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Abortion: Louisiana's Punching Bag
Governor Blanco says would sign ban on abortion that is moving through hurricane-battered state’s senate
News Story  June 9, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...If you read an Associated Press interview with Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco on June 1, you might be under the impression that the Gulf Coast state has little in the way of, oh, say, hurricane rebuilding to do – including the consequent social service rehabbing – freeing state lawmakers to take up far weightier matters, like criminalizing safe and legal abortion services..."

Louisiana Lege Tries Outlawing Abortion, Flag Burning
Gov. Kathleen Blanco signs bill criminalizing access to safe and legal abortion services; Lege also passes ban on flag burning
News Story  July 7, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...As promised, on June 18 Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law a bill criminalizing access to safe and legal abortion services..."

Louisiana Kreutz's Quaker Oaths
How a running joke turned into a quirky comedy
Screens Story  October 13, 2016, by Jessi Cape
"...Embarking on a long road trip with an estranged spouse falls directly under the "nope" category, right next to asking for every wedding guest's signed approval for divorce. But that cringeworthy hypothetical is precisely what inspired Austin-based filmmaker Louisiana Kreutz to write and direct her feature length rom-com..."

BPness: Louisiana's Beleaguered Coast
A snapshot of life since the spill
News Story  June 25, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...How do the members of small coastal communities like this one feel now that their lives are stuck in the muck? It's very clear how Larose, La., tattoo artist Bobby Pitre feels. His traffic-stopping "God Help Us All" mural outside the Southern Sting Tattoo Parlor on Louisiana Highway 1 expresses the outrage, toward both the U.S..."

Harold and Kumar and Vaginas in Louisiana
The big stars arrive for tonight's big premier
DAILY SXSW  March 8, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"..."It revitalized a whole aspect of my career, the whole hipness factor," he said. "Without this movie, I wouldn't have ever been cast in How I Met Your Mother." Looking for a local, but slightly depressing angle on the sequel? It was shot with a primarily Austin crew in ever-incentive-rich Louisiana..."

Shake It Like They Taught You in Louisiana
The Texas Burleseque Fest returns with a NoLa queen and a Detroit legend
DAILY Arts  April 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker

Feds Insert Film 'Pork"; Louisiana Pushes Pricey Incentives 'Button'
DAILY Screens  October 13, 2008, by Joe O'Connell

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
"...Or your moms. Louisiana-bred comedian Jen Kober is in town for the Moontower Comedy Festival, and she's loaded with chewy SweetTarts...."

Barnburner: A Hot Time in Shreveport Saturday Night
Aggies refuse to lose
DAILY Sports  October 15, 2012, by Emily Bevan
"..."Late last night …" Early Sunday morning, the Aggies eked a red-eye win from their trip to Shreveport, beating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 59-57 in regulation. The final whistle didn’t sound until 12:45am, nearly four and a half hours after Saturday's kickoff..."

The Waterboy
Another half a year, another Adam Sandler film. Director Coraci, who reined in the manic comic in their last outing, The Wedding Singer, takes the opposite tack this time and...
Film Review  November 6, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Either way, the game is played by Sandler's rules. Here he's Bobby Boucher, a Louisiana football waterboy who, when fired by evil coach Reed, moves on to serve for the losingest college team in Louisiana history, which, unsurprisingly, is coached by Henry Winkler..."

Passion Fish
Passion Fish proves that when you have a great script, great performers and a great location, you don't mind that the movie goes on a tad longer than it should....
Film Review  March 5, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Passion Fish proves that when you have a great script, great performers and a great location, you don't mind that the movie goes on a tad longer than it should. Although its lugubrious pace certainly fits its Louisiana bayou setting, the excess is not so much extraneous as unessential..."

Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music
South Louisiana stew with a side of accordion
Music Story  December 10, 2015, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...South Louisiana's bayous and prairies are home to French-speaking Cajuns and black Creoles whose culture and accordion music remain utterly unique. Writer/producer Todd Mouton serves up a comprehensive, if somewhat dated, survey of the major figures in the scene over the past several decades..."

Little Chenier
This story set within the Cajun community of Lake Charles, La., immerses the viewer in the distinctive culture.
Film Review  February 22, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Johnathon Schaech, Frederick Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Mulkey and Marshall Bell. As far as I know, Little Chenier is unique in the annals of American film in that it is the only narrative feature to sink as deep as a dead gator into the virtually impenetrable Cajun culture of southern Louisiana without resorting to stereotype or hokey Southern Gothic by way of the bayou..."

Neighborly Concern
As the Texas film industry tries to keep up with New Mexico's and Louisiana's, the Lege approves an incentive program tall on talk but short on funding sources
Screens Story  June 3, 2005, by Joe O'Connell
"...It's a case of good news and bad news for a Texas film industry seeking to at least slightly level the playing field with Louisiana and New Mexico. The Legislature approved a one-time $20 million film incentive program for the next two years, but missing from the bill is an actual funding source for the incentive plan, which also includes – at least on paper – another $10 million in tourism dollars..."

Jesse’s Closet
Longtime mainstay of the Austin theatre world Ken Johnson has adapted his 1996 play Jesse's Closet for the screen. The play is set in the San Francisco apartment of Jesse,...
Film Review  July 30, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The play is set in the San Francisco apartment of Jesse, a gay man who has just died of AIDS. His rural Louisiana parents, who never came to grips with Jesse's homosexuality, show up to pick up a family album and run into one of Jesse's old friends..."

Don't Drink the Water
While pursuing her masters in film at UT, Laura Dunn spent every semester break in Louisiana making Green, a documentary about the toxic 100-mile stretch along the Mississippi River known as Cancer Alley. The film screens at the Alamo Drafthouse this Sunday.
Screens Story  December 15, 2000, by Peter Debruge
"...Dunn recognized the same terrifying symptoms Brockovich had witnessed from her own tour of Cancer Alley, the toxic 100-mile stretch along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where approximately 150 petrochemical plants command the land. For the past two years, while pursuing a masters degree in film at UT, Dunn has been traveling to Louisiana during every semester break, investigating the situation there, interviewing the locals, and assembling her experiences in Green, showing at the Alamo Drafthouse this Sunday, Dec..."

The Green Mile
Oh, the time and money we all could have saved had Frank Darabont hooked up with Stephen King long ago. The director who also helmed the film adaptation of King's...
Film Review  December 10, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a trade-off that has served both men well, and continues with The Green Mile (first published as a series of six serial novelettes four years ago). It's 1935, and as the head correctional officer of E-Block -- death row -- at Louisiana's Cold Mountain Penitentiary, Paul Edgecomb (a beefed-up Hanks) wants only to keep his doomed charges calm and contained as they await their sad walk down “the green mile” (so-named due to the scuffed green linoleum that covers the floor) to their rendezvous with “Old Sparky.” A more decent, god-fearing jailer you're not likely to find, and Edgecomb's subordinates -- the bull-strong-but-compassionate Brutus “Brutal” Howell (Morse), old pro Harry Terwilliger (Jeffrey DeMunn), wet-behind-the-ears rookie Dean Stanton (Pepper), and the malicious, scheming nephew of the governor, Percy Wetmore (Hutchison) -- are taking things the only way they can, day by day..."

Day Trips & Beyond: Mardi Gras in NWLA
Northwestern Louisiana really heats up during Mardi Gras season
DAILY Travel  January 27, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...All around Louisiana communities have put their own stamp on the annual Carnival season. From the raucous parades and parties of Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the Courir de Mardi Gras or chicken runs in the Cajun parishes, each area of the state has given the celebration its own lively characteristics...."

The Lucky One
This latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks bestseller is timelessly shopworn.
Film Review  April 20, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...That very fact, of course, makes it reassuring to some people. Love triumphs in the end, despite its circuitous route from the bullet-pocked villages of Iraq to a preternaturally peaceful Louisiana parish replete with a passel of wag-happy canines and Blythe Danner's wise nanna..."

All the King's Men
Despite an A-list cast and director, it's astonishing how bad this movie is.
Film Review  September 22, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It's furthermore astonishing since it's a remake of the 1949 Academy Award-winner for best motion picture, which was itself an adaptation of poet laureate Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Loosely based on the career of Louisiana Governor Huey P..."

The Skeleton Key
A top-notch cast is mostly wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker.
Film Review  August 12, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A top-notch cast was gathered and then wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker. Although it's nice to see Hudson break from the string of wan romantic comedies she's starred in since earning her Oscar nomination for Almost Famous, she achieves no career breakthrough here as the plucky heroine Caroline, a hospice worker who takes a live-in job in a haunted old plantation home in the Louisiana bayou..."

Cajun Coeur
A few detours on your roadtrip to Jazz Fest and Festival International de Louisiane
Music Story  April 22, 2005, by Margaret Moser and Christopher Gray
"...There's no hard data supporting this statement, but more people drive from Austin to Louisiana in the next two weeks than any other time of year. New Orleans' venerated Jazz & Heritage Festival ( and Lafayette's equally lauded Festival International de Louisiane (, both beginning this weekend, are the major draws, of course, but arts, music, and cultural fairs are more plentiful in our neighboring state than bugs on a windshield after driving through the Henderson Swamp...."

Monday Means Red Beans & Rice
Mick makes 'em Cajun style, we guarantee
DAILY Food  February 11, 2013, by Mick Vann
"...With Mardis Gras fast approaching, it's only natural that for the day before, you cook up a big pot of red beans and rice. Cajun-Creole red beans and rice are the classic dish eaten on Mondays all over Louisiana, because traditionally Monday was wash day...."

Gulf Coast Soul
The Boogie Kings continue to boogie, Port A-style
DAILY Music  August 4, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...After moving in 1991 from my brief tenure in Hawaii back to Texas, the first place I headed for was Louisiana. Going there, just like a trip to la farmacia at the border, was the affirmation I was back in Texas..."

After the Storm
Austin's Louisiana exiles remain suspended between before and after
News Story  August 25, 2006, by Cheryl Smith
"...Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina ransacked the Big Easy and much of the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of the region's former inhabitants are still scattered throughout the country. The vast majority of these evacuees are Louisianans, the largest concentration from Orleans Parish..."

One in a Crowd: Devil's Horse
Louisiana myth from a UT film student seeks crowdfunding
DAILY Screens  July 4, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The links between Texas and Louisiana are long and deep. So while UT film student Michael Roberson is in the Bayou State working on his new dark, dramatic short Devil's Horse, he's hoping the Lone Star State (and everyone else) will help him through crowdfunding...."

The Great Invisible
Doc looks at the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the lives of residents in the Gulf area.
Film Review  December 12, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...A documentary with an agenda, The Great Invisible solemnly recounts the catastrophic consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast in the spring of 2010. On April 20 of that year, a fireball explosion ignited the offshore rig, killing 11 workers..."

Austin Film Festival: 61 Bullets
The Kingfish, the doctor, and the doubters
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Louisiana’s infamous Governor Huey P. Long, as divisive a figure in American politics as ever lived, was assassinated by Dr..."

The AggreGAYtor: September 25
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DAILY The Gay Place  September 25, 2014, by David Estlund
"...Louisiana follows the trend, the trend lines level off, and Yoweri Museveni vows to give Uganda the Dallas treatment, as your AggreGAYtor harasses Chris Pratt...."

The AggreGAYtor: September 4
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DAILY The Gay Place  September 4, 2014, by David Estlund
"...Michael Sam sports blue and silver, Kentucky gets real, and Louisiana punches down, as your AggreGAYtor spreads the love...."

Festival International de Louisiane
Lafayette’s 28th annual dance blowout, April 23-27, hopped!
DAILY Music  April 29, 2014, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...The streets of Lafayette, Louisiana, a quaint college town, explode the last weekend of every April for Festival International de Louisiane, a free celebration of the music, arts, and food of the French-speaking world – Africa, Caribbean, Quebec. Austin was represented by Black Joe Lewis, Hard Proof Afrobeat, Gina Chavez, and the Preservation...."

The AggreGAYtor: December 5
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DAILY The Gay Place  December 5, 2013
"...Luxembourg shows its leadership, Louisiana follows Texas and falls in line, and Russia gets new opposition, as your AggreGAYtor sweats to the oldies...."

This Jason Statham actioner is mostly predictable, but throws a few curveballs and ends up being surprisingly entertaining.
Film Review  November 29, 2013, by Louis Black
"...Ex-DEA agent Broker (Statham) has retired with his daughter Maddy (Vidovic) to backwater Louisiana in search of the quiet life. Alas, that is not to be as he encounters a meth-crazed redneck (Bosworth), her speed-manufacturing evil brother – the aptly though mysteriously named Gator (Franco) – and his goons..."

'Bon Temps' and Tasty Pies
New Awlins Cafe does Louisiana home-style cooking
Food Story  November 8, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...All three of the sides we sampled bore the stamp of Louisiana authenticity: the robust chicken, sausage, and shrimp gumbo is based on a medium-dark roux with a nice cayenne back heat and plenty of meat; the étouffée is chock-full of tasty crawfish tails; and the red beans are creamy and redolent of andouille sausage. The only misstep was in the bread basket – a lump of stale, sweet cornbread just didn't live up to the rest of the quality on the table..."

The AggreGAYtor: July 30
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DAILY The Gay Place  July 30, 2013
"...Pope Frances and Pat Robertson make ambivalent progress, Louisiana and Russia keep backsliding, and homophobic people and institutions keep making the news cycle, despite your AggreGAYtor's best intentions...."

Bobcats Face Midshipmen on National TV
Holding their own in Big-Time Football
DAILY Sports  November 16, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...But losses can be turning points. Texas State’s wild slugfest with Louisiana Tech last Saturday resulted in a 62-55 loss, but there’s a win hiding under there..."

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Living an almost feral existence on a wild, low-lying area of the Louisiana coast known as the Bathtub, young Hushpuppy narrates her own vivid life story.
Film Review  July 13, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Beasts of the Southern Wild, by contrast, sticks like mucilage to the viewpoint of its protagonist, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis, who may turn out to be the youngest actor ever to win an Academy Award). Living an almost feral existence on a wild, low-lying island of the Louisiana coast known as the Bathtub, little Hushpuppy narrates her own vivid life story in the particular manner of kids..."

Battle: Los Angeles
Aliens fight the U.S. Marines in a gritty urban war. Viewers are the losers.
Film Review  March 11, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...This is realistic, close-quarters urban combat of the kind best seen in Black Hawk Down. It gets points for (gore-free) realism – the effects work is top notch; you'd never guess this Battle: Los Angeles was actually shot in Louisiana – but, ultimately, it's likely to top exactly nobody's list of the greatest sci-fi, war, or sci-fi/war movies of all time..."

The Last Exorcism
This faux documentary pulls few punches in its fresh look at what happens when religion and the secular world collide.
Film Review  August 27, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Every generation gets the devil it deserves, and this faux documentary pulls few punches in its nihilistic depiction of religious belief vs. religious disbelief amid the Spanish moss and ramshackle, moldering manses of southern Louisiana..."

The Yellow Handkerchief
Based on an 800-word story by Pete Hamill, this small-scale relationship drama stars William Hurt, Kristen Stewart, Maria Bello, and Eddie Redmayne.
Film Review  April 2, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Just 800 words long, the piece is plainspoken, efficient, and remarkably effective – very nearly the inverse of this feature-length adaptation. Hurt plays Brett Hanson, a taciturn oil worker coming off of a six-year sentence at a Louisiana penitentiary..."

'SXSW Presents'
'Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics'
Screens Story  September 24, 2004
"...18. This week's installment is Paul Stekler's Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics..."

Okie Noodling
Noodling is the sport (some say art) of catching big ol' catfish with your bare hands. The practice is legal only in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Okie Noodling is Beesley's affectionate, funny, and engaging look at the noodlers in his home state.
Film Review  October 1, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Noodling is the sport (some say art) of catching big ol' catfish with your bare hands. Legal only in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the practice of noodling has taken on cult-like proportions, complete with naysayers, philosophers, and would-be high priests..."

The Opposite of Sex
A nasty, offensive, and thoroughly enjoyable romp through the dark, embittered land of Bad Girl, U.S.A., Don Roos' directorial debut (he wrote Boys on the Side and Single White Female,...
Film Review  July 3, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...A nasty, offensive, and thoroughly enjoyable romp through the dark, embittered land of Bad Girl, U.S.A., Don Roos' directorial debut (he wrote Boys on the Side and Single White Female, as well as the script for The Opposite of Sex) is the anti-indie -- a post-PC broadside that manages to skewer everyone from gays to straights, the living to the dead, and never makes you laugh as hard as when it's being downright creepy. Ricci -- as a sort of post-pubescent Wednesday Addams whirlwind -- is 16-year-old Dedee Truitt, who flees her Louisiana home after the death of her abusive stepfather and promptly arrives on the palatial doorstep of her half-brother Bill (Donovan), an Indiana schoolteacher who has recently lost his longtime companion to AIDS..."

Eve's Bayou
Actress-turned-first-time director Lemmons unravels a spellbinding tale that blends Southern Gothic magical realism and disturbing family drama.
Film Review  November 14, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...One startling line, spoken in the opening minute by a calm-voiced young female narrator, deeply sets the story's hook: “The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old.” With her audience's full attention assured, first-time director Kasi Lemmons then proceeds to unravel a spellbinding, powerfully seductive tale that blends Southern Gothic magical realism and disturbing family drama with the flair of a born storytelling genius. Lemmons' self-penned script concerns a family of slaves' descendants who by the 1960s have risen to middle-class prominence in a small Louisiana town called Eve's Bayou..."

Heaven's Prisoners
I like Alec Baldwin. Really I do. So, it hurts me every time he appears in messy, scattershot films like this one. I'm thinking about buying Tylenol in bulk these...
Film Review  May 24, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...I'm thinking about buying Tylenol in bulk these days. Based on the bestseller by James Lee Burke, Heaven's Prisoners is the story of Dave Robicheaux (Baldwin) an ex-cop from New Orleans who long ago gave up both the badge and the bottle in favor of running a bait-and-tackle shop in the Louisiana bayou with his wife Annie (Lynch)..."

The Man in the Moon
Just when I'd given up on seeing teenaged girls portrayed in current movies as anything other than boy-crazy bowheads or distaff rebels without causes or scantily clad babysitters set upon...
Film Review  November 22, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Just when I'd given up on seeing teenaged girls portrayed in current movies as anything other than boy-crazy bowheads or distaff rebels without causes or scantily clad babysitters set upon by boogeymen slashers, along comes The Man in the Moon. The movie is a (dare I say?) sweet and moving portrait of two sisters in rural Louisiana in the 1950s..."

Day Trips: Mardi Gras, Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
The food and parades are worth the drive to northwestern Louisiana
Columns  January 25, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Mardi Gras floats in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, are colorful works of art. The papier-mâché heads of the decorated land barges part the crowds like giant snow plows..."

The AggreGAYtor: April 24
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  April 24, 2015, by David Estlund
"...Texas and Louisiana prepare to ignore the will of the people (including Big Business), trans teens get to look pretty, and marriage support goes through the roof, as your AggreGAYtor ties it not...."

The AggreGAYtor: February 20
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  February 20, 2014, by David Estlund
"...Louisiana may step ahead of the south, Mississippi gets tokened, and Vladimir Luxuria, as your AggreGAYtor mourns the death of a fascinating mode of communication because stupid...."

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
"...Like a good Mexican, I love a raucous fiesta filled with music, dancing, and lots of good food and drink. So, it is no surprise that I have a strong affinity for all things Louisiana..."

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