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Justin Martindale & The Backstabbers

Justin Martindale & The Backstabbers

Brad Goins November 18, 2016 Comments Off on Justin Martindale & The Backstabbers

Lake Charles native Justin Martindale began producing and recording his own music when he was 17. His first solo EP, Justin Martindale & The Backstabbers, just dropped. Let me provide a few brief notes

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A Guy Driving Down The Road

A Guy Driving Down The Road

Brad Goins November 4, 2016 Comments Off on A Guy Driving Down The Road

In the last couple of weeks, if you got tired of reading about Les Miles’ firing or the race for David Vitter’s seat or a flock of high school football games, you could always

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The Round About

The Round About

Brad Goins October 21, 2016 Comments Off on The Round About

I moved to Lake Charles on July 1, 1999 — just in time to witness the closing of the great used record store Zypien’s. In the 15 years since, Lake Charles has had little

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What’s Wrong With The American Symphony?

What’s Wrong With The American Symphony?

Brad Goins October 7, 2016 Comments Off on What’s Wrong With The American Symphony?

What’s wrong with the American symphony? I think we can find the answers in this season’s schedule for the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. The season begins on Sept. 17 with a performance

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Snapshots Of The Flood

Snapshots Of The Flood

Brad Goins September 15, 2016 Comments Off on Snapshots Of The Flood

There are always a good number of brilliant writers around. But even the most brilliant can’t do justice to a full-scale disaster right after it happens. With the Louisiana Flood, as with Hurricane Katrina,

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Geek Championship

Geek Championship

Brad Goins September 2, 2016 Comments Off on Geek Championship

I’m a couple of decades too old to know what the word on the street is. But I have an army of young fans who keep me completely up to date on developments as

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10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

Brad Goins August 17, 2016 Comments Off on 10 Cloverfield Lane

By complete serendipity, which is a fancy word for chance or coincidence, I found another film that — like True Detective — mentions Lake Charles quite often (although, as with True Detective, I’m not

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Life And Legends

Life And Legends

Brad Goins August 4, 2016 Comments Off on Life And Legends

Local writer Jennifer Reeser has contributed heavily to the new edition of the poetry periodical Life and Legends. Reeser contributes three original poems, as well as two of her translations of formulas used by

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Calcasieu Serialfest

Calcasieu Serialfest

Brad Goins July 21, 2016 Comments Off on Calcasieu Serialfest

There are three words the Up Fronter loves more than any others: “Mill Creek Entertainment.” Mill Creek is the company that’s released many DVD sets of 50 low-budget films in the horror, sci-fi and

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Like I’d Shave For A Graduation

Like I’d Shave For A Graduation

Brad Goins July 12, 2016 Comments Off on Like I’d Shave For A Graduation

Why do people ban stuff? I don’t suppose we’ll ever live to see the day when adults finally realize that all you do when you try to ban a thing is make it immensely

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