I don’t go to the wall enough anymore, but that’s a topic for another time. This one’s for William Gay, who died yesterday. I’ve seen many people express shock his passing at the relatively young age of 68, but it should be noted that 68 in Southern author years is a pretty good run, besting a number of his contemporaries. Also, if you ever met Mr. Gay, you were saddened to learn of his passing, but you weren’t necessarily surprised by it. On his best days William rarely looked long for this world.
Slowly but surely I’m getting some of the recent photographs online. Right now I’m just keeping up with current demand while still hoping that I get the chance go back and get some of the back log I’ve had around since the summer. Recent galleries I’ve gotten posted:
It’s been a long time coming (more than 2 years since I became personally involved with the effort), but CultureCandy, the Baton Rouge-based arts organization finally has a new web site. There’s still some rough spots to smooth out and some polish to add, but it’s alive and kicking. Thanks to CovalentLogic for contributing the graphic design and a lot of the user interface design also. Along with a more pleasing aesthetic, the new look and feel also lays a better foundation for a whole slew of improvements I’ve been scheming on. Look for them to start coming around the first of summer.
Having spent too many evenings indoors on the computer to get that out the door, it’s time for a break. This weekend has me in NOLA for a college friend’s bachelor party, and what should be a grand reunion of a lot of old cohorts, kicking off with what I hope will be a pretty afternoon at the race track for the Louisiana Derby. And it’s only a few short weeks until Louisiana’s music festival season gets into gear. I can already taste my JazzFest soft-shell crab po-boy. Laissez les…
…going on in and around my particular world these days:
- Gorjus over at PrettyFakes has, after much hustle and toil, got the fifth edition of the Sandusky Review almost ready for the real world.
- Southdowns, the neighborhood where I live in Baton Rouge is seeing an explosion of new, (and thankfully) local businesses owned by some really cool people who take their commitment to the area seriously. I’m a particular fan of the 1699 Salon, which, being so much more than a place to get a haircut, has quickly come a community hub for me and a few friends to get together, drink coffee or booze, depending on the time of day, and get in a good conversation while listening to a few tunes. I’ve been helping them out with some photography and just put live a little website for them. Might I humbly suggest you give them your business.
- I’m knee deep in the development of the new CultureCandy website. CovalentLogic did the graphic design and layout and I’m plugging in all the data. I think it will be a big improvement over the current site and hopefully contribute more fully to the arts community in and around Baton Rouge.
- Tomorrow I ride in my first ever parade, the St. Patrick’s Day one here in Baton Rouge, somehow having been allowed to be Irish for a day. I’ve been delegated to make 100 Jell-O shots to supply the float with. Gelatin drinks are actually a legitimate avenue of craft mixology, so I’m looking forward to my education on the matter. Pondering if I can whip up a Jameson, ginger & lemon Jell-O shot.
I have six months worth of pictures to put on Flickr. Hoping that I get the chance to tackle that sooner than later. If I can get caught up on digital housekeeping then AW updates stand to occur much more frequently.
Just dropping a note to wish everyone a festive Mardi Gras weekend. It’s largely been a dark and cold January and February here in Baton Rouge and between that and coping with the end of the football season, with its ready made weekends of food, friends and fun, it’s good to have one of the biggest parties on the planet to look forward to and help usher in Spring’s arrival. (more…)
I finally succumbed to the ’25 Random Things About You’ whatchamahell that’s wandering around Facebook these days. Since A&W has been starved for content I thought I’d share the wealth. Without further ado: (more…)
It’s been seventy-something days since Gustav and I’ve been looking for the right time and place to pick up the A&W thread. Right now I’m sitting on the back deck in front of the fireplace finishing off the last of the handle of Makers Mark I bought in the days before the storm and am burning, for the first time, wood cut from the tree that landed in the front yard during the storm. So the circle is complete. So mote it be. (more…)