Author: Sue Strachan

Philanthropic Faces: Don Marshall

Age: 71    Education: M.A. Arts Administration, University of New Orleans Is there any part in New Orleans’ creative community with which Don Marshall hasn’t shared his talent? A native of New Orleans, his professional career in the arts started…

Are You Healthy?

It’s easy to forget a doctor’s appointment for that annual check-up, then never reschedule – especially during the aftermath of a pandemic or hurricane – so much so that you realize a few years have gone by and you still…

Philanthropic Faces: Andy Kopplin

Andy Kopplin is a natural for his job. After working for years in city and state government in several positions, he came to know the region better than most.  As President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, he…

Activists of the Year 2020

Even in the best of times, philanthropy and volunteering are important to the health of a community. The work of nonprofits and those who dedicate themselves to working with them has now become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Vacation Oasis

Savory cuisine, a luscious bed, museum exhibitions, shopping and yes, maybe even a workout. Sounds like a vacation, and it is – just because your summer travel plans have been canceled or altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, doesn’t mean…

St. Charles Avenue’s Couture Wedding Guide

While most New Orleanians are thinking of Carnival this month, for an engaged couple it’s time to start planning for their own big day. So, since it’s time to go all out just like the city, St. Charles Avenue has…

Interview with Trixie Minx

One of New Orleans' top burlesque performers talks about the shows she produces and how she got the name Trixie Minx.

Q&A with Terrance D. Osborne

Artist Terrance D. Osborne’s work is unmistakable when you see it: colorful and kinetic – houses are a swirl of fuchsia, citrine, taxi-cab yellow; musicians play instruments in rhythm to a soundless  tune; a streetcar hints at jumping out of a…

Q&A with Elsa Hahne

The art director at OffBeat magazine shares her take on food, music and Swedish.

Interview with Wanda Rouzan

The New Orleans performer and teacher talks about when she started performing, what it was like to be on "Treme" and how she got the nickname Huckle-Buck.

Cedric George Givens, King Zulu 2013

One of the most coveted throws of the New Orleans Carnival season is the famous coconut. As a Carnival tradition dating back to about 1910, the coconut has had a storied history: Not only is it a cult favorite (people…

Austin Rivers

My first game to see New Orleans Hornets rookie point guard Austin Rivers play was ironically against the Utah Jazz, the team that was once known as the New Orleans Jazz. The Jazz logo, as my friend pointed out, looks…

Kermit Ruffins

If waiting to interview musician Kermit Ruffins means that I had to spend time inhaling the aroma of food wafting from the kitchen of his latest venture, Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, so be it. On the menu this night is everything…

Roman Harper

When I was setting up this interview with Roman Harper, a safety for the New Orleans Saints known for his quick moves and gray hair, I felt our roles were reversed – in football terms, I was chasing him, rather…

Mark Romig

I love my job,” says Mark Romig at the conclusion of our interview. And I think, why not? Romig promotes the city of New Orleans. But for those of you who think tourism is something that drives itself – I’m sure…

Thomas Morstead

When I went to interview New Orleans Saint Thomas Morstead I took a look online to get some information about punters, a sometimes-overlooked – but crucial – position on a football team.  The first definition I pulled up had nothing…

Peter Fos

When the announcement was made last December that University of New Orleans had a new president, Dr. Peter Fos, it was like a big hurdle had been jumped. After 18 months without permanent leadership (though there was an acting chancellor/interim…

Nick Spitzer

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that surprise you. So, when I went to meet “American Routes” host and noted cultural multi-hyphenate Nick Spitzer, I was a little intimidated. I had met him socially before and he has always been…

Fêtes for All

May might bring flowers but April is showered with festivals.

New Orleans Persona: Meschiya Lake

Meschiya Lake is funny, wise and, Ultimately, businesslike, as she had to take a phone call from a booking agent in England during our conversation. I was tempted to observe a musician switch from the role that I usually see…

Persona: Greivis Vasquez

At a Glance Profession: Point guard for New Orleans Hornets Age: 25 Resides: Warehouse District Born: Caracas, Venezuela Family: Mother, Ivis Rodriguez; father, Gregario Vasquez; brother, Ingerman Sanoya Education: University of Maryland; Major: American Studies Favorite book: The Essential Wooden:…

Persona: Elroy A. James, King Zulu 2012

It was the afternoon of Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, 2012, and the elegant Gallier Hall – New Orleans’ former City Hall – was filled with Carnival krewe captains and members, city officials and the press to kick off the beginning of…

Ana Zorrilla

New Orleans is a city of animal lovers. but like any other area of the world – be it urban or rural – pet overpopulation and animal cruelty are a definite reality. We would like to think that people are…