Cree’s costume rules

CNN.com, 2012: Sometimes we need a mask to come as our true self, says McCree, the New Orleans transplant who has spent the past decade dressing herself and others for Carnival.

Her top three costuming rules: “You should feel fabulous. You should be comfortable. And you should sparkle.”

Check out this legend’s work in costume design and in creating the Piety Market in Exile at The Healing Center held on the second Saturday of each month at 11-4 except for a June- August hiatus.

The 28th annual NOLA Designer Costume Bazaar will be Saturday, 2/23 when the Healing Center hosts a curated collection of the most creative costumers in town.

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That tree in Beauregard-Keyes garden

I wrote about my relationship to the calamansi tree in the corner of the garden over on my food system blog:

https://darlenewolnik.com/2019/02/04/bright-orange-hope/

The Man in the Red Beret

The brilliant Troubled Men Podcast features the ever-present chess master Jude Acers. Acers is best known for playing against all comers in a New Orleans downtown gazebo while wearing a red beret. A longtime resident of Louisiana, he claims to have been the first New Orleans native chess master of comparable strength since Paul Morphy.

Acers in the French Quarter in 2011

He is also known for being a great showman, touring the country giving simultaneous chess exhibitions. He was twice the world record holder of having played the most opponents in a simultaneous exhibition. First against 117 opponents (1974, Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon), then against 179 opponents (1976, Mid Island Plaza, Long Island, New York). The records were certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

This podcast is exactly what you’d expect of Jude,  if you have ever heard him hold the floor in a convo. Its as New Orleans as it gets baby.

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Plessy’s Red Beans & Rice Social and Second Line

Homer A. Plessy Community School

On 2/21 at 6:00 pm they’ll roll with The Marigny Street Brass Band as they second line through the French Quarter. When they return to Plessy, there will be a red beans challenge, float viewing, and music provided by their house D.J., Chinolasoul.