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October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

State Dems Bump Buddy for Karen Carter-Peterson

After the Louisiana Democratic Party left last fall's statewide elections for the Republicans to fight amongst themselves, there was a feeling that a change was gonna come. Today, the Democrats' governing committee made the most visible of those changes so far, ousting Chairman Claude "Buddy" Leach in favor of New Orleans state Senator Karen Carter-Peterson.


Carter-Peterson's election ends the brief term of Leach, a former state lawmaker and Congressman from Leesville. He served since a special election in 2010. If the nickname wasn't a giveaway, Leach showed which wing of the Party he is from when he infamously gave former Gov. Edwin Edwards a job at one of his companies when the former governor got out of house arrest. Under his tenure, the party watched members defect to the Republican side of the aisle to save their conservative credentials with voters.


Carter-Peterson's election brings the party's center back to New Orleans, where the only Democratic Congressman (Cedric Richmond) and U.S. Senator (Mary Landrieu) are from. During this legislative session, Carter Peterson is behind measures to create the Equal Pay for Women Act and repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. She voted against Bobby Jindal's main charter schools legislation, and offered bills that would make it illegal to operate a charter school in a portion of existing schools, and offered a bill that would allow public schools to create indepdenent public benefit corporations for funding.


When becoming Party Chair, however, viewpoints and legislative offerings typically take a backseat to organizing and winning elections. Ultimately, those two areas are likely to be the criteria on which she is judged in taking over a party that needs a fire lit underneath it.

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