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Going Back to "Lake Charles"
Music Story  October 23, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...Embarrassingly, Margaret Moser sings "Don't Slander Me" (right). photograph by Martha Grenon He had a reason to get back to Lake Charles..."

Story From Lake Charles
Postmarks  March 25, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I heard about a news story out of Lake Charles, La., last week that I had to read. I know, it isn't really relevant to Austin … but it is too funny to pass up..."

Eastbound & Down: Mardi Party Links, Pt. 2
A li'l lagniappe for your last-minute Mardi Gras trip
DAILY The Gay Place  February 16, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...Austin's Carnival culture seems a lot less active than in recent previous years, but there are plenty of day-trippable destinations if you still want to get in on the fun. Here are some links to NOLA walking (and less-mainstream) groups, as well as a few other Galveston and Lake Charles go-sees...."

Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
Documentarian Freida Mock presents her subject as a play in three acts, but the academic and fragmented structure obscures the warmth of this playwright.
Film Review  November 24, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...There is Tony Kushner, the politically outspoken playwright, whose Homebody/Kabul blasted political conservatives’ embrace of the Taliban before 9/11. There is Tony Kushner, the kid who grew up gay, leftist, and Jewish in Lake Charles, La.; the film follows Kushner home to visit his father, Bill, a mild-mannered, retired hardware-store owner and apparent Republican..."

A Ball of Illusion
At the Krewe of Illusions Mardi Gras Ball in Lake Charles, just try to figure out where the queens end and the back-pieces begin...
DAILY The Gay Place  February 8, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...The annual ball thrown by Lake Charles' Krewe of Illusions is an elaborate pageant attended by the refined, as well as the not-so-refined, of the Louisiana refinery town...."

Moontower Comedy: Jen Kober
Hairy lesbian tales on the comedy trail from the Louisiana comic
DAILY The Gay Place  April 23, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...AC: So, this may not be your typical comedy fest interview, because I have a strange and wonderful fascination for Lake Charles, Louisiana, your hometown. And I was hoping we could talk a little bit about it...."

Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.2
Her "strange little circle" led right back home and to the Real Thing™
DAILY The Gay Place  February 9, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...In Part 1, we mostly talked about a song she penned called, "My Southwest Louisiana Home," for a tourism campaign for her hometown, by the Lake Charles/SW Louisiana CVB. (We also talked about kolaches.) But 2014 had been busy before the Lake Charles gig..."

I-10 Gay Bar
Wherein we find ourselves at Crystal's
DAILY The Gay Place  January 14, 2012, by Kate X Messer and Andy Campbell
"...Aside from being the home to Austin's own Rebecca Havemeyer, the city of Lake Charles compels us in weird ways. For Andy, it's I-10-proximate gay bar Crystal's..."

“So I saw this movie.” “You saw a movie?” “Do I fuckin' stutter?” “Hey hey, no need to be that way. Was it a good movie?” “Well I dunno. It...
Film Review  December 31, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Joe Mantegna. Starring: Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Robert Forster, J.J..."

The Devil, Probably
French filmmaker Robert Bresson is like no other. This is a fact; not idle flattery. His ascetic and spiritually-minded films fit no definable category or school of filmmaking. He makes...
Film Review  April 28, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The newspapers speculate about whether it is suicide, murder, or a political gesture. The dead man, Charles (Monnier) is a young Parisian who leaves his left-wing student group and grows increasingly disenchanted and despairing..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Carnival Digs
Where to laissez lay those bones during Mardi Gras season
DAILY Chronolog  January 23, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...The Tourist Commission of St. Landry Parish/South Central Louisiana's Mardi Gras page and the Mardi Gras Lafayette page take care of all your basics: Full event itineraries, history of the Courir de Mardi Gras, and portals to available accommodations like the charming Cajun Cabin Guest Cottage and L'Acadie Inn & RV Park which both still have reasonably priced accommodations in the season. LAKE CHARLES The Mardi Gras that happens closest to the Texas-Louisana border is equal parts Cajun Country Mardi Gras and big city New Orleans-style glitz all wrapped up in that unmistakable friendliness that makes all folks and families feel welcome. [image-2]..."

Lapdogs in Luxury
The NOLA adventure really begins … with some sweet digs.
DAILY The Gay Place  January 10, 2012, by Kate X Messer and Andy Campbell
"...Last we blogged, we were mid-journey in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in a Starbucks slurping refreshingly cold coffee. What happened next can only be described as magical – we were whisked away to Sha Sha's of Creole by Megan, a friend of our friend Tico..."

Lebanon Calling
The Lebanese connection: ACL booker Charles Attal's bond with Zilker Park
Music Story  October 4, 2013, by Michael Corcoran
"...His newborn daughter had him up at 4am again and after he put her down, Charles Attal knew he couldn't go back to sleep, so he got dressed and walked the mile down the hill to Zilker Park. This was late September 2008 and the park's Great Lawn was in the process of being transformed into the setting for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which would fill the park with 75,000 fans for three days the next week...."

Doug's First Movie
Doug Funnie is, in some respects, the Charlie Brown of the Nineties. Warmhearted, shy, and likable, he's frequently perplexed by the slings and arrows of adolescence, particularly when it comes...
Film Review  March 26, 1999, by Steve Davis
"...Warmhearted, shy, and likable, he's frequently perplexed by the slings and arrows of adolescence, particularly when it comes to a certain little red-haired girl. But unlike Charles Schulz's character, Doug doesn't ponder theological and existential questions; his dilemmas are on a much smaller scale..."

Margaret Moser Tribute: Lucinda Williams
The life of the party
Music Story  June 29, 2017, by Abby Johnston
"...The song I wrote, “Lake Charles,” was written about this guy Clyde [Woodward], who I’d met when I moved to Houston and moved back to Austin with him. He and I, at one point, rented a place nicknamed Willie’s Condos, because Willie Nelson owned them..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Gather Your Krewe
Follow the purple-gold-green rainbow to our online Mardi Gras series
DAILY Chronolog  January 14, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Current attempts to find rooms close to the action in New Orleans have been yielding $250-and-up per-night rates for the first weekend and $300-400 per night for a standard room, to $600 and up for nicer digs like Hotel Monteleone, the Saint, or the Roosevelt for the weekend before Fat Tuesday (if you can even score one this late in the game). Cajun Country Mardi Gras or the weekend parades in Lake Charles are also great events, and accommodations, while going fast, are still available with some research (we'll be posting more about this in the series). [image-1]..."

Boom Boom... Out Go the Lights
Charles Whitman in the UT Tower
Books Story  September 5, 1997, by Tom Aiken
"...The publication of A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders by Gary M. Lavergne (University of North Texas Press, $18.95, paper), a factually definitive (though suppositionally flawed) history of Charles Whitman's August First, 1966 UT "marksmanship display" -- in combination with films like Raoul Walsh's 1949 White Heat and Richard Linklater's Slacker -- Should further guide one towards something of what has been billed as "America's first mass murder:" an event leaving 16 dead, 31 wounded, and Charles Whitman's name smeared across a generation's newsprint...."

This Should Go on Forever
Genre-lizing Swamp Pop
Music Story  October 13, 1995
"...The term was coined by British writer John Broven, who was dumbfounded to find there was no name for the music he traveled to America to document in the early Seventies. It was true; from the mid-Fifties when Bill Haley followed "Rock Around the Clock" with "See You Later Alligator," written by Abbeville's Bobby Charles, a unique sound from Southwestern Louisiana created national hits that have become out-and-out classics of rock & roll...."

Day Trips
Harriet Ann Moore Page Potter Ames is known as the bravest woman in Texas
Columns  August 6, 2010, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Six months later, Harriet married Charles Ames of Clarksville. He died in 1865, and Harriet moved to New Orleans...."

Evangeline Cafe
Evangeline Cafe
Food Review  April 27, 2007, by MM Pack
"...A rollicking little restaurant in an innocuous South Austin strip, Evangeline was opened in 2004 by chef/owner Curtis Clarke (whose elegant mustaches are almost as famous as his cooking). A Lake Charles, La., native, Clarke has spent three decades in the food business, and it shows..."

Dancing About Architecture
The rains came, sweeping away parking at Noahfest, Boozoo Chavis, and DJ Muppetfucker's name. Clifford Antone, meanwhile, remains in the pokey, while Schatzi prepares to go the same route and sign a record deal.
Music Column  May 11, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Chavis never made it out of Austin, passing away on Saturday morning, May 5, due to "complications." Those interested in supporting Chavis' family to offset high medical bills and funeral expenses are urged to send donations payable to Leona Chavis, Boozoo's wife of 50 years. Their address is: 115 Petah Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607..."

The Forgotten Storm
One year later, Rita's invisible evacuees still wait in the shadow of Katrina
News Story  September 22, 2006, by Cheryl Smith
"...But Rita was no shrinking violet. According to the Web site of the National Weather Service's Lake Charles office (, when it landed, Rita was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of up to 120 mph (only about 20 mph weaker than Category 3 Katrina at landfall) and "was the strongest hurricane to strike Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Audrey in June 1957."..."

First You Laugh, Then You Join Greenpeace
The vinyl industry's environmental and health dangers hit home when documentarian Judith Helfand's family installs vinyl siding. Helfand caught it all on tape in her toxic comedy, Blue Vinyl.
Screens Story  November 8, 2002, by Anne S. Lewis
"...That was the subject of her Peabody Award-winning 1997 film, A Healthy Baby Girl. In fact, the idea for Blue Vinyl occurred to Helfand when she was in Lake Charles, La., on the cross-country "toxic tour" she took the week A Healthy Baby Girl aired on the PBS series POV..."

Chemical Warfare
Public health advocates organize around a Bill Moyers PBS special on the chemical industry and the hazards it creates.
News Story  March 23, 2001, by Don Hazen
"...At its core is a troubling question: With more than 75,000 chemicals having been released into the environment, what happens as our bodies absorb them, and how can we protect ourselves? The Moyers special is also expected to re-energize veteran health activists and medical professionals in their fight against a growing problem -- unregulated and untested chemicals flooding the commercial market place. This public heat, coupled with a burgeoning grassroots resistance to chemical producers, is expected to put the industry on the defensive.Legal Battle in the Bayou Elaine Ross's husband, Dan, spent 23 years working at the Conoco (later Vista) chemical plant in Lake Charles, La..."

Moon-Shaped Panties & the Saint of White Trash
The Late Lucinda Williams
Music Story  October 23, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...To the child born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but raised in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Santiago, Chile, and Mexico City, life was a curiously detached jumble of itinerant intellectualism and traditional values that suit Lucinda's current status rather well. Amid the tension of Sixties Southern towns where restroom signs read "Men," "Women," and "Colored," her father, Miller Williams, a celebrated writer/poet/professor, espoused civil rights as he moved around on the academic circuit..."

Al's New Coffee Grinder
Getting Press: The Have Nots
Music Story  February 27, 1998, by Michael Bertin
"...Ted James of Squid Vicious, the self-described Rush of surf music, has seen it work for his band in other markets. "In Lake Charles we did an interview on one of those classic rock stations..."

Mind the Bullock
Columns  March 28, 1997
"...34], I took a trip to Southern Louisiana over spring break, accompanied by my teenage daughter. We were actually headed for New Orleans and didn't have much time, but we managed to stop at Miller's Cafe & Barbecue in Lake Charles, one of the eating establishments recommended in your article..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  June 30, 2006
"...Lake Charles, La.Phony StatisticsEditor,..."

10 Years of Mardi Gras Revelry at Evangeline Cafe
Curtis Clarke and crew still bring les bon temps to Southwest Austin
DAILY Food  February 10, 2013, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Curtis Clarke, the Lake Charles native who took a chance on the tiny spot tucked in a far-off shopping center on Brodie Lane, is about to celebrate the tenth Mardi Gras at the beloved Evangeline Cafe. [image-1]..."

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Live Shot
Music Review  May 2, 2003, by Raoul Hernandez
"...We wept with joy. Lake Charles, La.'s 70-year-old institution the Hackberry Ramblers are exactly that, a joy, the Cajun country pioneers' average age (75) showing on "Johnny B..."

Live Shots
Music Story  August 7, 1998
"...The combination of culturally rich musical forms played by people who have been doing so for a long time poses exciting possibilities for expression and innovation. At Liberty Lunch on a Monday night, the NYSJE came out strong, hustling through versions of Bob Marley's "Love and Affection" and compositions by Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, but the pattern soon became clear: To make jazz into ska, you latch onto the melody, speed it up, and repeat it endlessly in a drawn-out cycle that allows for very long solos, which makes sense to a certain extent, since many ska and reggae tunes come from the same set of rhythms..."

ACL Live Shot: Shinyribs
Gourds’ off-shoot kills it
DAILY Music  October 7, 2013, by Melanie Haupt
"...Russell and company kicked off their Sunday evening ACL Fest set with “Bolshevik Sugarcane,” off this year’s Gulf Coast Museum, then launched into “Take Me to Lake Charles,” which Russell prefaced with a not-so-tall tale...."

Page Two: Grand Schemes and Enthralling Documents
Film, conspiracy theories, and conspiracy theories on film coalesce as SXSW looms
Columns  February 27, 2009, by Louis Black
"...A world unto itself, it has its own languages, customs, food, ways of celebrating, and music. I've spent as much time as I could hanging out there – in Lake Charles, Jennings, Lake Arthur, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge – whenever I've had any kind of excuse...."

Letters at 3AM
Most of the American soldiers who have died in Iraq came from little places that the 21st century has left behind
Columns  August 6, 2004, by Michael Ventura
"...State College, Pennsylvania ... Lake Charles, Louisiana ....."

Harvey Hurricane Concert Rallies
Can’t Mess With Texas benefit beams Lone Stars and all-stars
DAILY Music  September 23, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...The younger artists on the lineup continued to generate an energy and celebration balancing the superstar gravitas, especially the return of Lake Charles duo Ha’Ash with a pair of their Latin pop hits and cover of Jewel’s “Foolish Games.” Ryan Bingham dug into older material from his tenure as a Texan, calling up help from Dixie Chick Martie Maguire, Austin R&B powerhouse Jai Malano, and Nelson’s harmonica stalwart Mickey Raphael for “Hard Times,” “The Weary Kind,” and “Hallelujah.”..."

In With the Old, in With the New
An epic Saturday at Old Settler’s
DAILY Music  April 24, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
" pull out all the stops. Capping a concert showcasing the leader’s deceptively nimble dance moves, heartfelt singing (“Take Me Lake Charles”), and ludicrous chow anthemry (“Donut Taco Palace”), Shinyribs lubricated souls and propelled asses into motion with a closing ceremony that segued “Sweet Potato” into Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” while beautiful backup dancers winged around the stage like birds...."

SXSW Music No. 5
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Naomi Achu, Cakes da Killa, and 171 more added
DAILY Music  January 27, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters (Lake Charles, LA.)..."

HAAM Sampler
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians benefit day donations
DAILY Music  September 2, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...When they were handing out personality, Kevin Russell got the village’s entire ration. Okra Candy, third and best album from the capital city privateers, scarfs down roots music from Beaumont to Lake Charles like Thanksgiving at Threadgill’s..."

SXSW Music: List No. 8
Big Krit, Cloud Nothings, Brandy, Brandi, and 187 more.
DAILY Music  February 20, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Gill Landry (Lake Charles, LA.)..."

Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.1
Austinite/SWLA-native proves you can go home again – and sing about it
DAILY The Gay Place  January 30, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Just in time for Mardi Gras, the Austin heartthrob honey crooner put those satiny vocals to work and released the sweet ode, "My Southwest Louisiana Home," a song commissioned by the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau for a new video being placed across the planet to promote the warmth and whimsy of the region...."

Mardi Gras 2015: Mardi Gai
A traipse around the South on the trail of LGBTQrewes
DAILY The Gay Place  January 21, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Another small city with a big gay heart, Lake Charles, Louisiana, is proud of her Krewe of Illusions long integrated into mainstream Mardi Gras. We had a blast at their exciting ball in 2008 and covered it here..."

HB 2 Impact Felt One Year Later
On press call, reproductive rights leaders recap HB 2's effect
DAILY News  July 18, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Marva Sadler, director of clinical services at Whole Woman’s Health, calls the impact of HB 2 on her patients “absolutely maddening.” Sadler shared the story of a patient who made a 10-hour trek from Lake Charles, La., to the Whole Woman’s Austin clinic. The mother of three would have been able to access safe and convenient service at the network’s Beaumont location, had HB2 not forced the clinic to close in March..."

Keepin' Up With the Jones Family
The Jones Family Singers hear the spirit speak in Austin
Music Story  September 20, 2013, by Michael Corcoran
"...The Jones Family Singers come out of the COGIC music tradition of Blind Willie Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the Edwin Hawkins Singers of "Oh Happy Day," though Bishop Fred Jones Sr. was raised a Baptist in Lake Charles, La..."

Music Review  May 24, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"...The LP title nods to the veteran singer-songwriter's East Texas roots, and he deftly dances around Gulf Coast genres in nine lean songs with no clinkers. They're a Louisiana road-trip soundtrack, like the unrepentant "Take Me Lake Charles," and a couple of long-known but unrecorded audience favorites, "Bolshevik Sugarcane" and "Sweet Potato," all written with Russell's hardscrabble poesy..."

Eastbound & Down: Mardi Party Links, Pt. 1
Wanna plan a last-minute Mardi Gras trip?
DAILY The Gay Place  February 13, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...LAKE CHARLES Mardi Gras Museum"

We P.2
Kate & Andy go on a road trip …
DAILY The Gay Place  January 10, 2012, by Kate X Messer and Andy Campbell
"...We would be blogging live from Sam Moon, but they don’t got no Wi-Fi. So here we are, in Lake Charles, LA (home to a notorious Austin A-gay, more on that laterz), and we’re so excited by all the Mardi Gras Folderol that we’ve scheduled an extra day to stop here on the way home..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Mick Vann
"..."Nubian Queen" Lola Stephens has a genuine Cajun pedigree, having relocated to Austin from Lake Charles, La., after learning to cook soul and Cajun food next to her mother and grandmother. Stephens learned well..."

Paul Soileau trips the light (and the dark) fantastic in his multimedia performance pieces
Screens Story  January 29, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...Soileau hails from Lake Charles, La., and matriculated at Loyola University in New Orleans. After school, he lived in New York and then moved back to the Crescent City..."

Turfcats to Play for SIFL Title
Austin vs. Louisiana in the Presidents Cup this Monday
DAILY Sports  July 24, 2009, by Mark Fagan
"...The first-year Austin Turfcats of the first-year Southern Indoor Football League have advanced to the league championship game, the Presidents Cup, where they'll face the Louisiana Swashbucklers on Monday, July 27, 6:30pm in Lake Charles. The Turfcats advanced by beating the Acadiana Mudbugs 56-49 in overtime while the Swashbucklers routed the Houma Conquerors 61-19..."

Daily Reviews and Interviews
Screens Story  March 20, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...For the purposes of describing swamp pop's melting pot of Cajun, zydeco, blues, and rock, the word "gumbo" has hereby been banned forever – especially since the genre is, instead, so exquisitely compared herein to the mighty Mississippi River: subject to "all the runoff of North America." This brackish musical mélange is nowhere more apparent than in Louisiana's Lil Band O Gold, an Acadian supergroup of godfathers and kings from each of the area's musical forms. Cameos by the Lake Charles Calcasieu bridge, the Rock 'n' Bowl in New Orleans, and a calendar of sunsets and sunrises captured against black silhouettes of moss-drenched cypress round out the cast..."

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