The Spring 2014 edition of Louisiana Cultural Vistas debuted in mid-March with a rebranded logo that celebrates the magazine’s 25th year in print. Click here to view the digital edition and here to subscribe today.
Three contributors to the new issue will speak at a publication launch party on April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners’ Hall (938 Lafayette Street (map) in New Orleans’ Central Business District):
* 2014 LEH Michael P. Smith Memorial Award for Documentary Photography recipient Richard Sexton will present a slideshow of selections from a new book and related museum exhibition at The Historic New Orleans Collection titled “Creole World.” The photo essay examines the cultural ties between New Orleans and other French and Spanish colonial cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Click here for the LCV article.
* Music writer Roger Hahn will discuss pioneering female blues musician Lizzie Douglas, better known as “Memphis Minnie,” who was born in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans in 1897. Click here to read the LCV article.
* Carolyn Morrow Long will offer insight into her research about The Cracker Jack, a hoodoo drugstore that operated in New Orleans’ South Rampart business district for much of the mid-20th century. Click here to read Long’s article.
The event is sponsored by Abita Brewery and Zapp’s Chips. The event is free and open to the public, and there’s a $5 suggested donation to help with the celebration. Our friends from Guideaux’s Food Truck will be in the parking lot with gourmet Italian dishes. For more information on the event, contact Brian Boyles at email@example.com or 504.620.2632.
Other new features in this issue include an editorial by longtime executive editor David Johnson and a “Parting Shot” section on the back page that will regularly highlight a vintage photograph, artifact, or document that links to a related entry in KnowLA.org, The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana. The cover of the new issue features a portrait of the LEH’s Humanist of the Year, Walter Isaacson, a renowned biographer, journalist, and CEO /President of The Aspen Institute. Isaacson contributed an essay to this issue that traces his career path from a student at New Orleans’ Isidore Newman School, and later Oxford University, to his work at TIME magazine and CNN and his present position chairing an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC.
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