Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Imax movie Hurricane on the Bayou: fiddler Amanda Shaw plays SciPort Th, Feb 8, 6:45 & 8:15

Hurricane on the Bayou, the latest movie at SciPort, is recommendable because it has that Imax 1-2-3 punch: it's about loss of the Bayou State wetlands, it's about fiddler Amanda Shaw and other musicians, and it has astounding camerawork - featuring alligators, shrimp boats, etc.

Crusty Cajuns and New Orleans Creoles, like Allen Toussaint, tell the story. What's not to like? For some viewers this kind of movie, an infotainment, falls into a muddled middle ground. That said, my family enjoyed it, learned from it and definitely enjoyed that Imax rush.

To add intoxication to the movie, the mixologists at SciPort delivered Chubby Carrier and his zydeco band 2 weeks ago (I spell it the old way, Carriere, but he's changed it). Next week they will feature Amanda Shaw, a girl who's becoming a star by her appearances on TV and at fests.

Carrier is an international zydeco star who is also featured in Hurricane on the Bayou. He and his band absolutely turned it out at SciPort. We danced, we grinned, we bought his latest album.

So I expect Thur, Feb 8, to be a night of big fun, son-of-a-gun.

Louisiana Wetlands Night, says Eric Gipson, will include:

5:30 – 8:30 Louisiana style dinner
6 – 9 Ongoing hands-on activities (Estuary, LA Coastal Animals, Make-It Take-It Fish Printing)
6:00 Jessica Kastler wetlands talk and Q&A in the Space Dome Planetarium.
6:45 – 7:15 Amanda Shaw
7:00 – 7:45 Hurricane on the Bayou
7:30 Wetlands speaker Jessica Kastler
8:15 – 845 Amanda Shaw
8:30 – 915 Hurricane on the Bayou

$8 / $10, program
$7 / $3.50 supper

Reservations: (318) 424-3466
Jennifer Tuxen (318) 424-8683;

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