Charismatic Megafauna – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
You might not know it but you are Charismatic Megafauna. Apparently we all are.
Jacques Hebert is one of the only things standing between you and the annihilation of pretty much all the Charismatic Megafauna around here (if you don’t count gators). Well, Jacques himself is not going to be our savior, but the National Audubon Society’s Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, who Jacques works for, is. They’re the folks who have taken us from losing a football field of coastline every to hour to our current rate which is about a football field every 100 minutes. That’s progress, but it’s not going to be enough to save us unless we turn the whole thing around, which Jacques is in the process of doing.
Margee Green is doing her bit to save our green space too. Margee, aka Mo’ Butter, is a flower farmer who grows flowers in New Orleans East as well as organizing other farmers as a part of The New Orleans Flower Collective. On top of that Margee coordinates SPROUT NOLA and is, for want of a better description, the Che Guevara of New Orleans horticulture. Margee has an extraordinary grasp of what is going on in New Orleans politics especially with reference to our farming future.
Josh Benitez grew up thinking he wasn’t going to grow up for too long, courtesy of life on the street in New Orleans. Then in college his professor told him he had to “choose between music and music school” so he dropped out and went to Paris, where he found himself and his future. And he discovered that future was back here in New Orleans.
In a first on Happy Hour, Josh composes a song at the end of the show about the show itself.
And it’s a bittersweet day at Happy hour as we say farewell to our longtime photographer Alison Moon. Alison is vastly overqualified for taking photos of people drinking and is finally cashing in on her non-photographic talents by pursuing post-grad studies in international relations in Oxford, England. So, for one last time we get to say, photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.