind this narrative is ... no story. At least one political expert says that's no surprise. "The first and most important explanation for the lack of competition for the office of governor is that Bobby Jindal has done a decent job PAGE 26 THE SUPERPOWERS In this story line, money is the root of all power, and Jindal stands alone in that category. According to his July 14 campaign finance report, the governor has nearly $9 million in the bank, $2 million of which he raised this year. That's a daunting figure. If, as expected, Jindal fails to draw a more serious challenger by the time qualifying closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, it will be difficult for him to spend even half that amount between then and election day, Oct. 22. Even if he spends $1 million a week, he'd still have about $3 million left at the end of the day. Hollis has a more interesting financial narrative. She has raised only $3,500 thus far. Talk about David and Goliath. In late July, she reported to the state Ethics Administration a mere $950 in the bank. So far she has spent only $2,400, but Hollis has benefited from much more in free media exposure. Blanco, for her part, has been shaking the bushes to help Hollis raise money in recent weeks. Marionneaux had about $209,000 in his war chest in late April (the last reporting date for state lawmakers). He raised $36,000 last year and spent $15,000. Verna Landrieu, Moon Landrieu & Walter Isaacson Honorary Co - Chairs Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 PLOT LINES Jindal's campaign bought up TV time statewide last month for the governor's latest commercial. It focuses on job creation, which is the theme of Jindal's re-election campaign. The new ad is a 30-second spot called "Spirit of Louisiana." It highlights major economic 25 page 25 Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 Thursdays at T wilight FEATURING AUTHENTIC VIETNAMESE DELICACIES Garden Concert Series THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCE FREE DELIVERY TO MID-CITY & LAKEVIEW Philip Manuel Vocalist & Songwriter SEPTEMBER 8 Buy 2 Entrees Get 1 Free Appetizer Buy 3 Entrees Get 2 Free Appetizers BRUNCH WEEKDAYS ONLY DINNER MENU 4PM-9:30PM MON-FRI 11AM-9:30PM SAT 12 NOON-9:30PM DINNER MENU ONLY Adults: $8 / Children 5-12: $3 Children 4 & Under = FREE Mint Juleps and other refreshments available for purchase For more information call overall, as rated by the voters," says Pearson Cross, chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. "A corollary of this is that Bobby Jindal is a Republican governor in a state that has become majority Republican. ... Although some of the bloom is off the rose, as revealed by recent polls, there is no major impetus to replace Bobby Jindal because of his performance in office." Cross adds that Jindal is "adept at making sure the public knows about his successes and the areas where Louisiana is progressing." A second explanation for Jindal's lack of opposition, says Cross, is money. "Twenty or 30 years ago it was still possible to run for governor with a regional base, either in New Orleans, Acadiana, or north Louisiana," Cross says. "Politicians who had only regional visibility could expect to gain the necessary visibility (and stature) through the campaign process and the informal networks that traditionally elected governors -- sheriffs' associations, courthouse gangs, and the Democratic Party organizations. "Today, politicians with only regional bases have difficulty running successfully for governor because what it takes to get elected has changed. Instead of an appeal to various groups and elites, today the gubernatorial hopeful has to have the money to make big media buys in all of the eight markets in Louisiana. Thus, a statewide campaign for a relative unknown has an entry fee of perhaps $2 million just to purchase credibility and name recognition with no guarantee of electoral success." Viewing the current landscape through that prism, Cross says there are no candidates with a viable chance of unseating Jindal. "Looking down the road," he says, "the race to succeed Bobby Jindal is being waged now, with the jockeying for the most important and visible down-ticket positions. Thus, the real action in this year's election is for the lieutenant governor's seat and the secretary of state's seat." State Sen. Rob Marionneaux, Democrat and his performance only boosted demand for his services. When he left this time, he cleaned out his office completely and has yet to commit to being part of the next Jindal administration. Sources say Teepell could move to Washington to join the GOP's professional campaign staff, which will focus on U.S. Senate races in 2012. From there, he could make even more friends for his protege, Bobby Jindal. And then there's Jindal. As soon as the votes are counted, speculation will begin as to his next move. Will he be asked to be part of a GOP ticket next year? If not, but if a Republican wins the White House, will he land a Cabinet job? And if nothing comes his way in 2012, will he run against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in 2014? Many say that third option is the most likely scenario. But that means he'll have to serve another three years as governor -- and a lot could happen in those three years. Batman has remained popular through the generations, but few Louisiana governors have been able to keep voters happy through two terms. Whatever the future holds for Bobby Jindal, his story will remain a pageturner -- even if the current plot line has more "YAWN!" than "POW!" Jeremy Alford can be reached at email@example.com. And then? If there's no need for a runoff after the Oct. 22 primary, several peripheral questions will soon be answered. Political insiders already are wondering if Teepell will return as Jindal's chief of staff. Teepell took a temporary leave earlier this year to run Republican campaigns in other states, (504) 483-9488 135 N. 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Tickets $47.60-$62.90 (includes fees). 7:30 p.m. Thursday. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3822; www.neworleansarena.com New Orleans Seafood Festival The New Orleans Seafood Festival fills Lafayette Square with live music, art vendors, cooking demonstrations and food and drink for a long weekend. Performers include Kermit Ruffins (pictured) & the Barbecue Swingers, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Jon Cleary's Philthy Phew and others. Free admission. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Lafayette Square, 500 St. Charles Ave.; www.neworleansseafoodfestival.com SEPT 9-11 Get Shorty TROMBONE SHORTY RELEASES A NEW ALBUM BY ROGER HAHN Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue release For True next week. PHOTO BY KIRK EDWARDS Gambit > bestofneworleans.com > september 06 > 2011 Jitney SEPT O n last year's Backatown, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews made his major-label debut by pulling off the difficult feat of blending New Orleans roots music with contemporary R&B and hip-hop influences. His follow-up, For True, hits the streets Tuesday, Sept. 13, and it follows the same basic formula as Backatown, but with a harder-edged, more aggressive sound, deeper songwriting and more confident playing from start to finish. It also features an impressive line-up of guest stars, including Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Ivan Neville, and R&B phenom Ledisi. The array of co-writers -- from Kid Rock and Ledisi to Cyril Neville and Lamont Dozier of the legendary Motown writing team Holland-Dozier-Holland -- is equally impressive. After touring almost constantly behind his mainstream success, Shorty will bring it all back home Monday night with an album-release party at Tipitina's that promises to be a real New Orleans musical throwdown. For True opens with "Buckjump" -- built on horn blasts from the Rebirth Brass Band and rhythm-track rapping from 5th Ward Weebie -- and the album is loaded with references to Big Easy street culture on cuts like "Dumaine St.," "Mrs. Orleans," "Big 12" (for Andrews' dad), and "Unc" (for Treme Brass Band stalwart "Uncle" Lionel Batiste), as well as a couple of short musical interludes -- "Lagniappe, (Part 1)" and "Lagniappe, (Part 2)" -- featuring Galactic drummer Stanton Moore. But it's the songwriting collaborations that really stand out, especially on "Do to Me," which features Jeff Beck and was the album's first single, released in August, and "Roses," both co-written with Boston singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau. Some of the lyrics on "Roses," a melodic follow-up to Backatown's gorgeous "One Night Only" -- also cowritten with Montbleau -- reference Andrews longing for the Crescent City: "I got on a plane in Amsterdam/ And set my sights on Japan/ Touched down and looked out over the sea/ I'm thinking about home again." "Yeah, I miss New Orleans all the time," Andrews says, during a call from a tour bus weaving through northern New England. "I feel like I've traveled the world, but I haven't seen it. Someday I'm going to find the time to go back and revisit places without my instrument and just really enjoy it, and learn a little about the history. But right now, as long as I can stay healthy and my lips stay in shape, I'm going to continue doing what I've already been doing for the last 20 years. I'm on a mission, really, to represent New Orleans and all the great music it's brought to the world. I definitely want to be one of those people to let the world know New Orleans is still alive, and that it's still kickin'." All the time on the road was a contributing factor PAGE 31 In the eighth play in August Wilson's Pittsburgh cycle, Becker (Will Williams) runs a gypsy cab company that serves the Hill District, a neighborhood many licensed cabs avoid. When his son Booster (Sam Malone) comes home from prison, their garage erupts in turmoil at the same time as the city is threatening to close down the unlicensed company. Tickets $20, $18 students/seniors. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529; www.anthonybeantheater.com 09 Vivian Girls with Widowspeak and Au Ras Au Ras SEPT 11 Still learning to play their guitars on their first two paintpeelers, Brooklyn's Vivian Girls sound almost accomplished on their third release, March's Share the Joy (Polyvinyl), a dashing ensemble of girl-group flirts, psychedelic haze and garaged fury. Fellow New Yorkers Widowspeak and New Orleans' Au Ras Au Ras open. Tickets $8. 10 p.m. Sunday. Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855 PAGE 31 29 PAGE 29 to For True's harder-edged sound, Shorty says. "All the touring makes getting to the studio the hardest part now. We didn't have much time in the studio to record this one. So the sound is probably more a direct impact of touring and playing as hard as we can." The band has grown into its increasing stature and the trappings that come with it, including studio resources. But Andrews is still growing. "I don't really feel comfortable yet doing a whole set of lyrics, so on that part I'll reach out to other people, and work with them," he says. "What I'm trying to do, when I go into the studio, is to try and make music that people, who've never seen us live and might not know New Orleans music, can still really relate to." Touring isn't new for Andrews, but it did help him think about music differently. "Right before I went on tour with Lenny Kravitz in 2005, I started listening to music less as a student and more as an audience member. Touring with Lenny gave me a real understanding of what I wanted to do, which is to make the music interesting to someone who doesn't necessarily understand how that music works, what's going on inside it. Basically, I'm trying to give the audience music that has the stuff I want in it, but can still be something they can easily understand." Regardless of his ability to translate New Orleans music for contemporary pop consumption or the crowd of rock 'n' roll headliners he now mingles with, he's still the same Trombone Shorty locals have known for years -- who made his New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival debut at 4 years old, appearing onstage with a delightfully surprised Bo Diddley. When asked about Monday night's homecoming album-release show, he said the only name on the guest list he was sure of besides Ivan Neville, whose hometown band Dumpstaphunk opens the proceedings, was 5th Ward Weebie. "But," he said, the anticipation clear in his voice, "you never know who's going to come walking through the door that night. I mean, this is New Orleans, you know?" Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue albumrelease party with Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk 7 P.M. MONDAY, SEPT. 12 TIPITINA'S, 501 NAPOLEON AVE., 8958477; WWW.TIPITINAS.COM TICKETS $21 More than just great food... book your holiday parties private dining now areas corporate parties rehearsal dinners business meetings 6 Call Our Special Events Planner Gift Certificates Available mon-fri 9am-5pm 504.