Arty Tuesday: NOLA by Banksy

This photo is of a Banksy that #aintderenomore. The building was a flooded out store in the lower 9th ward. And the location is now a outdoor fresh market on Saturdays at the corner of Forstall and St. Claude.

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No Loitering by Banksy (2008)

Most of Banksy’s pieces in NOLA are gone. Either because the building is torn down or because someone found out his (or her) works sells for big money and they were jackhammered off.

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Arty Tuesday: NOLA by Degas

Since the last two Novembers I was traveling internationally, I chose those cities for my inspiration. Not this year. I am boringly staying home.

So inspiration comes from my city.

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Cotton Merchants in New Orleans by Edgar Degas (1873)

By the way, you can visit the house where Edgar Degas stayed whiled visiting his family in New Orleans

Arty Tuesday: Carnival – Vandivert pt.4

This month I’m doing something a little bit different. The last Tuesday of February 2017 is Mardi Gras…the season leading up to it (since January 6th) is carnival. I discovered this treasure trove of photos taken by William Vandivert for Life magazine. Soon after photographing this late Mardi Gras (March 1st in 1938), he left for Europe, documenting the brewing troubles. I hope he had fun while he was here. So February will be photos from carnival 1938.

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No captions but this is definitely the Rex title float for 1938. Verified by NOPL Archives, Leda Plauche Collection

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Happy Mardi Gras wherever you are!

King Cake 2017 – Week 7

Such a long season… by the way that Monkey Monkey cake lasted over a week at my house and it was still tasty at +8 days…but yeah a little stale.

25. Party Palace apple filled – I’ve thought this king cake was a solid choice for a city-wide distributed version. But prices have gone up, with a plain costing $12 and a filled $16. The filling is almost nonexistent for an extra $4. Dough was fine but it’s sweeter than I like and I think it’s pricey for what it is now.

26-27. Bywater Bakery plain & apple filled – after the disappointment of the last apple filled this one was extra amazing. It was like full-on apple pie filling in a king cake, chunky and slightly crunchy. Delicious. And the dough was good too. The plain had a nice yeasty flavor and the not overly sweet with only a drizzle of icing and nice crunchy sugar.

28. NOCCA French style – oh wow. I had heard about this king cake and was lucky enought to find it at the uptown Langenstein’s. So buttery and tasty. It says that it has satsuma but that may be too subtle for me…or at least too subtle just after midnight and I had just consumed a couple of pounds of crawfish. Plus yay for students!

*kween cake – this was a fun throw from the Knights of Sparta. More like a pound cake than a king cake but tasty.

Arty Tuesday: Carnival – Vandivert pt.3

This month I’m doing something a little bit different. The last Tuesday of February 2017 is Mardi Gras…the season leading up to it (since January 6th) is carnival. I discovered this treasure trove of photos taken by William Vandivert for Life magazine. Soon after photographing this late Mardi Gras (March 1st in 1938), he left for Europe, documenting the brewing troubles. I hope he had fun while he was here. So February will be photos from carnival 1938.

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I wish these photos had captions, but this is probably King Zulu arriving by boat.