Friday, July 20, 2012

Treme Brass Band Leader Goes Out on his Feet

The embalmed body of the great Treme Brass Band leader and community icon Lionel Batiste rests against a light pole during his wake on Thursday, July 19 at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home in New Orleans, in this great photo by Chris Granger of the Times-Picayune. A man who epitomized the traditional local values of person humility and extraordinary flair, Batiste was the subject of massive week long memorial celebrations and Second Line parades. More>>

Another New Orleans icon, Frank Trapani, the Frankie & Johnny’s Furniture Store proprietor who co-starred in the store’s memorable TV spots of years past featuring himself and the store’s “Special Man,” died Thursday. He was 83. The legendary commercials, which ceased years ago, were immortalized via Youtube and their discovery by Conan O'Brien. And, as reported by Claire Tancons in eflux # 30, an Occupy Frankie and Johnny’s movement was launched on October 21, 2011, when the St. Claude Avenue institution became the proposed site of a new CVS drugstore. The protest featured costumed artists and anarchist as anti-CVS placards appeared everywhere. Frankie and Johnny's survived.