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Here Comes LaVar

  Unless you live under a rock – inside of a cave, inside a remote jungle, amid an as-yet-undiscovered indigenous Amazonian peoples (with no WiFi) – then you have no doubt heard the news: New Orleans is about the get…

Tribute Writers

  It seems like a lot of stories I write these days are about people who died. Dr. John, Leah Chase, musician Spencer Bohren and my former Times-Picayune colleagues Ronnie Virgets and Frank Donze, to name just a few from…

Mac and Me

  In a career marked by many strange phone calls – an occupational hazard for a newspaperman – one I got in the fall of 2005 was a true corker. The voice on the other end of the line was…

The Memorable Mr. Hughes

  School's out. And with the passing of this academic year, so goes the passing on of a local hero. His name is Mark Hughes, and the mark he left on thousands of New Orleans kids and parents is incalculable.…

Subject Line: Shelter in Place

  It's not exactly the surprise you hope to find when you check your in-box for the first time in the morning. The subject line to a recent email said: Shelter in Place at Freret Campus. My kids' school. The…

Goodbye, Railbird Ronnie

  When I was a cub reporter at the Times-Picayune in the mid-1980s, the sports section featured a brief daily racing column called Railbird Ronnie. Buried in the way back pages – even behind the fishing page – its eponymous…

French Quarter Security

Security has been a primary concern in the French Quarter ever since the 18th century when France dispatched its convict ships from Marseilles to its woefully under performing settlement in the New World with instructions to make something of the…

Jazz Fest, A Love Story

  Some folks have suggested recently that my writing has a tendency towards negativity. That I complain too much. So, for a final take on Jazz Fest 2019 (and to prove the bastids wrong) I want to talk about love.…

Game of Zones

At the risk of topical overload, here's one more post about Jazz Fest, the city's High Holy Cultural Extravaganza. But this time, I want to talk about something much bigger than the music, much bigger than the food, much bigger…

It's That Time Of Year

  It's that time of year again. A season of curiosity, complaint and compliance. In other words: Jazz Fest. Herewith, as a public service, we offer an insiders Q&A to help you understand the many mysteries and negotiate the many…

This One Hurts

  Burning churches. Their images so often raise the specter of the worst of human impulse…

The Jazz Fest Landslide That Brought Widespread Panic

OK, let's pick up where we left off last week. First, a recap: Jazz Fest screwed its pooch this year by rearranging its world order to accommodate the Rolling Stones. If you read this blog then it's clear you've got,…

You Can't Always Get What You Want

  This week, we find our population divided neatly in half between those who are profoundly affected by the cancellation of The Rolling Stones gig at Jazz Fest, and those who feel the same way about the cancellation as they…

A Brandisher In The French Quarter

  My French Quarter walking tour has just ended. I'm walking back to my car, a skip in my step, a rare day's wage in my pocket. I turn the corner of Dauphine and St. Ann and there's a guy…