2006 Southern Breeze Winter Issue - (Page 12)

sbr064-1-43.qxp 11/16/2006 8:19 AM Page 12 words & notes Aftermath WANDERLUST b y REBECCA ELDRIDGE In Feet on the Street, Roy Blount Jr. delivers a fine-toothed combing of the TWO VERY DIFFERENT FILMS TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT heady ethos that makes New Orleans HURRICANE KATRINA WROUGHT. arguably the most unique and timeless of the great American cities. Blount has a wonderful way of meandering here and HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU there with his own humorous experiences, Not long ago, I visited New Orleans for the first time since memories, and bird's-eye views of life on the Hurricane Katrina and saw Hurricane on the Bayou at the Entergy IMAX streets. Along the way, he offers a terrific Theatre at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. It seemed apropos taste of the city's historical facts, colorful to view the film in New Orleans, where it debuted on Katrina's one- characters famous and otherwise , cultural and culinary hot spots, and bawdy lore. year anniversary. A true enthusiast for all things New Originally intended to document the rapid loss of Louisiana's bay- Orleans, Blount ends each ramble with a ous and the potential impact on New Orleans' future, the MacGillivray Freeman film was lagniappe a little extra for the reader midway through production when Katrina hit and illustrated, in part, what it was trying to that could be a trivia tidbit, tale of the say: that the wetlands are a desperately needed barrier protecting New Orleans from the famous or infamous, a good joke or a devastating impact of such storms. wacky, funny insight that educates as well as entertains. Hurricane on the Bayou features longtime wetlands activist and Cajun musician Tad Benoit Written prior to Hurricane Katrina, the and delightful fiddle prodigy Amanda Shaw telling the story of the importance of wetlands, book also touches upon the fatalistic then showing the impact of Katrina as the disaster occurs. The film lasts less than an hour, bravado of some residents in anticipation but it packs an emotional wallop on the giant screen. of the big one that would inevitably At the same time, Hurricane on the Bayou gives hope for the future, assuring us that the wet- blow ashore one day. Recent history tells lands can be saved. It's a rousing tribute to the uniqueness of a city and a region; it inspires the rest of the story, making the book's pre-Katrina predictions and bluster eerie as it instructs. and rather disturbing. In hindsight, the For more information, visit www.auduboninstitute.org. Michelle Roberts Matthews book is all the more poignant for its appreciation of the romance, charm, and WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN we hope eternal spirit of the city. FOUR ACTS Feet on the Street unfolds exactly as Director Spike Lee is angry. Okay, that's not exactly breaking news, billed, escorting the reader through ordi- but his anger is often prevalent in his work Do the Right Thing, Jungle nary moments made extraordinary with Fever, Bamboozled, come to mind but he keeps his cool for his four- Blount's keen and witty observances. It's a true love story. hour documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. First shown on HBO in August to coincide with Hurricane Katrina's one- year anniversary, the documentary has just been released on DVD by HBO Home Video. LEFT: JACKET DESIGN DEBORAH NATOLI, JACKET ART: MICHAEL GOING The opus starts to the strains of Louis Armstrong's Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans as shots of the Crescent City's rich, historical past are interspersed with the scenes of Katrina's devastation. You may smile to yourself at the glimpse of a colorful Mardi Gras parade, but that smile quickly fades as more gruesome images are flashed on your screen. As a precursor to the next four hours, the tone has been set. While Lee does not editorialize, he does ask the right questions. From Mayor Ray Nagin and CNN anchorwoman Soledad O'Brien to Ninth Ward resident Phyllis Montana LeBlanc, all of Lee's subjects reflect the director's anger at the various levels of government, the police, FEMA, the looters, or the storm itself. Despite the anger, the one thing that shines through is a passion for the city they all love and before long you start to believe that they, like the city, will be back stronger than ever. To echo Louis' mournful tune: we all know what it means to miss New Orleans . . . but we can't wait to go back. Mark A. Newman 12 souther nbreeze.com http://www.auduboninstitute.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 2006 Southern Breeze Winter Issue

Editor's Letter
Words & Notes
Coastal Calendar
Storefronts - Hybrid Theory
Sweet Dreams - Tres Chic
Art of Living - To Dye For
Fixtures - Pillow Talk
Our Backyard - Coastal Sunrise
Make Yourself at Home - Office Space
Are We There Yet?
Dinner is Served!
Winning Steak
Painting to the Music
Cheers - Loco for SoCo
Reader Services
Dish - Fiesta!
Chef's Table - Sushi by the Seashore
Let's Eat - Tongues Afire!
Last Bite

2006 Southern Breeze Winter Issue