28 June 2007

New Orleans Nostalgia

New Orleans historian, Ned Hemard, publishes a weekly column on the New Orleans Bar Association's website. New Orleans Nostalgia covers New Orleans History, Culture and Traditions.

If you're wondering about New Orleans trivia, take a look at some of the entries. The titles of the articles are intriguing. I found information about the Dating Game and saddle oxfords, Elvis in King Creole, creole tomatoes, the stores with K that have gone away (K&B, Kreeger's, Krauss, Krower's and most recently Kirschman's), and much more.

Thanks to Helena Henderson, Executive Director of the New Orleans Bar Association for granting us permission to link to these interesting columns.

Come to program D-5, A Win-win Partnership: Legal Editors and
Law Librarians to hear about the New Orleans Bar Association's newsletter.

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27 June 2007

Walk on the Wild Side on TCM - Thurs. 6/27

If you get Turner Classic Movies on cable, tonight they are showing a great old New Orleans movie, Walk on the Wild Side, from 1962. Starring Lawrence Harvey and a young Jane Fonda in one of her first screen roles, it is the story of two Texas drifters who make their way to New Orleans during the depression. A great noirish drama based on a Nelson Algren novel and also famous for the opening credit sequence by Saul Bass, one of few people to make a career on this sometimes under-rated component of movies. You can watch a grainy copy of the title sequence here:


Those were either some well-trained cats or this required a LOT of takes!

(Oh, and there is NOTHING "more" to read - can't we get rid of that "Read More" link below for these short posts?)

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There is a house in New Orleans

Today The Historic New Orleans Collection opens a brand new building whose design is based on architectural renderings of a hotel that stood on the exact spot in the 1850s--a building that many believe to be the inspiration for the Animals 1964 hit song The House of the Rising Sun.

Ironically, it is the first new construction in the Quarter since the storm. Here, everything old is new again.

When you are in town for the annual meeting, have a good time, but don't do what I have done/ you shun that house in New Orleans/ they call the Rising Sun.

Francis Norton
AALL Local Arrangements Committee

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See The Cemeteries

Some of the unusual tombs at Metairie Cemetery.

One of the modern, more ordinary headstones in Metairie Cemetery.
Mel Ott's tomb in Metairie Cemetery.

Closeup of the tomb of Mel Ott, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

I hope you will have time before or after the convention to take a tour of some of the Crescent City's many interesting cemeteries, but anyone coming to the city in a cab from the airport will get a view of two of the very largest ones. Approaching the city by car on the Pontchartrain Expressway (I-10) at exit 231, you will see Metairie Cemetery on your right, founded in 1872 at a time when the city was in need of more room for their "cities of the dead." Unlike older cemeteries which developed piece by piece, the Metairie Cemetery developers had a master plan to provide a spacious setting for the grandiose tombs which had grown popular in nineteenth century New Orleans. Metairie Cemetery's tombs, monuments and vaults are the most imposing in the city, so a quick glance from your car window won't do them justice. One could spend a day driving through the beautifully landscaped grounds, or walking from tomb to tomb reading inscriptions.

At the same place but on your left, you will see Greenwood Cemetery, founded in 1852 by the Fireman's Charitable and Benevolent Association. Although Metairie Cemetery is larger, much of it is concealed by trees, and Greenwood Cemetery makes a visually arresting image to Expressway travelers with its row after row of finely constructed tombs.

The Cheap Easy Guide on the Local Advisory Committee Page has some great tips about seeing some of the cemeteries: http://www.lb5.uscourts.gov/AALL/cheap.html#tourism

The New Orleans Police Department has a few tips as well: http://www.nopdonline.com/cem.htm

The AALL Hospitality Booth will have some brochures from Historic New Orleans Tours (http://www.tourneworleans.com/) who offer tours of St. Louis #1 Cemetery downtown and Lafayette #1 in the Garden District. I have taken this tour of St. Louis #1 and it was very good . You will learn a lot about the history of the city. Historic New Orleans Tours was founded by Robert Florence who has written two excellent books on the cemeteries:

City of the Dead: A Journey Through St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Louisiana, published in 1996 by the Center for Louisiana Studies

New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead with photographs by Mason Florence, published in 1997 by Batture Press.

Also, the first five people who come to the AALL Hospitality Booth and ask about Judge Joachim Bermudez (see a picture of Judge Bermudez with our LAC, he is the guy in the back wearing the bowtie), who is buried at St. Louis #1, will receive a copy of City of the Dead: A Journey Through St. Louis Cemetery #1. There is an article about Judge Bermudez in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of SCCLL News found at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/sccll/membership/newsletter.htm

Georgia Chadwick
Hospitality Committee
AALL Local Arrangements Committee

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26 June 2007

Meet the New AALL Editors

Meet new Law Library Journal Editor Janet Sinder and AALL Spectrum Editorial Director Mark Estes at the AALL Publications Booth (#914).

Janet is associate director for research services at the University of Maryland At Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Law Library. She will take over as editor of LLJ this fall. Stop by and meet Janet Sunday, 2-4 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 p.m.; or Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.

Mark is director of library services at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP. He takes over Spectrum’s editorial direction in July. Mark is available Sunday, 9-10 a.m.; Monday, 1-2 p.m.; and Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Julia O'Donnell
Director of Publications
American Association of Law Libraries
53 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 940
Chicago, IL 60604
p: 312/939-4764, ext. 19
f: 312/431-1097
e: jodonnell@aall.org

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25 June 2007

Bloggers' Get Together at AALL

It's time to mark your calendars for the AALL's Second Annual Bloggers Get Together!

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 16th
Place: Gordon Biersch. 200 Poydras. 504-552-2739. Brewpub. Platters. - at the foot of Poydras - across from Harrah's casino and also across from the Hilton. http://www.gordonbiersch.com (Dutch Treat).

Come share your ideas and meet the other law librarian bloggers! Open to all bloggers and potential bloggers.

RSVP: Last year we had over 30 participants so we are anticipating a good crowd this year. For a headcount, please RSVP Barbara Fullerton by Friday, July 6th to bfullerton@10kwizard.com.

Barbara Fullerton
DALL Blogger

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It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood

You all know that New Orleans has streetcars. But now we also have a trolley that takes you to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Yes friends, Mr. Rogers (or at least his TV home) has come to the Crescent City. Mr. McFeely, of the Speedy Delivery Messenger Service, was on hand last week to open the new exhibit at the Louisiana Children's Museum.

Bring your children, or even your own inner-child, to this wonderful exhibit. The museum is located at 420 Julia Street, just five short blocks from the convention center.

Francis Norton
AALL Local Arrangements Committee

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What's Cooking in New Orleans

Michelle Gaynor (center) Manager of the Shop at the Collection is offering anyone who shows their AALL conference badge at 10% discount on almost all items in the shop.
The Shop at the Collection, Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal Street, NOLA. Photo credit: Georgia Chadwick

Here are items made of salvaged wood and on the lower shelf are tombs. Photo Credit: Georgia Chadwick

Here is another "Hot Tip" to consider before coming to AALL in New Orleans--

The Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter is a housed in a complex of several buildings of varying ages. The HNOC is a museum and research center for state and local history. Their exhibit "What's Cooking in New Orleans?" has been so popular it is being held over to run through November, so it will be possible for our members to see it. The exhibit examines culinary traditions of the Crescent City. The curators say: "The cuisine that defines New Orleans today has been nearly three centuries in the making. Consider What's Cooking in New Orleans? an appetizer, an introduction to the complex cultural, economic, and social factors that have shaped the Crescent City's culinary traditions. The materials gathered here--cookbooks, menus, photographs, and other memorabilia--span the mid-20th centuries, with an array of kitchen gadgets carrying the storyline right up to the present day."

The exhibit is at the HNOC's Williams Gallery at 533 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Entrance is free and the hours are: Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is 504-523-4662 and their website is http://www.hnoc.org/

The manager of the Shop at the Collection which has history-related books and gifts is offering a 10% discount on almost all items to AALL members who show their convention name tag.

A limited number of What's Cooking in New Orleans? exhibition guides will be available at the AALL Hospitality Desk.

Georgia Chadwick
Hospitality Committee
AALL Local Arrangements Committee

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Speaking of the language of New Orleans

With a tip of he old chapeau to Cathleen Buzzetta, who sent this to me years ago:



ANYWAYS - And, then; and, so.

AWRITE - While "Where Y'at" is usually thought of as the common
greeting in New Orleans, "awrite" is much more universal.
A man may say "Where Y'at" to a friend he passes by on the street, but
he'll say "awrite" to a stranger. This is the South, after all; one
merely brush past someone else when walking down Carondelet St. without
saying hello. We don't want to be impolite, yet we don't usually waste
time on strangers, so "awrite" is a fair compromise. Usage: One man walking
down the street comes upon another man going the other way. The first man
says "awrite; the second responds "awrite." ...

AWRITE, HAWT - A variation on the standard greeting, but using an
endearment usually reserved for a friend, usually female.

AX - Ask. Usage: "Dey axed for you down by da VFW Hall last night ad
Madeline's cousin's daughta's weddin'."

BANQUETTE - The sidewalk. Pronounced "BANK it". Usage fairly rare

BERL - To cook by surrounding something in hot, bubbling liquid; the
preferred method for cooking shellfish. For example, many a New Orleans
student learned in World History that a great defense of a castle under
attack in the middle ages was to dump "berlin' erl" on the attackers.

BOO - A term of endearment, frequently used by parents and
grandparents for small children, even small children who happen to be 40
years old. Believed to be Cajun in origin.

BRA - A universal name for a male, usually one with whom you are not
acquainted. Usually used in this manner: "Awrite, bra"

BY MY HOUSE, BY YOUR HOUSE, etc. - Analogous to the French terms
"chez moi"; "chez toi"; etc. Usage: "He slept by my house last night."
"At" is never used in this sense.

CAP - A universal name for a male, usually one with whom you are not
acquainted. Women generally do not use this term. See also PODNA and

CATLICK - As in Roman Catholic, the predominant religion in New

CEMENT - A standard English word, but with a special pronunciation.
Yats say "SEE ment"

CHARMER - The quintessential female Yat. Pronounced "CHAW muh"

DA - The.

DAT - That.

DAWLIN' - A universal form of address. Women use it universally to
both sexes, men use it toward women. See also HAWT.

DEM - Them.

DESE, DOSE - These, those.

DIS - This.

DRESSED - When ordering a po boy, "dressed" indicates lettuce,
tomatoes, pickles and MYNEZ on it. (See NUTTINONIT)

EARL - 1. A vegetable product used for cooking, sauteing, making roux,
etc. 2. A petroleum product used to lubricate the engine of your car.
3. Your Uncle Earl. (Most New Orleanians have an Uncle Earl.)

ELLESHYEW - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Occasionally
preceded by the term, "Go ta hell..."

ERSTERS - Oysters.

ESPLANADE - Walkway (archaic usage).

FAUBOURG - A suburb or outlying neighborhood, as in Faubourg Marigny.
A neighborhood is considered outlying in relation to the original
neighborhood, the French Quarter. Metairie would never be a Faubourg,
because it wasn't part of the city in the first place.

FLYIN' HORSES - Accented on the first syllable. A merry go round,
sometimes specifically describing the merry go round in City Park, but
also used in general.

FOR - a preposition used by New Orleanians instead of "at" or "by"
when referring to time. E.g., "Da parade's for 7:00, but we betta get
dere for 6 if we wanna find pawkin'." This one tends to be particularly
confusing to non-natives.

F'SURE! - 1. A statement of agreement. 2. An excellent (but out of
print) book by Yat artist Bunny Matthews, featuring cartoons with
actual dialogue heard on the streets of our metropolis.

F'TRUE - When phrased as a question, it means "Is that so?" or "Ya
kiddin'!!" When phrased as a statement, it's an affirmation, a shortened
version of "Nuh uh, I ain't lyin' ta ya ..."

GAWD - A supernatural deity, worshipped by most New Orleanians.

GRIPPE - The flu.

GRIS GRIS - Pronounced GREE GREE;. Noun, A (voodoo) spell. Can be
applied for nefarious purposes ("to put a gris gris on someone"), or as
a force to ward off evil, like wearing a gris gris bag (the folks at the
Shop on Dumaine will make one to order for about $20).

HAWT - A term of endearment.

HOUSE COAT 'N CURLAS - The preferred dress for charmers while
shopping at Schwegmann's.

I'LL TAKE ME A... - May I have a...

KAY BEE - The drugstore, as in (K&B, Katz and Besthoff). The
ampersand is always silent.

LAGNIAPPE - Pronounced LAN yap. A little something extra. Also, the
name of the entertainment pull out section of the Friday edition of The
New Orleans Times Picayune.

LOCKA - Where you hang your clothes, analogous to the English word
"closet". Example: "Mom MAH! Where my shoes at?" "Looka in ya locka!"

LOOKA - The imperative case of the verb "to look". Usually accompanied
by a pointing gesture. Often used as a single exclamation: "Looka!"

LOOKIT DA T.V. - To watch T.V.

MAKE GROCERIES, MAKIN' GROCERIES - To do grocery shopping.

MARRAINE - Your godmother.

MIRLITON - A vegetable pear or chayote squash, which grows wild in
Louisiana and in backyards throughout New Orleans. Pronounced MEL lee
tawn, and wonderful when stuffed with shrimp and ham dressing.

MISTA - As in "Throw me somethin' mista". Never used in any other
context; "bra" or "cap" is used regularly.

MYNEZ - Mayonnaise.

NEUTRAL GROUND - The grassy or cement strip in the middle of the
road. The terms "median" and/or "island" are NEVER used in New Orleans. Use
of one of those foreign terms instead of "neutral ground ' is a dead
giveaway that you ain't from around here, or anywhere close. If you're
you live on a street with a neutral ground big enough to play football on.

NEW ORLEENS - The way silly tourists pronounce "New Orleans". natives
do not do this. Exception song lyrics, as in "Do You Know What It Means
to Miss New Orleans", for example, and when omitting the "New", as in
"Orleans Parish", which is always pronounced or LEENS. Confusing, isn't
it? More n this below.

NUTTINONIT - A po-boy that is not dressed, which only contains the
main ingredient.

OR WHAT - Pronounced "r WUT," and placed at the end of a question:
"You gonna finish eatin' dat, 'r what?"

OVA DA RIVER - Across the river.

OVA BY - A general replacement for the prepositions "at" and "to",
particularly when referring to someone's home, or a destination in
general. "Where ya goin'?" "Ova by ma mamma's."

PARISH - A Louisiana state administrative district, analogous to the
American "county". When used by Yats in the phrase "da parish", it
generally means St. Bernard Parish specifically, which is suburban to
New Orleans.

PARRAINE - Your godfather.

PASS BY - To stop at a place, for a visit or to accomplish something.
"Ya gonna be home later? I'll pass by ya house." It doesn't mean just
to drive by in our car and keep going ...

PO BOY - The quintessential New Orleans lunch, a sandwich on good,
crispy New Orleans French bread. This definition doesn't begin to
describe what a po boy is all about, so if you really don't know you need
to get one soon.

PODNA - A universal form of address for a male. Frequently used in
the emphatic statement, "I tell you what, podna ..."

'SCUSE ME PAWDON ME - Polite expression when trying to get by
somebody or moving through a crowd, spoken as one word.

SHOOT DA CHUTE - 1. A playground slide. 2. A firecracker that did not

STOOP - Usually expressed as "da stoop". The front steps to your
house, particularly if it's a shotgun duplex. What ya go out and sit on
to chat wit'ya neighbas (an' ta keep an eye on 'em).

SUCK DA HEAD, SQUEEZE DA TALE - 1. The technique for eating crawfish. If
you've never done this, have someone demonstrate. 2. A song by the

SUG - A term of endearment used primariliy by Yat females. Pronounced
SHOOG; with a soft "oo"; as in "book".

TURLET - A device for the sanitary disposal of human waste and for
nasty food ya snuck away from da table as a child (like ma mamma's
roast beef...yuck).

of the New Orleanian compass. "North, south, east, west" do not work in New

VALISE - Suitcase.

VEDGE A TIBBLE - Neither animal nor mineral. What ya mamma used to
make ya eat before ya could leave the table when ya were a kid. The
word has four syllables.

WHERE YA STAY (AT)? - Where do you live?

WHERE Y'AT? - The greeting. The proper response is, "Awrite."

WRENCH - To clean something under running water. "Aw baby, ya hands
'r filthy! Go wrench 'em off in da zink." See ZINK.

YA - You, your.

YA MAMMA - Your mother. Used in a variety of ways, usually endearing.
Also usable as an insult, specifically as a simple retort when one is
insulted first; simply say, "Ya mamma." Be prepared to defend yourself
physically at this point.

YAMAMMA'N'DEM - A collective term for your immediate family, as in
"Hey dawlin', how's yamamma'n'dem?" Spoken as one word.

YEAH YOU RITE - A sign of definite agreement. The accent is on the
first word, and it's spoken as one word.

ZATARAIN'S - A local manufacturer of spices, seasonings, pickled
products and condiments. In context, it's used by some as a generic
term for either crab boil or Creole mustard.

ZINK - A receptacle for water with a drain and faucets. Where ya
wrench off ya dishes.

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22 June 2007

New and Improved LAC!!!

We finally have a picture with everyone in it, well almost...

Isn't Photoshop the greatest???

Front row: Michael Whipple, Charlene Cain, Miriam Childs, Etheldra Scoggin, Carol Billings

Middle row: Francis Xavier Norton, Mary Johns, Georgia Chadwick, Jennifer Dabbs, Cathy Wagar, Cynthia Hill-Jones, Ajaye Bloomstone

Back row: Brian Huddleston, Vicenç Feliú, Joachim Bermudez, Amy Hale-Janeke, Blythe McCoy, Liz Schafer

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The Joy of Tortue

Decadence, thy name is tortue. Decadence in the form of chocolate, caramel and pecans...tortues from Southern Candymakers in New Orleans.

If you have a sweet tooth, you have not lived until you've tried the tortues (turtles) from Southern Candymakers in the French Quarter. Yes, you can order them online (http://www.southerncandymakers.com/StoreFront.bok), but when you drop into the shop (one is conveniently located three blocks off of Canal Street on Decatur, the other also on Decatur near the French Market), you get wonderfully fresh tortues.

Best of all, like a kid in a... well...in a candy shop, you can also press your nose against the glass and see the enormous trays of naked tortues, ready to be blanketed in milk, dark, or white chocolate, waiting to fulfill their gustatory destiny.

And, oh yes, the pralines are wonderful, too.

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PIC Is Looking for a Few Good Authors

Ever thought about writing an article for a legal publication? Or are you already a published author? Either way, come join the Publishing Initiatives Caucus at the AALL Annual Meeting for some inspiration and camaraderie at 7 AM on Monday, July 16 in the Hilton Grand Salon 4.

PIC believes that writing articles for legal journals and publications helps law librarians build a higher profile among the legal community, both as individual authors and as a profession. We want to help inspire and motivate law librarians to write articles for legal publications that are read by the people who employ us or work with us as attorneys, legal administrators, law professors, judges, marketing directors and others.

And after the meeting, head over to the Convention Center for the PIC sponsored program, A Win-Win Partnership: Legal Editors and Law Librarians on Monday July 16 at 8:45 in EMCC-Room 217/218. This roundtable question-and-answer program will feature pairs of editors and law librarians who have collaborated with each other to publish articles written by law librarians in state bar journals, local and national bar association publications, and law firm management publications.

Hear firsthand from editors about the details of their publishing decisions, what they expect from aspiring authors and the constraints under which editors may work. Also hear from librarians who have worked with the editors to build and sustain successful campaigns that reach audiences outside traditional librarians’ circles, such as the judiciary, practitioners, administrators, law professors and deans.

Can't make it? Then stop by our table in the Exhibit Hall or check out our website. Here you can find information on how to subscribe to our email discussion forum, as well as, notification of recently published articles via RSS or email. The PIC website also includes articles on how to get published and contact information for dozens of legal publishers.

Come and be part of the campaign to increase our visibility as a profession - and your own as an information professional. You owe it to yourself.

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21 June 2007

Hot Music Scene in Frenchmen Street – Check It Out At The 2007 AALL Annual Meeting

New Orleans, right, everyone thinks Bourbon Street. Sure, lots of clubs, lots of fun. But where’s the happening scene lately? Frenchmen Street baby. If you’d like to join Micrographics/AV SIS folks, carve out a little time Saturday and/or Tuesday evening for a musical journey.
Saturday, July 14th, we’ll start at Checkpoint Charlie’s (501 Esplanade Avenue; 504-281-4847)...
In addition to great music without a cover charge, here you’ll find good bar food, pool tables, and, just in case your luggage got a bit trashed on the way to New Orleans, a laundromat. Remember when Julia Roberts sat on the washing machine in a bar in Pelican Brief? That’s Checkpoint Charlie’s. Also, my good friend Joshua T-Bone Stone and the Lazy Boys will be playing for your listening pleasure that Saturday, 7pm-10pm. So cut out of the Opening Reception a little early and head on over to Checkpoint Charlie’s to really start off a great evening. Then, it’s a must trip to the Apple Barrel Bar (609 Frenchmen Street; 504- 949-9399). Coco Robicheaux plays his legendary mojo soul there every Saturday night.11pm-3am. For more information, check out http://www.spiritland.com/.
Tuesday evening, there are several great clubs clustered behind Checkpoint Charlie’s and near the Apple Barrel. Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen Street; 504-949-0696) includes a bistro restaurant, bar, and music club. Its scene usually starts a little earlier, and showcases excellent local and national jazz. For more information, see http://www.snugjazz.com/. Café Brasil (2100 Chartres Street; 504-949-0851) features superb Afro-Cuban, Latin, and world music. Things get started a little early here too, and it can get crowded in the later hours. Sorry, no website, so give them a call when you get into New Orleans for details on who’s playing. d.b.a. (616 Frenchmen Street; 504-942 3731) is a spin off of the New York club by the same name, and has a renowned beer list. The bar’s motto is “drink good stuff.” Great wines as well as jazz, funk, and blues abound. For more information, see http://www.drinkgoodstuff.com/no/default.asp.
Hope to see you Saturday evening at Checkpoint Charlie’s to kick-start the Annual Meeting. Let the good times roll!

Laura E. Ray, MA, MLS
Education Coordinator, AALL Micrographics/Audiovisual
Special Interest Section

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20 June 2007

25 reasons for a Big Easy family vacation

Georgia found this great article on MSNBC of things to do in New Orleans. Even if you don't have children, there are some good ideas.

Tip: don't wear dark clothes when eating beignets!

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14 June 2007

Dennis Quaid and The Big Easy, June 21st!!!

Oh Joy, Oh Joy. Netflix is sponsoring a series of "Live On Location" films and concerts. The concept is "watch a movie star who may or may not also possess musical talent perform live and then watch an old movie with that star in it". So on June 21st (sorry, unless the out of town folks reading this are coming to the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference REALLY early, this is just for us local folks), we can see Dennis Quaid and his band The Sharks perform live and then watch a screen of "The Big Easy", ALL FOR FREE!!!! More information is here:

Dennis Quaid and The Sharks/The Big Easy, June 21st

Wow. I'm just, just speechless. His singing in the movie was passable, and now he's performing live before an outdoor screening of what may be one of the dumbest movies ever about New Orleans (well, dumbest mainstream movie about New Orleans - hands up if you've seen "Hot Thrills and Warm Chills", "Monster and the Stripper" or "Mardi Gras for the Devil"). Maybe part of his contract to agree to do this was that it had to be in late June where even at 7:00pm it can be pretty stiffling outside.

Maybe we can turn the movie viewing into a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" - type experience, with the audience talking back to the characters and throwing things at the screen. Or - and THIS is what I'm REALLY hoping for - maybe Dennis Quaid will come back on stage DURING the scene in the movie where his character is singing and he can do a duet with his twenty-years younger cinematic doppleganger. Then the next morning we can hope to see this story in the Times-Picayune: "Last night on the banks of the Missisippi, Dennis Quaid played with himself in front of a crowd of adoring fans."

Quaid's movie career led him back to New Orleans six years later in "Undercover Blues" which, while a pretty silly movie about a pair of government agents on maternity leve here in the city (co-starring Kathleen Turner as his wife and fellow undercover super-agent), it at least knew that that was all it was going to be and just camped it up for fun. "The Big Easy" tries too hard to be both a serious corrupt-cops police drama with every cliche of that genre thrown in for good measure AND an exotic New Orleans travelogue, with every cliche of THAT genre also included.

My pick for a New Orleans movie and music night, with a star who at least has a modicum of musical talent, would be "A Love Song for Bobby Long" and a concert by John Travolta singing hits from throughout his career, starting with a medly of songs from "Grease" up through his drag-queen performance in "Hairspray". But then Travolta has been getting great reviews for that movie-turned-musical-turned-movie/musical, and two of Dennis Quaids most recent films - "Flight of the Phoenix" and "Yours, Mine, and Ours" have been remakes of great old movies that should never have been touched by modern cinematic money-grubbers. (But he was great in "In Good Company".)

Oh, and the concert/movie with Dennis Quaid's band and the screening of "The Big Easy" is completely free! And if you live in either Baltimore or near - huh? - the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, you can catch the other two Netflix "Live on Location" concerts: The Bacon Brothers (Kevin and .... uh, the other Bacon brother) followed by a screening of "Diner" or The Bruce Willis Blues Band following by Armageddon (the movie, not the prophesized end of the world, as much as you might wish for that after seeing Bruce Willis perform live.) More information on those concerts here:

Netflix Live on Location

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South Park LAC

I casually mentioned this to Amy and Fran and, next thing I know, there they are. You got Georgia down to a "T" and I do have a Librarian Gun Club tshirt. Awesome!!!

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04 June 2007


Whether you work in a firm, a law school, or a government library, China lurks on your horizon. Here’s a chance to find out about the legal information landscape in the world’s next superpower.

On Sunday (5:15 - 6:15 p.m.), the FCIL-SIS presents a panel discussion featuring FCIL Schaffer Grant recipient Cheng Zhen, Director of the Reference Department at the National Library of China (Beijing); and Wei Luo. The panel will be moderated by Sergio Stone.

Panelists will discuss government publications, freedom of government information, and legal research sources.

Cheng Zhen is Director of the Reference Department at the National Library of China in Beijing. Wei Luo, Director of Technical Services and Lecturer in Law at Washington University School of Law, has published numerous books and articles focusing on Chinese law. Sergio Stone is the Foreign, International & Comparative Law Librarian at Denver University, and the current chair of the Asian Law Interest Group within FCIL-SIS.

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PLL Dine-Arounds at AALL

PLL Dine-Arounds are being formed now for Saturday, July 14, 2007 in New Orleans. Generally, the time is from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm., depending on whether you want to attend the opening reception...

For those of you who would like to connect with people outside of PLL, the site to sign up is http://www.lb5.uscourts.gov/AALL/dinearounddescriptions.html
For those who would like to join a PLL dine-around, we have one that will be going to Mr. B's, a contemporary Creole place. Cynthia Jones, the librarian at Phelps Dunbar will be the guide to Mr. B's. We can also have PLL dine-arounds that can choose to go to different restaurants. I can place people in groups of 3-6, and those groups can e-mail among each other and decide which restaurant they would like to attend. You can go to http://www.lb5.uscourts.gov/AALL/eat.html to see a list of restaurants from which your group can choose a restaurant.
The group that would like to go to Mr. B's is the only one that will have a guide going with them. That particular dine-around will only be for PLL members. Any other restaurant that you would like to attend, with other PLL members, I can group people together, but those smaller groups will make plans among each other to decide where to go, where to meet, whether to be back in time for the opening reception, et al.
Please e-mail me at tfabugais@gardere.com, and let me know if you would like to go to the PLL dine-around at Mr. B's, or be put in smaller groups, so you can confer among each other to make plans to go out to dinner.
Trisha Fabugais
Law Librarian
Gardere Wynne Sewell, L.L.P.

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Last Chance to RSVP for the Advocacy Training Program

Space is limited! Please register soon.

Legislative Advocacy Training

Please join the Washington Affairs Office and the Government Relations Committee on Saturday, July 14, 2007 in New Orleans to learn how to become an effective advocate for libraries and librarianship. Advocacy is one of the three pillars of the AALL Strategic Directions, and this is the year to learn how to become an effective advocate. There are so many great things about this training we can’t list them all!

*Learn excellent communications skills
*Get energized by the Washington Affairs Office contagious enthusiasm for information policy
*Meet smart and interesting colleagues
*Create a better world
*Use these skills on your stake holders, your boss and your colleagues to ask for what you really want!

There is no cost for this important training session, but please register by June 15 by contacting Elizabeth LeDoux, ebl22@law.georgetown.edu or call 202-662-4058. Space is limited, so register today!

All politics are local, and this is a great opportunity to learn more about AALL’s legislative agenda and how YOU can help us promote our positions in crucial policy and legislative matters. It is also a great opportunity to network with other librarians, learn effective advocacy skills and make a real impact on the future of our profession.

Join us in July for a day that will change your life!

Keith Ann Stiverson, Chair Mary Alice Baish
Government Relations Committee Associate Washington Affairs Representative

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