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The Best Freebies and Fun On-the-Cheap

  It's still hot outside. Take shelter on Saturday in one of our city's many fantastic, often world-class museums when you and a guest can get in for free compliments of Smithsonian magazine and its annual Museum Day. Participating museums…

Hank Williams' Louisiana Links

  Expect for there to be an upswing in interest for country music over the next few weeks as PBS presents producer Ken Burns’ latest series, this one about country music. Segments include one about the music’s greatest performer and…

Fasten Your Seat Belts, The Saints Are Coming

  It's not yet been a full news cycle since the Saints football season began and it's already a side winding, master blasting, nail biting, heart beating, gully washing, teeth gnashing hurricane party. In other words, just another Season of…

Do You Still Think About It? I Do.

  Last May I was attending a conference in Minneapolis. One morning I was in a breakfast buffet line when a man across from me, whom I did not know, looked up from his pancakes and asked a question that…

Lil Wayne, Lizzo and More

Lil WeezyAna Fest Saturday Tomorrow Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest returns for its fifth installment.  This year the festival is moving from its original home at Champions Square to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena.  This shift will allow…

Saturday In The Quarter

  The seventh annual Downriver Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum (400 Esplanade Ave., 568.2564, nolajazzmuseum.org). Celebrating the cultural, economic, environmental and inspirational impacts and contributions of the Mississippi River to our fair city…

Best of the Fall Fests

  With the weather turning cooler (please?, pretty please?) it’s time to get outside, throw on some jeans and enjoy food, fun and festivities at the ever-growing list of festivals in and around the city. From September through December, there…

Magazine Tour de Force

What change three decades can bring. As a college student I was the assistant manager of La Casa & The Garden Pottery, a funky, upscale home furnishings store at Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue. La Casa was a rarity. Pretty…

September

2019 Curtain Call Ball Le Petit Theatre kicks off its 103rd season on Sept. 13 with the 2019 Curtain Call Ball. Broadway actress and singer Betsy Wolfe will perform, accompanied by a cast of local favorites. There will also be…

Of Drag Queens and the New Orleans Saints

  Remember the drag queen moment I mentioned last week? Well, that moment is definitely continuing as we close in on Labor Day and Southern Decadence weekend in our fair city. On Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. the…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #1: River Ridge Rules The World

  I love New Orleans culture. You absolutely know this if you are a regular reader of this column. I love everything about this crazy town. Yet – and many folks are with me on this very important point –…

Whose Chicken Sandwich Reigns Supreme?

  The headline is a fakeout, kids, because I will admit to you that I do not care which of the fast food restaurants has the best chicken sandwich. None of them have the “best” chicken sandwich but I’m sure…

The Pilot and the Passenger

  When I last talked to Franklin Augustus the occasion was a party to commemorate the life of a minority pilot who perished while flying. Augustus was the pilot of the two person aircraft in which he and news anchor…

An Interview With Empath, And 16 Shows This Week

Empath Thursday at Gasa Gasa Thursday night Gasa Gasa has an excellent show lined up with Empath and T-Rextasy opening for main band Mannequin P---y.  T-Rextasy is the “official” Marc Bolan and T-Rex cover band, while Mannequin P---y is a…

Beignets and Beets

  I am a sucker for fried things, particularly fried things that combine sweet and savory flavors. It will come as no surprise therefore that I am a fan of beignets. I have fond memories of eating them with my…

What's Hot: Sports & Spirit

1. NFL approved, nothing says stadium chic like a clear crossbody bag with gold hardware and faux leather trim. Madly Yours, MadlyYoursCollection.com 2. Make your house the most spirited on the block with a Superdome door hanger on a sweet…

A Cool Martini

Of all the months of the year, August has the worst reputation. Other months are beastly hot, crazy humid, and even provide the settings for hurricanes. But August is the month that catches most of the grief for our discomfort…

Saints & Sinners

It’s summertime, and while the living might be easy, choosing clean and healthy foods that still satisfy our cravings might not be as simple. What better way to cool down on hot days than…

August

Backstreet Boys One of the world’s most popular boy bands comes to the Smoothie King Center on August 30 as a part of their DNA World Tour. It will be the biggest arena tour the group has done in 18…

Surviving the Hot Months

It’s a known fact that tourists avoid New Orleans in the heat of summer. And many who live here try to escape. Hard as I try, my trips lean toward early summer or fall, leaving me to survive the inferno…

Fresh Looks For Fall

The season changes, but the weather doesn’t – a familiar story for New Orleans as the summer months come to an end. As school and other fall activities begin to pick up we see the signs of change, even if it…

Summer In a Bite

Crab Cakes 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over for shells Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons Creole mustard 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish 1 Tablespoon pickle brine 3/4 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1…

Dancing with the Saints

Dance instructor Jesse Hernandez blazed a trail last year by becoming the first male cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, and one of the first in the NFL. The Maurice, Louisiana native quickly became a sideline favorite for many Saints…

Best New Restaurants

Discussing food, cooking and restaurants is a part-time sport for New Orleanians. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to cocktail bites, dinner to late night eats and desserts, we’ve got a lot to talk about. Enjoy our selection of the best…

Live and Local

Free Friday at Tipitina’s Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to revisit some old haunts and see some live local music. Tipitina’s Free Friday series is a great excuse to get Uptown for a drink…

July

Family Block Party at the World War II Museum If you’d like to take your kids to something fun and educational during summer vacation, try the first annual Family Block Party at the National World War II Museum on July…