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  As of this writing, the mud hasn't yet dried and City Park is still littered with branches and fronds and more than a few random clothing and Halloween accessories – a lonely sandal here, two socks that look like…

The Return – Brees is Back

  It was an up and down weekend in Louisiana football. The Saints welcomed back their leader Drew Brees, Tulane fell short in recording a dramatic comeback win and LSU might have set itself up to become the number one…

Voodoo Fest Returns

  Halloween weekend in New Orleans means it is time for the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park.  As usual the lineup is a blend of established and emergent bands across multiple genres.  The big story this year…

Four Best Places to Eat and Drink This Weekend

  Have you ever wanted to know how to make the best tortilla? Tonight Chef Will Alevar will reveal his family tradition. You’ve probably eaten his family’s tortillas at several restaurants around town, but now is your chance to learn…

Hard Times at the Hard Rock

And the walls came tumbling down. Mostly. And so goes the story of the very soft Hard Rock hotel. You know the story. You probably saw the video. You might have even been there. A lot of people were. On…

Stompa Style

  I don’t even understand how this keeps happening. To be honest, I thought the Saints were going to be 4-4 and praying for the day Drew Brees would return. Fortunately, that was a feverish nightmare by yours truly as…

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

  Tonight is the start of the 14th Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. This is one of the great festivals of the year and it is free to attend with drinks and some amazing BBQ available for purchase. The…

The Elevator That Won't Go Down

  Tired of crappy news? Me too. So let's take two really bad current events – Fort Worth (cop shooting) and buildings falling down (our own not-so Hard Rock hotel), and try to find some light. Tough call, I know.…

Just Sip Back, and Relax

  There is no doubt we are enjoying the fall/football season. It’s the time of year when groups get together and pass a good time. Often, cocktails are involved and who doesn’t love a great drink? There are so many…

New Orleans and Date Night Win Big

For the past few years, New Orleans has made it to the top of multiple lists that have celebrated the city and its place among the world’s hottest locales. Today, Condé Nast Traveler published its Reader’s Choice 2019 award lists,…

New Orleans Football

  It’s a rare day. The Saints and Tulane are both sitting at 4-1 and the sky is the limit. New Orleans took care of the Buccaneers and now are all alone in first place and Willie Fritz and the…

The Who at Jazz Fest?

  Amazingly, speculation over the 2020 Jazz Fest lineup is already in full swing and Pete Townshend sent rumors flying when he let slip earlier this week that The Who would be one of the headliners for this year’s fest. …

The Taunting Tower

This is a true story about a New Orleans architectural landmark. It sounds like the kind of tale embellished by age, time, memory loss and…

October

  Crescent City Chamber Music Festival The Crescent City Chamber Music Festival’s fourth season will take place from October 3-13. There will be exciting, interactive musical performances at 30 venues across the city, as well as six free performances in…

Autumnal Aspects

After spending a sweltering summer snuggled up next to the air conditioner, as a gardening enthusiast I’m beyond eager to spend as much time taking in the beauty that befalls New Orleans with the first hint of autumn. I was…

News From the Kitchen

  Quitutes Brazil is a huge country and accordingly has a diverse cuisine. Until recently, I was unfamiliar with “quitutes,” which translates to “canapés” in Portuguese. Quitutes is also the name of a restaurant that opened in August in Arabi…

Jacques Chirac: New Orleans Days Of A Future President

  Except for Andrew Jackson, we’re not sure any future President of a nation spent as much time in New Orleans as Jacques Chirac, who was chief executive of France from 1995 to 2007. Chirac, who died last week (Sept.…

Gleason Gras, Calexico and Events This Week

  Gleason Gras Saturday at Champions Square Tomorrow is the 9th annual Gleason Gras Fun Run and Festival. If you’re a Saints fan (seems likely) and love local food and good music (also fairly likely) you’ll want to head out…

The Best Reasons to Visit Historic Gretna

  I recently spent some time exploring historic Gretna, a fascinating, somewhat mysterious city on the West Bank (technically east of New Orleans but that's another story).  Like Uptown New Orleans, where I live, Old Gretna is loaded with historic…

Wicked Returns To New Orleans

  NEW ORLEANS – The widely popular musical "Wicked" is set to open again in New Orleans next week. For almost the entire month of October, guests can experience the original story of the witches of Oz during the Hancock…

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…