Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Nook Dec 11 Edition

Brent brings the latest in new releases and gift ideas to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from legendary rockers AC/DC and a greatest hits collection from country singer Carrie Underwood - movies include Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - and books include Melissa Gilbert's Little House on the Prairie cookbook, an original Sons Of Anarchy novel - and more!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

2014 has been a hell of a year and I am most thankful for quite a few things - I'm thankful that my daughter and grand-kids and their family are so happy and doing so well - I'm thankful to my sister, brother, cousins, parents and the whole extended family for being the best - I'm thankful for my co-workers who make going to work something to look forward to - I'm thankful to the police, paramedics, doctors, insurance agents and car dealers that helped me out so much after my accident - I'm thankful to my sweetie for being my best friend, fellow cat-wrangler and partner in crime - and then there's all of YOU people, I'm thankful for the communication and shared experience of life online and off ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

KBTV FOX 4 Southeast Texas Live Book Nook Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend Edition

Brent brings news of Barnes & Noble's Discovery Weekend activities and holiday gift ideas to KBTV FOX 4'a Southeast Texas live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 19 - the weekend's events include: Friday Nov. 21 - 7 p.m. - Linkee Trivia Tournament - shout out trivia game with a twist!; Saturday Nov. 22 - 10 a.m. - Create with ArtFolds - transform books into art!; 11 a.m. - Learn to draw like Mo Willems and Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus storytime!; 1 p.m. - Puppet Making and Holiday Sing-along - create your own puppet friend and sing!; 7 p.m. - Holiday Fluxx Game Night - family fun card came with ever-changing rules!; Sunday Nov. 23 - 1 p.m. - Snowmen at Night storytime - and create your own snowman!; All of this and more at Barnes & Noble, 4155 Dowlen in Beaumont, Texas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brent's Book Nook Nov. 12 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 12 - with new music from The Foo Fighters and Garth Brooks - new DVDs including How To Train Your Dragon 2 - and new books from the Bush family, Wimpy Kid, Stephen King and more!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Nook Oct. 29 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 29 - with new music from Taylor Swift and The Hot Sardines - Brent's favorite Halloween DVDs - new books by Anne Rice, Amy Poehler, Gillian Anderson and more!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Nook Oct. 22 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 21 - with new CDs from '80s icons Billy Idol and Annie Lennox - new DVDs include "Sex Tape" and "Snowpiercer" - and there's new books from John Grisham, George R.R. Martin - and more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Stop Calling Creole Culture "Cajun" - It's Not The Same Thang

Another local newspaper article about regional food/customs and another local newspaper writer misidentifying Creole as "Cajun." It's enough to make me spit-take my Cafe Du Monde Coffee with Chicory. Quick history lesson for wannabe food writers: The French established New Orleans in the French Colony of Louisiana in 1718. From that day, everyone born in the French colony (whether they were originally from France or not) would become known as Creole (meaning from the colony.) Meanwhile, the "Cajuns" were the French-speaking farmers who settled in Eastern CANADA in the same time period. Got that? CANADA. The first Africans, both slaves and freemen, came to New Orleans in 1720. From African cooks we get the co-creation and name of the classic Creole dish known as GUMBO - early 19th century: from the Angolan word kingombo "okra." Got that? "Cajuns" did not invent Gumbo. African cooks also contributed new ideas to French dishes such as Etouffee, resulting in the Creole classics Shrimp Etouffee and Crawfish Etouffee. Other Europeans, including Germans, Italians, Swiss, English, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian and so on, began arriving in New Orleans in 1722. From the Germans, we got potato salad as a side for Gumbo, French/German collaborations on Andouille sausage, French/German collaborations on Boudain and the creation of fried potatoes sold in the French Market that became known as "French Fried Potatoes" and "Creole Potato Chips." From the English, we got battered/fried fish and bread pudding. From the Italians we got loaves of bread sold in the French Market that became known as "French Bread" (German bakers did the same) - as well as the creation of the classic Muffuletta sandwich. And more. All of that is Creole, not "Cajun." The first Spanish came to New Orleans in 1763, bringing more culinary influences, including a popular culinary French/Spanish collaboration called Jambalaya. Again, Creole, not "Cajun." Finally, the first "Cajuns" left Eastern Canada and came down to Louisiana in 1764. By that time the Creole people, culture, food and customs were well established. The "Cajuns," who were farmers, settled in the area west of New Orleans that would become Lafayette. And the rural Creoles of Southwest Louisiana taught the "Cajuns" how to hunt and fish in the bayous, and how to make Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and everything else in between. Additional note: Following the Haitian Revolution of 1791, people from Haiti, the West Indies, Jamaica and the Caribbean also came to New Orleans, bringing even more diverse influences to Creole food and customs. Additional note: Part of the problem is that way too many people - including cooks and restaurant owners - identify themselves as "Cajun" when many times their families are actually descended from Creoles. And that's a whole 'nuther rant. Christophe Landry writes: "Cajunism operates on a Canadian and French identity; many Louisianians who have no Canadian ancestry will dig hard to find one to validate their Cajunité, too. When the genealogy proves unsuccessful, they parade around claiming to be “culturally” Cajun, anything to avoid being Creole. In their minds, Canada and France are where Whites live and come from, which makes Cajun an implicitly white ethno-racial identity." - "That leaves the remaining “Francophones” in Louisiana to continue identifying as Creoles (or, French Creoles, Spanish Creoles, or Black Creoles), making Creole, therefore, an explicitly black/mixed/other ethnic identity. Still, some Whites, in disgust, will whisper to you: "We used to call ourselves Creoles before this Cajun stuff” - or “They call themselves Cajuns, but they're all Creoles."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Laissez Les Bon Temps Nook Oct. 1st Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1st - with new albums from Blake Shelton and Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, new movies include "Transformers Age Of Extinction" and Jon Favreau's "Chef," and new books from "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and the Long Island Medium - and more!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

El Nook Sept. 24 Edition

Brent brings the BEST in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 24th! - with new CDs from Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga and Jennifer Hudson, DVDs include the comedy Neighbors and the Exorcist box set, and new books from Bill O'Reilly, Kathy Reichs, Carl Hiaasen and Scott Westerfield!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

El Nook Sept. 16 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 16 - with Godzilla, Garth Brooks, Barbra Streisand, Legos, Steve Harvey, Michael Vey, and more!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

El Nook Sept 10 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 10 - with new music from Robert Plant and Billy Childs, the home video releases of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Brick Mansions, new books from Him Harrison, Philippa Gregory, Mitchell Zuckoff, Jason Segel, Sen. Wendy Davis and more!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Annual Tenants Exhibition

Sep 6 at 7:00pm to Sep 26 at 5:00pm - the Art Studio Inc., 720 Franklin St, Beaumont, Texas 77701 - Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 6th 7-10pm. The public is invited to attend this FREE event featuring our hard working resident artists of all mediums. Come early and meet the Artists in their studios 7-8 pm. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain in the Gallery throughout the month and open during business hours Tues. - Sat. 2-5pm. or by appointment. For more information call 409-838-5393.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Right On Right On Right On

wow this is weird - bear with me a minute - my top 10 favorite songs at the top of my head used to all be punk rock songs - but now, my Top 10 favorite songs at the top of my head are: Take The Money And Run, Life In The Fast Lane, Smuggler's Blues, Already Gone, Running On Empty, Take It Easy, All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Down At The Sunset Grill, Copperhead Road, and Cocaine. when the hell did I turn into a 1970s pot dealer?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

El Nook August 14 Edition

Brent brangs it when it comes to the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday Aug. 14 - with new soundtracks from Get On Up: The James Brown Story and Jon Favreau's Chef - Aaron Paul's Need For Speed and James Spader's The Blacklist on DVD/BluRay - new Star Wars books for the kids, and new novels from James Patterson and James Lee Burke - and Jack Bauer is back in book form in a new 24 novel!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

so I finally saw Battleship

Battleship is the best U.S. Navy vs Aliens flick that Michael Bay never made - Peter Berg does any excellent job capturing the Jerry Bruckheimer style - awesome soundtrack too (with original music by Tom Morrello and Rick Rubin) - GO NAVY

Monday, June 30, 2014

#becausecarcrash

last week I was involved in a Hollywood-style car crash - broken collarbone, sprained wrist, neck, shoulder - everything hurts. these pain meds would feel a whole lot better if it wasn't for all this pain. good news from my kickass orthopedic surgeon, collarbone should heal properly on its own, just have to keep left arm in a sling for a while. have to go have an ultrasound done on some bruising - to make sure there's no internal bleeding, blood clotting, etc. wow - a Starksy Starsky & Hutch (TV series) episode I've never seen before? SWEET! (Cozi TV). rollin' like Bonnie & Clyde 2014 to make a pharmacy run - made off like Drugstore Cowboys. Café Du Monde coffee with chicory, filling out insurance forms, paying bills online, binge-watching Arrow. funny thing about wearing a sling - you get really good at one-finger typing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EL NOOK June 4 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new CDs from Miranda Lambert and Elvis Presley, Lone Survivor and RoboCop on DVD, and new books from Stephen King and more!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

El Nook May 28 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday May 28 - with new CDs from Mariah Carey and Disney's Maleficent soundtrack - graphic novels including Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past - and new books from Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, Clive Cussler and more!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

El Nook May 14 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new DVDs including I, Frankenstein and Orange Is The New Black - new CDs from Blondie, Santana and the late Michael Jackson - and new books from James Patterson, Michelle Knight and more!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

EL NOOK 4/30 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. TODAY - with a new album from alt-rock pioneers The Pixies, the DVD Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, new books from Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Earth Wind and Fire ... and more!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

El Nook April 23 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday April 23 - with the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a new thriller from David Baldacci, a memoir from Senator Elizabeth Warren, some cool Game Of Thrones stuff and more!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

El Nook April 16 Edition

Brent is back bringing the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday April 16 - Ice Cube and Kevin Hart join forces in the comedy "Ride Along," BBC's "Ripper Street" offers a second season on DVD, Aimee Mann of '80s pop group Til Tuesday returns with new duo The Both, Linda Ronstadt presents a career-spanning collection of duets, best-selling author Nora Roberts unfolds a mystery with "The Collector" and more!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

El Nook April 9 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday April 9 - with new music from Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Lillith Fair alum Joan Osborne, DVDs including the second installment of The Hobbit and the latest entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise, and new books from KISS lead singer Paul Stanley, Laini Taylor and more!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

El Nook April Fool's Edition

This is no joke - Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. TODAY - with Hank Williams III's new "Ramblin Man" album, Cyndi Lauper's 30th anniversary edition of "She's So Unusual," the DVD release of "Anchorman 2" and Disney's "Pirate Fairy," new books by Lemony Snicket, Sherrilyn Kenyon and more!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

El Nook Ash Wednesday Edition

Happy Ash Wednesday! To celebrate, Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with new DVDs including "12 Years A Slave" and "The Time Of The Doctor" - new CDs from Pharrell Williams and Junkie XL - and new books from Chelsea Handler, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and Son Of God!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Because of racism some people will call themselves "Cajun" when they are actually Creole

Because of racism, some people will call themselves "Cajun" when they are actually Creole. "Cajunism operates on a Canadian French identity; many Louisianians who have no Canadian ancestry will dig hard to find one to validate their Cajunité, too. When the genealogy proves unsuccessful, they parade around claiming to be “culturally” Cajun, anything to avoid being Creole. In their minds, Canada and France are where Whites live and come from, which makes Cajun an implicitly white ethno-racial identity." "That leaves the remaining “Francophones” in Louisiana to continue identifying as Creoles (or, French Creoles, Spanish Creoles, or Black Creoles), making Creole, therefore, an explicitly black/mixed/other ethnic identity. Still, some Whites, in disgust, will whisper to you: "We used to call ourselves Creoles before this Cajun stuff” - or “They call themselves Cajuns, but they're all Creoles." - Christophe Landry http://christophelandry.com/2011/07/19/cajun-or-creole-whats-in-a-name/

If you like Mardi Gras, thank a Creole

After reading the Cat5's feature of The Mardi Gras Southeast Texas and it's so-called "weird mix" of "cowboy and Cajun" I laughed out loud "They forgot the Creole? Again?" - Pffffffft - if it's Zydeco, it's Creole, not Cajun - and cowboy isn't a "weird mix" for Creoles, what with a renowned history of Creole Cowboys and Zydeco Trail Rides. Creoles invented gumbo, king cakes, throwing beads and many of the Mardi Gras traditions we enjoy today - Cajuns, meanwhile brought chasing chickens to the party.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

El Nook Feb 26 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Feb 25 - with new music from Beck and Dierks Bentley, the home video debut of "Gravity" and Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," the book-and-soundtrack tie-in for "Son of God," new books from Kim Harrison and Janet Evanovich - and more!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

EL NOOK Feb 19 Edition

Dragons, mermaids, pirates, werewolves - and The Beatles oh my - are all part of Brent's best of new releases this week on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. TODAY. The third season of Game Of Thrones hits DVD and Bluray, The Beatles celebrate the 50th anniversary of their American debut with re-releases of classic albums on CD, Suzanne Vega drops her excellent new album - and authors J.D. Robb, Christine Feehan, Alice Hoffman and Richard Lee Byers offer novels featuring the aforementioned pirates, mermaids and werewolves (but not all in the same book)!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

El Nook Feb 12 Edition

Brent the bearded bard brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12 - new music includes the awesome soundtrack to the LEGO Movie featuring Tegan and Sara, the Lonely Island and a member of DEVO - new DVDs include Sherlock, Killing Kennedy and Ender's Game - and new books include a special edition of Divergent, James Patterson's latest Private thriller, the art of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and more!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

EL NOOK - Deep Freeze Jan 29 Edition

The role of Mr. Freeze will be played by Brent as he brings the best in this week's new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Jan 29 - new DVDs include season 4 of Downton Abbey, The Fifth Estate and Bad Grandpa - new CDs include a classics collection from Tony Bennett, Disney's Sophia the First and the Broadway soundtrack of A Night With Janis Joplin - and there's new books too!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EL NOOK - Jan 22 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 22 - with new music from Rosanne Cash, Los Lonely Boys and the Boss himself Bruce Springsteen - it's Tom Hanks vs. Somali pirates in the movie "Captain Phillips" and Mel Gibson vs. the world in "Machete Kills" - new books, a "Lego Movie" event and more!