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“I’m on the number one station in Denver, I have one book that’s in print now, a second book that I’m starting to work on already, I still speak around the world, I have clients around the country, I have a company here in Denver, I have two grandkids. What’s the problem?” — Former FEMA head Michael Brown, now a Denver-based radio host who broadcast his show from New Orleans Aug. 25-26.

Marshal Artists WHEN THE 39TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN DECADENCE ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND, GRAND MARSHALS TOBY LEFORT AND JULIEN ARTRESSIA WILL HAVE JOINED A FRENCH QUARTER TRADITION EXTENDING BACK TO HIPPIE TIMES.

“I was never for the death penalty before. I am willing to look at it again.” — Brad Pitt, speaking of BP executives in Spike Lee’s documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.

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hen Toby Lefort moved to New Orleans from Larose, La. in 1992, he saw his first Southern Decadence parade — the campy, trampy Labor Day celebration sometimes referred to as “gay Mardi Gras” — and “I wanted to be one of those grand marshals,” he says. Eighteen years later, Lefort is getting his wish; he and friend Julien Artressia are the grand marshals of this year’s Southern Decadence parade, which, per tradition, marches, staggers and otherwise sets off from the Golden Lantern Bar (1239 Royal St.) at 2 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 5. Visitors to the city may see only a weekend-long costume celebration in the streets and bars of the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. But months before revelers stuff their Samsonites with feather boas and leather chaps and head for Louis Armstrong International Airport, Lefort, Artressia and others have been planning, holding parties and raising funds for charity. For many in the gay community, Southern Decadence, like Carnival, is a season, not a day — and getting ready for it can be a second full-time job.

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Artressia, a manager at the Bourbon Pub, has to work, so Lefort arrives solo in a black T-shirt, jeans and a powder-blue sash reading “SD 2010.” (This year’s theme, chosen by the marshals, is “Leather and Feathers,” and the diminutive Lefort is the leather half of the equation; at the grand marshal press party a few weeks before, Artressia towered over him in high heels, accentuated with elaborate costume jewelry.) Tonight’s location is fitting, because Decadence — as so many things do in New Orleans — began in a bar. In 1972, Matassa’s Market in the French Quarter had a small bar in back — “just boards on barrels, where we used to go because cocktails were 75 cents each,” says Frederick Wright, who was at the first event that became Decadence in 1972, and became its first grand

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an organization of activist musicians and managers, has released Dear New Orleans, a downloadable album of 31 songs to benefit Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Recovery Network. Participating artists include My Morning Jacket, Alison Moorer, Paul Sanchez, Nellie McKay and REM’s Mike Mills. The album is available at most online music stores and can be bought directly at www. dearneworleansmusic.org for $12.

Deacon John Moore

received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference held Aug. 26-28 in New Orleans. “Deac” was also scheduled to be the subject of an oral history brunch Aug. 29. A treasure of the local music scene for more than 50 years with his “jump blues” style, Moore has led his own bands and can be heard on vintage recordings of music pioneers from Little Richard to Allen Toussaint.

Jay Leno

performed a sold-out charity show for more than 1,000 people at Beau Rivage Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss., Aug. 21, beginning with the words “Welcome, BP stockholders!” The beneficiary of Leno’s performance was the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which is helping residents affected by the oil disaster. The benefit raised just over $90,000, and the Tonight Show host chipped in to make it an even $100K.

Jonathan Bolar,

former Gretna city councilman, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison Aug. 23 by U.S. District Judge Lance Africk. In April, Bolar was convicted of extortion, wire fraud, financial structuring and tax violations. Bolar has also been ordered to pay more than $174,000 in restitution to his victims. Sentencing guidelines dictated a 10-12 year imprisonment, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office had argued for more — and Africk agreed.

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IT’S MIDWEEK AT BIG DADDY’S, A MARIGNY CORNER bar well off the tourist path. There’s a hamburger buffet, neighborhood folks holding down their regular stools, a Braves game on the TV and Bob Seger on the jukebox; if not for the adult novelties scattered among the stuffed animals in the claw machine, a casual visitor might not guess this was a gay bar at all. It’s also the sixth of eight nights in a row that the grand marshals of the 39th annual Southern Decadence are coming out to meet their public and raise funds for their official charity, the NO/AIDS Task Force.

Grand marshals Julien Artressia (left) and Toby Lefort gear up to lead the 100,000 revelers expected to attend Southern Decadence activities Labor Day weekend.

Here’s a metric you don’t see often in polls. An Aug. 25 survey by Public Policy Polling measured Louisiana voters’ opinions as to how Louisiana senatorial candidates Charlie Melancon and incumbent David Vitter stacked up when it came to being “a good model of Christian living.” Good news for Congressman Melancon (who trails in every poll): 33 percent of respondents said he was “a better representative of Christian values” than Vitter, who was ranked a better Christian by 22 percent. Overall, 44 percent of Louisiana voters said Vitter was “not a good model” of Christian living (21 percent thought he was), but when the question was winnowed down by party, Vitter’s GOP credentials tipped the scale in his favor, albeit barely: 32 percent of Republicans thought he was a good Christian model, while 30 percent said he was not. Better news for Vitter came from FiveThirtyEight, the political organization whose voting day forecasting was so accurate during the 2008 presidential election that it is now partnered with The New York Times. The same day

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