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By billalpert | The Kitchen Sink

Dec 21

Bourbon Street on a recent weeknight

There is, and could only ever be one New Orleans. Our homeward bound trek along Interstate 10 gave us a day to savor the city’s unique flavor. The Red Fish Grill provided a dinner I’ll remember for years to come. Check out their double chocolate bread pudding for dessert. OMG.

The real treat came with a stroll along Bourbon street. It was buzzing with activity, even on a Wednesday night. Music streamed out of practically every doorway. We were awed by a makeshift brass band which took up residence on a street corner. Their robust sound, a funky, updated tribute to traditional dixieland playing was at once honest, vital and virtuostic. Most amazing of all, none of group appeared to be older than a teenager.

Beyond the French Quarter, one doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of Katrina. The local newscasts still feature stories of the many struggles this proud city still faces.

What an embarrassment that such destruction and poverty can continue to persist so long after the hurricane. This is our country, these people our citizens, this music our heritage. Dear Lord!

Impromptu street concert worthy of Lincoln Center

It’s been a wonderful trip. Still, we’re looking forward to being home, and sharing the holidays with friends and family.

Some special notes of congratulations to Alpert Studio students Gabi Martinez upon her acceptance to Oberlin Conservatory and also to Mackenzie Orr who was selected to perform the lead role of Mary in the upcoming production of The Secret Garden at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. Kudos to these hard working, talented students.

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