NOLA, Gulf Coast

Rising Tide 8 is Sept. 14 in New Orleans: Register Now!

* Keynote Speaker is Gambit’s Deborah Cotton Deborah Cotton, a Gambit reporter and activist who was injured in the notorious Mother’s Day shooting on May 12, will be the keynote speaker for the 8th annual Rising Tide conference on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Xavier...

Gambit’s Cotton among 19 Injured in Mother’s Day Shooting * Shot in a Mother’s Day second-line parade in Seventh Ward One of nineteen people injured by gunfire from three shooters in a Mother’s Day parade on Sunday was Gambit correspondent Deborah Cotton. Also injured were at least two small children. Three other people suffered more serious wounds, though no fatalities have been reported […]

Happy 295th Birthday, New Orleans!

* Bonne fête à La Nouvelle-Orléans! Un joyeux anniversaire! Now entering its 296th year, the city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, on May 7, 1718. The map above shows the city as it appeared about 1721, when the settlement of La Nouvelle-Orléans, on the high ground along the edge of […]

Workin’ in the Fertile Fields of Elysium

* Dear Readers of Levees Not War: We want to apologize to those of you who have checked in lately and wondered about the infrequency of new posts—and to those who may have had trouble accessing the site. The technical, server problems have been remedied. And, on a...

Do They Know It’s Mardi Gras?

* Outside of New Orleans and southern Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras generally comes as news—if it comes at all—to people in the rest of the United States when they see footage on network and cable news. Oh, it must be Mardi Gras again. Look at all those...

Tom Piazza on Writing for HBO’s “Treme”

“New Orleans has a mythology, a personality, a soul, that is large, and that has touched people around the world. It has its own music (many of its own musics), its own cuisine, its own way of talking, its own architecture, its own smell, its own look and feel. . . ....

Live-Blogging from Rising Tide 6

A conference on the future of New Orleans Xavier University, New Orleans Tune in to webcast here. Rising Tide 6 main web site here, and RT6 blog here. Photos here, here, and here. * Usually we worry that Rising Tide might be disrupted by a hurricane—after all, it’s...

Rising Tide 6 Is August 27, So Register Today

A Conference on the Future of New Orleans After a week of economy-strangling legislation in Congress, Wall Street plunges, and a downgrade of the nation’s credit rating, maybe you’re ready for some positive news? The Best Thing Happening—we’ll be there and we can...