Two Women

So I decided to get out of my apartment today after morning work and enjoy the sun. Making lots of stops, including to Ellen Macomber‘s new gallery location on Magazine (next to Mojo’s) and Melissa Martin’s Mosquito Supper Club on Dryades, now shared with Levee Baking Co and Seasoned, the gently used kitchenware shop. Ellen was busy painting one of her beautiful map windows, talking a blue streak as always, sharing her plans for hustling every angle she can so she can work at what she wants and her family can live well enough in New Orleans on New Orleans money. Just back from Mexico, tanned and full of ideas about how to get she and her family back there and back to Cuba. Of course, she took time out to curse me out for missing her last event. At the door, she shouts out, “Love your face!” and maybe called me a bitch too, a word probably used for a dozen different meanings by Ellen over the course of one day. Leaving Magazine still shaking my head over Ellen, I headed to Dryades to see if could find Melissa’s place. I have offered less support to Melissa, as I have yet to make to the Supper Club. I have no good excuse as I know Melissa’s food and her ability to create an entire evening around it. She was at the entrance, musing over something as I walked in, but greeted me warmly and showed me the space and we talked of her plans and introduced her colleagues. It’s hard to not compare these 2 Louisiana women: Ellen- raised in Abbeville and New Orleans, has such city energy, so outwardly tough and moving constantly, who only trusts wisdom that comes from experience. Melissa, the small Chauvin girl so often quiet when you are talking that you worry she has mentally left the conversation, but then she acknowledges and builds on something you say and you say, “YES. That’s exactly what I meant.” Melissa and I worked together at Market Umbrella (one of a few outstanding chefs to do so, along with Kristen Essig and Aaron Burgau) so I know her work ethic but also know how long and how many stops it has taken her to get to this place where she is doing the kind of food and the kind of presentation she has always dreamed of doing. I also know that for her, to be successful is only complete as part of a team, but also that she is not necessarily comfortable to be the head of that team. Conversely, Ellen fiercely guards her freedom in order to be able to adapt quickly which means her work time is most often just her in her studio. But that constant adaptation has allowed her to realize her ideas more fully and has also kept her work from being cliched which makes her a leader whether she likes it or not. (Which she doesn’t. She is visibly unnerved when I call her one.) Fascinating to see these 2 women (mothers too) working without any institutional support in their field, outnumbered by the men in their field who often get more coverage and the few plum jobs, without the ease of decent municipal infrastructure and yet determined to stay and triumph.


Cleaving to the Medieval, Journeymen Ply Their Trades in Europe – The New York Times


Wonderful story about Wandergesellen, Germans who have finished their required training in any number of trades and are traveling to gather experience.

While on the road, journeymen are not supposed to pay for food or accommodations, and instead live by exchanging work for room and board. In warm weather, they sleep in parks and other public spaces. They generally carry only their tools, several changes of underwear, socks and a few shirts wrapped into small bundles that can be tied to their walking sticks — and that can also double as pillows.

The color of their jackets indicates their trade: Carpenters and roofers wear black, tailors maroon and gardeners deep hunter green

Traditionally, a journeyman was not allowed to travel or seek work within a 60-kilometer radius of his hometown — a guideline intended to encourage an exchange of ideas among those practicing any given trade. Today, it remains a way to ensure that the journeyman develops independence.


Remedy: Mind/Body Wellness Community Skillshare & Market

Are you a musician or performer in need of health care services? Join us at Remedy: Mind/Body Wellness Community Skillshare & Market on Sunday, May 28th at the The Music Box Village!

We will be conducting pre-registration for new patients on site. Come learn about the NOMC and see if our services could be useful to you 🙂

New Orleans Airlift

4557 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Sunday at 12 PM – 6 PM

‘Send Me A Friend’

Local (well, by way of Sweden but well over  25+ years ago) blues legend Anders Osborne has experienced the lows of addiction and the difficulty in being a working musician when that addiction is under control too. His program is a great idea for others struggling to stay sober while working in bars and clubs. He is a great musician and clearly, a great friend to other musicians at home and abroad.


Check out his music and bio here



Tanya & Dorise

After playing 15 years on the street, we’ve decided to end our run. Thank you for the love and memories!

Please keep us in our hearts as we embark on our next chapter. For any questions or comments, please contact us directly:
Dorise can be reached at

Tanya can be found at

We are no longer accepting bookings. Music is still available for purchase below.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


The ‘You Get Paid, I Get Paid’ campaign



“This cause is personal to me because my family has been taunted by photographers about how much they have sold my daddy’s image for, and they even tried to take photos at his funeral without permission,” states Cherice Harrison-Nelson, curator of the Hall of Fame, big queen of Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, and the daughter of legendary Big Chief Donald Harrison. “But this is bigger than my family – the green paper provides evidence of how widespread this disregard for the artistic skill of Mardi Gras Indians has become. We will use it to further advance the ‘You Get Paid, I Get Paid’ campaign we launched during last year’s Blue Linen Night.”

The green paper was completed as part of a broad coalition that is advocating for greater equity in New Orleans cultural economy and tourism industry. Organized during Foundation for Louisiana’s 2014 Equity Caucus and funded by the foundation’s TOGETHER Initiative, this working group is developing a survey, app and other tools to help culture bearers gain more control over the economic aspects of their work.

Jackson Square artists could leave after losing supply cart storage space

As far as I am concerned, the city needs to maintain a storage space for square artists. It is important to note that this is not retail space that is used for these carts, but a corridor under the steps. Granted, it looks like crap, but so do many public spaces that the city controls and does not maintain.

The move comes in advance of a construction project aimed at “revitalizing” Washington Artillery Battery park and the Moonwalk.

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