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Krewe du Vieux takes on Carnival

February 16, 2006 - Driving through New Orleans, it's clear that people are determined to celebrate Carnival as speed towards Fat Tuesday on February 28. The Carnival group getting the most attention this year is Krewe du Vieux, a descendent of a 1978 krewe, du Vieux is known for its biting social commentary.

Bonnaroo 2006

By R. Neal
February 2, 2006 - Promoters have announced the preliminary lineup for the 2006 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, June 16-18 in Manchester, Tenn. According to this Billboard article, "though Bonnaroo's roots are firmly planted in the jam-band scene, this year's lineup tilts more toward mainstream and indie rock..."

Show some love for Facing South

January 27, 2006 - Since we launched our humble Facing South blog in February 2005 -- warning, one-year anniversary post coming soon! -- we haven't done much in the way of self-promotion (aside from fundraising season, of course!).

For your viewing pleasure...

By R. Neal
January 13, 2006 - Our pal Fletch, the "high-tech drifter" over at No Direction Home, has redesigned his photo blog for better presesntation of his excellent photography of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and points beyond.

Thumbs up for "Country Boys"

January 11, 2006 - Tonight is the third and final installment of "Country Boys," the PBS Frontline documentary about two white teens growing up in the Kentucky mountains. I've caught the first two installments, and I'll definitely be watching the last piece of this powerful series by David Sutherland tonight.

Thanks, you did it!

January 6, 2006 - It's official: you did it! Thanks to the generous contributions of readers like you, we met our $20,000 goal for the Institute's end-of-year fundraiser. Your support makes possible the Institute's one-of-a-kind programs, delivering hard-hitting investigative reports and a vital progressive voice in the South.