Efforts are underway to honor one of Louisiana’s most influential recording artists, Amédé Ardoin (1898–1941) a Creole musician who merits a biographical entry in KnowLA, The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana (knowla.org). Ardoin was a seminal but mysterious figure in Louisiana history, and he remains something of an enigma since he met an unfortunate fate in the last years of his life as an incarcerated mental patient at Central Louisiana Hospital in Pineville.
Former state poet laureate Darrell Bourque recently published a collection of inverted sonnets dedicated to Ardoin, entitled If you abandon me, comment je vas faire: An Amédé Ardoin Songbook, selections of which will appear in the Fall 2014 edition of Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Continue reading New efforts to honor Amédé Ardoin
The new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas hits mailboxes and newsstands this month. We’ll celebrate the issue with a publication party on Thursday, June 26, at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans.
Contributors (and regular LCV columnists) Richard Campanella and Matt Sakakeeny discuss their new books, excerpted in the issue. Buy your copy of Bourbon Street: A History and Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans at the event from Garden District Books. Our favorite Louisiana-based sponsors, Abita and Zapp’s, provide refreshments at 6pm, and talks start at 7pm. And for the first time, we’ll repair next door to an official after-party with our new neighbors, Cellardoor.
The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street. Parking is available in the white-lined spaces behind the building. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at email@example.com or 504.620.2632.