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Homeward Bound

The past couple of weeks – with social distancing and shelter in place becoming part of our daily lexicon – have been surreal at best and, for hyper-social New Orleanians, eerily quiet. We are used to visiting our favorite shops,…

Parents Helping Parents

  The coronavirus quarantine is affecting everyone, especially parents who are now dealing with children of all ages at home with very little to do with their time. In an effort to help parents, I asked a few parents, with…

Doomsday Gardens and Chicken Coops, How Are You Coping?

  Some folks are reacting differently than others. Hoard or donate. Night terrors or shrug it off. Sneeze into your elbow. Elbow dap. Or both. (Eww.) Isolate or reach out and tell everyone you love them. Toilet paper or banana…

Five Things To Do In New Orleans Without Leaving Your House

  Things are getting serious in the world. More and more states, and even other countries, are ordering residents to stay home and only allowing essential businesses and workers to remain open and operating. We’ve been working from home, and…

For the Extroverts, Introverts and Everyone In Between

  For extroverts, they’ve reached the point of stir-crazy; for introverts, they’re wondering how to get their extroverted roommates to maybe calm down a bit. Regardless of whether you’re introverted, extroverted or anything in between, we’ve put our heads together…

Keeping the Party Going, Virtually

  New Orleans residents aren’t letting social distancing kill their buzz. Many are “gathering” in small groups via apps like Zoom and Google Hangout to celebrate virtual happy hours. Metairie resident Molly Russell Doran was excited to join in the…

Great Locales Inspire Great Cocktails

  (This article was composed before the full implementation of the effects and governmental restraints as applied to the Corona Virus outbreak. This article was penned on Friday March 13, which now seems eons ago. But the hope is that…

Don't Squeeze the Charmin

  The most familiar admonition from the Book of Timothy in the New Testament tells us: Money is the root of all evil. But there's more to Timothy's story. Directly addressing the End of Times – the very Apocalypse –…

What to Listen to While Social Distancing at Home

Everyone knows that books and tv shows are both typical ways to pass the time. But, while you're taking your dog (or yourself) for a walk or just taking a moment to breathe, podcasts are a perfect companion to fill…

The Mud Bug Bop

  We gave the world jazz, and did anybody thank us? OK, maybe the French. We gave the world alligator wrestling, and did anybody thank us? OK, maybe the Australians. Poker, Rock 'n Roll, the Sazerac, Lucky Dogs and Richard…

Introvert’s Fever Dream

  With the first presumptive positive for COVID-19 in the Greater New Orleans area, I continue to live out my introverted, germaphobic fantasy. I can now, without looking as weird as I really am: Refuse politely to shake hands Open…

How To Celebrate Your Big (Birth)Day

  As most of you know, I have a birthday coming up in the next few days. As we measure these things in temporal terms I will be 51. That is a full third of the way through my expected…

The Best Meatless Specials to Try for Lent

  For Catholics, the practice of forgoing the consumption of meat during Lent (Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday) has its roots in the early days of the church and the Black Fast, when the righteous were expected to partake of…

Oh, What A Night

It's not late December, or 1963, but this weekend is sure to have you say, "Oh, what a night," as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons make their way to The Saenger Theatre, March 6-8, in "Jersey Boys" as part…

13 Circles Of Hell

  I had a tour to give. That's what I do for a living. Unlike most tour days – I left my house in plenty of time to park for free in the Treme and walk to the meeting point…

Coastal Romance

The earth’s bringing forth of flowers, the warmth of the sun on our faces — spring’s an excellent time to consider heading to the beach, getting outdoors in the balmy weather, sinking our toes in the sand and enjoying the…

Smokin’ Hot

Not long ago, good Southern barbecue was a rare find in New Orleans. A slice of meat drenched in barbecue sauce was about the closest you could get. Shortly before the turn of the 21st century, a few cooks with…

March Events

Harlem Globetrotters Everyone’s favorite high-flying basketball team comes to Lakefront Arena on March 8 to delight and dazzle fans with breathtaking hoops and hilarious physical comedy. Information, arena.uno.edu. LPO: The Music of John Williams The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra takes its…

BUKU and Hogs

The time for festival season is upon us. This month there are two great spring festivals with the BUKU Music + Art Festival and Hogs For The Cause falling on back-to-back weekends.  Entering its 9th year, BUKU (March 20-21) has…

Louisiana SPCA Participates In National Adoption Weekend

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana SPCA is excited to announce that they will participate with PetSmart Charities in their first National Adoption Weekend of 2020. Our Adoption Center will be closed to the public during this weekend, starting…

Crawfish Recipes

It’s the height of crawfish season, and as much as we love our weekly crawfish boils, we also enjoy those little crustaceans in other preparations. For a change of pace, try a crawfish etouffée enriched with shrimp and lump crabmeat,…

James Beard Award Nominees

  Another year and another list of New Orleans chefs, restaurants and industry folks nominated for James Beard awards. I thought this year I’d give you the list and a few thoughts about each of our local contenders.   Gianna…

Mardi Gras Marriage Mambo

This Carnival season has considerable tragedy in New Orleanians with two fatalities involving tandem floats during the Nyx and Endymion parades, two riders injured after falling from floats in Thoth and two people requiring medical attention after falling from a…