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A Note from the Editor

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

The tail end of 2009, right as we were about to step into a new decade, we asked members of the Culture Candy Board of Directors and the Sweet Tooth staff to pick and illuminate what they considered the most significant art events of the ear. What we learned is:

  • Art is more about doing than it is about what we should do
  • Art is capable of resurrecting itself at its own funeral
  • We are not Bayreuth
  • We can host musicians of the highest caliber, and
  • We can foster musicians that are just starting to forge their talents.

Good job, 2009! Let’s see what we can do with 2010.

River City Jazz Masters

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

jazzOkay, well, thinking back, the most memorable art event of 2009 was one of the River City Jazz Masters concerts at the Manship. Ahmad Jamal is a legendary pianist and composer and when he walked on stage and began to play, the electricity in the room was incredible. It was like witnessing an original, incredible work of art in person. Truly experiencing someone who is ‘doing exactly what they should be doing’ in life was uplifting and affirming.

Bird & Squirrel/Edge of the Earth: the Kelleys, the Parkers (and the Wagners) and You

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Baton Rouge is not Bayreuth. Southern Louisiana is not Bavaria All the same, there are some symmetries—or potential symmetries—between the two mostly rural, folksy spots, specifically in terms of cultural production. (more…)

Phantom Party Does It

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Do it. Just do it. Please . . . do it. I feel like I am always saying that to people with ideas. I am saying that to myself, a person who also has ideas. Quit talking. Quit planning. Quit dreaming, or at least quit just leaving it at talking, planning, and dreaming. Do it. Phantom Party is doing it. Cohen Hartman of Baton Rouge band Cohen & the Ghost started his label in March of this year after a number of unsuccessful meetings with established labels, ones that I personally thought would be a smart ft for his brand of baroque, star-eyed song-craft. But it didn’t work out, so he did what he does with his songs and his band. He did it. (more…)

The Jazz Funeral for the Arts

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Last April we rallied at the Shaw Center and marched down 3rd Street toward the Capitol in hopes of retaining the proposed 83 percent cut to the Decentralized Art Fund. Umbrellas of pink and black, signs proclaiming ‘The Day the Music Died’ and ‘Jindal Gets an F in Art’ with about 150 mourners trailed behind a cardboard casket in which the creative spirit of Louisiana was laid to rest. It was a brief, midday affair that brought musicians, actors,painters, and poets out from behind the desks of their unrelated day jobs. The event led to throngs of yellow-shirted supporters crowding the House Appropriation Committee meeting, passage to reinstate the funding by the legislature in the months to follow, and an impending veto of the whole thing by Governor Jindal. The final result was about half a million dollars in cuts to the De-centralized Arts Funding, over a million to Statewide Art Grants and a comparatively slim reduction of $71,000 from Local Arts Agencies. The Jazz Funeral for the Arts was impressive because it took very little time to assemble a healthy group of protesters, it garnered media attention and it seemingly curbed the trajectory of Bobby’s axe. In my opinion Baton Rouge should have a Blues Funeral and stop mocking New Orleans all the time, but that’s another article altogether.

Why Robert Joy Makes Me Feel Happy

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Art is about communication, it’s about a person seeing life in a new or different way and using paint or steel or clay or whatever they use to express their vision of the world.

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