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New Orleans Events

Celebrating Juneteenth at Congo Square, New Orleans

The 19th of June is “Nineteenth,” a holiday begun in Texas and originating from President Lincoln’s proclamation that slaves were emancipated.   He made the announcement New Year’s Day, 1863, but in Galveston, Texas, the slaves didn’t get the word until June 19, 1865, when 2000 Union troops came to town to enforce the Proclamation.    Two years late is a long time for news to spread, even in the 19th century across Texas, and rumor has it that slaveholders didn’t let them know until then.     The slaves there began celebrations with barbecues and picnics at churches, and the tradition spread.

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Louisiana Attractions

Film Industry in New Orleans

New Orleans is a cinematic city, steeped in visual clichés.  We all know about the feature films, television shows and television commercials that get made here. HBO’s Treme’ has shone a spotlight on the local music industry, and given quite a few locals work.  Right now, it seems everyone is either working in the film business in some capacity, or trying to avoid film crews!  But it’s not just the out-of-towners who are coming here to take advantage of our scenery and the Louisiana tax credit program for filming.  Talented young filmmakers who live right here are making acclaimed movies right here.

For example, Jeff, Who Lives at Home opened this past weekend nationally.   Directed by a pair of New Orleans brothers, products of Jesuit High School, and filmed mostly in Metairie (to look like Baton Rouge!), the movie has received great reviews.   It’s the latest in a series of several features by Jay and Mark Duplass, who wrote, directed and produced Cyrus and Baghead before Jeff, Who Lives at Home.    The movie, about a 30-year old slacker who lives in his mom (Susan Sarandon)’s basement in Baton Rouge , is acclaimed as a mature piece of filmmaking.
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